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NBAA Business Aviation Forum Draws Record Crowd

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) held a business aviation forum at Teterboro airport in New Jersey. With over 1,900 people in attendance, the NBAA set a new record turnout for the event. Several business aviation forums are sponsored by the NBAA and held all over the country. The events feature new private jet models on display and booths for over 80 exhibitors. Also featured were education sessions on the importance of safety management systems, the future of business aircraft values and the No Plane No Gain Advocacy Campaign.

These business aviation forums provide education and networking opportunities to regional businesses involved in private jet manufacturing, operators and private jet brokers. The forums serve as a venue to make new business connections and discover new technologies, products and services being offered in the business aviation community.

It also allows for discussions regarding issues that affect regional aviation business, such as new airport policies, city council ordinances and new pieces of legislation that affect private jet travel and the business aviation industry. The forums serve to inform local aviation businesses about issues affecting them and provide them with information on how to make their voices heard as a community.

The record turnout in New Jersey, and the equally successful turnouts at other business aviation forums around the country show growing enthusiasm for the business aviation industry, as well as a positive trend in local aviation business involvement in advocacy. The upswing in aviation businesses involved in advocacy has made significant improvements on the status of the private jet industry. New legislation is being developed on national and state levels in support of the $150 billion dollar industry. Forums such as the one hosted by the NBAA are an important tool in garnering support for private aviation.

For more information on the dates and location of NBAA business aviation forums, visit www.nbaa.org/events. 

Topics: Legislation private aviation industry business aviation

Common Myths about Private Jet Travel Debunked

There are a number of misperceptions surrounding private jet travel. Many people believe that private jet travel is inaccessible to them, and that only extremely wealthy people and huge corporations can afford to fly on private jets. This is not true. Here are several common private jet travel myths debunked:


1. Only top-level CEOs of huge corporations fly on private jets.

In truth, only 22% of private jet travelers are at the executive level. Most business jet clients are mid-level executives of small companies with less than 500 employees.

2. Private jet travel is a waste. Why not just fly commercial?

80% of private jet flights are made to airports with little to no commercial airline service. In addition, there are almost no non-stop commercial flights going to these smaller airports.

3. Private jet travel is so expensive, there's no way I could afford it.

While owning a private jet may be expensive, many private jet clients use charter brokers to book their flights. Jet charter brokers find the best travel options at the lowest prices, often saving clients thousands of dollars. In addition, private jet travel saves businesses money by maximizing productivity and minimizing lost opportunity costs.

4. The business aviation industry is not a significant contributor to the US economy.

Business aviation contributes over $150 billion dollars to the US economy. The private aviation industry also provides millions of jobs. In addition, the industry is one of the few industries left that remains almost completely on US soil and doesn't outsource manufacturing overseas.

If you're considering private jet travel for the first time, try using a private jet broker like JetHub. Brokers like JetHub compare prices from hundreds of operators nationwide to find you the safest flight at the best price. They work with you every step of the way to ensure that all your travel needs are met and that your first private jet travel experience exceeds your expectations.

 

To learn more about the benefits of the business aviation industry, go visit www.noplanenogain.org. 

Topics: private jet charter private aviation industry business aviation charter broker

4 Reasons Why Private Jet Brokers are the Smartest Way to Travel

Not everyone can afford to own their own personal private jet, and many of those that can still prefer to charter a jet using a private jet broker. Here are four big reasons why using a private jet broker is the smartest way to travel.

1. No Commitments or Risks. Private jet charter using a broker is the most affordable option and involves the least amount of commitment and involvement from the client. Unlike private jet owners, who have to worry about licensing, maintenance and operational costs of a depreciating asset, clients who charter a private jet simply book a flight and go.

2. Best Prices. Private jet brokers use their industry knowledge and contacts to find the best price for each flight. They compare prices from many different owners and operators. When booking directly through an operator, there is no price shopping or competition. Operators may take advantage of the client and upcharge for fuel or other hidden costs that a broker knows to watch out for.

3. Safety. Private jet brokers also ensure that both the jet and pilot are current on all safety regulations and licensing requirements. Brokers such as JetHub only work with operators that are Part 135 Carrier Certified, which requires them to meet rigorous inspection and maintenance protocols.

4. Tailored Travel. Private jet brokers tailor each flight to personal preferences. Operators have a limited number of planes available, and there is no guarantee that the plane you want will be ready and available when you need it. Brokers can find the type of plane you want and have it when and where you need it since they work with hundreds of operators nationwide.

Private jet brokers save you time and money by finding you the flight you want, at the best price available and ensuring all safety standards are met, all with little to no commitment or effort from you, the client.

The best part? A good broker can do all this with as little as four hours' notice.

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Advocating for the Private Jet Industry

"No Plane, No Gain" is the name of an advocacy campaign supported by different organizations and businesses in the private jet industry. Started by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the advocacy campaign attempts to garner support from legislators and the public for private aviation. No Plane No Gain advocates the value of private jet aviation to the public, the economy, the business and the individual. Private aviation is a $150 billion dollar industry that provides millions of jobs, helps businesses expand and become more efficient and allows for humanitarian and emergency missions.

One of the strongest arguments the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign makes is that private jets can reach thousands of airports that commercial airlines don't fly to. Major airlines operate out of approximately only 70 hubs throughout the United States, but there are over 5,000 airports that private jets can access.

Aviation is also an incredibly valuable export, with about half of American-made private airplanes being exported overseas. There is little to no outsourcing to overseas factories. Quite the opposite is true. Most of the few overseas private jet manufacturers there are send their planes to the United States to be finished, since the United States is the leader in avionics, private jet engines and many other system technologies. Also worth mentioning are the millions of private jets that are brought to the United States for maintenance, servicing and upgrading.

The private aviation industry is an industry that produces some of the most highly skilled, well trained laborers. Wage averages are high and there is excellent job security. In addition to manufacturers, mechanics and developers, there are pilots, dispatchers, schedulers, operators and millions more that keep private aviation thriving in the United States.

Private jet aviation also helps other businesses. It not only allows businesses to provide goods and services to smaller cities and rural areas, it also allows them to travel to multiple destinations in the same day. Private jet travel allows businesses to respond to time-critical situations, save time and increase productivity. Increased productivity and expanded markets equals more opportunities and increased profits for all businesses using private jets.

The private aviation industry is highly valuable to the United States economy. No Plane, No Gain seeks to educate the public on that fact and lobby for legislation that will support a healthy industry.

Topics: Legislation private aviation industry aviation private jet travel

Business Jet Safety Improves by 69% in 2009

Private aviation has become increasingly safer in the last few years, with 2009 being a record low for the number of accidents for both turboprops and business jets. While the decrease in accidents is slightly in part to the reduced number of private flights last year, there was still a large enough difference to be significant.

Analysts reason that the increased safety is due to improved simulation technology that allows pilots to train by practicing different simulated situations. Pilots are more able to react quickly and, thanks to the new technology, in a practiced, confident manner that may make all the difference.

Private planes have also become safer to fly with improvements in engine technology and navigation systems. These improvements include many new features that act as built-in back up plans for private pilots. Fuel additives have also dramatically improved business jet safety as they prevent fuel systems from icing over in high altitudes.

For private jet charter clients, the assurance of a safe flight is even greater. With safety tracking and reporting systems like ARG/US and Wyvern that report safety ratings, clients can ensure that everything checks out before ever boarding the plane. Flight safety reports rate both the pilot and plane based on a series of rigorous maintenance and inspection regulations. Private flight providers can become Part 135 Carrier Certified, meaning they have met all protocols.

As technology continues to improve, business aviation and private jet charter will only become safer. The 69% decrease in accidents from 2008 to 2009 demonstrates how much difference one year of technology can make.

Topics: private jet charter business jet safety aviation

Private Aviation Industry Showing Signs of Recovery

Private aviation was one of the many markets to reach the peak of the economic high from 2005 to 2008 with many businesses and individuals buying private planes. There was also a high demand for partial jet ownership and money saving programs like jet cards for frequent private plane travelers. When the bubble burst in 2009, the private aviation industry experienced a sharp decline.

Compounding the difficulties of a strained global economy were the harsh criticisms from US politicians and media regarding the private aviation industry as evidence of big business wastefulness. Many businesses cancelled orders for private planes and executives curtailed their use of private jets in exchange for less efficient commercial flights.

Slowly but surely, private aviation is getting back on its feet. The first quarter of 2010 has shown promise of a return to a thriving market for private aviation. Private plane sales have begun to increase and Gulfstream reported the first quarter of 2010 as its biggest sales quarter since 2008. Criticism of private jet use has eased in the media.

Additionally, commercial airlines have become less attractive with reduced seat capacity, numerous airline strikes, longer wait times and extra fees. With frequent delays and hassles, private aviation has become financially attractive again with all of the opportunity cost saved through more efficient time and money management. Businesses pay slightly more for the flight, but save money everywhere else.

While the private aviation industry is still facing hardship, experts believe that the industry will be recovered by 2011.

For more information, view articles here and here.
Topics: private aviation industry business aviation private aircraft private jet travel 2009