Private Aviation Bouncing Back Post-Pandemic

  • Why Charter flights are so hard to come by as the pandemic is coming to an end
  • Why you should plan and book your flights a few weeks ahead of time

As the summer is slowly coming to an end, and Fall is around the corner, people all around the world are getting in those last minute summer vacations while the weather is still nice. Charter companies from around the country and booked weeks in advance, which is the busiest it’s been since before the pandemic. As vaccinations are becoming more available, and people feel more safe to fly, everyone is trying to take full advantage of the opportunity to fly private again. Before we know it, airlines will have more passengers than they do seats because private aviation will recover and be back to normal in no time.

 It’s clear that the virus is lasting much longer than we all hoped it would back in March or April of last year. It’s equally clear that the speed at which vaccines have been developed has surprised a lot of people. Expect in the meantime for charter operators to be booked up to a month in advance, so start planning your trips now for the future! 


NetJets & WasteFuel

  • Partnership between NetJets and WasteFuel
  • WasteFuel’s goal is to turn waste into sustainable fuel

NetJets has recently announced a large investment into WasteFuel, a company that converts waste to fuel in order to reduce emissions and make flying private more sustainable. This marks the first private aviation company to invest in the company, paving the way for others to follow suit in the pursuit for more sustainable flying. They also pledged to buy at least 100 million gallons of their fuel during the course of the next 10 years.

The plant used to process this waste is set to be constructed in the Philippines and is set to be fully operational by 2025. It will be imported through Los Angeles. The fuel this operation yield is quite substantial; 1 million tons of waste can be converted into 30 million gallons of fuel. This fuel burns with an 80% reduction in carbon emissions. Since landfills are the third most prevalent producer of methane, converting this to sustainable fuel will benefit the environment greatly.


Maks Airshow in Russia

  • Where in Russia this airshow is held and how many people attend
  • Who preforms aerobatic shows for all spectators to watch

MAKS Air Show is an international aviation show in Zhukovsky Moscow at the Zhukovsky International Airport. This event is organized by the Russian Government and Aviasalon, having their first show in 1992. MAKS is a great event for the Russian aviation community in terms of entertainment, but also this show is where Russian aerospace companies can negotiate contracts for the future of aviation. The main purpose of the event is to demonstrate the newest technologies Russian aerospace has to offer to an international market. 

The event follows the same schedule mostly every show, usually opening with the attendance of the President of Russia, followed by company talks, and concludes with aircraft demonstrations by aerobatic teams such as the Russian Knights, Swifts, and foreign teams like Patrouille de France or Frecce Tricolori.MAKS also includes an aerobatic team the “Baltic Bees” that give an eye-catching show with dynamic maneuvers and low altitude flying.  There are usually 300,000 visitors per day which is more than the area can hold, causing lines and congestion for events. Some notable aircrafts that have been  unveiled at this event is the Forward-Swept-Wing S-37,The  Kliper Spacecraft, and the Sukhoi Su-57 ‘Checkmate’ fighter aircraft.


Hydrogen Powered Aircrafts

  • The benefits of aircrafts being powered by hydrogen
  • The difficulties of having aircrafts be powered by hydrogen

After extensive research, Hydrogen may be a potential energy source to power future zero-emission aircrafts, but perfecting this power source will take extensive research to perfect. Some areas of concern would be storage, cost and infrastructure to the public. Hydrogen has become one of the best solutions to creating zero-emission aircrafts in order to save our planet. Since hydrogen has a density three times larger than jet fuel, aeronautical engineers will need to take the technologies available and convert them to be compatible with commercial aircraft operations by bringing the weight and cost down.  

Since there is not as much research in the use of hydrogen powered aircrafts as there are jet fuel, researchers would need to ensure than using hydrogen powered aircrafts that they can achieve the same safety standards all while giving zero emissions. Companies take pride in their safety records and want to ensure they can help the environment while making sure their customers and pilots feel safe in hydrogen powered aircrafts. Future hydrogen-propulsion systems will thus need to achieve equivalent or better safety levels before hydrogen-powered aircraft can fly. It will take years before hydrogen powered aircrafts will be a norm, but when they become normal the zero-emissions will help our atmosphere heal again. 


Dassault Making Eco-Friendly Strides

  • Over the years, Dassault has manufactured their aircraft to be the most eco-friendly on the market
  • The environment is taken into account in every step of the manufacturing process

 

Dassault produces some of the most eco-friendly aircrafts in the world; this is in part due to the power to weight ratios of the aircraft as well as top of the line engines that produce less noise as well as fewer CO2 compared to others on the market. The aircraft also use an average of 50% less fuel than their competitors. They plan on cutting down their nitrogen oxide emissions as well.

When it comes to manufacturing the aircraft, Dassault ensures that every step is as eco-friendly as possible, from obtaining the raw materials to the production line. Along with this, the paint the use is chromate free, reducing residual compounds on their aircraft. These improvements are a results of how much of their budget goes towards becoming more sustainable and less wasteful. 15% of the manufacturing budget goes into ecofriendly measures and through the years they’ve implemented hundreds of environmental actions. They have also joined the United Nations Global Compact to further their positive impact and contributions to the environment.


Private Jets To The Big Game: Super Bowl LV

  • How COVID-19 affected Super Bowl LV
  • Private aviation during the COVID pandemic

 

Private aviation companies were preparing for an increase in demand for flights during the COVID-19 pandemic to the NFL Championship. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, plenty of private jets arrived for Super Bowl LV in Tampa between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Most companies have been preparing for the Super Bowl for over a year because of the influx in private jets. The FAA counted over 1,100 extra aircrafts than usual at South Florida’s airport, most likely due to the Super Bowl. Even though attendance was only ⅓ of normal capacity, the number of private aircrafts landing at FBOs in South Florida airports was more than expected during the COVID pandemic. For example, the three main airports in Tampa saw roughly 680 private jets arrive. 

Tampa International Airport alone saw 383 private jets, St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport had 228 arrivals, while Tampa Executive Airport saw 68 landings. With all three of these airports located within 10 miles of Raymond James Stadium, this venue is perfect for private jet to utilize either of the three airports. Even during a time when the world thought private aviation would be down, private aviation still made numbers for the greatest sporting event in the world.  Comfort, and flexibility, remain important assets as well but perceived safety is what will continue driving demand for private flights to the Super Bowl.


2021 NBAA-BACE Convention

  • The history of the NBAA-BACE Convention
  • Why aviation companies should want to attend this convention
  • How the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the 2021 convention

 

Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. NBAA looks to foster an environment that allows business aviation to thrive in the United States and around the globe. The culture of NBAA is inclusive, welcoming and looks to create an environment where people can connect, communicate and collaborate effectively.

On October 12th through the 14th, NBAA will be holding a convention in Las Vegas, NV to provide an unmatched opportunity to get connected and power your business forward. NBAA-BACE is the best opportunity to learn about the future of business aviation, discover trailblazing innovations and compare what’s on the market in avionics with side-by-side aircraft displays. Companies will be showcasing aviation products and services and will have the opportunity to meet buyers, build customer relationships, get critical business opportunities, and make your mark as a leader in aviation.

The pandemic has had made significant changes to the convention this year.   The 2021 NBAA-BACE will be held at the brand new, state-of-the-art west building at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). The LVCC has outlined detailed safety protocols that will be in place during NBAA-BACE. NBAA and the LVCC are closely monitoring the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and will update policies and procedures to be compliant with the highest standards for this event.


Private Aviation Going Green

  • Aircrafts being built to be fully electric
  • How private charter companies are trying to become more environmentally friendly
  • The ins and outs of the fully electric aircraft “Alpha Electro”
 

Many aircraft charter companies are realizing their impact on the environment and are looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly. Some of the most recommended ways to help reduce carbon emissions is to switch to hydrogen and electric power. By the year 2030, if private jet charter companies can switch over to these more environmentally friendly ways or power, we can reduce private jet emissions completely. Another way private jets can help the environment is as technology advances, companies should slowly substitute electric aircrafts for their carbon emitting aircrafts. When better alternatives exists, companies should do their best to use these options whenever they can.

As electric aircrafts become more commercial, companies such as Pipistrel are selling the Alpha Electro, which is an electric aircraft certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. This jet is powered by a 21 kWh battery which is 20% the power of what a Tesla battery has. As technology advances, new electric aviation records are being set, and carbon emissions in the atmosphere are being cut down drastically. Before we know it, all private charters will be electric.


Private Jets Impact on the Environment

  • How much Private Jets impact our environment
  • The most common aircrafts that give off the most carbon emissions

Private Jets CO2 emissions have increased over 30% in the last fifteen years which is faster than commercial aviation emissions. These emissions are 10 times more intense than airliners, and 50 times more polluting than trains. For example, a private jet charter that is around four hours long emits as much carbon than a human does in a year. These statistics seem to stay true even throughout the whole pandemic with less charters in the air during the Corona Virus which had flights down 60% based on previous years.

Hopefully, with the environmental implications of the ongoing pandemic, and how diseases of the like are exacerbated by climate change, travelers will consider the environmental impact of private planes, prior to signing up for the program. However, it may very well be overlooked, as many things unfortunately are in a capitalist-driven society like ours. 

The first most common airplane polluter is the Cessna Citation Excel, a 16m plane that can carry eight passengers and has a fully-loaded range of 2,700km which means this aircraft cannot do long distance flights. The second most used is the Beechcraft King Air, which is powered by a turboprop and can fit up to six people, with a range of 1,900km. Most private jets in the European market have similar characteristics mainly due to their use and the type of ownership.


Fuel Efficiency For Private Jets

  • On average, how much fuel a private jet burns in an hour
  • Why using a private jet is more efficient than traveling by car
  • Using the Falcon 900 as an example to show how much on average fuel costs for a flight

Most private jets get under five miles per gallon. A 17,000 pound LearJet 35 which is capable of carrying seven people at 485 mph gets about 4 mpg. A Gulfstream G-5 weighing at about 90,000 pounds is capable of carrying up to 18 people at over 530 mph. Due to the size of the heavy aircraft, it received about 1.3 miles per gallon. In comparing an SUV to a jet, a regular SUV ranges between 11-30 mpg 

Private jets are used for speed and convenience. The use of a private jet allows access to more airports across the United States because they can land on a smaller TARMAC depending on the size of the plane. Meeting multiple clients hundreds of miles apart for a business meeting in an SUV can take days, as opposed to hours when doing business using a private jet. These are a few of the factors that advocates of private jets use to demonstrate efficiency in terms of business as opposed to energy use and cost.

On average, a gallon of Jet fuel costs close to $5. Therefore, the fuel cost for large private jets range from $1,000 to $3,000 per hour. For example, the Dassault Falcon 900 which is the most common aircraft of the Falcon 900 lineup has remained the same price over the years. However, in 1985, the Falcon 900B burned, on average, 347 gallons of fuel per hour. When deliveries started of the Falcon 900LX in 2010, the average hourly fuel burn of the aircraft was 260 Gallons per Hour.