Keystone Aviation Grows Its Fleet By 60 Percent

Keystone Aviation has had an expansive few months! With the help of Charlie Chamberlain, Keystone’s Managed Aircraft Sales Director, 4 aircraft have been added to Keystone’s charter fleet and 3 aircraft added to its privately managed fleet. These additions bring the total number of Keystone Aviation operated charter aircraft up to 13 and entire managed fleet up to 19.

Charter Additions:
Keystone Aviation operates Utah’s largest fleet of charter aircraft. Keystone’s diverse charter fleet consists of aircraft options for virtually every type of trip. The fleet includes everything from highly economical turboprops which are perfect for regional travel to large cabin jets that can fly worldwide.
The new charter aircraft additions include: a Lear 60 and TBM 850 based in Sun Valley, Idaho and a new-from-the-factory HondaJet and Pilatus PC-12NG based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Although Keystone is able to operate anywhere in the world, the addition of two aircraft based Sun Valley, Idaho brings a new advantage to charter customers flying to and from Idaho. All of the aircraft are great additions to the current fleet and bring something unique to the table.

The TBM 850 is a single-engine turboprop with seating for up to 5 passengers. It is one of the only TBM’s currently on a charter certificate in the Intermountain West. The TBM is one of the fastest turboprops which, combined with its short runway capability, makes it the perfect aircraft to get in and out of regional airports at an economical price.

 

The Learjet 60XR is a mid-size aircraft with seating for 7 passengers and can travel coast-to-coast non-stop. The Lear 60 has plenty of room to move around and stretch your legs – or sit back and enjoy the free Wifi.

 

The Pilatus PC-12NG is factory new and seats up to 9 passengers. Its speed, comfortable cabin and affordable cost make the PC-12 one of the most requested aircraft on the charter market.  Keystone Aviation already operates two PC-12s and with the constant demand for this aircraft, a third PC-12 will allow clients more flexibility and availability.

 

The HondaJet seats up to 6 passengers and is the most innovative, fastest, quietest and roomiest aircraft in its class. It includes a fully-enclosed lavatory and has a range of up to 1,400 miles.  The HondaJet’s superior performance will get you to where you’re going productively, economically and comfortably.

 

 

Private Management Additions: 

Keystone Aviation also manages aircraft for owners who choose not to make their aircraft available to charter customers.   Keystone recently added two Gulfstream G450s and another new-from-the-factory Pilatus PC-12NG to the list of privately managed aircraft.  These aircraft join our other private management clients which include a Pilatus PC-12, a Hawker 4000 and a Falcon 50.  Both of the Gulfstream G450s and the Pilatus PC-12NG plan to join the charter fleet in 2018.

 

 

Going Wilde: Keystone Aviation’s New Chief Pilot

Chris Wilde Fat Biking

Here is an interview with Chris Wilde, Keystone Aviation’s new Chief Pilot. The interview shares an inside look at the Chris Wilde we know, not only as a pilot, but as a person.

(KA is Keystone & CW is Chris)

KA: So Chris, you were one of those kids who couldn’t get through a day without thinking about airplanes.

CW: Ever since I was four, I knew I wanted to be in aviation.  I had a model aircraft collection I would line up on my bedroom floor. You know those wooden horse heads on a stick?  I made one, but it was an airplane instead of a horse.

KA: It seems you grew up with it and you kept up the pace as an adult.

CW: I managed a flight school, and I’m still a current flight instructor. I also flew with the airlines for 8 years.

KA: I suspect it may have been sort of a family affair.

Chris and his motorcycle

CW: My brother is an A&P and my father owns an Ercoupe.

KA: Most people know you like the outdoors, but your list of activities takes “like” to a whole new level.

CW: Rock climbing, canyoneering, fatbiking, mountain biking, road biking, snow skiing, wake surfing, running, backpacking, hiking.  Oh, and I’m learning how to paramotor right now

KA: Pretty strenuous stuff. You’ve had a few close calls.

Chris Wilde Mountain Climbing

CW: There was a few times where I was mountaineering where I wished I were on the ground. It’s not really a function of being able to get back down, but rather more so of being miserable in inclement weather.   Your metal gear hums with static electricity when you are climbing if you’re stuck in a rain/snow storm with strong winds.

KA: Would you consider yourself an adrenaline junky?

CW: I just like to be in motion.  Relaxing on the beach isn’t my idea of a fun vacation. I like to ride the mountains behind my home on my ATV. Oh, and a kayak, I guess you could add that to my outdoor activities. I like kayaking. I’ve also been skydiving with my fellow Keystone pilots.  That was memorable.

KA: When you do stop moving you’re pretty musical.

CW: During college I played in both a jazz and SKA band, we even got some airplay.  I play the drums.

KA: And to top it all off, you grow your own food.

CW: I like to garden, it’s very therapeutic for me. Tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, parsnip, kale, peppers, broccoli, all sorts of squash… There’s about two months out of the year where I eat straight from my garden.

Ninety-three-year-old former Air Force pilot takes flight of his life

Colonel Patrick Kenny and  his grandson Jeff Jerman

It has been suggested new technology and “The Greatest Generation” do not mix.  Keystone Aviation put that theory to the test (and had a little fun) this past Father’s Day weekend.

Colonel Patrick Kenny, 93 year-old decorated World War II veteran and grandfather to Keystone Aviation pilot Jeff Jerman, lent a hand in disproving the theory on board a HondaJet. Col. Kenny served in the Air Force from 1942 until retirement in 1974 commanding a large variety of aircraft in that time, including the B-17 bomber, the P-51 Mustang and in later years the B-47, B-52 and B-57, the 57th aircraft he qualified to fly.

Colonel Patrick Kenny and his grandson Jeff Jerman flying the HondaJet

Col. Kenny calls Jeff his “best student” but on the HondaJet roles reversed and Jeff was playing teacher.   On board the HondaJet, both pilots created new memories flying and exploring the clear Utah sky. With over 70 years in the air, and therefore comfortable in the cockpit of any airplane, Col. Kenny flew the HondaJet like the experienced pro he is – carefully, smoothly and with a twinkle in his eye. While he marveled at the technology of today’s aircraft and its capabilities, for Col. Kenny technology did not hinder his experience for the day.

The hour-long flight included a low pass over the Colonel’s old hangar and a scenic trip around the Wasatch Mountains. Every air traffic controller throughout the flight, signed off by thanking the Colonel for his service.

What started out as a day of celebration and shared experiences between two generations ended with Col. Kenney expressing his joy by saying it was “The Flight of My Life!”

Theory disproved!

Charter Management vs Private Management

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Keystone Aviation offers multiple ways to access our charter fleet, but we also offer multiple aircraft management options in the form of charter management and private management.

Charter Management

  • Personalized aircraft management, with the added benefit of charter revenue to reduce the cost of aircraft ownership
  • All charters are subject to the aircraft owner’s approval, ensuring the aircraft is available when the owner needs it
  • Customizable management services, including pilot services, regulatory compliance support, trip planning, and detailed expense reporting
  • Significant savings on aircraft services including fuel, maintenance, insurance, and training
  • We take meticulous care of the aircraft and its owner while putting the aircraft to work both in the air and on the books

Private Management

  • Aircraft management exclusively for the owner’s use, i.e. no charter utilization
  • Customizable management services, including pilot services, regulatory compliance support, trip planning, and detailed expense reporting
  • Significant savings on aircraft services including fuel, maintenance, insurance, and training
  • Safe and cost effective way to enjoy aircraft ownership without all of the day-to-day complications

Want to know more about aircraft management?  Give us a call at 801-933-7568 so we can discuss a management program that will fit your needs.

Charter vs. Block Charter

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Charter vs. Block Charter

At Keystone Aviation, we provide a variety of private aviation solutions.  While we often customize our services based on the needs of our customers, we do offer options when it comes to aircraft charter.

Charter

  • Rent the aircraft that best suits your trip, paid by the hour
  • No capital expenditure or long-term commitment required
  • Access to our diverse fleet of charter aircraft as well as vetted, charter partner aircraft
  • Hourly pricing varies based on the size of aircraft
  • The ultimate in flexibility with minimum commitment

 

Block Charter

  • Pre-paid deposit allows access to our entire charter fleet, at a discount
  • Trips are credited against the block charter deposit based on the discounted hourly pricing
  • Perfect for frequent charter customers who want to leverage their buying power with minimal capital expense

 

Now you just need to pick the solution that works for you and let’s get flying!

The ‘Flight’ Against Cancer

Loading up to go to Driggs

TAC Air employees help load up golf clubs

On August 19, 2016, Keystone Aviation’s charter department once again answered the call for the fight against cancer.  For the 7th straight year, the Huntsman Cancer Foundation called upon Keystone Aviation to Accomplish an airlift of golfers from Salt Lake City to Driggs, Idaho for a day of golf at the Huntsman Springs Golf Course.

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Part of Keystone Aviation’s fleet ready to take flight

Each foursome donated $50,000 to attend and all proceeds went to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.   TAC Air SLC donated fuel and line services while Keystone donated pilot services and arranged for owners to donate aircraft.

 

The President & COO of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, Susan Sheehan, said “Huntsman Cancer Foundation is grateful for the generous, consistent support we have received from Keystone Aviation each year since 2010.  Thanks to Keystone’s steadfast commitment to the fight against cancer, our foundation had been able to foster teamwork by offering gatherings to top industry leaders.  This has allowed us to unite leaders who have the will, passion and financial resources to speed cancer research.  In all, this effort has raised $7 million for cancer research since 2010 – and thanks to Keystone, all those funds fueled cancer research – not airplanes.  Through creativity and entrepreneurial know how, Keystone is literally Changing the DNA of Cancer Care.”

5 Things You May Not Know About Keystone Aviation

  1. G550 cabin mid section club seatingIn 2015, we flew more than 4,000 flight hours with the destinations ranging from Page, Arizona to New Delhi, India and everywhere in between.
  2. In the last 20 years, Keystone Aviation has grown from 33 employees to almost 300.
  3. We are one of the few aviation service companies that can provide “The Complete Solution” for your aviation needs through our aircraft charter, management, maintenance and aircraft sales operations. We’re even a subsidiary of thee TAC Air FBO chain, so we’ve got fuel covered too!
  4. Our pilots average over 9,400 flight hours and 27 years of pilot experience.
  5. Keystone Aviation’s maintenance technicians are factory trained for Gulfstream, Hawker, Falcon, Cirrus, Cessna, HondaJet, TBM, and Piper.

Wi-Fi now available in flight on select Keystone Aviation Charter Aircraft

Gulfstream G200 Charter

Gulftstream G200. One Keystone Aviation’s aircraft equipped with Wi-Fi

Did you know? Keystone Aviation now offers free domestic Wi-Fi onboard its Gulfstream G200 Charter Aircraft.  Whether traveling for business or leisure, this new modification allows Keystone Aviation’s charter clients to stay connected.

“We are working hard towards getting free Wi-Fi in all 12 of our charter aircraft by next year,” says Charlie Chamberlain, Flight Ops Sales and Business Development for Keystone Aviation.

With the ever increasing need for internet accessibility individuals and businesses need to stay connected at all times. Keystone Aviation recognizes the value of having Wi-Fi as an option, “Many of our charter clients view corporate aircraft as a business tool.  The addition of Wi-Fi makes that tool even more effective,” says Mike Parker, VP of Aircraft Sales for Keystone Aviation.

The Gulfstream G200 is in the top of its class in the Super mid-size jet category. With a range of 3,800 nautical miles, and a cruise speed of 530 mph, the Gulfstream G200 has the ability to fly up to 10 passengers comfortably anywhere in the world.  With the addition of Wifi in Keystone Aviation’s Gulfstream G200, flight time becomes productive time.

For additional information on chartering the G200 or information on the complete Keystone Aviation charter fleet, visit keystoneaviation.com or call 888.600.1070

When Is It Best to Charter a Private Jet?

 

2013-05-21-18-07-43-2-300x300Private jet charter is a fantastic way to travel – it can enhance your business and elevate your personal life. So when is it best to charter a private jet or other type of aircraft, instead of a commercial flight?

You’re Planning a Short Trip to a Destination and Back – Private jet charter works really well for short (1-3 day) trips to a destination and then back.  These quick trips allow the charter company to get the most out of its fleet and allow you to get the most value for your charter dollar.

You Need to Go to a Remote Destination – For many businesses, getting to remote locations is a real challenge.  Frequently, business people who need to go to a meeting at a remote destination will spend the day before the meeting and the day after the meeting just on travel.    A charter flight can often land at smaller airports situated closer to these far-away places saving time and, thereby, money.  A business that can cut days of travel out of a work week, will gain not only more productive employees, but also more loyal employees.

You Need to Meet with Your Team – Have you ever tried to have a private conversation on a commercial flight?  It’s basically impossible.  On a charter flight, you can meet with your colleagues en-route to your destination and then de-brief on the way home, all without the fear of being overheard by the people in the next aisle.  Not only does this privacy protect a company’s valuable information, but it also allows for more productive travel time.

You’re Traveling with Multiple Team or Family Members – If you need to take multiple people to a destination, a private jet charter becomes a more economic choice.  The price of the charter flight generally doesn’t change with the number of passengers, so if you put more passengers on the plane, the cost per passenger goes down.  Arriving for a presentation with multiple people representing each of their respective disciplines can be very impactful.  By the same token, having quality time with your entire family, as opposed to just the family member sitting next to you is an advantage as well.

You’d Like to Stop at Multiple Destinations in a Short Amount of Time – Private jet charters can get you to two and three cities in a day, something you could never do on a commercial flight.  Again, saving a business time, saves money and improves the personal lives of employees who are able to spend less time on the road.

Hopefully we’ve given you some food for thought and the next time you plan a trip using commercial flights, you’ll give private jet charter a try.  It can literally change your life and business for the better.

The World’s Top Fishing Destinations Accessible Best by Plane

Fishing is a fantastic hobby. The thrill of having a big catch on your line and the excitement of trying to reel it in is surely a great experience. One challenge of fishing is that you can’t always do it on a whim – sometimes you need to make the necessary preparations in order to get to your fishing destinations, especially considering that many fishing destinations are only accessible by plane.

Some of the world’s best fishing spots are unfortunately also some of the toughest places to get to. Thankfully, planning a fishing trip to these destinations is possible by way of private flight. Enjoying a safe, convenient and often direct charter flight in anticipation of experiencing some of the best fishing spots will surely excite any fishing enthusiast.

Here are some of the top fishing destinations that you can get to almost exclusively by plane.

The World's Top Fishing Destinations Accessible Best by Plane

  • Iliamna Lake and Rainbow Bay Resort, Alaska – Alaska is well known for its great fishing spots, but it does come with some challenges in getting there. Rainbow Bay Resort, which is located in Iliamna Lake, has become increasingly popular as a rich and diverse fishing spot where you can find all five species of pacific salmon, arctic char and northern pike, among others. You can only get to Lake Iliamna by plane because the one-lane road in that does exist is not for general purpose use.
  • Silsby Lake Lodge, Canada – Located 450 miles north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Silsby Lake Lodge is another world-class fishing destination that you can only get to by plane. It is well known for its trophy pike and walleye fishing. The lodge is filled with fishermen who want to experience hooking these huge fish, and chances are they won’t have to wait very long until they have a chance to do so. The lodge offers great amenities and accommodations which will surely make your stay a memorable one.
  • North Spirit Lake, Canada – Another Canadian fishing destination that you can only get to by plane is North Spirit Lake. Made popular because of the large population of huge walleye, North Spirit Lake will certainly give you an experience that you will never forget. You can fish for some of the biggest walleye you’ve ever seen, some of which grow to trophy size. North Spirit Lake definitely is a top fishing spot that you can only get to by plane.
  • El Salto Lake, Mexico – If you are searching for an exotic fishing trip, then taking a private jet charter to Mexico to go to El Salto Lake is something that you should definitely try. With the backdrop of the scenic Sierra Madre, fishermen are treated to some of the best trophy bass fishing in Mexico.
  • San Cristobal Island, Galapagos – Galapagos was made popular by Charles Darwin, but it has also become a hotspot for fishermen looking for a big catch. Darwin was indeed right in choosing the Galapagos Islands for his studies as it is very rich in wildlife and the fish you can find there help make it a great fishing spot too. You would need to book a private jet charter to San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos to experience some of the best black and blue marlin fishing in the world. It may be a long way from home, but it certainly is worth it once you have a huge marlin on your line.

The World's Top Fishing Destinations Accessible Best by Plane

  • Grand Bahama, Bahamas – Though a little closer to the United States than some of the international fishing destinations on this list, you would still need to take a plane in order to reach Grand Bahama, which is the northernmost island of the Bahamas. Here you can find Pelican Bay which is a great spot for bonefishing. A seasonal population of permit and tarpon can also be found around this beautiful fishing island making it a great place to go to for some serious fishing.
  • Punta Burica, Panama – Yet another international destination that you can only get to by way of a plane is Punta Burica, Panama. Here you can find a very rich variety of fish for you to take on, such as black marlin, blue marlin, amberjack, sailfish, yellow fin tuna, cubera snapper and many more. You just have to choose the right season for your fish of choice and you’ll surely have a great time on your great fishing vacation in Punta Burica.

So there you have it, a list of some top fishing destinations best accessible by plane.  Of course, when you consider the remote nature of these destinations along with all of the gear you’ll need, we think a private jet charter is the best way to go, but regardless of how you fly there, you should go!