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Not only should you visit Edinburgh, Scottland‘s capital, but you should take your kids! Yep! That’s right! You should take your children. Why? You may ask… well, Edinburgh is bursting at its seems with medieval history painted with gardens and neoclassical buildings. From Arthur’s seat (an extinct volcano in Holyrood park) to Edinburgh Castle (home to Scotland’s crown jewels) to the scavenger hunt at the palace to… too many to mention!

The Gorgeous City of Edinburgh

The Gorgeous City of Edinburgh

What is there to do at the palace? What isn’t there to do? Some prefer the Explorer Quiz, some prefer the scavenger hunt. Others prefer hands on exhibits like the one that allows you to hold a replica of the broadsword – just like the one Mel Gibson fought with in the movie Braveheart. If that is too much excitement for you, as it is me, perhaps you’d like to join me in the castle’s Redcoat cafe for some coffee and cake while overlooking the amazing city views.

Whatever your pleasures may be… Edinburgh offers amazing opportunity. Whether you charter a private plane to Edinburgh, Scotland or not, you’d love the experience… of course, we do recommend a private jet charter to Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Airport

 Airport Information – Edinburgh
 City: Edinburgh  Country: United Kingdom
 Airport Code: EGPH  Alt Airport Code: N/A
 Latitude: 55.95000000  Longitude: -3.36999989
 Runway Length: 8,400 ft  Runway Elevation: 135 ft
 GMT Offset: 0

 

All too frequently we associated San Diego with the beach, great sporting events, and awesome downtown entertainment and forget that they are also blessed with the beautiful Laguna Mountains!

San Diego Sunset Trail

San Diego Sunset Trail

Did you know that “The Golden State” was made the official state nickname for California in 1968? You probably do! California can be traced as having been where gold was discovered in 1848 and is often also associates with our golden poppies. But did you know that San Diego county is home of one of the original gold mines? Yes it is! Right in the city of Julian; where you can explore a guided adventure with Eagle Mining Company that will take you deeo into the mine tunnels to experience them from the viewpoint of the original miners of the 1870s. Wouldn’t it be fun to learn to pan for gold with the kids? Follow that up with a slice of Julian’s famous apple pie from Mom’s Pies and you’ll be in golden apple heaven!

Charter flights to San Diego

San Diego Private Jets

Mom’s Pies
2119 Main Street
Julian, CA 92036
(760) 765-2472
www.momspiesjulian.com
Mom's Apple Caramel Crumb Pie

Mom’s Apple Caramel Crumb Pie

San Diego couples together the best of city life with the historical mountains in the most beautiful scenery imaginable. A splendid place to visit!

Dusk settles on downtown San Diego with snow-covered Mt. Laguna in the distance

Dusk settles on downtown San Diego with snow-covered Mt. Laguna in the distance

Don’t miss the final segment in our San Diego feature tomorrow that highlights the pleasantly overwhelming fun, food and festivities just waiting for you in downtown San Diego!

 

Exquisite Air Charter is available to arrange a private jet to/from and destination worldwide. Contact us to day to learn more at (888) EAC-JETS or email us.

Worldwide airport destinations can be explored here.

 

If you are still interested in learning more, there are a couple of great website with local information that can also be explored.

Link to Old Town Website for additional information here

Link to Chamber of Commerce Travel Page here

Whether you go for the famous splendor of SeaWorld, unparalleled joy of LegoLand, the historical gaslamp district, or all of the above, San Diego is probably the most underrated tourist city around!

san diego gaslamp district

San Diego Gaslamp District

Our previous post in this series, San Diego – A great place to visit!, highlighted the Hotel del Coronado and briefly mentioned gondola rides and the gas lamp district but let’s dig deeper into the amazing offerings of downtown San Diego. 

The Gondola Company
www.gondolacompany.com

The Gondola Company affords you the ability to mentally be in Venice, Italy while still physically in San Diego California on a 50 minute cruise that accommodates up to six passengers. Bring along a nice bottle of wine or some champagne and they provide the bucket of ice, glasses, and the wine opener.

San Diego Air & Space Museum
www.sandiegoairandspace.com

How can we be an aviation company and not share this one? If you’ve never taken the time to explore aviation history, I promise it is remarkable and inspiring beyond what you may imagine! As founder & CEO of Exquisite Air Charter, and being a lady, I have come to realize that as little girls we don’t tend to play with as many cars and planes as our male associates. The result is less adult interest in aviation. I wish I could share with every little girl the inspiration I found in aviation. Perhaps a museum such as this is a good place to start; let’s teach our children that they can fly! Let’s teach our children that they are capable of the unimaginable. You’d be surprised how much of these lessons exist in aviation; I invite you and your children to explore aviation history and to become inspired in all facets of your life – it was through the is how I fell in love with aviation and I am sure you will find it rewarding as well!

Balboa Island
www.balboaisland.com

Balboa Island in itself is amazing but then… the additional activities are endless; from parasailing to water sports, to fishing, and tours – there are endless activities. One thing, in particular, that draws huge crowds at this time of year is the annual Balboa/Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and the holiday light cruises; simply stunning! Did I mention it is so inexpensive? This year, a 90 minute cruise for the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is just $25 per person!

balboa newport christmas boat parade

Balboa Newport Christmas Boat Parade

Nearby Airports:
San Diego International – Lindbergh Field
San Diego – Montgomrey Field
San Diego – Gillespie Field
San Diego – Brown Field Municipal

 

One option businesses rarely thrive and so the operations that ONLY focused on fractional flights have seemingly begun to realize. If I am rather candid, did they expect to truly work out? How long did they think they could thrive by hiring really great talkers (sales persons) to convince buyers that this was a great option before the consumers began realizing this option was nothing more than what I have often labeled an extremely expensive bragging right! Sure! You can brag to all your friends that you own a plane but do you really? If you truly owned a plane then you’d probably fly in YOUR plane from time to time and that’s rarely the case in fractional operations. Most factional operators seemed to be pulling away from fractional focus and shifting their focus more towards jet cards.

Private Jet charter banner BW

Jet cards often offer many of the same perks of fractional contracts; however, often without the upfront asset cost, managements fees, and residual-value risk. Shouldn’t the customer shop for ‘solutions’ instead of wasting their money for the ability to brag that they own a jet (if that’s what you want to call it)?

Diversification is often the key to success! Meeting the needs of the consumer is certainly key to success! Consumers want high-quality, yet affordable, private flying options. Gimmicks are short lived – as they should be! At the end of the day, you should ultimately want well-equipped and well-maintained aircraft, experienced and well-trained crew members, reliability and guarantee (a company who will back up their service in the event of an issue instead of leaving you stranded)! Many consumers of fractional options have been sold on the consistency of aircraft and service; however, an experienced broker can assure you the same quality, as they are not tied to a particular fleet! With exceptional experience, a charter broker can save you money and offer the same, if not better, quality offered by top fractional operators. Larger fleets typically afford these offerings but charter brokers are not tied to a fleet; they source to all fleets. Just make sure you are dealing with an honest broker who doesn’t ever compromise standards (especially safety standards) to try to earn your business by being the lowest bidder!

Private jets afford flyers the ability to maintain a greater degree of normalcy while still traveling to accommodate their career of choice. Commercial airlines are inconvenient; the traveler has to adhere to the schedule of the airline. With private jets, the traveler(s) are able to make their own schedule and that means considerably less time spent away from home.

private jet charter

Working while flying in a private jet

Another great benefit is that most business jets these days are equipped with technologies that are not available on commercial flights. These technologies afford the traveler the luxury of working enroute. Additionally, travelers don’t spend any considerable amount of time in airports dealing with security lines, checking in for flights, dealing with checking in baggage (and additional baggage issues) and simply waiting, waiting, and more waiting. Last, but certainly not least, private jets of this magnitude often have seating configurations that convert into full-sized, rather comfortable, beds. If you choose to nap during flight then you can do so peacefully!

Although the actual price tag is certainly larger than commercial fares, the quality of travel, the use of time, and the airports serviced (including smaller airports in more rural areas) are priceless to some travelers.

The following table is a breakdown of long-range aircraft available for private charter.

Aircraft Max NM Range Cruise Speed Max Weight Max passengers with full fuel Cabin Volume
Gulfstream G650 7,000 488 99,600 9 2,138
Gulfstream G550 6,820 459 91,000 9 1,669
Gulfstream GV 6,5000 459 90,500 7 1,669
Bombardier Global 6000 6,390 471 99,500 12 2,140
Falcon 7X 5,950 459 69,200 8 1,552
Gulfstream G500 5,910 459 85,100 11 1,669

Quieter Cabins Anyone?

Quiet in-flight aircraft cabin

Luxury private jet charters may soon get even quieter!

Focus on a more comfortable plane ride exists for designers of commercial airliners and private jets alike. Engineers consistently make strides in this area; however, a team of researchers at NC State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a solution they are confident will change the game of soundproofing aircraft cabins.

Essentially the process incorporates a light-weight honeycomb composite material that is already used for interior cabin structures. What’s different is injecting a paper-thin rubber membrane between two layers of the honeycomb material to drastically reduce the amount of sound that penetrates the material.

Naturally, to operate efficiently, it is extremely important to add as little weight to the airframe as possible. While it is difficult to estimate the exact weight adage, it is predicted that it will be less than 1%.

Low-frequency noise, below 500 Hertz, is where this process is most effective; blocking between 100 and 1,000 times more sound energy than a panel without the membrane.

While studies are still in an infancy stage, the team has received several preliminary inquiries from composite panel manufacturers and providers of aircraft acoustic insulation but perhaps the most promising is an inquiry from a major airframer.

Boeing Business Jets Considers a Combi Configuration

boeing-combi-illustration

Illustration suggesting the design of the Boeing Combi variant of the 767 Tanker. The beauty of the Combi is its ability to carry a mixed load of passengers and cargo.

Your first question might very well be, “What is a Combi Configuration?” Well, it is a combination of cargo and passenger configurations. The Combi, as it has been nicknamed, is expected to cater to industrial, government, and heavy machinery type organizations who find themselves in a position of needing to transport equipment and a support team to a destination. While there may not be a large customer base for such a configuration, it is still something Boeing is looking to explore as a means of expanding revenue sources and keep up with Airbus (who is already offering a comparable option).

New configurations seem to be popular at Boeing. Not long ago, BBJ had two simple products; the BBJ and the BBJ2. Currently Boeing offers 11 products in their commercial line. With that said, of the 228 private jetliners Boeing has sold, 164 of those are the 737 based BBJ.

While talks exist and Boeing has even announced that it will study the potential need for the Combi, don’t expect to see any cargo type BBJ with passenger seating for, at least, a couple of years. Boeing has proclaimed that they will not push toward development until they secure a launch customer.

Any takers?