Welcome to the Keystone Aviation Blog

Keystone Aviation is a premier provider of executive aircraft charter, aircraft sales and management and aircraft maintenance. The Keystone Aviation Blog is where we talk about all things general aviation. Keystone Aviation is a TAC Air company.

Aircraft Charter

At Keystone Aviation, we are committed to safety, service and reliability. We participate in numerous safety programs, pilot and crew training programs, customer service training, and third-party audits to ensure that every flight meets the highest industry safety standards.

Aircraft Maintenance

The Keystone Aviation maintenance department was established in 1997 to provide first-class maintenance services for the company’s growing charter fleet. Over the years the department has grown to a Class IV Repair Station with 23 factory trained A&P technicians servicing everything from small, single-engine piston to large, Boeing/Airbus class aircraft.

Aircraft Sales & Brokerage

Over the past 20 years, Keystone Aviation has sold or brokered over a half a billion dollars worth of aircraft, including everything from small single-engine piston to large corporate jets. Let us help you avoid the pitfalls associated with your next aircraft transaction.

Aircraft Management

Over our 20 year history, Keystone Aviation has successfully managed over 35 private jet aircraft for owners ranging from individuals to Fortune 100 companies. Let us show you how aircraft ownership should be.

Elevating Personal Lives In The Air, And On The Ground

utah food bankThe tagline for Keystone Aviation is “Enhancing Business. Elevating Personal Lives.” The development of this line is a result of thoroughly analyzing exactly what the mission of Keystone Aviation is. While obviously one’s immediate thoughts are related to general aviation, Keystone Aviation’s associates don’t stop there. By investing his time and energy with The Utah Food Bank, Keystone Aviation associate Scott Tucker elevates the lives of those who are less fortunate. In describing his experience volunteering for the Utah Food Bank, Scott describes, “I think the first thing that strikes you when you arrive is just how big the operation is, from its building to rows of packaged food that are ready for delivery, it’s an enormous operational endeavor.” He continues, “everyone is focused and there is a real sense of esprit de corps among those of us who have come to hopefully make a difference in our community. Even with Utah’s economy that weathered the Great Recession better than most states, the statistics regarding hunger cannot be ignored:

• 1 in 6 Utahans are at risk of missing a least one meal a day

• 472,000 of Utahans are food insecure, that is 17% of Utah’s population

• 1 in 5 Utah Kids are unsure where their next meal will come from (as a parent, that one hurts the most)

• The Utah Food Bank has been actively engaged in serving the needs of Utah’s hungry for more than 100 years. Last year, 69,000 nutritionally stocked back packs were distributed to children at 32 after-school sites, 202,000 meals were served to kids of low income families, and the Food Box Program delivered over 41,000 boxes to seniors and those with disabilities who participate in the monthly food assistance program.

Scott’s involvement in the Utah Food Bank is just one of the numerous examples of “A Passion For Service” that make up the TAC culture, on the ramp, in the office, and in personal lives. If you would like to learn more about the Utah Food Bank, CLICK HERE to visit their website.

Benefits of Aircraft Management

Benefits of Aircraft ManagementWe talk a lot about the many benefits of aircraft management, but not everyone knows exactly what aircraft management means.  So we thought we would take a few minutes to answer the question:  What is Aircraft Management?

Most people have heard of property management where the owner of an asset hires a third-party to take care of the asset.  Property management is often used by owners of rental properties, such as apartment and office buildings, who don’t have the time or inclination to keep up with the maintenance and day-to-day operations of those properties.

Aircraft management is the same concept as property management, but applied to aircraft.  An aircraft is a fantastic tool to enhance your business and elevate your personal life, but most aircraft owners would rather focus on their business and their family, not on the operation of their aircraft – that’s where aircraft management comes into play.

The owner of an aircraft can enlist the services of an aircraft management company to oversee the many facets of aircraft ownership.  Airplanes are complex machines subject to many rules and regulations.  Keeping an aircraft compliant, well-maintained and safely operated can be a daunting undertaking without the expertise offered by an aircraft management company.

However, most aircraft management companies will allow an owner to pick-and-choose which services they need – an al-a-carte menu if you will.  Aircraft owners can often choose from a wide variety of services, including:

  • Aircraft scheduling
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • FAA compliance services
  • Fleet insurance discounts
  • Pilot services
  • Pilot training
  • Volume fuel purchasing
  • Aircraft record keeping
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Part 135 charter revenue opportunities
  • And the list goes on…

Some owners want a turn-key experience where the management company acts as an agent in order to coordinate everything from the maintenance and insurance to the daily flight operations.  Other owners just want assistance with the regulatory or compliance aspects.  Regardless of the owner’s needs, aircraft management provides expertise and resources to make aircraft ownership as simple as possible.

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Salt Lake City

A portion of the Salt Lake City skyline can be seen over the TAC Air ramp

A portion of the Salt Lake City skyline can be seen over the TAC Air ramp

Salt Lake City, Utah ranks among the top cities in the country classified as a “Family Vacation Destination”.  Only Orlando and Honolulu rank higher than Salt Lake City!  Let’s find out why…

According to a recent article published in a popular travel magazine, Salt Lake City impresses travelers and entices visitors in many ways.

And here they are…

#10 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Family friendly vacationing

  • Salt Lake City is the gateway to some of the most family friendly travel around.  Families travel from all over the world to visit the many wonderful and diverse Utah destinations.
  • “The Greatest Snow on Earth” (We’ll talk more about this as the #3 reason to visit Salt Lake City).
  • Historic Temple Square and the LDS Church Visitor’s Center host many of the patrons visiting the headquarters of the Mormon Church.  Missionary work, Family History and Genealogy research, weddings and semi-annual Church conferences attract thousands of visitors each year.
  • High desert, Rocky Mountains, Deep Canyons and Red Rock Formations abound throughout this popular vacation state.  Utah is home to 5 National Parks, and 8 National Monuments visited by over 300,000 people each year.

#9 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Peace and quiet

  • Utah is nothing if not peaceful, serene and pleasant to visit.  Some may say it is not wild enough…and those folks may find Las Vegas or Miami more appealing.  We have a different saying here…”What happens in Utah, stays in your heart, and travels back home with you, proudly”…ok, that isn’t really a saying, and we basically just made that up…but it is true that Utah embraces those who come looking for shameless fun and rich family adventure!

#8 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Culture

  • Ah, culture!  Believe it or not, Salt Lake City is full of culture.   We are home to Ballet West, the Utah Symphony and Opera, the Sundance Film Festival, Pioneer Theater Company, the Deer Valley Music Festival and many other highly respected organizations that bring the arts to life.

#7 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Local specialties

  • Great food and tradition can be found throughout the city’s local restaurants.
  • Aside from the top restaurant chains and premier food and steak emporiums you would expect to find in a major city, Salt Lake City has been highlighted in surveys and television shows focused on finding some of the top local foods in the country.

#6 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Best places to stay

  • Outstanding hospitality and incredible customer service highlight the canvas of every business establishment you’ll find in Salt Lake City.  It isn’t just a good practice or trendy marketing approach…it is our way of life here in Utah.  We “aim to please”, “live to serve”, “host with the most”…we could go on and on, but you get the idea.  Salt Lake City caters to you and your family with every intention of impressing you and inviting you back again and again.

#5 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Attractive People (yep…they actually published that one)!

  • Pretty is as pretty does…We think one of the reasons Salt Lake City is considered to have so many attractive people is, well, thanks to all of you wonderful and attractive visitors, coming to our city on the day they took that poll.  Ha!
  • But seriously, what is attractive?  Salt Lake City is an active “outdoorsy” place, and our citizens enjoy clean living and healthy lifestyles.  Being active is the core of our “attractive” people…and we think fun, friendly and happy people are attractive, no matter where you find them.
  • Speaking of active people…Westminster College in Salt Lake City had more athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympic games than any other college or university in the world!  A total of 23 U.S. Olympic athletes hailed from Westminster College – that’s 10% of the Sochi U.S. Olympic Team!
  • It is said that beauty is more than skin deep, and we can back it up.  Utah’s higher education establishments are world renowned.  BYU, the University of Utah and other schools attract top students from around the world in science, education, business, family studies, behavioral science, research, medical and legal fields.  We are often among the nation’s top athletic polls, as well.

#4 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Affordability

  • Salt Lake City is a thriving community with great leadership driving the local economy to stay healthy and maintain value and fiscal responsibility.  Local businesses are healthy and able to provide incredible service, at a good value, to our local residents and out of town guests.

#3 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Winter

  • As we said earlier…Utah boasts about having The Greatest Snow on Earth.  Deep, dry and plentiful powder trials dominate the winter playgrounds accessible via Salt Lake City.
  • Visitors from around the globe flock in the winter-time to ski and play in the wonderful white stuff from November to May.

#2 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Safety

  • Salt Lake City has a low crime rate, friendly population and access to safe public transit and pedestrian areas.  When you come to Salt Lake City, you can plan to find your car where you parked it, your room as you left it and your family as safe and sound as you expect them to be.

And the #1 Reason to visit Salt Lake City:

Cleanliness

  • Kind of boring, we know…but truly appreciated by native Utahans and visitors alike.  It just feels great to be in a city that keeps the streets clean.  Whether you are walking around downtown, skipping from restaurant to nightclub or shopping…a clean and comfortable impression adds to your visit and stays with you as you remember your trip, and even plan your next trip to Salt Lake City.

Countdown of Countries with the Most Airports

Countries with the Most AirportsThere are more than 13,000 airports in the United States, but most passengers only visit a handful of them. In total, the United States CIA says there 41,821 airports in the world, not including older and smaller airports no longer in use or those that have been overgrown from neglect.

In terms of countries with the greatest number of airports, some countries on the list were a little surprising such as Bolivia, a country that has a population roughly the size of Georgia, or Russia, a massive country in terms of land, but with one quarter of the airports of Brazil.

So here is our countdown of the countries with the most airports:

 

#10 – Indonesia – 673 Airports

Officially, the Republic of Indonesia is an archipelago comprising some 17,000+ islands and more than 238 million people. The country passes through three time zones and covers a distance of more than 3,200 miles.

#9 – Paraguay – 799 Airports

Paraguay, which is somewhere between the size of California and Montana has nearly 800 airports and a population just over 5 million. Many, if not most, of the airfields in Paraguay are small and have a mere dirt patch for a runway.

#8 – Columbia – 836 Airports

Columbia has a rather large population to match its large number of airports. The majority of Columbia’s urban centers are located in the highlands of the Andes Mountains, but the country also encompasses the Amazon rain forest as well as tropical grasslands and both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. This creates a wide variety of takeoff and landing challenges for pilots.

#7 – Bolivia – 855 Airports

Bolivia, with an estimated 10 million people, is a very diverse country with more than 35 official languages (although most speak Spanish). This diversity has contributed to the array of arts, cuisine and literature spread across this country’s nearly 425,000 square miles.

#6 – Argentina – 1,138 Airports

Argentina is a fairly large country with more than 1 million square miles and is called the country of immigrants, where more than 40 percent of the country speaks English and 1.5 million speak Italian. The country is highly urbanized, yet the rural areas are often far from cities along dusty and often mountainous roads.  There are 35 airports in the Buenos Aries area alone.

#5 – Russia – 1,218 Airports

Russia is a large country with massive swaths of rural country as well as large cities, which are mostly in the Western end of the country. Russia boasts some of the most rural airports in the world, including the recently closed Tiksi Airport or the Khatanga Airport, which is a hub for travelers and expeditions to the North Pole.

#4 – Canada – 1,467 Airports

Canada, with its vast wilderness and rural expanse, not only has nearly 1,500 airports, but many landing areas for planes in the form of thousands of lakes. The country even has a museum dedicated to bush planes called the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center in Ontario and has developed two films on the topic.

Canada’s 34 million people are spread across nearly 4 million square miles. One of its airports is called the Arctic Bay Airport located far north in the Arctic Bay where the record high temperature is 18 degrees Fahrenheit.

#3 – Mexico – 1,714 Airports

Mexico has a varied climate of deserts, jungles, coastal towns and mountains.

Mexico has an extensive network of modern airports and flying domestically is considered an efficient and safe way of travel. Mexico has the most advanced airport structure in all of Latin America.

#2 – Brazil – 4,093 Airports

Population wise, Brazil is a very large country with a rather antiquated transportation system reliant upon waterways such as the Amazon River and the Paraguay River.  Thus, the need for better transportation has driven Brazil to build a substantial number of airports.

#1 – United States – 13,513 Airports

Many states within the United States have more airports than most countries. Texas, for example, has more than 450 airports for a population of 26 million people.

The U.S. also boasts many of the most highly traveled airports in the world, including Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which serviced more than 95 million passengers in 2012.

Of the 13,513 airports in the United States, only 503 offer commercial airline service.  The rest are utilized by general aviation and military aircraft.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2053.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_airports_in_Argentina

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_Bay

http://www.airlines.org/Pages/Airports-QA.aspx

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.

Top Destinations for Charter Flights

Top Destinations for Charter Flights

Private aviation enhances your business and elevates your personal life.  Private jet charter is a safe, convenient and productive way to travel.  But where do people go who book charter flights? Below we’ve listed some of the top places Keystone Aviation takes its customers.

Meetings in New York, Los Angeles, and other Major Cities

Top executives travel constantly and, often, time is of the essence. This is why one of the top destinations of charter flights is to major cities such as New York and Los Angeles where boards of directors, stockholders, and executives meet regularly. These people take private jet charters to be able to get to their destination quickly, on time and as relaxed and comfortable as possible before taking on a high-pressure meeting or presentation.  They also use that travel time to conduct productive meetings with their team, so there’s very little time lost to travel.

Remote Destinations

Just as business people frequently travel to major cities, they also need to go to remote locations, such as rural job sites and hard-to-reach satellite offices.   In order to reach these remote locations, business people are often required to catch commercial airline connections followed by a long, rental car drive.  A private jet charter can land at airports close to these remote destinations, saving time and money.  By getting their people back home more quickly, businesses are enhanced and the personal life of their employees is elevated.

International Business Hubs

International travel is time consuming and logistically difficult.  Booking a private jet charter adds ease and comfort to international travel and allows business people to have an enormous amount of quality time with their colleagues.  This ability to conduct productive, confidential meetings during long international flights as well as being able to work comfortably and privately are all reasons why we frequently take customers to international business destinations, such as Tokyo, Beijing, London and Paris.

Beach and Tropical Destinations

One of the most popular destinations for private charter flights is to beach and tropical destinations. With a private charter, you won’t be starting your trip with the stress and inconvenience of long lines or waiting several hours for delayed flights. By booking private jet charters, you will be able to arrive at summer hotspots such as Hawaii, Florida and the Caribbean without any hassles and in style.

Major Events Around the Country

Who wouldn’t love watching the Superbowl, the NBA Finals, the US Open Golf Tournament or the next big boxing match live and in the stadium?  Unfortunately, traveling to these events via commercial flights can be exhausting.  This is one reason why major events such as those listed above are some of the top destinations for private jet charters.

Are you going to any of these destinations? If so, book a private jet charter and experience the benefits first hand.

Aircraft Maintenance Q & A with Maintenance Director Bill Hoddenbach

Aircraft Maintenance Q & A

Q:  Why did you decide to become an aircraft mechanic?

A:  As a young boy, I had a fascination with airplanes.  My first small airplane ride was in a Cessna and we flew over the Hoover Dam at night.  It was amazing.  Later, I was working as a VW mechanic at a small auto shop and one of my roommates was working at the airport.  He invited me to see where he was working.  That day I saw my first aircraft engine and realized it was very similar to the VW engines I was working on and that moment planted the seed that would eventually grow into reality for me.

Q:  Is a career as an aircraft mechanic something you would recommend for others?  Why?

A:  Yes, Aviation Maintenance is a challenging career; it’s certainly not for the faint of heart.  If you have a desire to do things correctly, are willing to put in the time it takes to become good at it, you enjoy working with your hands, and you like solving technical problems, to then see your hard work fly away, it might be for you.

Q:  How does someone become an aircraft mechanic?

A:  There are different paths you can take to become an aviation mechanic.  One is to attend a formal Aviation Maintenance program at a local community college or private school.  There are several around the country that provide the curriculum needed to obtain your license.  Another way is to apprentice with a licensed mechanic for approximately 3 years and then get signed off to take your A&P license exam.  Yet another option is to go into the military and get your training there.

Q:  How long have you been the Director of Maintenance (DOM) for Keystone Aviation?

A:  I have been the Director of Maintenance here at Keystone for almost 16 years now.

Q:  What other experience did you have before becoming Keystone Aviation’s DOM?

A:  I had been a Director of Maintenance for several other firms prior to my coming to Keystone.  I had been involved in the helicopter industry as well as air freight and general aviation business, all as a DOM.

Aircraft Maintenance Q & A

Q:  What do you like about being a Director of Maintenance?

A:  I like being involved in the planning and execution of logistical challenges.  It is always rewarding to put something together and have it work well and know that you had a part in the success.

Q:  What are some of the challenges of being a Director of Maintenance?

A:  The dynamic nature of the industry can be challenging.  Learning how to adapt the business to new equipment, new regulations, new people.  Also, the pressures that some aircraft owners and operators put on maintenance can become a difficult challenge if not dealt with in the proper way.  Typically, people do not like maintenance, as it is a cost and takes up time.  They would rather be out flying their aircraft as opposed to than having maintenance done to it.

Q:  How has aircraft maintenance changed during your career?

A:  More complex equipment, less latitude to accomplish the job and, of course, more rules.

The maintenance industry has had to become more technical.  With the advent of “digital aircraft,” we have had to adapt to new technical procedures involving more electronics and a better understanding of computers and how to use them.  The internet has also required technicians to sharpen their knowledge base of the aircraft they maintain.  The owners can go on-line and talk to others in the industry and get 2nd and 3rd opinions much more easily now.  Sometimes these “internet mechanics” are not always accurate and we have had to learn how to help the customers navigate through those situations.

Q:  What is it like working with the FAA?

A:  Working with the FAA can be challenging, especially if you don’t try to understand their point of view and have a cooperative attitude.  We all have a part in the aviation industry and we need to be able to work with everyone to help the aircraft owners have a good experience and want to keep their aircraft and use them.  The FAA is part of that equation.  They have mandates that they have to accomplish and we as an industry need to be aware of those.  On the other hand, that does not mean that we should just roll over and accept everything that they give us.  We need to take an active role in the process by participating in the FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) process and have dialogue on these issues.  We should know the rules that govern our industry as well as or better than the regulators.

Overall my experience with the FAA has been good.  I have learned a lot from the various inspectors and managers that I have worked with.

Q:  What is the next “big” development for aircraft maintenance?

A:  I see the industry adding more capabilities as a business model, like the larger Maintenance Repair and Overhaul shops (MROs).  This is a shift from the past when there have been more “Mom and Pop” shops specializing in a small segment of the industry.

Q:  What are some of the issues you’ve worked on as Chairman of the National Air Transportation Association Maintenance Committee?

A:  The navigation database update rule and the new NPRMs on repair station rules, among other things.

Q:  Is it true you have traveled to all 50 States?

A:  I had a goal to see all 50 states prior to turning 50.  I accomplished this goal by seeing North and South Dakota 1 month prior to my 50th birthday.  In addition, I have traveled to approximately 30 different countries around the world.

8 Reasons to Choose Aircraft Management

Let’s face it, airplanes are complex machines, but we believe a Keystone Aviation managed aircraft can be a valuable tool to enhance your business and elevate your personal life. When you consider regulations, safety, training and insurance, among other things, the complexity associated with operating an aircraft can be rather daunting.  Management companies provide expertise and experience to navigate these complexities and to make aircraft ownership as simple as possible.

So here are 8 reasons to use an aircraft management company.

8 Reasons to Choose Aircraft Management

Convenience – One of the major benefits of aircraft management is the convenience.  With one phone call, an aircraft owner can schedule a flight.  The management company takes care of all of the details, including:  checking the crew’s certifications and rest requirements, ensuring aircraft maintenance compliance, assigning the crew, fueling, hangar needs, ground handling, crew accommodations and transportation, de-icing, catering, etc.  The management company will often arrange passenger accommodations and transportation as well.  However, the convenience of aircraft management reaches beyond coordinating flights; in fact, all of the benefits listed in this article play a part in the convenience provided by aircraft management.

Safety – Clearly, safety is always the primary concern when it comes to operating an airplane.  Management companies offer safety programs and processes aimed at enhancing the safety of your aircraft’s operations.  From independent audits to Safety Management Systems, management companies have the resources and the expertise to focus on safety.

Asset Protection – Did you know that approximately 20% of an aircraft’s value is in its logbooks?  Without proper maintenance, documentation and record keeping, the value of your aircraft can be significantly diminished.   Management companies provide the services needed to protect the value of your asset, such as maintenance tracking programs, outsourced maintenance oversight and even fireproofed storage for your aircraft logbooks.

Compliance – Complying with FAA regulations is not an easy task, but being out of compliance can be costly.  Aircraft management companies employ professionals in various disciplines from flight operations to maintenance to taxes who are there to help navigate the complexities of aircraft laws and regulations.

Cost Savings – Management companies can often achieve economies of scale which generate cost savings for the aircraft owner.  For example, management companies that operate multiple aircraft purchase more fuel for their combined fleet than a single aircraft owner.  Thus, the management company can often negotiate lower fuel prices than an aircraft owner can on their own.  These economies of scale can translate to savings in training costs, hangar rates, insurance premiums and many other areas.

8 Reasons to Choose Aircraft Management

Charter Revenue – Management companies which also operate charter aircraft can provide yet another advantage.  Specifically, the management company can often charter an aircraft when it is not in use by the owner (with the owner’s approval of course).  This charter revenue can then be used by the owner to reduce his/her operating costs, making aircraft ownership more economical.

Staff Management – While aircraft management agreements differ, often the management company employs the pilots, mechanics, bookkeepers, record keepers and flight attendants needed to operate an aircraft.  This arrangement allows the management company to alleviate the aircraft owner from the burden of payroll and benefits administration, HR compliance, employee training, etc.  This arrangement also generates cost savings in that the aircraft owner isn’t required to pay wages for people her/she only needs occasionally.

Reporting – A management company will often provide detailed reporting of aircraft expenses to the owner.  Keystone Aviation sends out reports monthly to aircraft owners which detail expenses by cost categories such as fuel, catering, maintenance, etc.  Management companies can also track expense trends over time and help to identify cost saving opportunities. Let us know if you need a specific set of metrics for reporting and we can customize a report on any interval needed. We just started utilizing new fuel purchasing software; look for new fuel reports coming soon!

So now you know more about the many benefits of aircraft management and why it is a great choice for so many aircraft owners.

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!

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.