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Learjet 45XR Review

 

The Lear 45 was first certified in 1998 under FAR Part 25, transport category rules, almost identical to the safety standards required for Boeing 777s. This choice of standard over the usual, less stringent Part 23 was intentional. This Lear was intended to operate with the big boys in terms of system redundancy and design strength.

This model was striving for the full cabin look and was a successful attempt to get away from the “flying pencil” appearance and experience of the very early Learjet models. It is an attractive aircraft that is backed-up by the decades long life experience of its ancestors. The Learjet was one of the very first business jets and this model was a logical extension of that distinguished line.

Well over five hundred copies of the two models have been produced and are flying, making this aircraft a common sight in the skies. Their relatively large population also means that there is a better supply of parts and trained maintenance people ready to support the owner and operator.

The first Lear 45XM was produced in 2004 with the addition of iTFE731-20-BR engines, flat-rated at 3,500 pounds of thrust at a much higher104 degrees F, than the original Lear 45’s rating of 86 degrees F. This power increase solved a number of problems that existed in the earlier Lear 45s. It upped the aircraft’s gross weight a thousand pounds making it more of a work horse. The increase also helped flight safety …

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JetCharters.com, the Worldwide Air Charter Marketplace has unveiled a new aviation alliance with a wide range of top private charter operators just in time for the holiday travel rush when predicted travel numbers are set to reach an all-time high. The new alliance with more than 265 operators across the nation makes more than 820 aircraft available for charter customers around the globe.

“This new wider range of partners means the perfect solution for any trip,” said Robert Hart, president at JetCharters.com. “We have small air taxi for short range, as well as heavy jets for larger groups and everything in between.”

Key benefits of choosing private air charter through the new alliance include the option of service to more airports than commercial airlines as well as ease of travel and a more personalized experience.

Additionally, JetCharters.com was recently featured in a New York Post article about how charter jet travel is becoming increasingly more popular among travelers because of how affordable it is.

Hart went on to say that “while there has previously been a belief that private jet travel is for the ultra-rich, we are working to de-bunk this myth. The new and increased options now available on JetCharters.com make private flight affordable and available for many.”

In fact, JetCharters.com was initially developed to meet the growing needs of a growing number of domestic and international jet charter business travelers.

Thousands of companies and organizations of all sizes depend on private aviation to minimize travel time, and enhance …

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The Eclipse 500 and 550 Review

Corporate jets used to be judged by how big and fast they were. Prices for jet fuel went up from roughly thirty cents a gallon in the early 1970s to over six dollars a gallon today.

Smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient are now the watchwords of the charter and corporate flight world. Kerosene sipping engines and light weight composite materials have made a difference on existing models of aircraft, but there has been a recent trend to make jets smaller – small enough for only a few passengers to be flown by a single pilot to their destination.

The Eclipse jet has been a popular choice for fractional, air taxi and corporate flight departments who want a short to middle range jet. It is the smallest twin engined jet for sale in the world today.

It weighs only six thousand pounds soaking wet making it only slightly heavier than most middle of the road piston twin aircraft like the Piper Aztec and the Beechcraft Baron. Of course other than similar prices for a new Baron versus a new Eclipse, that is where a reasonable comparison ends. The Eclipse is one hundred and seventy five knots faster in cruise than the Baron and it can fly twenty thousand feet higher.

Air taxi companies like this aircraft because it fulfils one of their most often accomplished missions – short to medium range trips with one or two passengers.

Passengers like it because the Eclipse operates …

Air Ambulance

 

The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been a top story making headlines lately, with much media focus on the care that infected individuals are receiving. Another issue of concern has been the transportation of Ebola patients and how many are largely relying on air ambulance, in particular Americans being brought back to the United States.

The patients, American doctors and aid workers, became infected while trying to render aid to the local populations there. What some might know is that these individuals were flown from Africa to the United States on aircraft specifically designed to serve as airborne ambulances.

In medical emergencies such as the Ebola outbreak or events like it, air ambulance can prove to be a life-saving form of transport to patients who need it most. Outfitted with special equipment and gear such as ventilators, monitoring units, CPR equipment, stretchers and the like, air ambulance aircraft routinely transport ill or injured individuals both domestically and abroad.

Some air ambulance flights are equipped with trained medical staff to offer in-flight care, while others are simply for the purpose of transport.

The concept of air ambulance can be traced back to various military maneuvers, including World War I, when the practice significantly helped reduce mortality rates. For long-distance travel, fixed wing aircraft currently proves to be the most popular air ambulance option for patients.The first cited instance of established air ambulance services for civilians was developed in Canada and soon after, the first air ambulance operation in …

Maurice Bellonte

 

Aviation has a rich history and here at JetCharters.com, we believe it’s important to look back at the foundations of our industry and celebrate the milestones and moments that have taken place through the years. From the Wright Brothers’ first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to Charles Lindbergh’s groundbreaking transatlantic voyage, if it weren’t for the heroic efforts of the people who came before us, our industry wouldn’t be moving in the positive direction it is today.

August 31st and September 1st marked an important anniversary in the history of flight that many people aren’t aware of. It was during that time eighty-four years ago that Dieudonne Costes and Maurice Bellonte made the first east-west transatlantic flight from Paris to New York City.

Most everyone knows about Charles Lindbergh’s famous 1929 flight from New York to Paris in his Spirit of St. Louis. But very few Americans are aware of the following trans-Atlantic flight made by two Frenchmen from Paris to New York in 1930. While not the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, the east-west Atlantic crossing was much more challenging because of intense winds not experienced by Charles Lindbergh during his 1929 west-east route.

Dieudonne Costes and Maurice Bellonte took off from Paris on August 31, 1930 and landed in New York on September 1st. The pair were veterans of World War I, and had participated in successful raids against German positions in Europe. In approximately 37 hours, they spanned the Atlantic with their aircraft, The …

weekend in the hamptons

 

Summer is nearing its end and that means Labor Day will soon be here. If you are considering taking a last minute trip for Labor Day, why not take a jet charters adventure to the Hamptons? What was once a group of quaint villages and small towns where New York’s social elite found refuge from the city’s stifling summer heat has grown to be one of the most luxurious travel destinations in the world.The Hamptons is the place to go to end your summer in style and it’s easier than ever to get there via private jet charter.

The Hamptons is a destination where elite travelers go to relax and get away for the summer. Luxury and high end style are combined in this magical place and it’s the perfect destination to spend a jet charters Labor Day weekend. The temperate weather and beautiful landscapes make it a popular destination for travelers around the globe. Whether hoping to mingle with some of the world’s rich and famous or seeking a quiet retreat out of town, you’ll get everything you wanted and more in a jet charters excursion to the Hamptons.

The area is known for its fabulous seaside communities, amazing restaurants, historic sites, nightlife, and high end shopping.

If you’re looking for something really special to experience during your jet charters trip, book your stay in Montauk at one of the area’s many luxury hotels, rental properties, or quaint (but still luxurious) bed and breakfasts. The community is known …

pilatus pc-12 review

 


 

Pilatus PC-12 Review

Single Engine Economy with Jet Speeds

Single engine corporate and air taxi aircraft were unheard of thirty years ago. Engines were reliable, but not considered as powerful and dependable as today’s power plants. Airlines were not allowed to carry passengers across oceans with an aircraft that had less than three engines and most flew their international flight with four. It was a multi-engine world.

Single engine aircraft have come to the forefront of the air taxi and corporate travel world of today. A combination of increased safety, more speed and the fact that jet fuel is pushing seven dollars a gallon has led to the successful use of singles for high speed and economical travel.

The Pilatus PC-12 fits right into the same niche as more expensive to operate twin engine aircraft like the King Air and is actually bigger in size. The PC-12 is a true cabin class aircraft containing all the same amenities as multi-engine aircraft – including a lavatory, entertainment options that include a moving map for passengers and lots of leg and head room.

The PC-12 operates at the same altitudes to take advantage of overflying weather and getting up into the good tail winds as other turbine twins and cruises as the same speeds – for half the fuel burn and fuel cost.

 

Single Engine Safety — With the prop feathered, a PC-12 can glide 80 mi–about half an hour–from 30,000 ft.

 

It is true that a twin …

winglets

 

Aviation is considered by many to be a very modern and state-of-the-art sort of thing. We can travel close to the speed of sound to almost any destination we want. Continents can be traversed in the matter of hours instead of months and years. Bad weather can be circumnavigated and sometimes even flown over as we travel to our destinations.

We owe all of this mobility to a wing design that has changed very little since the days of Wilbur and Orville.

The airfoil, or wing, has been around for over one hundred years and except for the fact that the original design of “wing warping” that the Wright Brothers used to make their aircraft bank has been changed to one using ailerons, nothing much has changed.

Aircraft wings began as fabric covers over wooden frames. They developed and grew as our technology allowed. First, they changed over to riveted metal over metal and wooden frames and now many wings are carbon composite creatures that only resemble their fabric ancestors in their basic shape.

All wings, whether rag covered or composite trans-sonic time machines, do the same thing. They create lift. Just how they create lift is for another column and believe me, the details are fascinating. Basically, an wing moves through the air and because of its design, a low pressure area forms over it, lifting the wing and the aircraft it is attached to up into the air.

What I would like to do here is to …

unique hotels 2

 

When you travel, the destination is only part of the fun. Most vacationers or business travelers also want to experience that feeling of home away from home. Even though the main goal of most trips isn’t to sit around the hotel, having an incredible place to stay can only make your experience that much more memorable.

There are some amazing hotels around the globe. As you are planning your next jet charters vacation or business trip consider one of these destinations for your lodging. We’ve rounded up some unique hotels in the United States and Europe you might consider. Many are located in cities with lots of attractions to enjoy, but regardless of their location, these unique hotels make great destinations themselves.

Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington, D.C. - Thinking you might be interested in touring the nation’s capital this year? Try staying at the Hay-Adams Hotel. Nestled right in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., this Italian Renaissance hotel has fantastic views of the city, including the White House, St. John’s Church, and Lafayette Park. Within walking distance of just about every historic site the capital has to offer, the Hay-Adams is perfect for a D.C. vacation. Plus it’s easier than ever to get to Washington via jet charters and avoid the stress and commotion of commercial air travel.

Hotel Madeline Telluride, Telluride, Colorado - This luxury resort offers every amenity imaginable for vacationers looking for a mountain getaway. Take a swim in the breathtaking indoor pool, or enjoy the …

part 135 operations

 

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 barges 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 …