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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.

10 Busiest Airports in the World

Airports are among the busiest places in the world with people flying in and out all day, every day. “But which ones are the busiest among all these busy airports?”  We thought you’d never ask.

You’re in luck because we’ve just finished compiling a list of the 10 Busiest Airports in the World based on the total passenger traffic between January and September 2011.

10. Denver International Airport

Busiest Airports

With 39,953,117 total passengers, Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado, USA is the 10th busiest airport on the planet today.

9. Frankfurt Airport

Taking the 9th spot is Frankfurt Airport in Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany with 42,745,186 total passengers—that’s enough to fill several small countries!

Busiest Airports

8. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Busiest Airports

Beating Frankfurt Airport by less than a million passengers, we have Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, USA with 43,468,057 passengers.

7. Tokyo International Airport

Busiest Airports

At 7th place, we have Tokyo International Airport in Ōta, Tokyo, Japan boasting 45,499,212 passengers over the last year. If that’s a Ramen shop in the photo, then it probably explains the over 45 million people who dropped by the airport last year.

6. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Busiest Airports

Coming in at 6th place is Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in Roissy-en-France, Île-de-France, France with 46,409,711 passengers. Now, with that many people in what’s considered to be the most romantic city in the world, it probably is the best place to look for love.

5. Los Angeles International Airport

If you thought it was a close fight between Frankfurt and Dallas Fort Worth for the number eight spot, then check out Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, USA. It took the 5th spot from Paris Charles De Gaulle by less than 500,000 passengers at 46,832,624.

4. O’Hare International Airport

Here’s another one from the US: The O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois. It takes the 4th spot with 50,204,670 passengers.

3. London Heathrow Airport

The 3rd busiest airport on Earth right now is London Heathrow in Hillingdon, Greater London, England, UK with 52,666,875 passengers.

2. Beijing Capital International Airport

We were quite sure that China will have an entry in this top 10 based on its population alone—and we were right. Taking the 2nd spot is Beijing Capital International Airport in Chaoyang, Beijing, China with its 57,950,779 passengers.

1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Finally, with a decisive lead, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, USA grabs the top spot with 69,730,632 passengers. That’s almost 30 million more than Denver International Airport!

And we’re done! That was the 10 Busiest Airports in the World. Now go and travel the world. Meet people. Experience new cultures. What could be more fun?

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World’s_busiest_airports_by_passenger_traffic

DISCLAIMER: Statements and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors, editors and publishers. While care has been taken in the compilation of this article to present up-to-date and accurate information, we cannot guarantee that inaccuracies will not occur. Keystone Aviation will not be held responsible for any claim, loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of any information within this article.

An Insider’s Guide to the Sundance Film Festival

It’s that time of year again—a time to celebrate great stories and the work of up-and-coming filmmakers. Yes, it’s time for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The event is going to be held in Park City, Utah from January 19 to 29.

The Festival provides independent filmmakers from across the globe a platform  to showcase their art and be recognized. What started out as a humble operation in 1978 has grown into what is considered the biggest annual independent film festival in the United States.

If you’re looking to be part of this year’s event but are not sure what to expect, don’t worry, we’ve compiled insider’s guide to the Sundance Film Festival to help you make the most out of your trip. We’ve asked several experienced Festival-goers for some tips on everything Sundance—from the best restaurants  all the way to the best places to spot celebrities.

So, without further ado, here’s your Guide to Sundance:

What are the best places to stay in Park City, Utah?

The Montage was the top choice of our respondents. The second place went to both Marriott Mountainside and St. Regis Hotel.
Other options would be:

Club Lespri Silver Lake
Deer Valley Park City Mountain Resort
Marriott Summit Watch Yarrow Hotel
The Grand Summit Westgate Park City Resort & Spa
Waldorf Astoria Copperbottom Inn
Hotel Park City Park City Peaks

But according to one respondent, any house near Main Street will do. She recommends www.vrbo.com for a list of places for rent.

What is the best place to get Sundance Film Festival film tickets?

Almost everyone pointed to the event’s official website www.sundance.org/festival/tickets/. But don’t worry if you can’t get them from the Festival’s website. You can get them from www.sundancecinemas.com and www.frontrowtickets.com as well.

Of course, you can also just drop by the Park City Box office or ask to be waitlisted at any of the participating cinemas.

What are the five best restaurants in Park City, Utah?

Survey Respondents Said:

Chimayo Prime Steak House
Zoom High West Distillery & Saloon
Easy Street

What are the five best places to spot celebrities?

Okay, this one’s a bit tricky. The respondents are unable to reach a consensus on whether there are celebrities at the slopes or not.

In any case, they do agree that you’ll most likely find them around Main Street, especially during the first weekend of the Festival. Other places to check out include Starbucks, Zoom, Park City outlet stores and of course, wherever panel discussions that feature celebrities are held.

What are your favorite nightlife activites during Sundance?

Most of the respondents agree that getting yourself invited to one of the private after-movie parties that are usually attended by celebrities is the score. However, there are still a lot of great things to do in case the exclusive party thing does not work out for you.

One good option is to drop by one of the local bars or restaurants to enjoy good food and great live music. Art galleries are a popular alternative as well. You can also just walk around and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city.

Of course, if all else fails, you can always go back to enjoying the films—which is what the Festival is all about anyway.

What are the best five bars in  the Park City, Utah area?

Our “experts” say:

No Name Saloon Bistro 412
Downstairs O’Shucks Bar & Grill
Harry O’s

What’s new for this year’s Sundance Film Festival?

There are more off-screen events where filmmakers talk about their entries such as:

The Cinema Cafe (daily)
Artist at the Table
At the Lodge

There are also more panels and, according to one respondent, “New Movies That you will love!“ We don’t know about you but it sounds pretty convincing to us.

What are the top five films you are hoping to see this year?

The four most anticipated films in this year’s Festival are:

2 Days in New York
California Solo
Celeste & Jesse Forever

You may be wondering what the fifth one is. Well, we are too. There was no clear winner so we’ll just list list all the other choices that are equally qualified to take the final spot:

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap I Am Not a Hipster
That’s What She Said Abacus
Black Rock 5 Broken Cameras
The Pact The Law in These Parts
2 Days in New York Red Lights
About Face Bachelorette

What to expect from your first time attending the Sundance Film Festival?

Expect big crowds. This is probably the most important thing to prepare for. This means that there will probably be nowhere for you to park you car on Main Street. And of course, restaurants will be packed as well.

You can also expect to wait outside the cinemas (in the cold) for a while before you’re allowed to get in and enjoy your movie.

But don’t cancel your plans just yet. This is exactly why this guide was written. Planning ahead is the key to having a great time at the Festival.

First, there’s no need to worry about parking. Find a spot a couple of minutes away from Main Street and take a cab to the event. It should be easy to navigate the city because transportation is readily available. As for the food, just make reservations early. You don’t need to fight for a table. You should have one waiting just for you.

The wait outside the cinemas shouldn’t be a problem as well—you might even bump into a celebrity (or two) who are usually willing to pose for photos with fans—if you wear comfortable shoes and clothes that keep you warm. Just make sure you have lighter clothing underneath since the cinemas tend to get toasty with the number of people inside.

Finally, with all the people at the event, you’ll have the slopes all to yourself. It’s the perfect time to bond with what one respondent calls “the best powder on earth”.

That’s it. You are now ready to take on the Festival. Go out there and have a blast!

Which aircraft is right for you?

So, you have thought about it long enough. You’re tired of taking three days to accomplish what could be done in one. Perhaps you have had enough of long lines and pat downs.  Maybe you’ve chartered or flown on a friend’s aircraft a time or two and realized the cost-benefit analysis makes sense.  Whatever your reason, you have decided it’s time to purchase your own aircraft. With that big decision made, now comes that task of deciding which aircraft is right for you.

As with most decisions in life, there are tradeoffs, and deciding which aircraft to purchase is no exception. The four main forces acting on an aircraft – thrust, lift, drag and gravity – are the cause of most aircraft acquisition tradeoffs. More thrust means higher speed, but more cost. More lift means shorter runways are accessible, but slower cruise speeds. Larger, heavier aircraft mean more cabin comfort and capability, but need more lift and thrust which, in turn, correlates to more cost.

Acquisition Budget. The most logical place to start is to set the acquisition budget. How much can I afford? It is important to remember that an aircraft is a tool to help facilitate the growth of your business and simplify your life. Letting ego creep into the budget decision can lead to acquiring more aircraft than needed, and can lead to a less than ideal ownership experience.

Operating Costs.   Just as important as how much can I afford to acquire the aircraft, is how much can I afford for direct operating cost of the aircraft? Typically, the older the airframe and engines, the higher the direct operating costs. This is due to more maintenance being required on the airframe, as well as the less efficient engines on older aircraft. As aircraft age, particularly beyond ten years, their values decline, but direct operating costs increase.   An extreme example of this is in the large cabin Gulfstream G-II market. While this 1970s vintage aircraft can be purchased for nearly give away prices of $400K and below, it will cost upwards of $7,000 per hour to operate.

Cabin. Generally, the larger the cabin, the higher the acquisition and operating costs. Some features of the aircraft cabin to consider:

  • Number of Seats.   The average passenger load for a business jet trip is approximately 2.5 people. Do you really need 12 seats for that annual trip to Hawaii? You can buy a lot of first class seats to the islands with the millions you will save in purchasing a midsize instead of a large cabin aircraft.
  • Cabin Size. Standup cabins are comfortable, but the bigger the cabin, the bigger the direct operating costs.
  • Lavatory. Some light aircraft have limited lavatory facilities with a curtain for a barrier or have no lav at all. How long do you plan on being in the air?
  • Baggage Volume. Storage space comes at a premium in an aircraft. Do you need the capability to load golf bags or skis? Some mid and light aircraft have baggage compartments loadable only from the interior, while others have larger exterior baggage space in the nose and tail of the aircraft.

Range.  Longer range capability means larger aircraft which means higher acquisition and operating costs. What are your common destinations? How many times per year do you travel to these destinations?   Do you need to go non-stop or will a stop along the way be acceptable? The 80/20 rule applies to range. Purchase an aircraft that will satisfy 80% of your needs – for all other occasions, you can make a fuel stop, charter a larger aircraft or book a first class ticket for the other 20% of your destinations.

Speed. One of the first questions many aircraft buyers will ask is “how fast does it go?” Most midsize and large cabin aircraft have cruise speeds that are not dramatically different. Light jets will have more variation in speed capabilities.   With the average business jet leg being 600 miles, the difference in speed from one model to the next often results in only a few minutes difference in travel time.

Service Ceiling. Most business jets are capable of flying as high or higher than the airlines enabling them to fly over most weather. If considering a turboprop aircraft, know they fly at lower altitudes which will occasionally result in the need to circumvent poor weather.

Runway Performance.  It is important to know the runway length at the airports you frequently use. Larger aircraft typically require more runway for takeoff and landing. The lighter the aircraft, the less runway needed. However, often less fuel is loaded on board in order to meet limited runway lengths, which results in fuel stops.

Payload. Most aircraft are not capable of filling the fuel tanks and filling the seats at the same time. While filling the tanks is not required on many flights, it is important to know the limitation of how much an aircraft can carry with full fuel.

One or Two Pilots. Most turboprop aircraft and many newer light jets are certified to be operated with a single pilot. Operating with a single pilot can reduce costs, increase payload capability and open up an extra seat for passengers. Having two pilots can add to the safety of operations due to the reduction in pilot flying work load, more eyes outside the cockpit and redundancy in case of health issues.

There is no one aircraft that will satisfy 100% of a buyer’s needs. Sorting through tradeoffs in performance, features and costs can be daunting, not to mention the complexities of the overall acquisition process.  Particularly for first time aircraft buyers, taking a conservative approach to aircraft selection and assessing real needs is wise. Getting professional guidance from an experienced aircraft broker is paramount to making the right aircraft selection, as well as to a successful acquisition.

By Michael Parker © December, 2011. Mr. Parker is vice president aircraft sales at Keystone Aviation, based in Salt Lake City, Utah and has brokered and professionally flown business aircraft for over 14 years.

DISCLAIMER: Statements and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors, editors and publishers. While care has been taken in the compilation of this article to present up-to-date and accurate information, we cannot guarantee that inaccuracies will not occur. Keystone Aviation will not be held responsible for any claim, loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of any information within this article.

Aircraft Pre-Purchase Inspections

Pre-Purchase InspectionsInvolving maintenance experts in an aircraft acquisition is time and money well spent!

One of the most exciting days in a person’s life is the day he or she purchases an aircraft. While this can be an exciting time, it also can be filled with pitfalls and challenges.  For this article, we will look at the maintenance issues that need to be examined during the aircraft acquisition process.

When buying an aircraft, it is important to have a qualified, neutral technician or organization do a proper pre-purchase inspection of the prospective aircraft. When Keystone Aviation purchases an aircraft for a client, we recommend just that. We also recommend doing a one or more of the manufacturer’s larger inspection(s) as part of the evaluation – this allows you to get more value for your dollar as you will have accomplished maintenance work that would have been required later.

Reasons to consult a qualified maintenance expert with your aircraft acquisition, include:

  • Pre-Purchase InspectionsPurchasing an aircraft without the benefit of an experienced airframe and powerplant mechanic can lead to big expenses and unsafe conditions right away or even later on.
  • An aircraft is a piece of machinery that can operate in diverse and extreme conditions. This operating environment places many different types of stress on the equipment.
  • The Federal Aviation Administration regulations require that the aircraft must be maintained to an “Airworthy” condition. This airworthy assessment may be accomplished by many different mechanics with different skill levels and standards for determining airworthiness.
  • In the past, we have seen individuals buying aircraft without the benefit of a quality pre-purchase evaluation and it almost always has led to a disappointing ownership experience, resulting in more downtime and more maintenance costs.
  • Many potential buyers are attracted to an aircraft that has new paint and interior because “it looks good.” These “cosmetic overhauls” could be hiding a host of problems that only a trained eye could spot. Paint can hide a multitude of problems, i.e. corrosion, damage, or poor repair workmanship.

Some of the areas that you want to have a maintenance expert look at are:

  • Pre-Purchase InspectionsAircraft records, (logbooks, etc.) – are they complete and accurate?
  • Aircraft damage history – has the aircraft been involved in an accident?
  • Airworthiness Directive (AD) status – are all applicable AD’s complied with and signed off properly?
  • Maintenance status – are all inspection requirements up to date?
  • Engine condition and history – is the engine performing as it should?
  • System operations – are they functioning normally?
  • Modifications and proper recording of the modifications – are all FAA form 337s, STCs accounted for?
  • Corrosion damage – where has the aircraft lived? Is there hidden corrosion?
  • Another important part of a pre-purchase evaluation is the acceptance flight. How does the aircraft handle? Does it seem to be in rig? Does it taxi OK? Do the gauges all agree with each other? Are there any excessive vibrations or flutters?

Tips for your pre-purchase evaluation:

  • When performing these evaluations always prepare and use a checklist so as not to forget any of the items that you want looked at.
  • Always start the pre-purchase evaluation with clear and well-defined parameters so that everyone involved (the buyer, seller and evaluator) are working from the same page.
  • In the end, a well performed evaluation can make the aircraft buying experience much easier and ownership more cost effective.

By Bill Hoddenbach, © December, 2011. Mr. Hoddenbach currently serves as Director of Maintenance for Keystone Aviation and has over twenty years of aircraft maintenance experience ranging from small piston to large commercial jet and rotorcraft aircraft. He holds an A&P Technician certificate and is a Private Pilot rated in both fixed-wing and rotorcraft aircraft. Mr. Hoddenbach has served as Vice-Chairman of NATA’s Maintenance Systems and Technology Committee.

DISCLAIMER: Statements and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors, editors and publishers. While care has been taken in the compilation of this article to present up-to-date and accurate information, we cannot guarantee that inaccuracies will not occur. Keystone Aviation will not be held responsible for any claim, loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of any information within this article.

Winter Departures Procedures

Winter DepartureKeystone Aviation is spooling up for another winter wonderland at the Salt Lake City International Airport.

Hangar space in the winter is always in high demand. On an average night, Keystone Aviation has the capacity to hangar 35 transient aircraft. Even with over 400,000 square feet of hangar space, we find ourselves regretfully unable to accommodate everyone and sometimes have 50 additional aircraft requesting hangar.

The #1 Tip for Visiting Salt Lake City in the Winter:  Call Ahead!  Calling at least two weeks in advance makes it more likely that we will be able to fulfill your hangar request.  This is especially true around the Sundance Film Festival and the holidays (including President’s Day) when we recommend you call a month in advance if possible in order to reserve hangar space.

Winter DepartureIf you require de-icing, we typically have approximately 60 employees trained to airline standards and 9 well-maintained de-ice trucks hot and ready to go. For your convenience and safety, we also have air-to-ground radios installed in all of our de-ice trucks monitoring 128.85 so you can speak directly to the de-ice team.

Keystone Aviation would like to wish you safe travel during the upcoming winter season and we look forward to serving you!

Early Forms of Human Flight

From commercial aircraft to private jets, it is apparent that we are currently enjoying the progress made in aviation. However, before modern day aircraft came about, a number of inventions in the past attempted to make early forms of human flight possible. Let’s take a trip back in time and learn about the earlier forms of human flight.

Ornithopter – One of the world’s most famous artists, Leonardo da Vinci has had his share of interest in human flight with his famous drawings depicting bird-like machines intended for flying. One of his works, called the Ornithopter was never actually created, but influenced the design of the modern day helicopter.

Early Forms of Human FlightHot Air Balloons – The hot air balloon is the oldest form of successful human flight. It was invented by brothers Joseph Michel and Jacques Etienne Montgolfier who used farm animals as their first passengers. The first manned flight occurred on November 21, 1783.  The balloon drifted for about 5 miles with a wood fire used for power.

Airships – These aircraft made flight possible by using lighter than air gasses (hydrogen/helium) and were steered through the air with the help of rudders and propellers. In 1785, one of the pioneers of the airship, Jean-Pierre Blanchard successfully crossed the English Channel with a balloon equipped with flapping wings for propulsion, and a bird-like tail for steering.

Early Forms of Human Flight

Gliders – Developments made in aerodynamics brought about the birth of truly practical gliders in the 1800s. In 1891, German engineer Otto Lilienthal designed the first successful glider that could fly long distances.   Unfortunately, after more than 2,500 successful flights, Lilienthal was riding one of his inventions when a sudden, strong wind caused him to lose control and fall to the ground, resulting in his untimely demise.

DISCLAIMER: Statements and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors, editors and publishers. While care has been taken in the compilation of this article to present up-to-date and accurate information, we cannot guarantee that inaccuracies will not occur. Keystone Aviation will not be held responsible for any claim, loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of any information within this article.

The Traveler’s Handbook to Empty Leg Flights

If you are looking for a way to save on a private jet charter, then you should consider empty leg flights.

Empty Leg FlightsWhat is an empty leg flight?

Air charter operators usually fly customers round-trip. However, there are instances when a client doesn’t need to use both legs of the round-trip charter flight. These one-way scenarios create a situation where one of the legs of the round-trip flight booked by the original client is empty.

Charter companies often make these one-way empty flights available for other clients at a discounted price, resulting in a win-win situation for both the air charter companies and would-be clients. Keystone Aviation often goes one step further and refunds the original client a portion of their round-trip payment, creating a win-win-win situation.

How much can you save with an empty leg flight?

Things to note: You must be flexible with your flight schedule in order to fully benefit from an available empty leg. Since empty leg flights originate through another customer, if the original customer changes or cancels their flight, your empty leg will also be changed or even cancelled. Be aware, while air charter operators will generally give refunds for a cancelled flight, they usually do not offer a replacement flight in cases when the original flight is cancelled or changed.

Availability of empty leg flights varies considerably. It may be easier to find one if you are flying to a popular destination. Customers who fly to a destination frequently for either business or pleasure may also benefit because the routine nature of the travel may create the flexibility to take advantage of the savings. Also, air charter peak times, such as the holidays, may mean more availability of empty leg deals.

Empty Leg FlightsHow do I find available empty leg flights?

Many air charter operators will post available empty legs on their websites. Keystone Aviation offers a current list of its available empty legs at: Available Empty Legs

In order to keep customers informed when empty legs become available, Keystone Aviation sends direct email alerts for empty legs. You can go to Keystone Aviation’s website daily or weekly in order to monitor the empty legs in hopes of finding one that fits your schedule.  Or…you can let us know that you are interested in empty legs and when one becomes available, Keystone Aviation will send you an email directly to alert you that an empty leg has been added.

Empty leg flights are an efficient way to save on air charter expenses. If you cannot be flexible with your dates or times, then you may be better off booking a traditional charter flight instead. However, with flexibility, can come real savings for the fantastic experience that is private aviation.

DISCLAIMER: Statements and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors, editors and publishers. While care has been taken in the compilation of this article to present up-to-date and accurate information, we cannot guarantee that inaccuracies will not occur. Keystone Aviation will not be held responsible for any claim, loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of any information within this article.

6 Airplane Fun Facts

6 Airplane Fun Facts

Since everyone loves fun facts, here are a few interesting aviation facts.

The Wright Brothers

Airplane Fun Facts

Although aviation history and development can be credited to way before the Wright brothers, they are given credit for inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. This historical event happened on December 17, 1903.

Future Aircraft

Airplane Fun Facts

Airbus developers have their eyes set for the future, including some out of this world designs such as a see through plane where passengers can have an almost 360 degree view of what’s around them as they fly.

Most Expensive Private Jet

Airplane Fun Facts

A new Gulfstream G550 is priced 59.9 million US Dollars and is considered as the most expensive private jet to date. British billionaire Sir Philip Green is one of the proud owners of the G550.

World’s Fastest

Airplane Fun Facts

Official records point to the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird as the world’s fastest, manned jet aircraft. It can travel with a speed of 2,194 mph or 3,530 km/h. The record was set on July 28, 1976 near Beale Air Force Base, California, USA with Eldon W. Joersz and George T. Morgan Jr. as pilots.

Number of Flights Each Day

Airplane Fun Facts

Airports in the US alone cater to about 29,000 domestic and international flights each day (The Huffington Post). The cost and safety of aviation make it one of the most in-demand services of today.

Mercury and Airplanes

Under most circumstances it is prohibited to carry mercury on board a flight. This restriction is because a very small amount of mercury can cause serious damage to aluminum and most airplanes are made of aluminum.   Airplanes exposed to mercury are quarantined for further observation.

DISCLAIMER: Statements and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors, editors and publishers. While care has been taken in the compilation of this article to present up-to-date and accurate information, we cannot guarantee that inaccuracies will not occur. Keystone Aviation will not be held responsible for any claim, loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of any information within this article.

To Buy or Charter a Private Jet?

More and more businesses and individuals are realizing the efficiency and productivity benefits of private business aviation. But what method of private aviation would best fit your needs or the specific needs of your company; purchasing an aircraft or chartering one? The differences between ownership and chartering can be compared using the following questions:

  • How many hours are you estimating to fly per year?
  • What type of missions will be flown?
  • What will the average passenger count be on the aircraft?

The answers to these questions should be tailored to fit specific situations and needs, regardless of whether you are considering personal or business travel.

Whole Aircraft Ownership:

With whole aircraft ownership, you have complete control over the plane and crew. You know where the plane has flown, who has been on it, how many hours it has logged and when it was last inspected. As the owner, you have control over whom you hire to fly the plane and what their experience level is in that particular type of aircraft. The plane can be equipped the way you wish, to your specifications and you can be certain that the aircraft is maintained to your personal standards.

Advantages of whole aircraft ownership include:

  • Complete flexibility on scheduling, including usage on an ad-hoc, short-notice basis
  • Tax benefits associated with depreciation
  • Reduced operating costs, through generation of charter revenue (if you have elected to put the   aircraft on a charter certificate)
  • Opportunities for appreciation in the value of the aircraft
  • Variable operating costs can be defrayed by making the plane available for charter to third parties         (Doing so will not reduce flexibility or trip planning)

Disadvantages of whole aircraft ownership include:

  • Large capital outlay
  • Cost inefficiencies for low utilization owners (usually fewer than 300 flight-hours per year)
  • Inflexibility on aircraft size/type
  • Requires personal supervision
  • Risk of market value fluctuations

Aircraft Charter:

Aircraft charter is attractive to individuals that frequently travel on short notice, must visit multiple locations within a short time frame, or for individuals who travel to areas that lack adequate commercial airline service. When you charter an aircraft, you have neither the responsibilities of aircraft ownership, nor the limitations on the size of aircraft available for your trip. You select the exact airplane you need for each trip, whether you have 4 or 20 people traveling. The price of your aircraft charter is going to vary depending on aircraft performance, size, passenger capacity and the duration of your flight.

Advantages of Aircraft Charter:

  • Flexibility in the choice of aircraft to best fit your trip
  • No large capital outlay
  • Avoid the risk of market value fluctuations

Disadvantages of Aircraft Charter:

  • Aircraft availability may be limited, especially for short-notice trips
  • Not as effective for one-way travel or long layovers
  • Personalized service varies from charter company to charter company

Your charter experience should be professional, personal and productive.

Aircraft ownership and aircraft charter offer you and your business a unique opportunity to maximize your time, efficiency and productivity, while giving you the freedom to enjoy the things that matter most to you.

DISCLAIMER: Statements and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors, editors and publishers. While care has been taken in the compilation of this article to present up-to-date and accurate information, we cannot guarantee that inaccuracies will not occur. Keystone Aviation will not be held responsible for any claim, loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of any information within this article.

Private Aviation Gives Life

Private Aviation Gives Life

Somewhere in America, an organ was just delivered to a recipient through the use of private aviation. While some view private aircraft charter as a luxury for the rich and famous, many companies around the country offer their available fleet for life-saving organ transplant flights. The human body has a combination of over 100 organs and body parts that can be utilized as a transplant to give someone a second chance at life. Lungs, kidneys, and hearts however have a critically short time frame from the time the donor has given their organs to the time the transplant recipient can successfully accept an organ.
The pilots and crew members of these transplant flights are keenly aware of the urgent nature of these flights. Transplant flights are routinely flown in the late hours of the evening and can often have a crew on duty for up to 14hours. The use of the private aircraft allows hospitals around the country to match recipients with donors, regardless of their location. One of these individuals may be your neighbor, your friend, or even your family.

Private Aviation Gives Life

Many organ donor flights are flown by a local Aircraft Charter Company. The primary supplier of organ donor flights in the state of Utah is Keystone Aviation. Keystone Aviation offers the use of its fleet (based on availability) to local transplant organizations. Within the last year, Keystone Aviation successfully completed numerous organ donor flights, including a flight to and from Honolulu, Hawaii to aid in the procurement of a life-saving organ for a Utah resident. The highly trained and skilled flight crews at Keystone Aviation are placed on what the flight department has called “organ donor standby duty.” These crews are able to be airborne within two hours of being notified of the flight. Every member of the team at Keystone Aviation works diligently until the organ and transplant team has arrived at its destination.
  • 110,586 people are waiting for an organ
  • 18 people will die in the USA each day waiting for an organ
  • 1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives

The need for life-saving organs is great, and private aviation is here to assist. Together, private aviation and organ donors around the country are giving individuals in need a second chance at life.  For more information on this article or organ donation, visit www.organdonor.gov.

Aaron Mangone © has worked in the Aviation Industry since 2001 in positions that include Flight Coordinator, Pilot, and Charter Sales Manager. He Currently serves as the Charter Sales Manager at Keystone Aviation in Salt Lake City.

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