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Summer Flying Tips

Summer is definitely upon us and here are some tips to help you fly with more peace of mind this Summer.

Summer Flying Tips
  1. Avoid the Really Busy Days

If you have flexibility, as some people do in the Summer then avoid the really busy days. That means, July 4th weekend and Labour Day weekend should be avoided if possible.

2. Take Private Jet Charter

Private Jet Charter is less expensive than you might think it would be. If you are taking private jet charter then you can even ignore number one on this list. Use a trusted private air charter service that has a great safety, customer service, and luxury record. If you want to skip all the searching you can simply book with the award winning ElJet Luxury Private Jet Charter services.

3. Give Yourself Extra Time

Airports are bound to be busier because people are traveling. Give yourself a little more time at the airport. The rule of flying in every situation is that earlier is always better than later. Don’t be left running down the concourse with sweat welling up all over you. Take the time to check how long it will take you to get to the airport and provide yourself with ample time to complete each step of the process in the lead up to boarding. Keep in mind that each step of this process is also bound to be a little more crowded and therefore take a bit more time.

4. Hydrate

Whether you are taking a long-haul international flight or a shorter cross-country flight. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drinking an abundance of fluid (non-alcohol for the smart alecs). This will help you feel better on the flight and help you with the lag once you get off.


Do you get drunker faster on a Plane?

Not that you intend on getting drunk or acting unruly on a plane but many people wonder if they get drunker quicker on an aircraft.

Alcohol and Flying: An unlikely relationship

The famous Mythbusters teams tackled this very issue and the result was a resounding no. So why do people think that they get drunk faster on an aircraft?

There could be numerous reasons for this and some of them are more likely than others.

  1. People drink more in a short space of time on the plane

On most long haul flights alcohol is free. Free alcohol means more drinking for most and this means that people are consuming alcohol on the plane more than they would normally do. This leads to the false misconception that they are in fact getting drunk quicker than they would on dry land. In fact, in my many travels I have seen people on a long haul flight wake up for breakfast and ask the flight attendant for an alcoholic beverage. Most of the time, they have been denied.

2. The Cabin Pressure

Even without drinking any alcohol it is possible to feel slightly lightheaded. This is often mistaken for feeling drunk. So while the alcohol may not get your drunk quicker, the alcohol along with the general light headedness from the cabin pressure can give you that feeling.

3. Don’t Forget

It is not a good idea to consume too much alcohol on the plane. Alcohol dehydrates and one of the best ways of beating Jet Lag is actually staying very hydrated. More than that if you do become unruly on a flight and get out-of-hand because of your drunken state you could face hefty penalties upon arrival at your destination.

Summer Flying Secrets

The Summer is a busy travel season in the USA with many of the airports filled to the rafters with thousands of eager travelers. Here are some secrets that may help you find summer travel a little bit easier and more relaxing.

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1. Private Jet Charter

Private Jet Charter is not as expensive as you think it might be. This is the undisputed best way to avoid the clamor and congestion of stuffed big airports. Not only that, private jets can take you to many off-the-beaten-path destinations that are generally near to commercial airports. The reasons for travelling with private jet charter in the Summer are multiple and of course for your travel needs, we suggest ElJet Private Jet Charter.

2. TSA Pre-Check

TSA security lines are a necessary part of flying to keep all the passengers safe. If you are going to be flying with commercial airlines it would be in your best interests to get TSA Pre-Check. This will help you move through security a lot quicker and avoid a long line. Most people agree that the hardest part of travel is actually getting through the airport to the plane, TSA Pre-Check eliminates one of these obstacles.

3. Try Something Different

If you are headed to a destination that everybody is headed to then chances are that you are going to experience a lot of airline travel congestion. If you choose something a little different, a little alternative then you will find that your air route may be less congested, this will contribute to a better travel experience no doubt.

4. Travel Light

If you can, avoid having checked baggage on commercial flights in the Summer. Commercial flying is significantly slower with checked bags. If you need your bags then there is not much of an alternative but if you can avoid checked baggage, then do so. I have even heard of people with good shipping options, using UPS and FedEx to send their bags, think about it!

Are the skies more unfriendly?

Let’s be honest. It has not been a good season for commercial flying companies. Altercations, scuffles and all sorts of other unfriendly interactions have seemed to become a weekly occurrence.

Are the skies really that unfriendly?

What are the factors that have led to this:

  1. Overbooked Flights

There is no doubt that the airlines are overbooking the flights more than they did. However, at first glance this is helping keep costs of flying down. This problem is no doubt compounded when there are weather flight cancellations. So while customers complain about overbooked flights they have to bear in mind that overbooked flights keeps the cost of flying down.

2. Social Media

Everyone can be a journalist. We have voice recorders and cameras at the ready every moment of the day. We can record anything and within seconds it is out there for the world to see. The proliferation of such media has no doubt had an impact on the amount of airline issues that have started filtering to the masses. This is not an excuse to airlines that are conducting themselves improperly but with a little bit of video cut here and a little bit of video paste there, the boundaries of truth can be pushed and blurred. Once again, violence by airlines and their support staff should be publicized and necessary repercussions handed down but this is for sure a factor.

3. Passenger Impatience

The airline industry bears the brunt of the customer is king attitude more than many or most industries. We live our lives at a rapid and instant pace and we expect things to be done with rapidity. Air travel is by and large similar in time to the way it was 10 and 20 years ago. If anything, it has become slower with more lines and delays. This no doubt frustrates people to the point where they are prone to act out.

The simple solution is to fly with ElJet Private Jet Charter.

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.

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.

jet fuel
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.