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Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year

I say football… The Rose Bowl! More seriously (I think!), what is so incredibly different between a day changing at one second past midnight from December 31st to January 1st versus the day changing at one second past midnight on any other day? Is it all about new beginnings? Reflection? or merely a new calendar? What is so different between a universal new year and each of our own new year (AKA our birthday)?

This ubiquitous behavior must be tied to something that is profoundly more meaningful than the mere symbolism by which we keep chronological score of our lives, as most of us fail at our  resolutions – living healthier, better, longer, and skinnier lives with more money in our designer purses (or pockets).

The reality… nothing changes on New Year’s Day… except our calendar! Nonetheless, we are fascinated by the fireworks that seem to be a prerequisite of good luck rituals, resolutions, and other celebratory behaviors that give us hope of a brighter future.

Perhaps the most significant (in my opinion) aspect of New Year’s traditions is the reflection, hope, and good intentions that fill our hearts, minds, and even our souls.

 We do not learn from experience; we learn from reflecting on experience!

-John Dewey

 So, as you bring in the New Year, Exquisite Air Charter’s wish for you is that you reflect on your life and the lessons that have presented themselves to you and make one of your resolutions to be more present during the experiences that have the power to fuel your growth. I wish you the ability to be more positive along your journey so that you can find the blessings in every lesson – learn to replace thoughts like, “why did this happen to me?” with thoughts like, “what opportunities might come from me not getting what I wanted!”

Life is what you make it so let’s choose to make it a happy one!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

How would you feel about a Costa Rican getaway? You’d be surprised how much this is a kids’ trip. Costa Rica is very warm all year around. Tortuguero is no exception! Tortuguero is located on the northern, Caribbean side and is a national park and rain forest. This amazing national park is like a zoo where you can walk among native creatures including toucans, monkeys, turtles, and more. Unlike many rain forests, Tortuguero is easy to get to. Tours often depart San Jose via bus to this tropical region. Many companies offer all-inclusive packages that include transportation, meals, lodging, and more! Your Exquisite Air Charter representative will gladly assist you in setting up a visit to Tortuguero.

Costa Rica Sea Turtle

Costa Rica Sea Turtle

We highly recommend a walking tour into the village of Tortuguero, kayaking smaller canals, and guides canoe rides to get close to local animals. Most of all, the evening turtle tour is not to be missed!

Costa Rica Turtle Nesting

Costa Rica Turtle Nesting

Sea Turtle nesting is most available to visitors during the months spanning from July through October; with hatching generally taking place near Christmas time. Special guides are available through many lodges who will take small groups to view, up close, nesting female sea turtles. A strong patrol presence exists in the evenings to prevent poaching and education is available through the local Sea Turtle Conservancy; explaining just how important the sea turtles are (especially the endangered green turtle).

There are so many opportunities for amazing, up-close, interaction with the animals when visiting beautiful Costa Rica but perhaps Tortuguero is the epitome of opportunities for interaction and education when associated with rain forest animals in Costa Rica. Whether you arrive via a private jet or other – Tortuguero is a great place to visit!

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.

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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.

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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

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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?

FAA Proposes Strict Slot Limitations for New York Area Airports

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New York Area Airports

The FAA submitted a proposal that would limit non-scheduled operations as follows:

  • Newark International Airport (EWR): one slot per hour
  • John F. Kennedy (JFK) to two per hour
  • La Guardia Airport (LGA) would permanently adopt the current three per hour limitations

Parties opposing the proposed rule-making cite concern that the reduction in slots for unscheduled operations at EWR and JFK will have a significant impact on a broad range of operations. Further arguments cited the lack of industry data that would suggest congestion at these airports is in any way connected to non-scheduled operations.

Most business flights opt for Teterboro due to both economic efficiency and convenience; however, it is occasionally best to choose JFK, LGA, or EWR for logistical planning. Perhaps most concerning is the infrequent necessity of an emergency landing; EWR and JFK would no longer be alternatives when safety considerations would ordinarily warrant their use.

Ultimately, proponents of the rule-making are refuting the new rules based on the age old adage that the FAA is attempting to “solve a problem that doesn’t exist!”

What are your thoughts?

The First Gulfstream G500 Flight

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The all new Gulfstream G500 takes flight

Just seven months since we first saw the Gulfstream G500 roll out of their Savannah, GA headquarters the G500 flies for the first time. The flight took place on May 18th, 2015 and departed from the Savannah Hilton Head International airport and was piloted by Scott Martin and Kevin Claffy. Also along for the ride was flight-test engineer Bill Osborne.

The flight initiated with a climb to 10,500 feet and then the pilots took it to a speed of 194 knots; that’s approximately 223.25 mph. While that may seem quite fast it is a small percentage of the aircraft’s capabilities. In fact, the maximum operating speed of the Gulfstream G500 is Mach 0.925; that’s about 700 mph.

Notable Gulfstream G500 Specifications

 range

MAX RANGE

5,000 nm 9,260 km

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Typical Passenger Outfitting

Up to 18

sleeps

Sleeps

Up to 8

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Max Operating Speed (Mach)

0.925

 weight

Max Takeoff Weight

76,850 lbs 34,859 kg

 max-cruise-altitude

Max Cruise Altitude

51,000 ft 15,545 m

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Gulfstream G500 In Flight

 

What an amazing and delicious experience to dine with locals around the world! By dining with locals you are afforded a unique opportunity to experience homemade authentic meals. Often the menu incorporates meals prepared using recipes that are passed down through generations. Additionally, you enjoy these meals in the home of a local family; experiencing the true culture, authenticity, sincerity, and hospitality of the family in addition to a great meal! With more and more websites popping up to find a host family in your destination city, we have found Bon Appetour to be among our favorites!

Bon Appetour connects families spanning over five continents, 25 countries, and 50 cities and is growing rapidly.

No plans of traveling in the near future? How about becoming a host?

Taking a private jet and looking for something more exclusive? How about a premium meal prepared by a celebrity chef?

Learn more at Bon Appetour!

Happy Travels!

 

November is Aviation History Month! In celebration, we would like to share with you some major events in aviation. Our journey dates back to the 1500’s when Leonardo da Vinci drew pictures of flying machines. He obviously had birds in mind in his drawings, as he envisioned flying machines with wings that flapped (like a bird). Events such as the Wright Brothers’ first flight and the latest launch of the Space Shuttle are also highlighted.

Wright Brothers Marker

From the earlier events mentioned here to today is absolutely amazing. To reflect on  something we take for granted as having only been a dream (considered a far-fetched dream) to previous generations is amazing. Then to think about how evolved the performance capabilities of modern day jets is… I’m speechless! Working with private jet charter is something I am extremely passionate about. These “birds” are amazing!!! I hope you enjoy the timeline of events!

1500’s
Leonardo da Vinci makes drawings of flying machines. He envisions them with wings that flap.

1783
November 21 — Two noblemen from the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette are the first to pilot a hot-air balloon. They mistakenly think that smoke, not heat, makes the balloon rise.

1903
December 17 — Orville and Wilbur Wright take-off on the world’s first powered airplane flight in Kitty Hawk, NC. Their plane, the Wright Flyer, is airborne for 12 seconds.

1907
August 1 — The U.S. Airforce is established.

1909
July 25 — French aviator Louis Bleroit flies across the English Channel. He is the first person ever to arrive in England by a means other than water.

1912
March 12 — Albert Berry makes the first ever parachute jump from an airplane over Jefferson Barracks Missouri.

1919
John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown make the first nonstop transatlantic flight.

1923
May 2 — U.S. Navy pilots Kelly and McCready, complete the first transcontinental flight from New York to California.

1924
Two U.S. Army planes complete the first flight around the world. Four Douglas biplanes were built for the journey. The trip began in Seattle. Six months and six days later, two of the planes finished the 27,553-mile trip.

1927
May 20 — Then airmail pilot Charles Lindbergh sets out from New York on the first-ever, solo flight across the Atlantic. 33 hours and 29 minutes later, he lands safely in Paris. Before he takes off, he is dubbed the “flying fool” for trying to fly the route alone.

1931
October 5 — Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon make the first nonstop flight across the Pacific.

1932
Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean.

1933
Wiley Post completes the first round-the-world solo flight.

1939
The jet-engine airplane makes its first successful flight.

1945
July 28 — An army B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State Building in New York City.

1947
October 14 — Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to break the sound barrier in the experimental X-1 aircraft. On Dec. 12, 1953, Yeager broke another speed record, flying 1,650 mph (Mach 2.5) in an X-1A rocket plane.

1949
The U.S. Air Force makes the first nonstop round-the-world flight.

1958
The first jet plane crosses the Atlantic.

1961
January 31 — Ham the chimpanzee goes into space in a test of the Project Mercury capsule.

April 12 — Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin becomes the first man in space. He completes one orbit of the earth, giving the Russians the edge in the “race to space.”

May 5 — Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space.

1962
John Glen becomes the first American to orbit the earth.

1963
Russian Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman space-traveler. She flew aboard Vostok 6, and spent three days in orbit.

1964
April 17 — Mrs. Jerrie Mock is the first woman to fly solo around the world.

1965
March 18 — Russian cosmonaut Alexi Lenov becomes the first man to walk in space.

1969
July 20 — Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon.

1970
April 17 — Apollo 13 launches in the third lunar-landing attempt. The mission is aborted due to malfunctions. The crew miraculously returns safely to earth.

1971
June 6 — The Russian spacecraft Soyuz 11 launches and links up with the first space station, Salyut 1. The spacecraft loses pressurization, and all four astronauts aboard die just before reentry.

1973
The launch of the Skylab space station — the crew is in flight for a little over 28 days.

1977
The Concorde SST lands for the first time in the United States.

1981
The Space Shuttle Columbia — the first space craft designed specifically for reuse — launches for the first time.

1983
Sally Ride becomes the first U.S. woman in space.

1986
The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes 74 second after take off. Six astronauts and teacher Christa McAuliffe are killed.

1988
On the Space Station Mir, Col. Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov set the team record for time spent in space: 366 days.

1990
The first paying passenger, Japanese journalist Tohiro Akiyama, goes into space aboard the Russian spacecraft Soyuz TM-11.

1995
February 3 — The U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off to make the first rendezvous with the Russian Space Station Mir. On board is Col. Eileen Collins, the first female Shuttle pilot.

1998
June 2 — The Space Shuttle Discovery’s ninth and final docking at the Russian Space Station Mir, setting the stage for the International Space Station Partnership.

October 29 — John Glenn returns to space, becoming the oldest man ever to make the trip. The Space Shuttle Discovery’s mission is to study the effects of aging in space, and to deploy and retrieve the Spartan solar-observing satellite.

December 4 — The Space Shuttle Endeavor launches, carrying hardware for International Space Station Assembly.