COVID-19 raises illegal charter concerns a year after Sala’s deadly plane crash

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As private jet travel attracts price-sensitive newcomers, illegal charters with unqualified pilots and aircraft are creating new dangers

“We’ve just got done with a case..The PIC (Pilot-in-Charge) was not typed in the aircraft and the SIC (Second Officer-in-Charge) was a student pilot with less than 50 hours. That’s one of the most unsafe things I’ve seen. This stuff goes on. It happens.”

– FAA Inspector

Back in 2016, I was visiting the headquarters of Jet Linx Aviation in Omaha, Nebraska. Walking with its CEO Jamie Walker between a series of meetings, he suggested I write about illegal charters. He said it was a subject he didn’t think was getting enough attention.

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Ad hoc charters can be a pain. Every trip calling a couple of brokers to get quotes, and then comparing the terms, including cancelation policies. And of course, it’s always, plus, plus, plus. And then what happens if there is the operator cancels because of a mechanical or sick pilot? Last-minute re-quotes can be expensive.

Coronavirus Emergency Planning: Should you buy a Jet Card now?

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Jet cards that offer fixed rates and guaranteed availability can be handy in a crisis

– With airlines already reducing flights, access to private aviation could be critical to both your business and family

During natural disasters, particularly before and after hurricanes, we’ve seen again and again how access to private jets can literally be a lifesaver.

However, if private jet access can be a lifeboat, like when the Titanic hit an iceberg and sunk, when everyone needs a private jet at the same time, capacity isn’t always there.

Here’s how flying private can boost your company’s profits

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Using private aviation for your business can help boost efficiency, employee retention, sales and profits

Many companies that could benefit from using private jets or even turboprops eschew private flying for a myriad of reasons, which are easy to understand.

However, those reasons could be costing you growth in sales and profits. You could also be losing key employees!

First of all, there is a negative stereotype about private jet travel, mainly that it’s environmentally unfriendly.

The fact is that all aviation is only 2% of global emissions. Business aviation is just 2% of that 2% number.

On-Demand Charter vs. Jet Cards pros and cons

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You can charter a private jet trip by trip – On-Demand Charter – or buy into a program – Jet Cards.

Jet memberships or calling a broker or operator each time. Which is right for you?

Both jet cards and calling a broker to rent a private jet are forms of private jet charter or private jet rental as some call it.

In both cases, we are referring to the entire aircraft as opposed to jet sharing or buy-a-seat models.

However, when it comes to full aircraft charter, which is better – jet cards or on-demand charter?

Should you buy a jet card? Should you just reach out to several brokers before each trip, and then play them off against each other?

The debate would make the Hatfields and the McCoys proud!

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