Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and Flying

One of the biggest failures in recent technological times has been the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Here is something for you to ponder though:

How would they tell if somebody boarded a flight with a Samsung Galaxy Note 7?

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The most obvious way would be when the person goes through security. Now, it is probably obvious when going through security that a cell phone is a cell phone but how is it possible to tell what kind of cell phone it is. Secondly, are security personnel specifically searching for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones? If they are not then how would a person carrying a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone be stopped from bringing it on the plane.

Samsung have taken steps that as soon as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 upgrades it immediately goes dead. But there is probably still a few people who do have that phone and therefore this is a real and pertinent question.

There are a few things to take note of with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 ban. The ban does not only pertain to carrying the Note 7 phone on the plane with you but you cannot even have the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in your checked luggage. This raises the question again, unless they hand sift through every piece of checked luggage how would they stop this type of phone from getting on the plane?

It is worth considering that the ban on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones from flying is actually a federal ban. This definitely raises the punishment that will be meted out for those that ignore the ban. Possibly even criminal charges along with hefty fines.

Perhaps the deterrent is so strong that people simply will not carry the phones on the planes but unless the flyer takes the phone out, it remains unclear as to how a person with such a phone would actually be outed.


Things You Should Do Before Flying

You can book with private jet charter and most things will be taken care of for you. If you are flying with regular commercial air travel, here are some unconventional things that you can do that may enhance your flight experience.

1. Check Your Flights Inbound Flight

Check Your Inbound Flight

Everyone knows that they need to check if there flight is on time or their flight is delayed but there is something more that you can do and it is probably even more important than checking if YOUR flight is on time. You should be checking if the plane that you will be flying on is on time. This is called your in-bound flight. If your inbound flight is running late then there is still a chance that another aircraft will be used for your flight but this is usually unlikely. There are many websites that allow you to check the inbound flight but you can also do things like calling your carrier and they will give you the information.

2. Ensure you are registered with the frequent flyer program

Many people will have a particular frequent flyer program. This means that if they fly a different commercial airline they are not necessarily registered for the frequent flyer program. Even if you do not intend to travel with that carrier too often, it is still worthwhile signing up to their frequent flyer program. The points add up and not necessarily do you have to amass a lot of points for free travel tickets but these programs usually have many other great things that can be bought with these points.

3. Check Private Jet Charter Rates

If you are looking for business or first class tickets in a short space of time then you should look at private jet charter options. With empty leg and dead leg flight availability, you can often find very competitive private jet charter rates.

Maho Beach St. Maarten

It is not the most pristine beach in the world but it is definitely a plane fanatics favorite beach in the world. Maho Beach in St. Maarten sits at the end of the runway at the Princess Julianna International Airport.

Maho Beach in St. Maarten, no photoshop

There used to be a once a day tradition in St. Maarten where people used to flock to Maho Beach to watch KLM’s 747 make its landing. It was a must see St. Maarten staple. KLM stopped flying their 747 into St. Maarten as of October 2016. There are still great flying spectacles as Air France make their landing with their Airbus or other large aircraft from multiple destinations.

It also makes for quite a spectacular landing if you are on one of these planes as you come into St. Maarten. The thrill of flying in just inches above the sunbathers and sea surfers is quite exhilarating.

For pilot’s though, the landing in St. Maarten is known to be one of the tougher landings. The runway sits in unusually close proximity to where the fence cordoning of the beach ends.

Youtube is inundated with many video’s of sunbathing thrill seekers who have witnessed the flying fanatics dream of Maho Beach.

St. Maarten itself is a gorgeous island with a blend of party life and sophistication. St. Maarten is also Saint Martin. No need to be confused. It is simply one island that is separated into two halves. One half is owned by the Dutch and the other half is owned by the French. It has many casino’s, great accommodations and many great fine dining spots.

St. Maarten is less than 2 hour flight from Miami and is a great access point to many other great Caribbean islands.

For all your St. Maarten Private Jet charter needs speak to an ElJet private jet charter agent.

Travel Post: Anguilla

One of the most gorgeous places I ever visited was Anguilla. One of the things that is worth noting about Anguilla is that it is a playground for the rich and famous.

One of the reasons for that is because it is only accessible by air through private jet travel. The most common way to arrive in Anguilla is by taking a boat after arriving by air into St. Maarten.

Beautiful Anguilla

Where to Stay?

If you are looking for luxury but still want all the amenities of a hotel then go for the CeBlue Villas. When you stay at the CeBlue Villas you get superb access to the CeBlue resort club amenities but stay in villas with breathtaking views of magnificent things around you.

Where to stay on a budget?

Believe it or not, Anguilla is very manageable on a budget as well. Best place to stay in Anguilla on a budget is the Fountain Anguilla Residences.

What to do?

Anguilla is all about the beaches, the food and the people. Anguilla is a tiny little island with 33 of the world’s best beaches. Shoal Bay is world renowned for the powdery soft white sand and the incredible turquoise waters.

There are great places to dine in Anguilla, from casual food to high end. Not to be missed are places like Da’Vida’s, Gwen’s and Veya.

The people in Anguilla are incredibly friendly and love to show off their island in the best way they know possible. The weather is very favorable all year round and in terms of a luxury holiday there is scantly anything as relaxing at a better price.

For all your Caribbean private jet charter needs, whether you are flying to Anguilla or any other of the magnificent Caribbean island, let ElJet manage your booking.

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.

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.



What is an 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.

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.




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.

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.

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.