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king air review

The fact that Beechcraft twin engine aircraft are named after royalty should surprise no one. These machines are solidly built and carry an air of sophistication and reliability about them.  In this King Air Review we’ll share why it is one of our favorite charter aircraft.

The King Air stands out as one of the most used corporate and personal travel aircraft in existence. It has been around since 1964, the year that the Beatles topped the American charts with “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” but much like Paul McCartney, it has aged well. It has also kept up with the times through frequent upgrades and improvements, while retaining its cutting edge technology and aesthetic appeal.

It is appropriate and logical that the King air was born out of the Queen Air – a piston engined corporate twin. It can also trace its lineage to the Twin Bonanza. Both of its forebears were unpressurized and powered by reciprocating engines. The King Air made the leap to the comfort of pressurized and turboprop powered flight.

For a short time in the mid-1960s, the King Air even served as Air Force One. It was used to fly President Johnson to and from his ranch in Texas.

It is a twin engined, turbo prop powered pressurized comfort barge that has more capability than many light jets but can almost match them in speed and altitude. You will likely never meet a King Air pilot who doesn’t love the aircraft and it is …

Embraer Legacy 600
Legacy 600 Review

The Embraer Legacy 600 is a super medium sized jet. It houses a big jet attitude with big jet performance in a medium jet body. Embraer decided after the huge success of their model 146 jetliner to branch out into the corporate jet market with a medium sized fully functional executive jet. They hit a home run at their first time up to bat in this market.

The Legacy 600, certified in 1999, is Embraer’s first attempt at designing and producing business jet, but you couldn’t tell by looking at it and flying it. The aircraft has been very successful and it continues to be manufactured today.

This aircraft competes on the upper end of the small to mid-sized range of business jets and is considered a “Super Midsize” aircraft. It has design features to compete with its rival the Canadair Challenger. It can compete with larger business jets in terms of payload comfort and safety.

Embraer has since launched an extensive lineup of business aircraft after its initial success with the Legacy 600, from the entry-level Phenom 100 to the Lineage 1000, a very-long-range business jet version of the company’s 100-seat E-190.

The Legacy 600 has the capability to be divided into three distinct cabins. This allows passengers to comfortably travel in different areas of the aircraft doing different things. Some might be interested in enjoying a meal while other passengers might be interested in sitting back to catch up on their reading while vegetating on …

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Experience the Grand Tradition of the Kentucky Derby with a Jet Charters Excursion to Louisville

The Kentucky Derby takes place May 6th in Louisville and if you would like to witness what’s known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” travelers can still make plans to attend. It’s easy to get to Louisville by way of private jet charters while avoiding the stress of commercial air travel.

The race, a Grade I stakes for Thoroughbreds is one and a quarter miles. The Kentucky Derby has taken place every year since 1875 and kicks off the US Triple Crown, consisting of the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont. The Kentucky Derby is the most widely attended of the three races.

The Kentucky Derby has many longstanding traditions and this year’s race is no different. Travelers can experience these traditions first-hand on a jet charters trip to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby.

First, there’s the Garland of the Roses. Referring to the rose garland derby winners are presented with, this tradition started in the late 1800s when Ben Brush, a Derby winner, was presented with a pink and white rose flower arrangement. The rose is now the official flower of the Kentucky Derby.

Another popular tradition is the music, specifically the song “My Old Kentucky Home.” It’s quite a sight to see as well as an emotional moment when horses arrive at the track for the Kentucky Derby post parade and the band begins to play the beloved song.

Rising above the …

private jet catering

We often refer to the private jet as a time machine.  It gives us access to the absolute fastest way to get from point A to point B.  While en route, you can work, sleep, relax or have a bite to eat.  Let’s talk a little more about the food options offered when booking a jet.

Upon booking, your charter professional most often will ask you if you would like any catering on board your flight.  The standard stock on most jets is dry snacks, sodas and bottled water.  There is typically no charge for these items.  This might be fine for the short flight or one right after dinner, but longer flights might have your stomach growling for more.

Charter providers do not actually prepare the food and are not in the business of creating mile-high culinary delights.  They contract local airport catering companies to deliver the food to the jet just prior to departure.  Airport catering companies offer a wide range of meals, and at the major airports, there are few requests that cannot be filled.  From sandwiches and fruit platters, to exotic sushi and rare wines, most operators and brokers can ensure anything your heart, or stomach, desires is on board the jet when you arrive.  That being said, there are a couple things to keep in mind before ordering something to eat on a private flight.

Not all aircraft cabins are designed with meals in mind.  Smaller light jets usually will not have any food warming …

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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 …

Cirrus SR22 Review
Cirrus SR22 Review

A comfortable and swift ride for the short-haul.

Corporate and air-taxi operators have changed their outlook somewhat during the past decade. Twin-engined aircraft used to be the norm for executive travel for these businesses, but with the advent of more reliable and safer single engine aircraft, the trend has gone toward products like the Cirrus SR22.

The SR22 has equal speed and payload carrying capacity with light twin engine aircraft and it has the advantage of less than half of the twin’s fuel costs while providing a comfortable ride for the passengers and providing the best in high-tech avionics and aircraft systems to the pilots.

The Company

Cirrus aircraft have been innovative since they introduced their first model; the VK-30 was introduced by Alan and Dale Klapmeier, in 1988. The first aircraft models offered by the company were kits and plans for the build-it-yourself pilot crowd. Factory produced aircraft soon followed and the newest aircraft manufacturer was soon on its way to success.

The company really got its start as an aircraft manufacturer in the year 2000 when it introduced the SR20 (single reciprocating) model. Cirrus aircraft has always been identified by the fact that each carries ballistic recovery systems (BRS) for a parachute save of the aircraft and its occupants should an emergency occur.

Later models of Cirrus aircraft came with additional safety equipment, including airbags and a single-button upset recovery button. Cirrus is also well known for the high quality of its all-electric instrumentation and …

Five Breathtaking Resorts in the Maldives That You Must Visit

For many travelers, the islands of the Maldives define “tropical paradise.” This collection of small land masses in the Indian Ocean features white sand beaches, palm trees, clear water and ideal temperatures.

The Maldives is certainly far-flung. This makes it the perfect place for people who want to escape the crowds that flock to more-mainstream destinations. Actually, the Maldives is not very difficult to reach. With a private jet, travel can be quite straightforward. A few islands even have their own airfields, so you can skip the main airport in the capital, Malé, altogether.

The resorts of the Maldives put a premium on luxury, and they occupy some of the most idyllic corners of the island nation. It is almost impossible to go wrong when you choose one of these five amazing resorts.

Six Senses Laamu

This Six Senses resort has the island of Laamu all to itself. Guests can choose from an impressive collection of over-water bungalows. The spa here is second to none, and the food is made by skilled chefs using ingredients that are actually grown right on the island. Sailing, dolphin cruises, gourmet beach picnics and diving excursions are on the menu at Laamu. This venue will also appeal to conscientious travelers because of its eco-friendly design and practices.

Maalifushi by COMO

Only recently opened, this resort strives to provide a “barefoot luxury” experience to its guests. The local area is not as developed as some other parts of the island chain, so things feel more …

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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 engine aircraft can fly you much further …

Hawker 4000 Review

The “super-midsize” category of aircraft seems to be more and more popular with charter flyers.  With features and cabins and performance previously only associated with the large-cabin jets, and at substantially lower costs, this is the category of choice for coast to coast, international and other mid-range charter flights.

The Hawker 4000 falls into the super-midsize category and impresses on so many levels.  Competing for market share with the Challenger 300 and popular Gulfstream 200, the Hawker 4000 has become known as the performance choice of the group.  From 2008 through 2010, it set no less than 5 world speed records in its category.  On a flight from London to Dubai, over 3056 nautical miles, it averaged a staggering average speed of 540.39 mph!  That’s average speed, by the way!  The 4000 can climb from sea level to 37000 feet altitude in just under 15 minutes.

How does the 4000 achieve such high performance?  Aside from the high-efficiency (and very quiet) Pratt & Whitney engines, performance comes from the advanced composite fuselage.  Composite materials, such as carbon fiber, are much lighter and stronger than traditional aluminum, and are becoming more and more common in aircraft construction.

The 4000 is not just a hot rod in class though.  The cabin impresses with a quiet, spacious place to do business, sleep, or unwind while en route to your next meeting or vacation.  The stand-up cabin offers seating for 8-10, depending on how configured, and has six feet of headroom.  A full galley, …

5 Exotic Cars to Rent on Your Next Trip

On your next trip, why settle for something boring like a Toyota Camry or a Ford Fusion? Instead, you can rent a wide variety of far more interesting premium luxury vehicles through several different exotic car rental services to take your trip to the next level, from luxury sedans to expedition ready SUVs and performance-oriented sports cars. Some options like Enterprise’s Exotic Car Collection will even offer jet-side services, so you can go straight from the private jet to your exotic rental, streamlining your trip and letting you relax. Other companies like Turo let you save money by renting other people’s cars, which means you can find some pretty crazy options. Regardless, you’ll never need to visit the standard rental car counter again, because there are so many great options. Check them out below:

Aston Martin DB9 through the Enterprise Exotic Car Collection

The Aston Martin DB9 is one of the most striking modern cars available, and is available for rental from Enterprise as both a coupe and a convertible. The DB9 is powered by an incredibly smooth 6.0 liter V12 engine that puts out 510 horsepower. Inside, the cabin is quite luxurious with comfortable leather bucket seats befitting of the Aston’s grand touring nature. As a grand tourer, the DB9 is perfect for taking extended road trips as it is able to cover many miles quickly and comfortably.

Enterprise offers Aston Martin DB9s at a variety of locations throughout the country, including Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Diego Las Vegas, …