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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Well, it has been quite some time since the last blog from ABA. A lot has changed, we have moved our operations office to the Pontiac airport and opened an office in Miami. The Miami office will provide both cargo and passenger charters from Florida to the Bahamas, particularly in the winter.

Along with the Florida service, we have moved our airplane for the winter to Miami and are now in need of an airplane for the Detroit area. We are interested in a lease by the hour and the program is perfect for an individual or corporation that has a plane but not flying as much as they would like. We can help you reduce the cost of ownership by providing charter revenue when your airplane would otherwise be idle. If your interested contact either Les or Ernesto at our main number.

Auto Dealer relies on Business Aviation to Thrive

Friday, March 15th, 2013


No Plane No Gain Report

Business aviation is vital to the national economic interest, generating over a million jobs, providing a lifeline to communities with little or no airline service, helping thousands of businesses of all sizes to be more productive and efficient, and providing emergency and humanitarian services to people in need.

This newsletter provides regular updates on the activities undertaken through No Plane No Gain, a comprehensive joint advocacy campaign by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) to highlight the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities across the country.

The following are among the recent highlights from the campaign and the industry.

Visit the No Plane No Gain web site to see all recent news.

Industry Carries the Campaign Message

NBAA Member Speaks Up For Business Aviation In ‘Forbes’ Op-Ed

 Louis Seno, chairman emeritus of  JSSISince the launch of the No Plane No Gain campaign, NBAA and GAMA have welcomed the work done by people in the industry to promote the campaign’s message of business aviation’s value in creating jobs, connecting communities and helping companies succeed. A longtime NBAA Member last week drew from the job-creation aspect of the campaign’s message in challenging White House mischaracterizations about the industry. In an op-ed for Forbes magazine, Louis Seno, chairman emeritus of JSSI (Jet Support Services Inc.), spoke out against a “counterproductive” proposal by the Obama administration to target business aviation with changes to tax-depreciation schedules on the purchase of aircraft. In describing the proposal, Seno said: “What I see is yet another stumbling block out of Washington that has the potential to hurt the 1.2 million people who make their living, building and servicing these valuable business assets.” That job number is a key statistic often cited by NBAA and GAMA, and is among the core campaign messages available for review right on the No Plane No Gain web site’s home page. Seno’s oped is also available on the site.

Social Media Expands Conversation About Industry’s Value – Are You Logged In?

The No Plane No Gain program has continually made use of social media – the campaign has long had a dedicated web site, RSS feed, Twitter feed, Facebook page and YouTube channel to help expand the visibility and discussion about the value of business aviation in America today. The number of participants in the social-media driven discussion continue to climb – for example, in the last two months, the No Plane No Gain web site had over 4,000 unique visitors and more than 300 new followers started following its Twitter feed. You can follow the conversation, and catch the latest news from the campaign on its YouTube Channel, Twitter feed, and RSS feed.

No  Plane No Gain Uses Social

Highlighting Business Aviation At Work

Auto Dealer Relies on Business Aviation To Thrive

Tim McKinney of McKinney Automotive keeps his North and South Carolina car dealerships supplied with quality used cars by using a twin-engine turboprop King Air C90A and a single-engine piston Bonanza A36 to travel to two or three car auctions a week. “We’re always trying to find enough used cars to keep our dealerships going,” McKinney said. “I can get in my plane in the morning, buy 10 cars and be back in the afternoon to be able to run my businesses in the evening. If I didn’t have our airplanes, I’d have to lay off employees and probably sell one of my stores. The airplane is my best partner, it really is – it helps me do my job, and without it, I couldn’t do my job.”You can read more about how business aviation is at work for Tim McKinney, and hear an audio interview with him, by visiting the No Plane No Gain web site.

Twin-engine turboprop King Air C90A

About Private Air Charter pricing

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Many people new to executive aircraft charters have questions on pricing.  Most common the per seat cost.  USUALLY, private airplane charters are not sold by the seat but by the airplane flight hour or miles.  Most passenger charters are priced by the hour and most cargo charters are by the mile.  Some companies also price their passenger charters by the mile.  It dose not really matter if the quoted price for the basic transportation is a fixed price.   Simply stated you are renting the ENTIRE airplane for the flight time you have it, regardless of how many passengers are on board the airplane.    The more passengers you have the lower the per seat cost, but air charters are very similar to renting a limousine, you pay by the hour.  Many companies charge either a daily crew fee or charge hourly to cover the pilot waiting time.   usually jet and turbo props have a daily crew rate and most companies operating smaller piston aircraft will charge an hourly fee up to a maximum per day, they do this because wait times for the piston twin segment of the market tend to be shorter and this segment of the market tends to be more price sensitive.

IF the company quotes you a fixed guaranteed price, either hourly or by the mile, they are betting that they can do the trip in that amount of time and still make money.  If they reserve the right to charge you additional time after the fact, then they can give you a lower quoted price but might have to charge you actual hours.

Then there is the pilot wait or daily fees.  The pilots still have to be paid even though they are waiting for your return and no matter how a company prices the flight, they still have to account for employee costs.  This is why you want to get a final quote with all fees included so you can compare apples to apples.  A listed hourly rate on the internet is not enough to go by, call the company, get a quote and then compare.  Let the company know you are comparing prices from several operators and if you plan to fly on a regular basis, let them know that also.   It is worth something to the company to have known future flying instead of ad hoc last minute trips, so they might give you a discount.

Additional fees you might have are fuel surcharges (American Business Airways does not as yet charge these unless it is for a brokered flight from another company).  Foreign Air Traffic control fees, customs fees,  Waiting fees,  ramp, overnight and landing fees.  Crew overnight expenses.   These should all be included in any quote you receive.

At American Business Airways, we give you a firm price and, except for  ground waiting time (if you go over your estimate), de-iceing costs,   and Air Traffic control fees charged by some foreign countries and customs,   this is the price you pay.  We can not fix these extra costs  because they are so variable, but most trips, these do not even come into play!