Tips for Booking a Private Jet Charter

Booking a Private Jet Charter

There are countless people every day flying for both business and pleasure. While many opt to travel via commercial flights, there are those who prefer the ease, comfort, and convenience of booking a private jet charter. Taking a private charter to any of your chosen destinations is surely one of the best ways to fly.

Whether you’re booking your very first private jet charter or you’re hoping to fly privately again soon, here is a list of friendly tips that you should try to remember when booking a private jet charter:

  • Book Your Flight Early – A lot of people are looking to book private charter flights, so it is always recommended that you book your flight at the earliest possible time. Booking early will help you avoid problems with scheduling or the availability of the aircraft that best suits your flight needs.
  • Know the Number of Passengers for Your Flight – Knowing the number of passengers is important to a smooth, safe, and comfortable flight. The number of people who are going to travel with you is important because it will be a factor in selecting the aircraft which will best meet your needs. Always have this information ready before booking your flight.
  • Choose a Reputable Charter Company – This is probably the best advice you can get when booking a private jet charter. One of the ways to identify a reputable charter company is to ask to see their Air Carrier Certificate.  Making sure your aircraft operator is a legal, FAA certificated operator is an important regulatory, safety and insurance consideration, so be sure your operator has an Air Carrier Certificate.  Also, verify that the aircraft you will be flying on is listed on that certificate
  • Find Out the Details– Ask the charter company about insurance limits, crew member experience and whether or not the operator is independently audited – then evaluate the results with your risk managers.  There are many other factors you may want to consider when booking a charter flight. Other resources include:
  • Get Help – Brokers and operators will often vet charter companies for you (for a fee of course).  But with many details to be gathered, using a third party may be helpful to you.

Private jet charter is a fantastic way to travel and, hopefully, now you know a little more about booking a jet charter trip.

How to Become a Charter Pilot

If you dream of flying a G550, but don’t exactly know how to get your foot in the door, below are a few tips to help your charter pilot career take flight:

Charter Pilot 1. Build Flight Hours: It is important to log as many flight hours as possible.  But how many flight hours do you need?  Commercial airlines prefer a minimum of 1,500 hours of flight time.  However, most charter companies prefer about 3,000 flight hours.

2. Become a Flight Instructor: Flight instructors get paid to fly!  In addition, they get to log their flight time as PIC (Pilot-In-Command).  Since flying can be expensive, this is one of the most economical ways to accumulate flight time.  Furthermore, being an instructor is an excellent way to increase your knowledge and flight skills.


3. Choose a Flight Path: Commercial airlines generally do not require new pilots to have as many hours as charter companies.  Also, most charter companies prefer that new hires already have their Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate – since this is not a requirement for commercial airlines, you might want to start with a commercial airline to increase your flight time and get your ATP.

Charter Pilot4. Know What Flight Departments are Looking For: In addition to building your flight hours, customer service experience is also extremely important.  Unlike commercial airline pilots, charter pilots work closely with their customers.  They are responsible for coordinating ground transportation, catering and other special requests their customers might have. Charter companies realize this and look for potential pilots who have a strong customer service background. Excellent customer service can turn a one-time customer into a customer for life.

Once you obtain your commercial pilot license with 250 hours of flight time, there are a few other paths to consider for building your flight hours:

  • Traffic Watch – You can gain 2-3 flight hours per day flying traffic watch.
  • Sky Diving Flights – Pilots can quickly earn hours flying a variety of aircraft for sky divers.  The more experience you have, the better chance of flying a turbine powered aircraft, such as a King Air, Beech 99, or a Cessna Caravan.
  • Towing – You can learn to become a tow pilot for sailplanes.
  • Scenic Flights – There are many scenic tour operators in the Western United States which provide opportunities for you to get paid to build your time.

Several of our pilots at Keystone Aviation have pursued their career opportunities through the above avenues.

So now that you know the steps to start building your pilot resume, get out there and fly!

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