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Private Jet

With the well documented issues in commercial flying more and more people have found reasons to turn to private aircraft.

There are a variety of options to consider. The starting point is how often you want to fly privately.

If you only fly a few hours a year then on demand aircraft charter is probably the best way to go. As your number of hours of private flying increases look at charter cards and fractional cards.

Once you reach about 50 hours of flying a year then fractional aircraft ownership can start to make sense and above 300 or so hours per year whole ownership is worth looking into. Here is some core information to help you understand the options.

All of the major providers have expanded over the last few years. Many now offer a wide range of products and solutions to meet the needs of various clients. If you're looking at the different options then download our Guide to Private Aviation, which compares the products and providers. 

The latest news and research on private jets and aircraft is included below.


Types of Private Aviation Memberships

The term "memberships" gets used a lot when referring to private aviation companies and the products that they offer. This article looks at the variety of different products that are referred to as "memberships" and will give you some clarity, so that you can understand whether a membership is right for you.

Read more: Types of Private Aviation Memberships

Surf Air Membership

Surf Air launched in 2013 and offers Californian consumers an alternative to the inconvenience and crowds of regular commercial air travel. Surf Air's concept is simple: a membership club for the skies. A fixed monthly fee entitles members to unlimited flights on their fleet of aircraft.

Read more: Surf Air Membership

Cabin Management Systems in Business Aircraft

Today's business jet aircraft cabins provide high definition video, surround sound audio, full color spectrum mood lighting, and complete cabin control right at your fingertips. Business jet passengers can literally have their home theater or office functionality from take-off to touchdown. But what are the things to think through in either a new aircraft or if you're looking at a used plane?

Read more: Cabin Management Systems in Business Aircraft

Air Partner Offers 5-hour JetCard

For a limited-time this summer, Air Partner is offering a 5-hour jet card for fliers looking to "get their feet wet". Cards like these are a good way to explore whether a jet card is the right solution for your travel needs.

Read more: Air Partner Offers 5-hour JetCard

Business Jet Sales in 2014

The 2014 General Aviation Statistical Databook & 2015 Industry Outlook report was recently released. The annual report, compiled by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), includes details of new business jet sales in 2014. Last year saw a 6.5% increase from 2013's sales, with a total of 722 planes sold.

Read more: Business Jet Sales in 2014

The Wyvern Wingman Rating System

Many charter aircraft operators stress safety and sound operating procedures, and indeed, every operator has to meet certain standards set by their governing civil aviation authority (such as the FAA). Wyvern is an independent company that ensures operators are applying best practices. At its highest level of rating, Wyvern offers the Wingman certification. When you fly with a Wyvern Wingman Operator, you know that you have chosen an operator who has gone the extra mile in safety and quality.

Read more: The Wyvern Wingman Rating System

College Tours by Private Jet

Now in its second year, Magellan Jets is offering a 10 hour jet card to help children and parents visit college campuses. In addition to the aircraft, Magellan will coordinate all aspects of the trip. The pricing starts at $43,500.

Read more: College Tours by Private Jet

Largest Independent Jet Card Provider Sees Growth

Sentient Jet recently reported that it grew revenue 17 percent to $178 million in 2014. Sales at the jet card provider increased 25 percent to $214 million year-over-year.

Read more: Largest Independent Jet Card Provider Sees Growth

The Costs to Own and Operate a Cessna CJ3

The Citation CJ3, also known by its model number 525B, was first delivered in 2004 and was the third model in the line up of the popular CitationJet, abbreviated to CJ series. This article walks through the specifications and the various costs of ownership for the CJ3, including a scenario that includes charter revenue.

Read more: The Costs to Own and Operate a Cessna CJ3

Global Jet Capital Offers Operating Leases on Large Jets

As the market for large cabin private jets continues to grow, new lenders are emerging to help individuals and corporations finance their aircraft acquisitions. Global Jet Capital started last year and offers a variety of financing options, including operating leases.

Read more: Global Jet Capital Offers Operating Leases on Large Jets

Deciding between Fractional Aircraft vs Whole Ownership of a Plane

If you're weighing up whether to buy your own private aircraft or whether to buy a fraction, the simplest advice you'll hear is how much do you fly? But this is just a basic starting point. The real deciding points are how are you going to use it, what is your budget and what are your personal travel preferences.

Read more: Deciding between Fractional Aircraft vs Whole Ownership of a Plane

Aircraft Management – Choosing a Provider

If you own your own aircraft or if you're considering buying one, the choice of an aircraft management company is probably one of the most important decisions you'll need to make. This article walks through the things to consider in making this selection.

Read more: Aircraft Management – Choosing a Provider

Growth in the Large Jet Market

The trend seen in 2013 of more larger aircraft being sold appears to be continuing. Led by both a slowly growing global economy, as well as an increase in billionaires worldwide, the average asking prices for heavy jets have steadily increased since 2012, reaching a $15.4 million peak in April (according to AMSTAT).

Read more: Growth in the Large Jet Market

Sentient Offers Limited Edition Private Jet Card for Holidays

Sentient Jet is offering a limited quantity, special edition 25-Hour Jet Card beginning November 24, 2014 through December 31, 2014. Card buyers receive an exclusive holiday package valued at over $9,000.

Read more: Sentient Offers Limited Edition Private Jet Card for Holidays

NetJets Starts Operations in China

The company recently announced that it has obtained its CCAR-135 operation certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. This allows NetJets to begin offering private aircraft charter services in China. NetJets is the first global private aviation brand to begin operating in China.

Read more: NetJets Starts Operations in China

Flexjet Orders $1bn of Gulfstream Long Range Jets

Fractional and jet card operator Flexjet recently announced a relationship with Gulfstream for up to 50 aircraft. These include the new Gulfstream G500, for which Flexjet will be the North American launch customer and sole and exclusive fractional provider offering access to the aircraft.

Read more: Flexjet Orders $1bn of Gulfstream Long Range Jets

The Cheapest Way to Fly Privately

"What is the cheapest way to fly in a private plane?" We've heard and been asked this question many times over the years. So to be very clear, flying privately is not cheap. As a general rule, commercial air travel is a more economical option for travelers. However, there are some controllable factors that do affect pricing.

Read more: The Cheapest Way to Fly Privately

Overview of Fractional Shares in Light Jets

There are several providers of fractional light jet programs and between them these providers offer a variety of aircraft. Here's an overview and comparison of some of the key aspects of the programs.

Read more: Overview of Fractional Shares in Light Jets

Guide to Private Aviation Updated With Latest Information

If you are looking to assess the various private jet options, SherpaReport's fully updated "Guide to Private Aviation" is now available. The updates include the latest trends, prices, and products offered in private aviation. Now in its fourth year, the "Guide to Private Aviation" is a free downloadable guide that provides valuable information for anyone considering and assessing fractional ownership, jet cards or aircraft charter.

Read more: Guide to Private Aviation Updated With Latest Information

The Costs of Buying and Operating a Challenger 605

Introduced in 2006 as an upgrade to the Challenger 604, the Bombardier Challenger 605 business jet is produced by Bombardier Aerospace. The 605 offers several upgrades to the 604, including upgraded instrumentation to the Collins Proline 21 Avionics, a rounder tailcone, and larger cabin windows. This article walks through the various costs of ownership for the 605.

Read more: The Costs of Buying and Operating a Challenger 605

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