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 and would like a good general overview then download our free Guide to Private Aviation, which includes details on charter, jet cards and fractional ownership. For detailed side by side comparisons of the leading jet card and fractional providers, a directory of charter operators, and our Aircraft Buying Guide then sign up for membership

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

The limited-edition jet card includes an adventure-filled four-day, three-night getaway at the Las Ventanas resort in Mexico. Highlights include an unforgettable evening with famed adventurer Geoffrey Kent, founder and CEO of Abercrombie & Kent, as well as golf with PGA Champion Mark Calcavecchia.

For the first time, CitationAir is offering a 5-hour version of its Jet Card product. The limited edition Jet Card will be available for five hours on any of the CitationAir private jets, including the Cessna CJ3, XLS, Sovereign and Citation X.

In today's economy everyone is trying to save money – even if you can afford a private jet. So Nextant Aerospace has introduced the remanufactured 400XT, which provides a new aircraft at what looks like a used aircraft price.

Are you assessing different private aviation options? Before you commit to a program, be sure to consult SherpaReport's new in-depth Guide to Private Aviation. This free downloadable guide helps anyone considering fractional ownership, jet cards or aircraft charter.

If you have some flexibility in your search for private aviation travel, then empty leg charters can be an efficient and very cost effective way of enjoying a private aircraft.

Known as the “ultimate aerial SUV,” the Pilatus PC-12 is one of the more versatile and luxurious aircraft used for private aviation. Manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd., Stans, Switzerland, the company has delivered more than 1000 PC-12s to the marketplace.

Flexjet just launched its fractional jet ownership sales program of Bombardier's Learjet 85 aircraft. The all-new Learjet 85 aircraft is the first FAR Part 25 certified business jet with both fuselage and wing built primarily from carbon composites. It features the latest advances in aerodynamics, structures and efficiency.

Most charter companies offer an array of different aircraft from which to choose. For both business and personal use, probably the main concerns regarding private aircraft travel are comfort, safety and operational costs. When it comes to very light jets, the Eclipse 500 boasts a wide array of these benefits for the charter traveler.

This new membership program combines the benefits of fractional ownership with the cost advantages and flexibility of jet cards. Members have access to the new Phenom 300 executive jet by Embraer, without the asset purchase or monthly management fees.

Fractional and charter jet cards are a good private flight option for those who want the convenience of private travel without the large capital outlay involved in full or fractional jet ownership. Unlike the case with chartering a plane, fractional and charter jet card purchasers pre-pay for access to 20-35 hours of occupied flight time with a particular fractional fleet or with the aircraft available to the charter company. Your flight hours are then debited from the amount of hours you have paid for as you fly.