Surfair Suffering from Convention

Pilatus_PC_12Revolution is tough without that disruptive nugget.  Not having that nugget has led Surfair to retreat into the conventional operation of what could have been a novel membership based system.  I’ve followed them since their birth since I’m no stranger to the concept of moving Pilatus PC-12s around with people in them whilst attempting to make money.  What was great about Surfair, is that they validated our own Grabajet aspirations that I had designed with my business partner.

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The 2012 Hawker Review

Well, it’s that time again.  The Hawker Review gets some love every couple of years and we’re making it available for a while at no charge for the benefit of Hawker 800XP owners (as well as older and newer) and for yet to be Hawker owners.  The big thing to note this year is what is happening to a swath of about 500 serial numbers that wear the Hawker 800XP monicker.   Continue reading The 2012 Hawker Review

Buy it Right

According to many in the charter management racket, now is the time to buy.  Buying low makes the pain of selling MUCH lower less likely, or at least… less painful.  Buy it right, because you’ll never sell it right.  Legacy hardware that is no longer efficient (especially on a DOC vs. speed basis) is being put out to pasture in a big way. Continue reading Buy it Right

Charter Market Cut in Half

Since the 2008 collapse, the chartering of private aircraft is off by 50%.  This is good news for species that are big on mutations and adaptions.  Not so good for the clingers to broken models, pricing and attitudes.

So you own an airplane, or would like to and need some revenue to justify the entire charade?  Not a problem.  The concept isn’t new, but the landscape is littered with relationships that didn’t work due to poor foundations, analysis, or simply the experience to know where the problems lie.   Continue reading Charter Market Cut in Half

Hawker Series Aircraft Review Update 2012

The 2012 version of the Hawker review is just about done.  We don’t have too many major changes to report this year other than the pending Netjets dumping of their series and which serial numbers this will affect most adversely.   All in all it has been a brutal 4 years for the type, though the XPR upgrade for the later models proves hopeful for the charter management and fractional owners.  Continue reading Hawker Series Aircraft Review Update 2012