Aviation Charter Solutions, Inc.


Aircraft Information

 

Single-Piston Aircraft

Pistonprop single-engine aircraft are ideally suited for short-range flights with a few passengers or light load of cargo in good to fair weather conditions. Pistonprop aircraft are propelled by a gas combustion propeller engine. Pistonprops are typically smaller than other aircraft categories and therefore cannot fly as far without stopping for fuel, but they are able to access many airports with shorter runways, thereby getting the charter passenger closer to their ultimate destination. Pistonprop single-engine aircraft are typically flown by a single pilot, but a charter provider should be able to supply your flight with a co-pilot upon request.

Average Passenger Capacity: 3-4

Representative Aircraft: Beech Bonanza, Cessna 206, Cessna Skylane 210, Piper Cherokee Six, Cirrus SR-22

Popular Itineraries: Boston to Nantucket, Los Angeles to Van Nuys, Munich to Stuttgart, Ft. Lauderdale to Ft. Myers


Multi-Piston Aircraft

Pistonprop multi-engine aircraft are ideally suited for short-range flights for a small group of passengers or light cargo. Pistonprop multis are usually less expensive than turboprops or jets. Pistonprop multi-engine aircraft are considered safer and more reliable than single-engine piston aircraft, especially in inclement weather situations. While pistonprop multis are larger than their single-engine counterparts and can carry more people, weight and cargo, they are still typically smaller than turboprops and jets. Pistonprop multi-engine aircraft are typically flown by a single pilot, but a charter provider should be able to supply your flight with a co-pilot upon request.

Average Passenger Capacity: 1-5

Representative Aircraft: Beech Baron, Cessna 402, Piper Navajo

Popular Itineraries: Boston to Nantucket, Scottsdale to Las Vegas, Hamburg to Dresden, Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau


Turboprop Aircraft

Turboprop aircraft combine the low-cost advantages of the piston aircraft while sharing some of the performance and cabin comfort advantages of light jets. Turboprops are powered by turbine propeller engines. With average cruising speeds of over 300 mph and an average nonstop range above 1,000 miles, a turboprop can travel further, faster and offer more comfort than piston aircraft while keeping charter costs below those of jet aircraft. Popular for short to mid-range flights, turboprops can access runways that are often too short for jet aircraft. Amenities often include: pressurized passenger cabins for added comfort, safety and performance and a semi-private lavatory. Baggage capacity is limited.

Average Passenger Capacity: 4-8

Representative Aircraft: King Air 90, 100, 200, 300, Cheyenne I, II, III, IV, Merlin, Beech Starship, Pilatus PC-12, Commander

Popular Itineraries: Toronto to Chicago, San Diego to Los Angeles, Boston to New York or Washington D.C., Geneva to Paris, Vienna to Prague and Seattle to Reno


Light Jets

Light jets are the entry-level jet class in the charter industry. Light jets are the most economical choice for short to mid-range trips. With average cruising speeds of 440 mph and an average nonstop range of about 1,500 miles, a light jet can travel further and faster than non-jet aircraft while operating in and out of airports not accessible by the major airlines. Amenities often include: pressurized passenger cabins for added comfort, safety and performance and a semi-private lavatory. Light jets have limited baggage capacity and often cannot accommodate skis or large golf bags.

Average Passenger Capacity: 4-8

Representative Aircraft: Citation II, Learjet 35, Falcon 10, Westwind, Beechjet 400

Popular Itineraries: Chicago to Dallas, Paris to Hamburg, Los Angeles to San Francisco and Boston to Altanta


Mid Jets

Midsize Jet aircraft optimally blend comfort, performance and economy for medium length flights. With average cruising speeds over 500 mph and a nonstop range of about 2,100 miles, a midsize jet can travel further, faster and with more comfort then light jets while operating in and out of airports not accessible by the major airlines. Most of the midsize jet aircraft have external baggage storage and can accommodate a reasonable amount of baggage. However, some aircraft such as the Hawker line of private jets only have internal baggage storage and can pose problems for skis or other bulky items. Most midsize jets offer a private lavatory.

Average Passenger Capacity: 5-9

Representative Aircraft: Learjet 55, Falcon 20, Hawker 800, Citation VII

Popular Itineraries: New York to West Palm Beach, London to Milan, and Van Nuys to Seattle


Heavy Jets

Heavy jets are top-of-the-line executive aircraft offering optimum performance and amenities for long-range flights. With average cruising speeds of 530 mph and an average nonstop range over 4,000 miles, a heavy jet can travel further and with more comfort than smaller jets while operating in and out of airports not accessible to the major airlines. Amenities usually found onboard heavy jets include; a private lavatory, external baggage compartments, stereo DVD, satellite phone, fax, and a full galley. A flight attendant can enhance your flight experience, improve safety and assist with gourmet catering for high-end business and entertainment.

Average Passenger Capacity: 10-19

Representative Aircraft: Falcon 900 or 2000 Challenger 600, 601 or 604, Gulfstream II, III, IV or V

Popular Itineraries: Bangor to Seattle, New York to Rome, Moscow to Miami, London to Los Angeles, and San Francisco to Tokyo


Turboprop Airliners

Turboprops airliners combine a larger passenger cabin with turboprop performance. Popular for short to mid-range flights, they can often land at airports with runways too short for jet aircraft and are typically more economical than jet airliners. Turboprop airliners are powered by two to four turbine propeller engines. Compared to regular turboprop aircraft they usually have more powerful engines and a longer nonstop range. Turboprop airliners feature pressurized passenger cabins for added comfort, safety and performance. Some turboprop airliners feature executive configurations with multiple amenities while others have commercial airliner configurations to maximize passenger capacity. While the majority of turboprop airliners are used for scheduled service, many are available for charter through charter companies, brokers and charter divisions of airlines.

Average Passenger Capacity: 19-65

Representative Aircraft: Beech Commuter 1900, Jetstream 31, Swearingen Metro

Popular Itineraries: Newark to Charlotte, Sacramento to San Francisco, New York to Washington D.C., LeBourget to Bordeaux


Jet Airliners

Jet airliners are capable of carrying large groups of people or heavy cargos on medium to long-range flights. The wide variety of jet airliner types encompass diverse performance characteristics. Smaller jet airliners are designated "regional" and are best suited for mid-range domestic transport, while the largest jet airliners can carry hundreds of passengers over thousands of non-stop miles. Jet airliners are powered by two to four jet engines and typically feature pressurized passenger cabins for added comfort, safety and performance. Jet airliners can be either executive configured, featuring multiple berths, lavatories, a gym, shower, meeting room or study, and other luxurious appointments; or economy-configured like a commercial airliner to maximize passenger capacity. While the majority of jet airliners are used for scheduled service, many are available for charter through charter companies, brokers and charter divisions of major airlines.

Average Passenger Capacity: 25-500+

Representative Aircraft: Airbus 320, Boeing 757-767, Airbus 330/340

Popular Itineraries: New York to Aruba, Chicago to Tokyo, Moscow to Capetown, and Sydney to Venice


Helicopters

Helicopters can move into and out of difficult to reach places like big-city congestion or remote wilderness locations. They are perfect for small groups of people that need to travel a short distance in good weather conditions. Today's modern charter helicopters are typically powered by a single jet engine or dual jet engines and fly at speeds up to 175 mph for average ranges of 100-350 miles. Helicopter charter enables passengers to hover to take photos of a real estate site, carry the injured to area hospitals, land in locations where there are no available airports and generally get in and out of places faster and easier than with fixed-wing aircraft.

Average Passenger Capacity: 3-10

Representative Aircraft: Bell Jetranger, Eurocopter Twinstar, Sikorsky S76, and Agusta 109

Popular Itineraries: East Hampton NY to Manhattan, Zurich to Geneva, Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, and Whidbey Island to Tacoma

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