Category Archives: Aviation Spotlight

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 …

hillary one

Mama’s got a brand new . . . jet. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton officially launched her private campaign jet on Labor Day, and it even has room for reporters to tag along.

Now dubbed “Hill Force Once,” Clinton’s new (to her) campaign plane is a 14-year-old Boeing 737-800 that — according to CNN’s Dan Merica — used to fly for Air Berlin, Oren Air and Corendon Dutch Airlines.

An aide told members of the media that took the jet’s maiden voyage with Clinton that it was made by Boeing here in the U.S. in Renton, Washington, but that modifications were made in both Roswell, New Mexico, and Amarillo, Texas.

According to, Clinton is leasing the jet from Florida-based AerSale Inc. Its snazzy new presidential paint job includes baby blue trim and features Clinton’s signature campaign slogan, “Stronger Together,” on the side.

In addition to thoughtful details like cocktail napkins with Clinton’s campaign logo (which is also emblazoned on the jet’s tail), the impressive aircraft contains four cabins: one for Clinton, one for staff, one for the Secret Service and one for the press — the latter of which came to fruition after reporters repeatedly nagged the prospective POTUS about holding press conferences during her campaign.

Her response, via an aide, was playful and direct: “I hope this will shut you the hell up.” Hey, you’ve gotta give her points for style, not to mention making arrangements for members of the media to make the first flight over Labor …

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 …


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 …

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, 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 …

technology in the cabib


It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention and this is certainly the case when it comes to technology. Often, new technology is developed to meet a need consumers didn’t even realize they had. But once this technology is implemented, there is no going back.

Business is done on a global level and this requires being connected. Approximately 15,000 registered business aircraft in the U.S. take travelers to and from their destinations each year, allowing these passengers to reach 10 times the number of American airports as they could with commercial airlines.

But staying connected isn’t just about getting where you need to go. It’s also about a constant need for being plugged in, so to speak. Business doesn’t stop moving whether you are in the board room or in the cabin of a business jet zooming through the sky at 50,000 feet.

This need for staying connected at all times is what has prompted many companies to develop new technology for use on board business aircraft, and because of all the new technology, it has never been easier to stay connected while in flight.

Aircell, in business for more than 20 years, is the only company in the United States authorized by the FCC and FAA to use frequencies in the 800 MHz band for inflight communications. With this and other broadband options, passengers can stream documents from their tablets or laptops to cabin displays for in-flight presentations or meetings. Some business jets even offer the …

equine jet charter


In any given race, only one horse will take the prize, but the victory belongs in part to a large group of individuals who help make it happen, including the team of people who make sure horses arrive when and where they need to be.

Chartering a jet for a horse might sound like an extravagance but it’s actually quite common among those in the racing industry.

The physical health and emotional well-being of a horse is extremely important to its owner, which is why owners must be able to rely on equine transportation by jet charters to deliver the horse ready to race. Equine transport flight crews are trained to understand the air travel needs of the horses so they can operate aircraft to meet those needs.

The leading equine air transport company in operation today is H.E. Sutton Forwarding Company. Started in the late 1950s by the now deceased Halford Ewel (Tex) Sutton, the company has revolutionized horse transportation practices. One thing that sets Sutton Forwarding apart is the fact that the company employs only capable horsemen to load, unload and see to the horses’ needs while in flight.

H.E. Sutton is the only United States based equine transport company that uses a dedicated Boeing 727 cargo aircraft. The aircraft is outfitted with a special loading ramp that allows the horses to walk from their vans into the aircraft. When horses arrive on board, they are shown to first-class stalls where a member from their own team …


We can’t turn on the television, click on our favorite news source, or listen to the radio without being overloaded with Presidential campaign ads and poll results.  The election is almost here and though the primary issues concern mainstream America, many have asked what my thoughts are as to how the election will affect business aviation.

Without a doubt, what happens in Washington has a profound affect on all aspects of aviation.

First a couple quick definitions, for those that may not know.  General aviation is comprised of just about everything that is non-airline and non-military.  This includes business aircraft, both privately owned and those available for charter.  Controlled airspace is airspace overseen by an air traffic control agency.

The general aviation community has been fighting government proposed “user fees” for quite sometime.  The Obama Administration has proposed a fee for some general aviation aircraft using controlled airspace.  It certainly seems specifically targeted at business aviation as it excludes public, military, piston, and air ambulance aircraft.  That pretty much leaves bizjets.  It is suggested that the revenue generated would be used to finance airport investments and air traffic costs.  Groups like the National Business Aircraft Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association have been very vocal in their opposition to these fees.  They have clearly illustrated how they would have a very negative affect on the industry and, in some cases, raises safety concerns.  In a recent issue of AOPA Pilot magazine, an interview with Republican candidate, Mitt Romney …