Private Jetiquette

  A First Time For Everything   Flying on a private jet bears very little resemblance to flying commercial. That’s precisely what everyone really likes about private travel. Very often you drive right up to your aircraft, step inside, they close the door behind you and you leave. You eat exactly what you want, when you want it and everyone is genuinely glad to see you. You fly largely undisturbed, yet someone is always at your beck and call. You come and go on your schedule, not someone else’s. Yes, this epitomizes travel as it is meant to be. Since private jet travel is (thankfully) quite different from commercial air travel, sometimes a few awkward situations may arise for new aircraft owners or, more frequently, those stepping up to the inner circle of a corporation that flies ...

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The Empowered Passenger

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The Empowered Passenger   Considerable thought has been given to the role your crew plays in your safety when you fly. In commercial aviation there is required minimum staffing on each aircraft. There are very few requirements in private aviation, which is unfortunate, considering that private jet is often carrying the top management of a company, or an entire rock band or sports team. Not that their lives are more important than any other human, but their loss would require the rebuilding of entire corporations, teams or cultural icons. After investing in a private jet for transportation, add the minimal cost of a properly trained third crewmember to enhance your safety. In case you find yourself in a situation where this safety feature has been overlooked, or even if you do have a c ...

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Owning Your Private Jet

Owning Your Private Jet   It doesn’t matter how you acquire your private jet; whether you purchase it new, used or are promoted to the position in your company where you are the new king of the jet. That jet is now yours. At some point the discomfort will set in when you realize it just doesn’t feel “right.” That realization is usually articulated with the simplest question on a late night transcon flight:   Do you think I could get a real coffee mug? Do you think we could get Good-n-Plenty on board? Can we get different pillows? This looks good but hurts my back.   At that point I always answer with a statement that seems to confound even the most brilliant corporate leaders. I tell them it’s their jet and they can have whatever they want on board. I am always met with a complet ...

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Catering 101

    If you are reading this article, then you have probably been surprised and disappointed by a catering order or two in your day. It can be difficult to stay focused when that happens and time is of the essence so usually this involves a quick call to the caterer and some spirited conversation. Even more often it simply involves muttering and ranting on social media about how things turned out so badly.   Catering mishaps are usually a two-way street and like any good relationship; good communication is the key to getting things the way you want them. You must first have a very clear understanding of what you want, how you want it and what your specifications and limitations are. You must then communicate all of this clearly and concisely to your catering partner who is wo ...

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Don’t Shop, Adopt!

May 16 is a big GOTCHA day in this house. A day celebrated joyously every year as we remember the day we brought home Buddy and Shiloh from the shelter in 29 Palms, CA. Neither Buddy or Shiloh are with us any more, but the joy they brought us changed us forever.   After losing our beloved Bob to Hemangiosarcoma, we were finally ready to take the plunge and bring more paws into our home. We watched Petfinder.com faithfully and checked the rescue sites since we were favoring a Golden or Golden mix. For one reason after another we struck out. Finally one day two new dogs came in to a local shelter. They didn’t have names, just numbers. I wasn’t interested in the eight year old because we had just lost an 8 year old and I couldn’t bear to risk that again so soon. I was a ...

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