One of Flight Options’ claimed advantages over the competition is what it calls “dedicated crewing,” a dispatch system under which captains are assigned a particular airplane they always fly. Flight Options CEO Kenn Ricci, himself a 6,000-hr business jet pilot, notes that the military pairs pilots and airplanes in this manner.
Aviation International News » May 2002
Flight Options pilots work eight days on, seven days off, a schedule that for the most part is popular with crews. The schedule at Raytheon Travel Air had pilots working six days on and four days off. Company founder Kenn Ricci, a former corporate pilot himself, claims his pilots are the most highly compensated in the frax industry, and in his view “our best pilot is a displaced flight-department pilot.
Flight Options’ foundation since its launch in October 1998 has been the tenet that a fractional share in a pre-owned jet makes better financial sense than one in a new jet, and it is a notion some 750 owners have embraced in the past 3.5 years. Now, however, Flight Options’ marketing people are tasked with convincing potential buyers that the Cleveland-based operator is also the best place to buy a share in a new airplane.
“The ShAirForceOne program will deliver the ultimate corporate flight experience with respect to safety, security, comfort and productivity,” Art Brown, president of New York City-based ShAirForce, told AIN. “And we’re doing it at a price that is competitive with both the airlines and other fractional programs.”
Phil Garfinkle has nothing to fear but the lack of fear itself. Garfinkle founded Executive Private Aircraft Corporation (EPAC) to fan airline customers’ fears of traveling with unknown passengers, and their impatience and growing aversion to airport security checks. The EPAC mission is to provide “members with safe, convenient and value-oriented private air travel in a country-club environment.”
It had been a routine flight, right up to the moment that the captain dialed 24,000 into the altitude preselect controller and we began our descent. As I rolled the vertical-speed wheel into a nose-down command, the Citation VII responded slowly, but eventually began a healthy 2,500-fpm descent as we left FL 350 for 240.
Among those involved in search- and-rescue operations at the World Trade Center after September 11 were several dogs and their handlers. Although corporate pilot Roseanne Perini was not available for the rescue efforts at the WTC disaster site because she was with her New York-based Gulfstream IV, she has been a search-and-rescue dog handler since 1998.
The long and bitter battle over the fate of Solberg Airport in Readington, N.J., may finally be over. Readington Township officials had been proceeding for several years with steps to take the property away from the Solberg family, which has owned it for more than 60 years, under the right of eminent domain. Furious controversy has raged over that action.
“There are definite signs the market is improving. We’re starting to see aircraft sales pick up at the broker level and we’re holding our own in the market, at least in the first quarter of this year, and we’re hoping it will continue in the second quarter,” James Donlan told AIN.
Air-conditioner manufacturer Skil-aire of Baltimore has developed the Moving Cooler line of caster-mounted units designed to spot-cool areas such as remote boarding lounges and cabins of aircraft waiting on ramps or during interior maintenance. Skil-aire notes these are the first commercially available air conditioners to isolate the condenser and evaporative air streams for added cooling efficiency and less energy use.