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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.

 

FALL COLOR AND LIGHT HOUSE TOURS

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

This fall ABA is offering a very special price on a fall color tour.  We have designed a tour of the Michigan thumb starting from Pontiac airport, over Lake St. Clair, up the St. Clair River and around the thumb.  The flight lasts a little over 1 hour and includes views of several light houses along the way, many that only those in  boats or airplanes can view.  This tour is pretty much priced at our cost and is our way of sharing the beauty of our area and seasons with our customers.  Price with taxes is $75 per person,  but we need a minimum of 4 people to fly the trip.  We do have an option of using our single engine airplane if there are only two people.

The Navajo is also available for a private group charter at the rate of $ 450 for the hour tour, there are seven to nine passengers seats for your group.  Just make sure that the 8th or 9th person is child or small adult, as it gets very crowded.

Again, this is a special price for the tour only and is well below our retail charter  rate of $650 per hour for the Navajo piston twin.  The single is not available for charter but is available for air rides (Federal regulations require us to land back at Pontiac with the single as it is not approved for charters).

Give us a call to discuss the air tour or a charter!!


 

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!