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Today, November 18, 2015, Mickey Mouse is 87 years old. We are always looking for great examples of aviation strengthening businesses, and there is arguably no better example than the Grumman Gulfstream 1 that the one and only Walt Disney purchased in 1964.

The G1, later known as “The Mouse,” quickly became the most utilized executive aircraft in the world, thanks to almost continuous use shuttling an estimated 83,000 passengers during its service.

Other than Walt himself, the Gulfstream carried former presidents Ronald Regan, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter. An assortment of other famous faces also used the plane, along with Disney animators heading out on goodwill tours.

For many years, The Mouse carried tail number N234MM. The proper form for air traffic controllers, “two three four metro metro,” quickly turned to “two three four Mickey Mouse” or just “Mickey Mouse.”

While this might have been a well- known Gulfstream, it’s actually the plane’s first years in Disney service that are most interesting. The tail had no mouse on it…instead, one orange stripe, and a generic tail number with no MM included. It looked like any other plane because Walt used it to secretly identify and survey land in Florida, for what would become his second theme park. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Disney World in Orlando?

Confidentiality was important then just like it is today for a lot of companies.

Previously the G1 took Walt and company from California to New York for Disney’s contribution to the 1964 World’s …


Al Roker has announced that he will attempt to beat the current Guinness World Record by broadcasting live weather in all 50 states in just one week. NetJets, a private aviation company that has over 700 large aircraft, is sponsoring the event to make his journey possible. provides a wider range of solutions, at more cost effective prices.

Al had previously broadcasted 34 hours of straight weather coverage last year and is going above and beyond for this year’s goal. He began his journey on Friday and will complete his journey this coming Friday.

Al began his trip in Hawaii and will end on November 13th in New York City. Doing this in just one week, he will have certain days where he is covering 7 or more states.

Business Aircraft are Time Saving Tools

With Al covering so many states in one day, he will need aircraft that saves time. Business Aviation is a widespread industrious enhancing device used by small and large companies.  In fact, according to the results of a study published by the NBAA, more than 60% of business respondents named efficient schedules and the ability to reach remote locations as a benefit of private aviation.

Business Aircraft gives Al the location to location precision that he needs when traveling to state to state. Because this precision is so timely, without a need to wait in lines and suffer through airport delays, Al will be able to reach numerous states or more in just one …

BOSTON - OCTOBER 8:  British Airways Concorde Flight 1215 arrives at Logan International Airport from London October 8, 2003 in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston is one of only three North American cities, including Washington, DC and Toronto, to receive a special farewell visit from the Concorde before the supersonic fleet is taken out of service.  (Photo by Douglas McFadd/Getty Images)

The world’s fastest aircraft, the Concorde, originally owned and operated by Air France & British Airways, probably won’t return to commercial flight anytime soon. The Telegraph newspaper states that, “Club Concorde” has received $186 million for their aeronautical restoration strategy and is optimistic and motivated to complete their project by revamping this aircraft for private charter and display purposes by 2019.

Club Concorde includes former pilots, captains, charterers and Concorde enthusiasts.

A flight that would take close to 7 hours is cut in half by flying the Concorde super jet. This aircraft flies at twice the speed of sound, that’s 1,370 mph (and flights we take generally travel around 600 mph). This aircraft can quickly bring passengers from New York, NY to London, England in less than 3.5 hours.

First flying in 1969, the aircraft flew passengers for 27 years up until 2003.

Future Plans

Their plans are to buy an existing model to put on display in London and Paris as well as purchase another to restore for flight.

Club Concorde hopes to get one of the planes in the air via chartered flights by 2019 which is coincidentally the 50th anniversary of the Concorde’s inaugural flight.

The group hopes to put the aircraft on display by 2017 in London next to the London Eye where tourists can dine on site while touring the aircraft. If all goes well, there are plans for a second project on the Seine River in Paris.

Why Did Air France & British Airways …


You might think by looking at how the media portrays aviation that mid-air collisions are a daily event. When aircraft run into each other it makes for exciting news reporting.

The problem, for the media, is that mid-air collisions happen so infrequently that they are almost non-existent. According to the Nall Report, a yearly summation of aviation accident data, out of the millions of flights conducted in this country only nine mid-air collisions happened last year. Of those nine, four had fatalities. Only one of these mid-air collisions involved a business transport aircraft.


Of course, a single midair is one too many, especially if you happen to be on one of the aircraft involved. Pilots, operators and the FAA spend a lot of time, treasure and attention to the problem of aircraft running into each other.


The FAA is charged with rule making having to do with air traffic avoidance and they are also in charge of the air traffic control system, whose sole reason for existence is the safe separation of aircraft in flight and on the ground.  As a matter of fact, when a controller loses his or her required distances between aircraft in flight it is called a “loss of separation.”

The breathless media, eager to sell advertising space, often reports a loss of separation as an “almost tragic near-miss!” What the loss of separation report really means is that two aircraft on a controller’s scope are closer together than the minimum for the …

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Most depictions of aviation charters in the movies and on television feature a crazy-eyed pilot who is not ashamed to scare the life out of his or her passengers. The plane shown on the screen is usually ratty in appearance, noisy, and frightening to behold.

If charter and air taxi aircraft aren’t being shown as clown cars, they are being shown as a luxury barge that most likely carries the bad guys to their lairs or good guys in hot pursuit of the bad guys. Air taxi and business jets are almost never show for what they are – reliable time machines that make money for their owners and customers.

I don’t need to sell you on the idea that chartering an airplane is a money making proposition and not a luxury. The time required to take an airline to and from your destination combined with the additional travel time and expense; not to mention the amount of your productive time spent in security checkpoint lines and enduring long airline delays translate into time saved and money earned.

If you are not flying in your own corporate aircraft and you are not flying in a scheduled airliner, you are most likely chartering your ride from a FAA Part 135 Air Taxi operator.

“Parts is parts…”

People in aviation tend to bandy about the term: “FAR Part whatever” as if they expect you to know what an FAR is and what a part of an FAR might be.

The acronym FAR …

Telluride-Ski today announced Telluride as the top ski destination in the United States for 2015.

“What was once a remote mining camp for silver and gold prospectors has become the top ski destination in the country,” said Robert Hart, president at “And makes it easier than ever to get there, with non-stop direct routes to Telluride which cut out the time stuck trying to make connecting flights, layovers, cancelled flights, and long drives from airports with commercial service”

Jet Charters nominated Telluride based on the following factors:

– scenery
– population
– lodging
– dining
– activities
– location.

Walking down Colorado Avenue, Telluride sells itself, offering one of the most spectacular box canyon views. Flying charter will help visitors arrive quickly and easily, as opposed to relying on the nearest airport with commercial service, which requires a drive of at least an hour and a half.

Once visitors have arrived, a stay in Telluride is seemingly flawless, without the need for a car. The Town of Telluride connects to Mountain Village via Gondola free of charge.

“Mountain Aviation provides our clients the benefit of flying directly into the Telluride Regional Airport,” said said Brigitte dePagter Kusuno, business development at Mountain Aviation. “Our guests appreciate how amazing and unique Telluride is and therefore cherish every additional moment we can offer them.”

dePagter Kusuno went on to say, “As the only charter company with a base of operations in Telluride, Mountain Aviation has become the leader of charter services …


There are many ways to travel. But not all are created equal. With each new technological advancement, we are becoming more and more connected. In the past, a trip around the world was something that required detailed planning and lots of time to get there. Not so much anymore.

It isn’t unusual for top world leaders and business people to visit multiple destinations in a single day and still arrive home in time for dinner. There are far more options available than ever before.

But even with the numerous travel opportunities at our disposal these days, when it comes to getting from point A to point B quickly, few people in the world have the options of the President of the United States. When POTUS needs to travel somewhere far away in a hurry, he (or she) can board Air Force One, and fly in style and comfort. With Air Force One at his/her disposal, the President can travel with the comforts of home as well as the tools and resources of the office at his fingertips.

But for shorter trips, the President climbs aboard the helicopters of Marine Helicopter Squadron One, also known as Marine One. Whether flying from the White House to Camp David, or to an international summit after touching down overseas, the President can always rely on Marine One to get him there.

Since its inception, Marine One has never experienced an attack, an accident, or a security lapse. And the goal is to keep that …

Air Force One Jet Charters

In the modern business world, staying connected is key. While there are many great ways to connect and communicate using the ever-changing technology available, sometimes face-to-face trumps all the others. This is where air travel comes in.

Did you know companies that use business aircraft outperform the rest in several key areas, including annual earnings, stocks and dividends, total share price and market capitalization?

What’s more, less than 500 of the approximately 15,000 business aircraft registered in America are flown by Fortune 500 companies. The rest are used by large and small companies across all sectors, including government, higher ed and charities.

It makes perfect sense that these folks would choose private aviation, considering that it enables them to reach 10 times the number of airports in the country, compared to flying commercial.

Not only are business aircraft often equipped with the most cutting edge technology options for in-flight meetings, communication and presentations, but they also provide a private space for sharing sensitive information.

Perhaps no one in the world understands the need for this better than the President of the United States.

The President must be able to get anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice, securely and safely, while staying connected. Enter Air Force One, a four thousand square foot behemoth designed to accomplish just one thing: getting the President of the United States where he needs to be.

When the leader of the free world has to get somewhere in a hurry, he boards the ultimate …

Challenger 605

The Bombardier Challenger 605

The Challenger 605 is an airplane that gives airline performance and lifting capacity for the cost of a business jet. It is close to the Boeing 737 in that regard and, it provides more cabin space than most similar aircraft. The 605 quiet, moderately cost effective, and flies really well. Flight crews enjoy taking it from point A to point B, and passengers love the large and plush, cabin and its ability to fly coast to coast on a tank of gas.

The original Challenger 600, upon which the 605 is based, was the first of the business airplanes nicknamed a wide-body when it was announced in 1977. The Challenger 600 first flew in November 1978. Successive versions of the series emerged as the 601-1, 601-3, 601-3R and 604.

The 605 is fundamentally an aircraft with new displays of all the familiar workings–many of them manual–of previous 600-series Challengers. XM weather and other improvements make this aircraft more reliable to dispatch and gives flight crews all the information needed to make critical weather decisions.

Nine to twelve passengers are the 605’s usual passenger load, but it can be configured for up to nineteen people. The cabin of the 605 is well known for its quiet and roomy atmosphere. Passengers have the luxury of getting to their stuff while in flight instead of having to wait until the bags are unloaded on the ramp upon arrival. There are 115 cubic feet of baggage space available in an …

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Gulfstream 550 Review

The Gulfstream 550 is a world traveling favorite of the charter and corporate flight department community.

There are more than 460 Gulfstream G550 business jets in service and the people who own and operate them say the aircraft is a top performer, a multipurpose mainstay offering solid dispatch reliability and backed by Gulfstream’s well-known product support.

The G550 has four main improvements over its ancestor the GV: improved takeoff performance, a slight improvement in range and fuel efficiency, a bigger cabin and the PlaneView ™ flight deck featuring Honeywell Primus Epic avionics.

A seventh pair of windows is added to the fuselage and the entry door is moved 2 ft. forward to increase usable cabin length and boost net cabin volume by 58 cu. ft. This adjustment was made possible because the G550 needs less room to store its more modern avionics.

First Rate Performance

Powered by two Rolls-Royce engines the Gulfstream G550 has a cruise range of 6,750 nautical miles. The G550 flies from Seoul to Los Angeles or New York to Cairo nonstop at Mach 0.80. London to Tokyo or to San Francisco can be done nonstop at Mach 0.85. This ability to fly nonstop more than 12 hours means less fuel stops, giving the 550 added efficiency and cost effectiveness.

The Rolls-Royce BR700-710 turbofans installed on the 550 produce 635 lb. more takeoff thrust than they did for the GV. Because of the aircraft’s relatively low wing loading, the thrust-to-weight ratio of the aircraft …