ElJet Scoops Another Award

ElJet has become renowned as North Ameirca’s best private jet charter. This is because they have won the award consistently from the World Travel Association. This time ElJet’s Private Jet Charter Blog, has chimed in and scooped an award of their own.

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ElJet Private Aviation Blog Wins Award

ElJet’s Private Aviation Blog has been voted as one of the top 60 pilot blogs on the planet. The blog was voted as the 17th best blog out there for pilots and airline enthusiasts. The selection was made using the Feed Spot criteria.

ElJet’s Private Aviation Blog is more than just a place to find out what is new and what’s best on the private jet charter scene. There is plenty of fun flying facts and information. Including some of the most historic flight personnel and the machines a.ka. airplanes that carried them.

The blog contains many travel tips, including first hand information on the do’s and don’ts of travelling with kids or how and where to find the best airline food.

Avid readers of ElJet’s private aviation blog keep coming back every week for the interesting reads on some of flying’s most pressing (and most googled questions). Like, how much does a flight attendant earn? And who is the youngest pilot to have ever flown passengers for a commercial airline?

And it goes without saying that the blog will always give you great tourist and travel info on the destinations that are serviced with great distinction by ElJet. There is of course lots of great information that has also been shed on the blog on the pioneering Empty Leg options that ElJet provides for passengers.

This award bestowed on the blog is only a further affirmation of the all-round excellence that ElJet has shown all-round on a consistent basis in the Private Jet Charter field.

 

 

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What is an Airport Curfew?

WHAT IS AN AIRPORT CURFEW

AIRPORT CURFEW

An airport curfew is a certain amount of time during the night that aircraft could not take off or land at a particular airport.  This is also known as night flying restrictions.

Airline Curfew

Airlines Get Fined for Flying After a Certain Time

 

The reasons for night flying restrictions

The most common reason for night flying restrictions is that cities seek to limit the amount of noise that are emitted from commercial jets or even private jets while most people are sleeping.  It has become quite common for airlines to fly into airports that are in quite urbanized areas.  This has made night flying restrictions a more important thing to residents.

 

What are the consequences for breaking the airport curfew?

Airlines that fly after the airport curfew time whether a take-off or a landing will be fined by the airport.  These fines vary from airport to airport and for the time at which the plane will land or take off.  Most often when the plane is leaving on a long international flight e.g. a flight to Europe or a flight across the sea the airport will take the fine on and fly the flight anyways.  However, if an airline has a flight that is not particularly full with not that many passengers and is perhaps only a national flight between cities or states there is a possibility that the airline will delay the flight until such time when they will no longer be in violation of the airport curfew.  In terms of the airport curfew and night flying restrictions it also has to be considered the cost at which the airlines operate after hours.  Many, many staff that it takes to manage airports and run smooth and successful airline operations will need to be paid overtime.  The incentive therefore for commercial airlines to be on time has become more and more in their best interests.

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How much fuel can the Airbus A380 hold?

The answer to that is 320,000 liters. Or if you prefer 84,435 gallons. The maximum range listed for the Airbus A380 is 15,500 kilometers. This gives you a fair indication of how much fuel is used per kilometer.

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Jet Fuel being pumped into a plane

This amount of fuel is the equivalent of about 3 average sized swimming pools full of fuel.

Believe it not with modern capabilities in the fuel tankers and the hoses, it does not take that long to fill the Airbus A380 for their long haul flights. Fuelers can pump the fuel into the tank of the plane at a rate of about 1000 gallons a minute, which means the plane is fueled in about 90 minutes. Consider how long it would take to fill your car at that rate? A marvel indeed.

Filling the plane up at such a high speed is a technological marvel in its own right. Filling at the speed with which they do can create enough static to cause a spark, which would no doubt be a total disaster for the plane. Therefore the hose is a semi-conductive and that prevents the possible static spark.

When you think about the amount of flights that are taking off each and everyday from airports around the world, you get an insight as to the amount of jet fuel that is being used and burned on a daily basis.

Some of the busy airports around the world like London, Heathrow are said to be filling up 3,000,000 gallons of fuel every day. There is no doubt airports like LAX, JFK and O’Hare that are matching that amount or at least very close to it.

 

 

 

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How Much Does a Flight Attendant Make?

For good or for bad, there is something about human nature that makes us wonder what other people are earning. One of the most loved questions is, how much does a flight attendant make? 

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Flight Attendant

There is no definite answer to this question as incomes will vary based on company and based on the location of the flight attendant. Obviously flight attendants are all over the place but location means their home base.

The average income for USA flight attendant is around 38,000 dollars. Flight attendants in Los Angeles will earn closer to the 42,000 dollar mark.

American Airlines and United Airlines

Flight attendants for American Airlines and United Airlines according to surveys earn around the 30 dollars an hour mark. This is the same for Delta Airlines. While the validity of these surveys are not to be taken as pure fact, they are however a good indicator. Surprisingly, they indicate that a Jet Blue flight attendant earns closer to the 25 dollars an hour.

It must be noted that experience is a huge factor in determining the salary of a flight attendant. More experienced flight attendants could expect to earn considerably more than those with relatively no experience.

A flight attendant with more than 10 years of experience can earn between 50,000 and 70,000 dollars. This is in contrast to attendants with no experience that could be earning closer to the 20,000 dollar mark.

A high school diploma is the minimum educational requirement for a flight attendant job with job openings quite frequent. The upside of the industry is that very often eligible candidates will be fully trained by the Airline that is willing to take them on as an employee.

It has also been said that the flight attendant job sector will shrink in the upcoming years. This is no doubt, thanks to passengers that are looking for a cheaper way to travel.

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How to become an Air Traffic Controller?

One of the most interesting and fascinating jobs in the world is the job of an air traffic controller. If you have ever lived in close proximity to a major airport and seen aircraft lining up to land in perfect order and with great design, you realize the skill and great aptitude that must go into being an air traffic controller.

For those that love aviation and are not inclined for any reason not to become a pilot, air traffic control can be a very rewarding and enjoyable job. It is taxing and requires a lot of cool headed thinking under immense pressure.

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The beauty of planes lining up to land

So there are essentially three ways that you can go about being a FAA compliant air traffic controller.

1. Through the Military

Whilst in the military, it is possible to gain the necessary experience as an air traffic controller. This experience can be deemed acceptable and allow a person to then continue on as a civil FAA compliant air traffic controller.

2. Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative Training

There are colleges and schools that will offer an FAA course that will give the course participant the necessary training and experience to work as a civil air traffic controller. Participants in this course will however need to attend the FAA’s specialized air traffic control academy in order to be passed for meeting all FAA requirements.

3. Three years of progressively responsible job experience, a bachelor’s degree or a combination of the two.

This means that if you have a bachelor’s degree, it is possible for you to become an air traffic controller. You will however have to attend the FAA specialized air traffic control academy in order to ensure that you have the skills and experience for the job. It may be difficult to find progressively responsible job experience and this would be a difficult option to pursue, considering that once again FAA Air Traffic Control Academy would be necessary.

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Why is my luggage from the aircraft so cold?

Many people will come of a flight and when they get their luggage from the under the plane cargo hold they will realize that their luggage is particularly cold.

Air Cargo and the Weather

Some of the issues that arise from this is people that have freezer sensitive materials in their baggage. On shorter haul flights, this is not so prevalent but this may be particularly common on long haul flights as the luggage will sit in the baggage compartment for a considerable amount of time.

The cabin where people sit on the aircraft is obviously temperature controlled for the comfort of the passengers on board. The air outside of the aircraft is obviously freezing at 30,000 feet and so the natural condition without weather control would be particularly cold. The air from the passenger cabin is passed through into the luggage hold so that there is some sort of control of temperature but in general the luggage hold will be very cold.

A Boeing 767 has a temperature of about 7 degrees Celsius in the luggage hold and similar temperatures would be on Airbus planes and bigger Boeing jets.

There are possibilities of getting temperature controlled baggage compartments where the temperature could be maintained at about 18 degrees Celsius. This would obviously be the case for luggage and cargo holds that are used for animals and pets.

By packing cold weather sensitive items in the middle of ones luggage, with clothes surrounding, a person could avoid possible damage that is caused by extremely cold under plane luggage holds.

Luggage holds are not however the biggest obstacle that baggage faces on the way to the aircraft. Heat and sometimes wet and snow conditions could sometimes effect bags that wait on the tarmac as they await transport to the plane.

Private jet travel circumvents this problem but still in all a person should be careful to pack items in a way that will not adversely effect them should such weather conditions come into play.

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How much does an F-35 Cost?

The cost of airplanes and jets has been in the news recently as Donald Trump decried the price of Air Force One’s planned upgrade from Boeing. The President-elect of the United States of America was also not pleased with the most expensive weapons program ever and that is the new F-35 fighter jets. The F-35 fighter jets are an upgrade of the world famous F-16 fighter jets but the question is:

How much does an F-35 cost?

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The F35 IN FLIGHT

In order to come up with a figure, you will have to remove the cost of research and development from each jet to get a steady figure on the jet itself.

There are 3 types of F-35 jets. There is the  A model, the B model for the Marine Corps and the C model for the Navy. There is also a generic F model F-35.

An A model F-35 costs approximately 148 million dollars, the B model costs 251 million dollars, the C model costs 337 million dollars and the generic F model costs 178 million dollars.

All variants of the F35 travel at supersonic speeds.

The main difference in the model variations would be the take-off and landing capabilities of the various models of F-35.

The F-35 A is built for conventional runway take-off and landing. This would be for regular military use with a conventional airstrip or runway available.

Both the F35B and F35C have short take-off and short landing capabilities. This is of course an essential when it comes to take-off and landings from the deck of aircraft carrying naval ships.

The F35C is different in that it is said to have radar evading stealth capabilities.

Every model is a single seat jet as could be expected from a modern fighter jet.

These planes may be expensive but for the safety and security that they have been designed to achieve, it may just be a price worth paying.

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Aspen Winter

The New Year is almost upon us which means we are in the thick of Winter. Many people will be sitting down to come up with resolutions as to what they ideally would like to be doing next year. But why wait for next year when you can still make awesome memories in 2016 with a trip to Aspen, Colorado.

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Aspen

There is no doubt that Aspen has attraction the whole year round. Fishing, hiking and great restaurants but truth be told Aspen really blossoms in the Winter. Aspen for many means prestigious and gorgeous skiing. Staying at either one of the many luxurious hotels that Aspen has to offer or finding a deal on a log cabin with an old style fireplace. There is definitely an allure to Aspen in the Winter that very few places in the world could claim to have.

Hitting the slopes early in the morning and then going back in the evening for a crisp night run is as good as winter gets. Don’t forget to sandwich in-between the skiing some world class dining and some world class spas.

The best way to get to Aspen during the busy winter season is with ElJet Private Jet Charter. ElJet are well placed to put the cherry on your snow covered Aspen vacation pie by giving you the ultimate luxurious travel experience for your travel to and from Aspen.

ElJet agents are available 24/7 to go above and beyond in planning more than just a way for you to get to Aspen but also advice and even service in helping you set up and plan for an amazing Aspen travel vacation experience.

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UberChopper Helicopter Rides

We live in a world where anything is possible and so hailing a helicopter to your destination of need does not seem that odd.

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UberChopper, the face of the urban travel future?

Uber has experimented with its helicopter service known as UberChopper. It was rolled out in the USA for the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. UberChopper riders were able to hail a helicopter from near CES to a heliport at McCarran International Airport. It then included a ride back to your original location after a 15 minute flight over the Las Vegas strip and surrounding area. It was all for the promotional price of 99 dollars.

There is no doubt that this was merely a way of Uber letting the commuting population out there know that they need to ‘watch this space’. The big question is however if consumers feel that this sort of mode of transportation would be viable to them. There is no doubt that in big cities, like the already proven Manhattan’s of the world, helicopter rides could be very successful. The question then is, if Uber will be able to keep up with the demand should they go all out with a full roll out of UberChopper.

The beauty of Uber is that it is quick, easy and very well priced. There is enough supply to keep it that way but can Uber retain the same model if they were to go all out on the UberChopper front? Does Uber possibly have an eye to see if they too can get a bite out of the private jet charter industry? They will need to compete withe North America’s best in ElJet, on that front.

In Vegas, UberChopper was paired with Mavericks Helicopters in order to offer the service. Perhaps they will make more such relations in the future. Yet, in that case, it is hard to tell how much red tape there will be and therefore what the price will be for consumers. Definitely, interesting times.

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Picking the Perfect Carry On Suitcase

Things to know before picking the perfect carry-on suitcase.

Especially when it comes to domestic flights, space in the overhead bins is becoming less and less. No traveler wants to hear the dreaded words, “I am sorry but your bag will have to go under the plane”. Through a sea of anger and annoyance we have all been there as we reluctantly hand over the bag, only to see a few people ahead that have seemingly brought the kitchen sink as carry-on luggage. There is no sure way, except for number 1 to have your bag not taken from you but here are some handy tips in picking a good piece of hand luggage for air travel.

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Hand Luggage, how to find a good piece

  1. Fly Private Jet Charter

Yes, indeed, that would probably solve this problem very quickly but let’s focus on tips for those that don’t have that luxury.

2. Pick for what you Pack

Everyone has those few things that they need to have on board, even for a short haul flight. If you carry very little, get something sleek or thin that can pop under the seat in front of you. There is no way that it can be put in the under plane storage if it goes under the seat in front of you.

3. Pick Something light

Very often, the hand luggage itself without anything inside of it can be very weighty, this is a nuisance in multiple levels. Find something that is light and easy to transport around, either in your hand, on your shoulder or on wheels.

4. Get Funky

Like under the plane luggage, you want your hand luggage to be easily identifiable. This is especially if your luggage will land up under the plane and come out on the carousel. Who knows, maybe if you have a really good looking piece of luggage, they will even allow it to stay on top with you.

 

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