Tradewind Aviation launches private shuttles

Tradewind Aviation

The Pilatus PC-12 operator is launching private shuttle flights within 200 miles of Teterboro and Westchester County Airports outside New York City

Tradewind Aviation, which already offers a Pilatus PC-12 based jet card program and scheduled shuttle flights, is now adding an option for private shuttle flights.

The move is the latest response from private aviation providers in response to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Research shows exposure the virus is more than 30 times lower when flying privately as opposed to using the airlines.

Tradewind launches scheduled shared flights from Westchester County to Newport, Rhode Island

Tradewind Aviation

The Pilatus PC-12 operator saves passengers time by operating from private aviation facilities

Tradewind Aviation, which offers both on-demand charter and jet cards, is adding to its scheduled by-the-seat service. The new flights are on its fleet of Pilatus PC-12s.

Services will operates on this summer on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays between Westchester County Airport (HPN) and Newport State Airport (NPT) in Middletown, Rhode Island.

Here are the most popular private jets

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From long-range private jets to single-engine turboprops, new data reveals the most-used private aircraft for 2019

The most popular private jet in the U.S. for 2019 wasn’t a jet.

The Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop was the most popular private aircraft clocking 244,217 flights in 2019, according to Argus Traqpak.

Private Jet deliveries see big gains in 2019

New private jet deliveries 2009 to 2019

Business Jet delivers reached their highest total since 2009, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association

Many of the new aircraft will find their way to both fleet and fractional operators providing access to shareowners and jet card customers

Glory days, well, they’ll pass you by

Glory days, in the wink of a young girl’s eye

– Bruce Springstein

No doubt, many of those involved in manufacturing private jets recall fondly 2008. That’s when the industry delivered 1,317 new business jets. It was an increase from 2007’s then-record mark of 1,137 new private jets delivered. That busted the 2006 numbers, also a then-record of 887 units delivered.

With the Great Recession, deliveries of new private jets dropped to 874 units in 2009, even more to 767 in 2010, then 696 in 2011, before bottoming out in 2012 at 672 aircraft.

Private Jet Safety: How To Make Sure You Don’t Pressure Your Pilots

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A 2001 Gulfstream crash in Aspen that killed 18 reminds the added pressure private jet pilots sometimes find

The often untold story of private aviation is the relationship between pilots and passengers.

When you fly on a scheduled passenger airline flight, one of your pilots might be at the cockpit door to say a brief goodbye after you’ve landed and pulled up to the gate.

Once in a while, your pilot might come into the cabin before the flight to welcome you. Otherwise, the connection between passenger and pilot is left to listening to announcements from the cockpit over the speaker system.

Jet Card Aircraft Options 101, including pricing and costs

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Light Jet, Large Cabin Jet, Turboprops, or specific types such as the Embraer Phenom 300?

Your guide to finding the perfect cabin category, or private jet (and turboprop) specific Jet Card for your needs

Jet cards are the fastest-growing segment of private jet charter. Over the past decade the number of companies offering jet memberships more than doubled.

Private Jet Card Comparisons has cataloged over 55 providers, including all the key players such as NetJets (both Elite and Marquis Jet card), Flexjet, Sentient, Wheels Up, Delta Private Jets, JetSuite, Jet Linx, VistaJet, PJS Group, Magellan Jets, and XO. In total, there are more than 300 programs so you can find the right one.

We’ve identified over 65 variables that can impact your selection. We’ve also made it easy to compare, cutting research time by weeks and days to less than an hour. You have over 18,000 data points at your fingertips.

Buying a jet card? Remember, there are options for cabin size or picking a specific aircraft type

Will any light jet do, or would it be better to have a specific type such as the Embraer Phenom 300?

While there are many variables that separate the over 300 jet cards in the Private Jet Card Comparisons database – over 65 in fact, one difference means a lot to some people and nothing to others.

However, for both types of buyers, choosing the wrong type of program can make for a less than enjoyable experience despite the provider’s overall merits. Figuring it out before you sign can both save you money and make sure the program fits your mission needs.

There are essentially two ways that available aircraft are structured for fixed-rate (and usually guaranteed availability) programs by jet card providers.

One is by cabin-class or size. When buying into a cabin class you are assured of getting an aircraft in that class or larger if you are lucky enough be upgraded based on operational needs.

The other is by specific aircraft make or type, for example, you are buying into an Embraer Phenom 300. So while the provider may let you fly in other types, you know when you want a Phenom 300, you’re going to get a Phenom 300 and not some other type of light jet.

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