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Turboprops & Twin Pistons: Know Your Options

King Air 250

Photo Courtesy of Beechcraft

Aside from jet aircraft which range from very light jets to heavy jets, there is another significant player in the charter market. Turboprops are aircraft that utilize a gas jet engine to operate a propeller rather than jet thrust typically used on larger aircraft. Most turboprop
engines are manufactured Pratt & Whitney Canada and Honeywell, known in the aviation community for their reliability and power. As a predecessor to turboprops, the twin-piston aircraft are also a viable choice. Piston aircraft are typically smaller aircraft, seating up to 6 passengers. The piston aircraft are powered by piston engines (or reciprocating engines), and use heat to produce steam pressure, which in turn is used to generate a rotating motion that powers the engine.

Piaggio_P-180_Avanti_Int2

How do turboprops compare to jets? Turboprops are a great
solution for trips less than 500 miles (300 miles or less for
twin-piston aircraft) and for trips into airports with shorter runways inaccessible to larger jets. Unlike jets, many turboprops can easily land on shorter airstrips and can even land in grass airfields vs.
needing a traditional runway. While jets can travel at faster speeds than turboprops, having more options in regards to places to land, enables turboprop passengers to get closer to their destinations,
often saving time and money.

Piper Chieftain

Turboprops are generally less expensive to operate than jets. Fuel costs and other expenses like maintenance tend to also be lower for props, making them a great option for shorter trips. Seating varies by aircraft model from 4-8 passengers in most turboprops. While a bit smaller than their jet cousins, many turboprops offer comparable cabin comforts and are equipped for both business and relaxation in the air. Contrary to popular thought, modern day turboprops come equipped with  resonance technology that almost entirely cancels out the propeller noise, so they are not generally loud in the cabin. As far as storage, many turboprops have comparable baggage and cabin space as their jet counterparts.

Pilatus

There are several factors to consider when choosing an aircraft for your charter needs. Let us help you decide which will be best for your trip. In the meantime, check out our turboprop and twin-piston charter options below and click to view each aircraft’s specifications.

Avanti II P-180 Specifications

Cessna 421 Golden Eagle Specifications

Cessna 441 Conquest II Specifications

Grand Caravan Specifications

Jetstream 31 Specifications

King Air 90 Specifications

King Air 100 Specifications

King Air 200 Specifications

King Air 250 Specifications

King Air 300 Specifications

King Air 350 Specifications

Merlin III Specifications

Pilatus PC-12 Specifications

Piper Aztec Specifications

Piper Chieftain Specifications

Piper Cheyenne Specifications

Piper Meridian Specifications

Piper Navajo Specifications

Piper Seneca V Specifications

Socata TBM 850 Specifications

To request an aircraft recommendation, please contact us. We would be happy to provide you with several options and flight quotes.

Turboprop Specifications

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Phone: 1-800-641-JETS (5387)

All flights arranged by Private Business Jets, LLC DBA FlyPrivate are operated by Part 135 Certified Air Carriers. FlyPrivate will act as your agent for the purpose of obtaining charter service.

Understanding Hourly Rates

Understanding ambiguous membership fees

In order to operate a national jet charter program with a fixed hourly rate structure, you must devise an hourly rate that can provide a profitable operation, which accounts for the use of all the
members/card holders. For example, customers based in Seattle, WA, Santa Fe, NM, or Birmingham, AL (where there are not as many private fliers) would pay the same rate as someone who lives in the Northeast, Midwest or Florida where there are more private fliers.

In constructing an hourly rate, these private aviation companies have to forecast what a customer might do, not what they actually do. In other words, if you live in an area with heavier traffic, you
subsidize the travel of those who live in less populated areas.

Unfortunately, upfront memberships with fixed hourly rate
programs are not profitable and the fixed hourly rates associated with them have plenty of gray areas in which to bill you more hours than needed.

How do membership programs do this?

1. Membership programs bill you for actual flight time. This may sound like a great idea, but when you are vectored around for weather, or experience headwinds, you are billed for more hours. Occasionally, you may win with an extreme tail wind, but not too
often. Another little known secret is that there is NO way to verify accurate billing. Even the FAA flight feeds are inaccurate and
operators calculate flight time entirely differently than how
customers are billed. The customer books and flies and the cost is debited directly from their account. The customer doesn’t see the actual cost until well after the trip. Most times the person who is
responsible for payment of the trip did not fly on the aircraft, so they have no idea if the information is accurate. The result is a seemingly low hourly rate, compensated by a higher flight time.

2. Membership programs add fuel surcharges into their billing. Most jet cards or programs discovered the fuel surcharge as a convenient way to add to the cost of a flight. They did this by adding the “fuel surcharge” to the “actual flight time” to increase company
profitability. There was no relationship between fuel costs and the surcharge. Over time customers got wise to this because fuel
surcharges never went away, even when prices went down. Today, the providers of the Jet Cards now include the fuel surcharges in the hourly rate, and many will fix the prices for the year. However, there are huge disparities between the cost of jet fuel throughout the United States. In an inverse relationship to hourly rates, people who live in areas with low fuel costs subsidize those in areas with high fuel costs.

The Deposit or Pre-Payment

Each card program requires a deposit in order for you to “lock in” the previously discussed “hourly rate”. They need your funds to run their operation. These funds go towards advertising and sales
commissions, and the lump sum deposits go a long way towards
easing cash flow. It is not free to put your company name on a
professional golfer’s hat. The large sum of deposits help to cover up operational losses but sooner or later, the bills come due. These
programs are either sold (if there is enough cash on hand to make it attractive to another “investor”) or the company is forced to fold. Many have no choice but to fold and there are no refunds. We are very pleased to tell you that there is a better alternative.

What do we do? How does our service benefit our customers?

1. We will never ask you to pay a deposit to access our service. With FlyPrivate, you will pay as you fly for each trip. You may use 25 or 50 hours, or you may go over. Our service allows you to control the use and flow of your capital.

2. We quote by the trip, not by the hour. At FlyPrivate, we offer all-inclusive “fixed pricing”, pre-trip. You know what you’re paying for and how much you will be spending before the trip, not after. There are no additional flight charges after the fact. You will also benefit from our round trip pricing, which often makes your trip more cost effective. Most jet cards have done away with round trip pricing and bill at one-way costs all the time.

3. At FlyPrivate, we also offer multiple aircraft options on each trip. Choose from Turboprops, VLJs, Light, Midsize, Super Midsize, and Heavy jets. You can use any class of jet anytime, without
complicated interchanges or other arrangements having to be made.

4. You also benefit from the leverage we employ on behalf of our customers. For 12 years we have worked with hundreds of FAA safety audited operators and their aircraft. These relationships
provide exceptional opportunities for all of our customers.

We’d love to hear from you! Please follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ for the latest news and updates from FlyPrivate.

Website: www.flyprivate.com
Email: fly@flyprivate.com
Phone: 1-800-641-JETS (5387)

All flights arranged by Private Business Jets, LLC DBA FlyPrivate are operated by Part 135 Certified Air Carriers. FlyPrivate will act as your agent for the purpose of obtaining charter service.

The Piaggio Avanti: A Hybrid Turboprop

Piaggio P180 Avanti II Exterior

(Photo credits to www.piaggioaerospace.it)

Italian aerospace company Piaggio’s P-180 Avanti II is a luxurious and economical turboprop with cabin amenities and interior space comparable to larger light and midsize jets. When it comes to
performance, the Piaggio Avanti is significantly faster than a
traditional turboprop and operates more like a jet with props. 
The Avanti II is often thought to be a turboprop-jet hybrid and offers passengers and pilots the best of both worlds.

As stated by Piaggio, “With its totally innovative aerodynamic
solutions, the design of the P180 Avanti II is unique and
unmistakable. A single, continuous aerodynamic curve surrounds the Piaggio P180 Avanti II from nose to tail to create a perfect
profile that maintains laminar flow, thus minimizing drag and
maximizing performance. Thanks to the configuration with three lifting surfaces, drag is reduced by 34% when compared with
conventional aircraft. This amazing design solution, which
significantly reduces weight and drag, translates into higher
performance combined with remarkably low operating costs.”

Piaggio P-180 Avanti II Interior

The Piaggio Avanti II is an expertly designed aircraft with
technological innovations that allow for a 40% reduction in
emissions and fuel consumption compared to other jets in its
category and is considered a “green aircraft” for its environmental management system. For many of these reasons, P180 Avanti II is
one of “the most widely used aircraft in public services such as air ambulance and air rescue missions, law enforcement, and flight
inspections that ensure the safety of people and property.”

The P180 is equipped with two powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66B engines located at the rear of the plane and facing
backwards, allowing for a quieter and more comfortable cabin.
Piaggio also notes that “it is equipped with the comprehensive Collins Pro Line 21, digital avionics suite, which is completely integrated with the aircraft’s navigation and communication systems…” The Avanti II is the fastest turboprop ever built with a range of 1726 statue miles,  a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet and an average speed of 445 mph. It is capable of landing on shorter runways of less than 3000 feet, enabling it to reach destinations and airports not served by other business jets. The Piaggio outperforms many
business jets in power, technologies and economical operation,
making it both a passenger and pilot favorite.

Piaggio P-180 Avanti II

The Piaggio’s cabin is very impressive at 5′ 9″ in height, 6′ 1″ in width and 14′ 7″ in length. It can comfortably fit 8 passengers (and two crew members) in several configuration options with comfy, fully reclining leather seats, and beautiful Italian styling. The
baggage compartment is also quite roomy with 44 cubic feet of space accessible from the outside of the aircraft, and large enough to hold bigger items like golf bags and skis. This aircraft also comes standard with a restroom at the rear of the plane with a sliding panel door for privacy.

Piaggio has demonstrated a clear understanding of the needs of business travelers and exceeds expectations in
performance and cabin luxuries for turboprop fliers.

To request a Piaggio for your next trip, please contact us. We would be happy to provide you with a flight quote.

Piaggio P-180 Avanti II Specifications

We’d love to hear from you! Please follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn Google+, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates from FlyPrivate.

Website: www.flyprivate.com
Email: fly@flyprivate.com
Phone: 1-800-641-JETS (5387)

All flights arranged by Private Business Jets, LLC DBA FlyPrivate are operated by Part 135 Certified Air Carriers. FlyPrivate will act as your agent for the purpose of obtaining charter service.

A Cost Effective Alternative to Jet Card Membership

Understanding ambiguous membership fees

In order to operate a national jet charter program with a fixed hourly rate structure, you must devise an hourly rate that can provide a profitable operation, which accounts for the use of all the
members/card holders. For example, customers based in Seattle, WA, Santa Fe, NM, or Birmingham, AL (where there are not as many private fliers) would pay the same rate as someone who lives in the Northeast, Midwest or Florida where there are more private fliers.

In constructing an hourly rate, these private aviation companies have to forecast what a customer might do, not what they actually do. In other words, if you live in an area with heavier traffic, you
subsidize the travel of those who live in less populated areas.

Unfortunately, upfront memberships with fixed hourly rate
programs are not profitable and the fixed hourly rates associated with them have plenty of gray areas in which to bill you more hours than needed.

How do membership programs do this?

1. Membership programs bill you for actual flight time. This may sound like a great idea, but when you are vectored around for weather, or experience headwinds, you are billed for more hours. Occasionally, you may win with an extreme tail wind, but not too
often. Another little known secret is that there is NO way to verify accurate billing. Even the FAA flight feeds are inaccurate and
operators calculate flight time entirely differently than how
customers are billed. The customer books and flies and the cost is debited directly from their account. The customer doesn’t see the actual cost until well after the trip. Most times the person who is
responsible for payment of the trip did not fly on the aircraft, so they have no idea if the information is accurate. The result is a seemingly low hourly rate, compensated by a higher flight time.

2. Membership programs add fuel surcharges into their billing. Most jet cards or programs discovered the fuel surcharge as a convenient way to add to the cost of a flight. They did this by adding the “fuel surcharge” to the “actual flight time” to increase company
profitability. There was no relationship between fuel costs and the surcharge. Over time customers got wise to this because fuel
surcharges never went away, even when prices went down. Today, the providers of the Jet Cards now include the fuel surcharges in the hourly rate, and many will fix the prices for the year. However, there are huge disparities between the cost of jet fuel throughout the United States. In an inverse relationship to hourly rates, people who live in areas with low fuel costs subsidize those in areas with high fuel costs.

The Deposit or Pre-Payment

Each card program requires a deposit in order for you to “lock in” the previously discussed “hourly rate”. They need your funds to run their operation. These funds go towards advertising and sales
commissions, and the lump sum deposits go a long way towards
easing cash flow. It is not free to put your company name on a
professional golfer’s hat. The large sum of deposits help to cover up operational losses but sooner or later, the bills come due. These
programs are either sold (if there is enough cash on hand to make it attractive to another “investor”) or the company is forced to fold. Many have no choice but to fold and there are no refunds. We are very pleased to tell you that there is a better alternative.

What do we do? How does our service benefit our customers?

1. We will never ask you to pay a deposit to access our service. With FlyPrivate, you will pay as you fly for each trip. You may use 25 or 50 hours, or you may go over. Our service allows you to control the use and flow of your capital.

2. We quote by the trip, not by the hour. At FlyPrivate, we offer all-inclusive “fixed pricing”, pre-trip. You know what you’re paying for and how much you will be spending before the trip, not after. There are no additional flight charges after the fact. You will also benefit from our round trip pricing, which often makes your trip more cost effective. Most jet cards have done away with round trip pricing and bill at one-way costs all the time.

3. At FlyPrivate, we also offer multiple aircraft options on each trip. Choose from Turboprops, VLJs, Light, Midsize, Super Midsize, and Heavy jets. You can use any class of jet anytime, without
complicated interchanges or other arrangements having to be made.

4. You also benefit from the leverage we employ on behalf of our customers. For 12 years we have worked with hundreds of FAA safety audited operators and their aircraft. These relationships
provide exceptional opportunities for all of our customers.

We’d love to hear from you! Please follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ for the latest news and updates from FlyPrivate.

Website: www.flyprivate.com
Email: fly@flyprivate.com
Phone: 1-800-641-JETS (5387)

All flights arranged by Private Business Jets, LLC DBA FlyPrivate are operated by Part 135 Certified Air Carriers. FlyPrivate will act as your agent for the purpose of obtaining charter service.

Jet Puzzle? Solved!

FlyPrivateWhen it comes to reoccurring use of a private jet, there are many options.

You can own the entire jet with full control, you can purchase
fractional ownership, you can secure a fixed number of hours in a single aircraft or join an access membership.

All options sound easy but all require that you tie up substantial
capital to forecast (an inexact science) future use.

What if you fly more? Fly less? Need a different size jet in a different part of the country? What if you have a round trip? What if you have a one-way? Now it is not so simple, now it is a puzzle!

What if there was a way not to tie up your money in some type of jet access or with some kind of long term commitment and only get a jet when you need a jet – and have hundreds of different types of jets to choose from? And what if you only paid when you used a jet with no long term financial commitment or no required money to spend
before you need a jet?

Well here’s some good news – there is! I don’t know your situation but I do know this. You CAN have it all! No long term commitment. No paying the overhead associated programs. The jet you need and only when you need it. What could be better than that?

My name is Don Smith, COO of FlyPrivate – I’d love to tell you more about what we do differently so you can decide if it makes sense to explore what we do further.

Don’t worry – no sales pitch on my end. Just some basic
information you might want to consider and I’ll be happy to share more information about a new way to fly that has revolutionized
private jet use for companies like yours.

If you’re a bit intrigued, pick up the phone and give me a call at
(800) 641-5387 or send me an e-mail at dsmith@flyprivate.com.

I look forward to speaking with you!

Best,

Don Smith
Chief Operating Officer
FlyPrivate
www.flyprivate.com
fly@flyprivate.com
1-800-641-5387

We’d love to hear from you! Please follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and Google+ for the latest news and updates from FlyPrivate.

Website: www.flyprivate.com
Email: fly@flyprivate.com
Phone: 1-800-641-JETS (5387)

All flights arranged by Private Business Jets, LLC DBA FlyPrivate are operated by Part 135 Certified Air Carriers. FlyPrivate will act as your agent for the purpose of obtaining charter service.

10 Most Popular Private Jets

10-most-popular-jets
There are over 3 million trips flown in the US on private aircraft each year. These 10 models are flown most often.


When you use FlyPrivate you have access to these and many other great aircraft. Allow our experience to work for you.
 
For more information check out our brochure or contact us with any questions. You can also request a flight quote on our website or by giving us a call!
 

We’d love to hear from you! Please follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram for the latest news and updates from FlyPrivate.

Website: www.flyprivate.com
Email: fly@flyprivate.com
Phone: 1-800-641-JETS (5387)

All flights arranged by Private Business Jets, LLC DBA FlyPrivate are operated by Part 135 Certified Air Carriers. FlyPrivate will act as your agent for the purpose of obtaining charter service.

 

Understanding Jet Classes and What Each Offers

Citation Hemisphere

If you are looking for the right jet aircraft for your next trip, whether for business or pleasure, it is important to understand what class of jet will best suit your needs. Jet industry professionals group jet
aircraft into 6 classes consisting of: Heavy Jets, Super Midsize Jets, Midsize Jets, Light Jets, Very Light Jets, and Turboprops. Let’s
discuss the benefits of each class of jet to help you make the most
informed decision.

Global 5000

Heavy Jets

Heavy jets are appropriate when your party numbers fourteen (14) or fewer. Heavy Jets have the most luxurious onboard
accommodations, always including a galley and enclosed lavatory. These jets are generally the most comfortable for long-range trips and can include internet access, audio and video players, satellite phones and a range of other amenities. Additionally, the crew will usually include a cabin attendant.

Gulfstream 280

Super Midsize Jets

Super Midsize jets are appropriate when you seek more range than a standard midsize but may not have the need for a heavy jet. Super Midsize jets will typically avoid a fuel stop on flights less than 2,500. Often Super Midsize jets are the fastest and most fuel efficient of the jet classes. These jets also include a wide variety of amenities similar to that of the heavy jets.

Hawker 800XP

Midsize Jets

Midsize jets are appropriate for parties of seven (7) or fewer and will typically avoid a fuel stop on flights less than 2,500 miles. The
Midsize jets are the most versatile in that they offer better fuel economy than the larger jet classes, but still offer many of the same amenities. Midsize jets are equipped with an enclosed lavatory.

Phenom 300

Light Jets

Light jets are appropriate for parties of five (5) or fewer and will
typically avoid a fuel stop on flights less than 1,500 miles. Light jets are economical, have a quiet engine, and are a great option for short to mid-range flights. Because of their smaller size, light jets can land at smaller FBOs and airports to help get you closer to your
destination and often fly at higher altitudes. Luggage capacity is
limited.

Citation Mustang

Very Light Jets

Very Light Jets (VLJs) are small light aircraft that typically hold a small group of 4 or 5 passengers comfortably. The very light jets are a fairly new category of aircraft, and thus are equipped with the very latest in jet engine technology which delivers the speed, quality, and fuel efficiency that allow for a more cost effective means of private jet travel.

  • Average Range: 1,000-1,500 miles
  • Average Cruising Speed: 400 mph
  • Passenger Count: 4-6 seats
  • Average Baggage Capacity: 47 cubic feet
  • FlyPrivate Round Trip Hourly Rates: $1,500-$2,000
  • FlyPrivate One Way Trip Hourly Rates: Quoted per trip
  • Examples of Popular Very Light Jets: Phenom 100,
    Citation Mustang and the Eclipse 550

King Air 300

Turboprops

Turboprops are a great solution for trips less than 500 miles and for trips into airports with shorter runways. Seating varies by aircraft model from 4-8 passengers. Turboprops provide better performance on shorter runways, many models have larger cabins than Light jets. Some Turboprops have enclosed lavatories while others do not have any lavatory facilities.

Ask our experts which jet class they suggest for your next trip and we will be happy to provide you with a recommendation and free flight quote.

We’d love to hear from you! Please follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram for the latest news and updates from FlyPrivate.

Website: www.flyprivate.com
Email: fly@flyprivate.com
Phone: 1-800-641-JETS (5387)

All flights arranged by Private Business Jets, LLC DBA FlyPrivate are operated by Part 135 Certified Air Carriers. FlyPrivate will act as your agent for the purpose of obtaining charter service.