Category Archives: travelling pets

I wasn’t always a “dog person”. Maybe I was and just didn’t know it. The rescue adoption of Mr. Kosmo the Dog, my little terrier mix, certainly removed all doubt. For a little over three years, he has become my best friend on four legs. He is quite the little aviation counterpart too, enjoying Saturday afternoon trips in our club Cessna. Let’s face it; dogs love to go on trips as much as we do. I consider him family, but the FAA, in fact, considers him cargo. For this reason most pet owners are hesitant to send their pets via airline cargo. The private aircraft becomes a great option for those passengers that need or want to travel with pets. When flying privately, most aircraft operators allow pets on board. In fact, some of my clients fly privately just so they can bring their furry little family members. There are a few things to consider before deciding to bring your pet with you on a private flight.

Regardless of the destination, you’ll want to make sure to obtain your pet’s immunization records. Keep a copy of them with your own personal travel documents. Even some domestic destinations, like Hawaii, have very specific rules for pets being brought into the state. Not being able to produce the immunization documents or following the established process will land your pet in a lengthy quarantine. Not good for you or your four-legged friend. If traveling internationally, you’ll need to be familiar with the destination …