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Business Aviation: Vital for the Community and Economy

Friday, June 21st, 2013
 

 

Business aviation reaches communities across the U.S where other modes of transport are not an option, allowing small businesses to grow and thrive. It has become a lifeline for the business world, particularly in areas where scheduled airlines do not operate.

Because customer service is a major part of U.S business, network specialists, sales people and other professionals rely on aviation on a regular basis and much of the time these trips are to remote locations or are based on quick stop offs in a tight time frame. The common misunderstanding is that business aviation services company executives only, when in fact flights tend to transport company reps, customers, sales and those with technical expertise around America.

Business aviation is driving economic growth across the country, contributing over $150 billion as part of general aviation. It is a vital touchline for communities who have lost their airline service, with only 500 out of 5000 public airports being for commercial airlines, according to the NBAA.

Supporting the Local Economy

Business aviation enables small communities to access global opportunities in manufacturing and customer centred commerce. 80 percent of the money raised by general aviation has been generated by business aviation (www.nbaa.org/). 

The service offered by this aviation is fast, secure and very cost effective for both national and international travel. Productivity on business airlines is increased a great deal with the time spent traveling being economical and the environment during flights allowing employees to work during this time.

Supporting Communities

As well as forging economic ties and boosting the local business economy, business aviation delivers relief to communities in dire need of help in critical times. It was used to transport supplies into rural airports on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina hit, and flew survivors out of the danger zone. Following the 2010 earthquake, business flights transported supplies and aid workers to Haiti and have been a critical component in relief aid during floods and other natural disasters in the U.S and throughout the world. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) claims that business aviation was responsible for over 15,000 humanitarian flights in a recent year.

A New Medical Kit

MedAire announced the launch of a new medical kit for business airlines, known as the Advanced Aviation Medical Kit. This includes supplies and medication needed on both short and long term business flights, such as antibiotics for bacterial infections and monitors for blood pressure. The kit has been created to suit the needs of business aviation crew and its passengers who might spend a significant amount of time traveling as part of their jobs. It is connected to MedAire’s MedLink service to allow a doctor to see the medical equipment onboard, thus saving time when treating the patient during the flight. Passengers should of course ensure they have full health insurance before traveling on any flight, and this is easier than ever now with online services offering affordable insurance that will give passengers peace of mind before their business flight. The MedAire kit for in-flight emergencies was showcased at the NBAA Conference last October, which took place in Orlando.

Improving the Environment

The economic downturn has proven tough on the aviation industry across the board, but business and commercial aviation are striving to build a brighter economic and environmental picture.

Emissions from aircraft are continuing to fall, with new technologies being implemented such as advances in engines. Aircraft today have 50 percent less emissions than when their engines were originally built. The introduction of winglets has also contributed to emissions reductions, by giving more a more efficient performance by the aircraft.

The ‘NextGen’ aviation system continues to develop and is believed to be able to reduce greenhouse emissions through new technology.

Economic Growth

Business aviation is responsible for generating a significant income for the U.S, through jobs created and investments made. Trade is boosted by manufacturing and employment, as most of the GA aircraft flying internationally today are U.S built. Business aviation is a national and international asset. 

The economic importance of aviation needs to be built upon through modernization of the system so that local businesses across America can continue to benefit from this service, allowing both local communities and business aviation to grow. Modernization, according to the NBAA, needs to use satellite technology so that a full expansion can take place.

 

Winter weather and airplane De-icing

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The Midwest has seen an unusual amount of warm weather this winter.  Normally this would be welcome, but for those of us in aviation, it actually causes problems.  When the temperature is within a close range of the freezing mark,  ground icing can actually be a problem.  Our aircraft have to be de iced with what amounts to RV anti Freeze (Glycol) and if there is active snow or rain falling,  then we also have a time limit that we must takeoff within or the de ice fluid loses its’ effectiveness.  When this happens we have to de ice again!

At American Business AIrways we try to give you a firm quote for your trip. the only times, normally, we have to charge a bit extra after the flight is completed is when a customer stays on the ground longer than estimated in the quote, or there are extensive in flight ATC delays or reroutes and these are actually rare.  Another area where we would have to charge you extra after the flight is completed is on international flights, as we may not be billed by customs or another country’s air traffic control for months later.

But in the winter,  We do not know if we will need to de ice or how much we will need when we quote the flight. Instead of just charging  you an average, we try to keep your cost down.  So in the event that we do have to de ice the airplane on your trip, we will have to bill the cost after your trip is completed.  We hope our customers understand that there is just no way to charge this up front and be fair to everyone.  Many times we can actually save money by putting the airplane in a hangar overnight, we might still have to de ice just before departure, but the amount of fluid needed would be less.  The economics of this depend on what the airport will charge for an overnight hangar.   we will always try to get you the best price.   Glycol costs about $15 per gallon, however, it is usually diluted with hot water, so it does go along way.  usually this winter we have been averaging about $200 to de ice the airplane.

Once in the air, the airplanes on board de ice and anti ice systems can usually take care of the ice found in flight, if not, we can change altitude to find a level that is ice free or at least one were the ice accumulates at a rate the airplane can handle.  and rarely there are times where not matter what we have on board, the ice is too great to safely fly.  even the airlines run into this.  its is rare however and we would know this before takeoff and delay the departure.

Some of the systems we have on the Navajo are also common to jets and some are more commonly found on smaller airplanes.  these include a heated windshield, heated instrument sensors (pilot tube and static ports)  Heated propeller blades and pneumatic de ice boots on the wings and tails.   The last two you may notice operating.   the heated propeller blades will actually sling ice off the blades as it forms and you may hear this as something hitting the airplane and regular intervals.   the airplane has shields on the nose to prevent dents.  if you hear this do not be alarmed, the airplane is doing what it is designed to do.   The Wing and tail boots you might see operate as they inflate to crack formed ice, the air then carriers it away.

With proper equipment, winter flying is safe and actually enjoyable once you get airborne, the airplane actually performs better and uses less runway.  most of the time except during and active storm, the clouds tops are very low and you will be flying in sunshine for most of the flight.  With the extra procedures however, sometimes it takes a little longer to get going.  We recommend that our customers leave a little extra time to get the their destination to allow for de icing and weather delays.

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!