Empty Leg Market, the web-based service that aims to help charter operators fill empty flights with paying customers, plans to develop a tool to help buyers understand business aircraft charter costs to make the most of the company’s name-your-price feature. A recent analysis of how potential customers are using the bidding feature revealed that 50 percent of potential buyers dropped out at the point where they would have to enter an amount to bid on an empty leg.
“It’s a great feeling giving away 19 scholarships worth near $55,000 to deserving men and women who want to be part of the helicopter industry,” said Marty Pociask, who for four years now has been vice president and curator of Helicopter Foundation International (HFI), the non-profit foundation supported by HAI. Pociask is here at Heli-Expo both to run the silent auction, raising funds for next year’s scholarships and to organize the Heritage Display of Helicopters in the exhibit hall.
While my primary job was to be an observer at the Avantair bankruptcy auction–which was held in a warehouse just a mile from the company’s former Clearwater (Fla.) Airport on Friday, January 10–I was also a participating bidder. Bidder number 156 to be exact.
The NBAA/Corporate Angel Network (CAN) auction is heating up, with some tantalizing items on which to bid. The auction, held tonight at the NBAA/CAN Evening with Angels at the Peabody Hotel here in Orlando, benefits CAN’s airlift of cancer patients nationwide.