As an aircraft management client, what reports can I expect?
Each month, you’ll receive a statement itemizing all of the financial activity associated with the aircraft management services applicable to your account. Moreover, our records are available for your inspection any time, and we will provide any reports you need relating to aircraft maintenance service, engine cycles, or other activity related to your aircraft upon request.
Can my private jet be chartered?
Yes. Private jet charter is a great method by which to offset ownership costs. However, some choose not to take this avenue because they don’t want others using their jet. The decision is yours, but we can certainly offer advice based on your personal needs, wishes, and financial objectives. We can also go over potential tax advantages to chartering your jet. If you opt to charter, you’ll maintain control over the flight schedule so that it doesn’t conflict with any personal travel plans you have.
Do I have to use Keystone Aviation-sourced jet crews?
No. However, if you do not bring your own crew, Keystone Aviation can recruit pilots, flight attendants and other crew and support personnel, such as specialized private jet maintenance mechanics without any extra cost to you. Meanwhile, you retain the freedom to deny any personnel who is assigned to your private jet when it is being chartered or used by you personally.
Does Keystone have the capabilities to tend to all of my maintenance, repair, and inspection requirements or will I have to get my aircraft services elsewhere in some cases?
As one of the few FAA Certified Class IV Repair Stations in the Intermountain West, we are able to handle all your maintenance, inspections and avionic repairs onsite.
How and when can I access my aircraft?
You can call us 24/7 or just simply send us an email to schedule a flight.
How do I choose an aircraft management company?
Choosing an aircraft management company is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, this choice is predicated on the owner’s needs as well as the reputation and experience of the company managing the aircraft. The selection should also be based on the aircraft model and desired operating base.
How much does it cost to maintain a private airplane?
Some of the ongoing costs with owning a private jet include maintenance and repairs, hangar rent, fuel, and crew staffing. While costs are dependent on the type and age of the aircraft, they generally range between $500,000 to $1 million annually.
If I choose to charter my plane for offsetting revenue, how do I know it will be available for my personal use?
Working closely with you, we’ll establish a detailed management and flight profile and schedule charters around your plans. Even if you have unexpected travel needs and require your private jet immediately, we work with a number of partners to fulfill charter requests, allowing us to use a different aircraft than yours.
What are the maintenance requirements for a private aircraft?
Private jets require scheduled and unscheduled maintenance to offer a safe flying experience. In addition to maintenance and repairs, aircraft undergo a variety of calendar and hourly inspections typically set up on 12-month intervals and/or 200-, 400-, 600-, or 800-hour intervals.
What does an aircraft management company do?
Aircraft management companies make ownership easier by offering services that take care of the operational, maintenance, and administrative responsibilities of owning an aircraft. At Keystone Aviation, we optimize aircraft logistics so our customers can just enjoy their private jets without having to deal with the day-to-day responsibilities of ownership.
What kind of support services do you offer?
The devil is in the details, and the Keystone Aviation team takes care of all the details, handling everything from pilot training and certifications to payroll and employee benefits. We are also a FAA-certified Part 135 Air Charter Operator, allowing us to help offset the cost of ownership by chartering your aircraft when you’re not using it.
What will you do to ensure the highest standard of safety on my aircraft?
At Keystone, safety comes first above all else, and we are able to achieve the highest standard with our comprehensive Safety Management System (SMS). Notably, we hold industry’s most respected and comprehensive safety ratings, including ARG/US Platinum Operator, Wyvern Wingman Operator and Air Charter Safety Foundation Approved Operator.
Why do I need to put my private jet on Keystone Aviation’s certificate?
This is necessary if you would like us to charter your jet in order to provide you with an offsetting revenue stream. We’ll manage all of the complex and cumbersome operating details relating to aircraft management and maintenance as well as the many tedious administrative tasks, leaving you to reap the lifestyle benefits of private jet ownership.
Can I fly with my pet on a charter flight?
Yes, although there are rules when flying into or out of the US with a companion animal. They will need a pet passport as well as being microchipped, and their rabies vaccinations must be up to date. A private air charter is one of the kindest ways to transport your pet from one destination to another.
How do I charter a private jet?
After you’ve inquired about a charter jet, you’ll be assigned a personal charter specialist. This person will send you a selection of quotes to choose from, each of which will have a clear breakdown of aircraft and airports as well as the reasons they’ve been chosen for you. If you want to go ahead, your account manager will make the bookings and send you the flight details. This includes directions to the terminal and any other important information to do with your charter. Your personal account manager is your go-to person for any questions or requests you have up to the flight and, if possible, they’ll meet you at the terminal to see you off. Throughout the process, they’ll be contactable 24/7, and you can call from anywhere, whenever you like – that’s how easy it can be to rent a private jet!
How do I choose a plane for my private flight?
Your dedicated account manager will narrow down your best options from the many aircraft available to you. When helping you to make your final choice, we always base our advice on your needs for that specific trip. You can take a look at our aircraft guide for more information.
How far can a private jet fly?
Heavy jets are designed to carry as many people and as much baggage as possible over longer distances. Used mainly for international travel, the average range of a Heavy Jet is 7,000 miles or eight hours of nonstop flying time. Midsize Jets are a good choice if you want to fly 2,450 miles – that would be the equivalent of flying from New York to Los Angeles in less than five hours without having to stop to refuel. But keep in mind that the distance an aircraft can fly depends on a number of things like payload which includes the number of passengers and baggage onboard as well as the amount of fuel carried and wind and weather conditions. Light jets that usually seat four to eight people, are a luxurious way to travel distances of up to 1,500 miles before having to refuel, or three to four hours of flying time. Turboprops are especially cost-efficient over distances of 600 to 1,000 miles.
How fast is a private jet?
This depends on the class of jet. Typically, Heavy Jets, Super Midsize Jets and Midsize Jets fly at speeds from 400 to 500 mph, Light Jets around 400 to 480 mph, and Turboprops at 220 to 315 mph. But keep in mind when choosing a charter jet, that the speed of an aircraft can be affected by things like headwinds, jet streams, altitude, flight turbulence, weather conditions, and the number of passengers and baggage onboard.
How much is a private jet flight?
The cost of a private plane rental depends on the distance you travel and the aircraft you’ve chosen. A short 40-minute flight in a small plane could cost around $2,800, while the price of a 1.5-hour flight in a Midsize Jet will be closer to $34,500. As the size of jet and flight times increase, how much you’ll pay to rent a private jet will also increase.
How much luggage can I take with me on charter flights?
We will let you know how much the hold can take on the aircraft you’ve chosen. You will be able to upgrade if you need more space. Usually, you would be able to take more baggage with you on a private aircraft rental than on a commercial airline. You might need to upgrade if taking onboard items like golf clubs or skis.
How to book a private jet?
If you want to find out more about chartering a private plane, you can speak to our team about all the benefits there are to flying private. In a hurry? Get an instant private jet cost estimate as a starting point. We’d also be happy to speak to you about your other options for flexible, cost-effective travel, like our short-haul air taxi service or our jet card that gives you a range of benefits that are unmatched by any other product on the private aviation market.
When do I need to check-in before my charter flight?
When using private terminals, you can check in much closer to take-off than on a commercial airline flight. Sometimes you can arrive just 15 minutes before your airplane is due to depart, and in some cases you can be driven directly to the aircraft for boarding.