If flying privately makes travel safer and easier, figuring out private jet rental pricing can be confusing. We explain some of the variations
You want to charter a private jet from New York to Aspen and you want a large-cabin aircraft. A Gulfstream GIV or something similar sounds nice. You want the lowest price, and you notice checking around there is a big variance. Quotes for GIV and G450 types vary by as much as $25,000! You see other large-cabin jets with prices for much less, and then you see prices double your Gulfstream quotes.
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.
Recent private air crashes that killed soccer star Sala and one of Russia’s richest women are highlighting a number of safety issues
A world removed from those Gulfstream G650s and Bombardier Global Express private jets you read about in stories about what type of plane Jennifer Lopez or Elon Musk own are turboprops and piston aircraft. They’re also very popular.
The Director of Safety at Unity Jets Colin Milligan has completed the Wyvern Safety Leader Training Course, which makes Unity Jets among the first aviation brokerage firms to take this initiative, according to a press release received by Private Jet Card Comparisons. Unity offers dynamic pricing, deposit-based jet card programs.
Flying privately is far safer than many other things you do. You are more than 10 times more likely to drown in a bathtub than perish in a private jet crash by a count of over 5,000 to less than 400. However, savvy private aviation users don’t stop there.
Private aviation is extremely safe, with under 400 deaths in 2015. In other words, you’re ten times more likely to drown in your bathtub. Yes, you heard that right. Over 5,000 people each year drown in their bathub.
In finding a charter broker (be it for on-demand charter of jet cards), industry safety auditor Wyvern provides brokers access to its reports on aircraft operators. The reports cover safety intelligence, customizable vetting criteria, verification that an air charter operator holds a current Air Operating Certificate (AOC), verification that the aircraft being chartered is listed on the air carrier’s Operations Specification, confirmation of current insurance for the aircraft, confirmation that each crew member’s experience meets a specific safety standard, confirmation that each crew member’s medical and license information is current, verification that an operator has passed an onsite Wingman audit or is part of the Registered by Wyvern data program.