How To Fly Privately

Here are the bizav basics you need to know.

In this regularly updated resource from BJT, you will find tips on how to maximize your investment in private aviation.

What You Need to Know about Preowned Fractional Shares

They can offer great value to buyers and flexibility to sellers but beware of program fine print.

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How Much Does It Cost to Fly Privately?

The good news for travelers is that as little as $25,000 to $75,000 can take you quite a distance today via business aviation, depending on where you’re located, where you need to go, and how often you want to get there. 

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BJT’s 10th Annual Readers’ Choice Survey

Here are the results of our 2020 Readers’ Choice survey, which include subscribers' rankings of service providers, aircraft manufacturers and models, and more.

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Are Your Charter Flights Safe?

If you charter aircraft, you may be wondering about the safety of your flights. The good news is that charter represents one of the safest forms of non-airline flying. That’s because charter operators employ professional and experienced crews, and because the Federal Aviation Administration has always overseen passenger-paying flights more strictly than private operations.

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Buying and Flying Your Own Jet

A surge in transitioning turboprop pilots and interest from new-to-bizav customers are squeezing the light jet market. Here’s what you need to know.

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When Service Falls Short

Private aviation companies typically deliver a first-rate experience. But what should you do when they don’t?

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Qualifying Your Jet for Bonus Depreciation

Bonus depreciation is a hot topic in business aviation these days. The term is a bit misleading, because you can never get a “bonus” amount for depreciation over and beyond what you actually pay for an aircraft; the “bonus” is that you get your write-off faster.

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How To Own A Jet

In an interview for one of our sister publications, BJT’s editorial director explains how you can enjoy the benefits of private aviation by purchasing an aircraft or a share in one.

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What You Should Know About Peak-Day Policies

Jet cards, membership-access programs, and fractional-ownership plans almost universally offer guaranteed access—essentially a promise that they’ll have the kind of airplane you want at the price you’ve agreed upon ready to go when you are. But an important asterisk may appear beside that guarantee, and fine-print items can impact your holiday access and flying costs, altering the calculations related to choosing a program that fits your travel plans and budget. 

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The Future Of Air Charter

Business aircraft travelers enter the 2020s with a variety of tools and options introduced in the last decade: membership programs, per-seat charter, all-you-can-fly plans, and instant booking apps. These offerings evolved from developments in the century’s first decade, including the expansion of fractional ownership and the introduction of jet cards and point-to-point pricing.

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Q&A: Bizav Basics

Here are answers to some questions you may have if you’re thinking about flying privately during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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New Routes to the Runway

Once approximately as short as a handwritten prix fixe dinner menu at a Michelin-starred restaurant, the list of available jet card, membership, shuttle, and other charter access programs now resembles a roadside diner’s multi-page opus. For business jet travelers, that means expanded routes and regions, more pricing options, and greater choice of aircraft models via programs that are likely more convenient and less costly than on-demand charter. 

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How To Quit The Airlines And Fly On A Private Jet

It may be easier than you think, though you’ll need to do a little homework to figure out which of the many flying modes and providers would be best for you. If you’re new to private aviation, you might want to opt for ad hoc charter before trying a membership club or jet card. Later, you might consider fractional or full aircraft ownership. It all depends on your budget and your needs. In this video, we offer guidance from several experts.

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FBOs Spread Their Wings for the On-Demand Crowd

These ground-service facilities have improved dramatically in recent years. Here’s why—and how to find the best ones.

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5 Tips Every Charter Customer Should Read

One company's bumpy ride suggests lessons you’d be wise to consider no matter what lift provider you use.

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Thanks To New Regulations, You Can Breathe Easier

You can breathe a little easier when shopping for charter and especially when dealing with charter brokers, thanks to regulations that the Department of Transportation (DOT) implemented on February 14. Entitled “Increasing Air Charter Transportation Options,” these rules require important new disclosures and guarantees of transparency. If you’re working with a well-qualified broker, you may not notice much change, but it’s still important to understand the reasons for the policies. If you do notice a big change, it’s time to scrutinize your provider.

 

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Budgeting for Bizav

We look at four annual spending limits to see what business aviation access you can get for each.

 

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More Ways to Take Off

Just when you thought flight-time options had been sliced and diced into as many different jet cards and charter offerings as possible, and fractional ownership had reached an evolutionary deadend, along come a spate of new offerings. Here’s a look at some of the newest and most noteworthy options.

 

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Inside Charters: Who’s On Board?

A BJT column that recently won a gold award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors explores charter customer demographics.

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Do Your Homework Before Flying Privately (We'll Help)

Whether you’re weighing the relative merits of charter, a jet card, a membership program, or a share in a fractionally owned aircraft, we’re here to help.

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Is your charter deal too good to be true?

Illegal operations are on the rise. Here’s how they could hurt passengers and what the industry is doing to stop them.

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Lessons from Zetta Jet’s collapse

A high-flying charter operator goes under, fueling bizav turbulence while providing a cautionary tale.

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Joining A Bizav Membership Club

In less than five years, membership programs have fully established themselves in the air charter market. They range from relatively low-cost, subscription-based so-called “private airlines” to bespoke operators of ultra-long-range jets, and many of them have little in common besides providing access to a closed fleet, but demand is reportedly strong across the spectrum.

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Six Questions Every Charter Customer Should Ask

Here are the questions one customer asks himself to evaluate charter operators and decide whether to continue flying with them.

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Advice From Two Experts

Longtime consultants explain how they help clients get the most for their bizav dollars.

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How the FAA and IRS View Flying to Work

Commuting on a corporate or private jet? Better familiarize yourself with the federal regulations.

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The Whole Truth About Two Parts

The difference between Part 91 and Part 135.

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Is Your In-flight Meal Tax Deductible?

You might want to think twice before writing off that overpriced tuna sandwich.

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Kobe Bryant's Pilot Disregarded Training

National Transportation Safety Board faults both pilot and operator in tragic helicopter crash. 

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Your Flight Operations Might Not Be as Secure as You Think

From food poisoning to fuel reserves: be aware of these potential safety-procedure gaps.

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Flying in the Age of COVID-19

A revamped business aviation landscape will affect everyone from occasional charter users to multiple-aircraft owners. Here's what you need to know.

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