We understand that things are far from normal, however there is still a Super Bowlthis year. If you are one of the few that has access to the stadium or are looking to have a Super Bowl weekend getaway somewhere else, we have you covered.
If you’re planning to attend Super Bowl LV, where the two best teams in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will compete for the coveted championship, please keep these tips in mind when booking your private jet charter:
Book early. Availability of private jets flying on the day of the biggest sporting event of the year is limited and jets will book rapidly.
Do your homework up front. Many first-time fliers will be waiting on tickets and accommodations. Knowing costs and availability ahead of time will save you the hassle later and allow you to book swiftly when you are ready.
Avoid game-day travel. If you can avoid flying in and out of the Tampa Bay area airports on Super BowlSunday, February 7, 2021, traveling will be a lot less challenging. The host airport is generally closed to private jets on Super Bowl Sunday due to lack of ramp space. Additional aircraft restrictions are often in effect even after the game. Alternate airports also fill up quickly and a reservation system for private jets flying in and out of nearby airports may be in effect. Keep in mind that your final destination could be hours away from the stadium, but we will try our best to help you to plan accordingly.
Plan on the weather. This goes without saying in February, but weather can cause unexpected delays. Due to winter weather across the country, deicing may be required and further delays may be experienced due to the demand for deicing services. The crew and FBO will be working diligently to make sure your flights fly as close to schedule as possible. Be aware the de-icing fees will be an added expense. Avoiding game-day travel will help ensure that you don’t miss a minute of Super Bowl action.
If you’re planning to see the league’s top teams battle it out, considerFlyPrivateto get you there and back without unique and flexible “pay as you fly” business model. There are no deposits required to join. Find the best aircraft values through our valued partnerships, all with the top-notchserviceyou deserve.
In the last year, there have been several shifts in behavior and accelerated lifestyle trends due to the pandemic. In an effort to provide you with useful resources, we have set out to present you with a brief overview of these happenings from experts in the field. We hope you enjoy each presentation and find them valuable. In the next month, we will look at the accelerated trend of investment in a Florida residence.
The Sunshine State has always been a winter escape. Warmer weather, quality healthcare, outstanding boating, fishing, golf, tennis, world class culture, dining, social and charitable communities have added new dimensions to many residents’ lives. Recently there has been an emerging trend to make Florida a full-time residence even if it means relocating business interests from other states. The pandemic has created an environment where many professional functions can be performed remotely. This one shift has accelerated the timetable for considering Florida for full-time residence. Florida also offers other benefits that UHNW (Ultra High Net Worth) individuals can benefit from that make acquiring a home in Florida even more attractive, such as no state income or inheritance tax. Most areas in Florida are a 3 hour or less flight from the Northeast, Midwest, and Mid Atlantic, making travel to and from other residences very convenient.
Let us look at popular areas in Florida to see what they have to offer. In this installment, we will look at Naples, Florida through the eyes ofBen MalteseofGulf Coast International Properties. Ben has been involved in the Naples market for the past 25 years after relocating from Michigan.
FlyPrivate:Naples is very popular choice for a Florida home, but why is it so popular?
Ben Maltese: It really has to be the vibe. Naples is a welcoming community where you always feel like you are on vacation. It is home to world-class culture, dining, beaches, waterways, sunsets, boating, tennis, and golfer’s paradise. It is mix of sophistication and relaxation not found in many places on the planet.
FlyPrivate:Does Naples seem to attract people from specific areas more than others?
Ben Maltese:The Midwest has always been the major feeder market for Naples, specifically Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Missouri. Recently, the Northeast has become as big. States like New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maryland.
FlyPrivate:Can you tell us what the most popular areas of Naples are for UHNW homeowners and what they have to offer?
Ben Maltese:Naples’s unique location along the Gulf of Mexico provides breathtaking residential options. The neighborhoods of Port Royal, Aqualane Shores and Old Naples offer Classic Estate, Mediterranean, Old Florida and Contemporary Architecture with water access and proximity to the vibrance of 5th Avenue. Naples also boasts some of the finest luxury golf communities in the world. The combination of unmatched design and construction combined with a five star golf and club experience is spectacular. Mediterra and Pelican Bay top the list of neighborhoods that are always in high demand.
FlyPrivate:Is there a luxury golf community listing you are excited about that our readers might enjoy?
Ben Maltese: Yes, 17010 Verona Lane in The Club at Mediterra. A Modern Zen masterpiece built in 2017, this property has just under 6000 ft.² of living area, 4 bedrooms, 5 full and 1 1/2 baths and it sits on a private .83-acre homesite. It is in the Mediterra golf community offering 36 holes of golf, amazing club facilities and a beach club. The Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture blends the indoor with the outdoor. From the sturdy bronze gates, entry courtyard to the meditation deck and expansive outdoor covered living space looking out to a large fire pit, oversized pool & spa (60’ length). The main living area which includes an amazing chef’s kitchen, eating area and great room are surrounded with floor to ceiling glass, further joining the indoors with the outdoors. The central theme is privacy, peace, and tranquility. The exterior landscaping was designed in a manner to minimize the time landscapers are around your home.
FlyPrivate:Ben, thanks for giving us a brief glimpse into Florida lifestyle possibilities in Naples. If you would like to speak to Ben about real estate in Naples you can reach him at:
The Cessna Citation Jet 4 is a light jet, taking its first flight in May of 2008. According to Cessna, “the CJ4 has added speed, range and cabin size over its predecessor (Citation Jet 3) without incurring midsize jet operating costs.” While both the CJ2 and CJ3 will remain in production and available for charter, the CJ4 offers many pilot and passenger-friendly enhancements.
The Citation Jet 4 (CJ4) was designed for versatility, able to travel 2491 statute miles before needing a fuel stop. The CJ4 cruises at average speeds of 519 mph and like the CJ3, it offers impressive short runway capabilities, allowing it to be chartered in and out of smaller airports getting passengers closer to their destination. The CJ4 differs most significantly from previous Citation Jets in its swept wing design which was modeled after the Citation Sovereign.
The CJ4 is not only fuel-efficient, it offers single-point refueling capabilities and can easily fly from New York to Phoenix. The CJ4is powered by two Williams International FJ44-4A engines each offering 3,621 pounds of thrust. When designing the CJ4, Cessna’s engineers relocated the main landing gear inboard, thus reducing the track. A narrower track significantly improves ground handling of the aircraft. Cessna also prides itself on their jets’ landing gear. “The same long-stroke, trailing-link landing gear common to all CJs guarantees the softest landings and smooth taxiing.”
The CJ4’s cabin sits seven passengers comfortably, with two seats for the crew. As far as cabin amenities, the CJ4 has everything you need and more. “Six deep-cushioned, wide leather seats track in three directions and can be configured to fully recline for long, comfortable trips. Each features a patented retractable armrest with available lumbar support and seat-side media docks.” The cabin offers WiFi, temperature control, and the highly regarded Rockwell Collins Venue™ High-Definition Integrated Cabin Management System.
The CJ4’s lavatory is unique because it is externally serviceable. This aircraft also has a small refreshment center and retractable tables, perfect for conducting business or for personal entertainment purposes. The cabin measures 17′ 4″ in length, 4′ 9″ in height and 4′ 10″ in width. The external baggage space in the Citation Jet 4 is generous at 77 cubic feet and can hold several pieces of luggage.
CJ4s are well liked by passengers and pilots alike for their reputation of superior performance, range and speed.
In this article,Author Jan Jonesdiscusses leading by collaborating as it relates to the Executive Assistant position.
FlyPrivate is a proud partner and associate of Jan Jones. Jan brings valuable, actionable information to EAs across the globe. We hope you enjoy herblogsas much as we do!
FlyPrivate: How does collaboration between assistants help to meet company-wide goals and objectives?
Jan Jones: This is where assistants can play a natural leadership role, because communication and cooperation are essential attributes of an effective executive assistant. Assistants collaborating with each other to facilitate communication and information flow creates a powerful alliance that any company would welcome. The role of the executive assistant includes being a facilitator and a communication channel for their executive and their organization. Assistants play a vital role in reminding the organization that everyone must stay aligned and committed to the best interests of the company.
We know that fully engaged employees have higher productivity levels, resulting in reduced absenteeism and higher profitability. Collaborative assistants can have an impact in this regard. It could be as simple as engaging in regular conversations with assistants in other departments. Without breaching confidentiality, talk about how your division is functioning. What strategies are you implementing? What challenges are you experiencing? What projects are getting bogged down? Which team members need encouragement? Who are the star performers on the team; can they mentor someone who is struggling, or needs coaching?
Research shows that most managers don’t engage in strategy discussions with their colleagues in other departments. An assistant who engages with fellow assistants can serve to close that information gap. Remember, it doesn’t always have to be about work. Take time to connect on a personal level. Being part of an organization means you have common goals. Collaborating to achieve those goals is smart business.
At the height of the Covid disruption last year, I wrote a widely read article for Chief Executive magazine sharing how some assistants have taken their role of connector and conduit to new levels of importance. This is a natural outcome of the role the EA plays as a gateway and facilitator in making their executive more accessible to those with a legitimate need to connect.
EAs often have access to more insider information than other stakeholders within the organization. The WFH environment is perfect for EAs to share appropriate information with other assistants who can channel it to their departments, and keep their team members up-to-date with relevant goings on. This one small act can help assistants who aren’t usually included in the action, to become a resource to their department or manager. It gives them visibility within their team and could help them to be brought into new projects, or areas of responsibility from which they were previously overlooked. From my position as assistant to the CEO, I loved sharing relevant information with EAs across the organization, to make them a beneficial resource to their executives. They would be all smiles when I saw them in the corridor because of the kudos it gave them with their boss.
Assistants are known for playing a role in bringing groups together. They work across boundaries and promote cross-department collaboration. They don’t buy into petty jealousies and suspicions. As a channel to top management, they can help far-flung departments and locations feel less isolated. This has been particularly valued and welcomed during the 2020 work-from-home mandate, where entire organizations have been distanced from each other. Executive Assistant Dorothy Connell told me her CEO “Encourages me to be an added bridge of communication to our executive assistant and administrative assistant community so we stay connected as a team.”
Sometimes assistants tell me that sharing information isn’t always welcomed. People feel threatened, or disloyal to their team if they share what’s going on. In these circumstances, trust needs to be built. If you use the information they share to get results for them, or improve their circumstances, they will certainly start to trust you and work with you. Without betraying confidentiality, share information that is needed to get the job done, or make life easier for others. If you know a way to make a situation better, then do so.
Jesse Egeonu, EA to the executive vice-chair at Globacom in Nigeria shared with me that even though assistants are reluctant to share issues across departments due to confidentiality concerns, recently he was able to assist one of his colleagues who is working remotely. The assistant had a hard deadline and was struggling with a document her boss had sent her. Her boss had saved it as a Mac Pages file and the assistant was operating an Android device. Luckily Jesse was on hand to help her convert the document to Word, proofread, fix the layout and get it onto company letterhead, before sending it back to her boss for signature in time to make the deadline. This led to them having discussions about how they could collaborate on projects that need to be managed in the WFH environment. The trust that was built will help them work together remotely and when they return to the office environment.
An assistant I know told me about starting a job at a technology giant. The culture of the organization encouraged people to be fiercely competitive, vying to get ahead at someone else’s expense. She said no assistant would help her for fear that she would look better than they did, or get ahead faster than they did, so you were on your own. Imagine what a breath of fresh air a capable, confident assistant who is not threatened by others and wants to cooperate would be to an organization like that? It would cause a huge paradigm shift. It might feel like a herculean task, but such an assistant would catapult themselves into a higher level position the minute the company felt the effects of this assistant’s outreach. Believe me because I’ve done it. It takes supernatural amounts of passion and energy and not everyone is up for it, but if you are, don’t hesitate. The personal and professional rewards are immense, and you’ll grow in stature and ability.
In an article discussing strategies for being a successful assistant, EA trainer Adam Fidler wrote, “Share all your best tips and experience with another EA. Being secretive and defensive creates the wrong energy and if you take the time to share information, and work as a team-spirited EA, you’ll command respect and be seen as a true professional.”
The nature of the EA role is to act as a hub. This means assistants are poised to share information, facilitate decision-making and help avoid bottlenecks, whether it is inter-department, or company-wide. Helping someone in another department gets the job done faster. It facilitates transparency, gives you insight into how they function and where inefficiencies may lie that you can help overcome. When executives see you working with their assistant, or if they know they can finally get a long-awaited answer simply by their assistant picking up the phone to you, they’ll notice. They’ll talk about you in the boardroom as someone who gets things done. This is how, step-by-step, you land that sought-after seat at the table.
One thing that may affect assistants performing this function of facilitator is the number of assistants who say they don’t read their executive’s emails, and who meet with their executives (virtually or actually), once a week or less. If you are working like this, you are subject to only knowing what the executive shares with you, or picking up information indirectly. If you are to serve as a conduit throughout the organization, you must be on top of what’s going on, otherwise you will not be as effective in that role. Another factor is assistants who are too widely focused on interacting with the organization at large, they forget who they are in place to support. Don’t neglect your responsibilities to your primary team members in your quest to be a company-wide champion. Your immediate team must remain your first priority. Keep them supported, assured and strengthened in the knowledge that you are firmly invested in the partnership. With this assurance, they will support and encourage your efforts to be a company-wide collaborator.
Jan Jones is the author of “The CEO’s Secret Weapon How Great Leaders and Their Assistants Maximize Productivity and Effectiveness”. The book debuted at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in the Office Management Category. It has received widespread acclaim from executives and executive assistants worldwide. Jan spent 20 years as an esteemed international executive assistant to well-known business people, including personal development icon and author Tony Robbins. Jan is passionate about the executive assistant role and continues to champion the profession through speaking, mentoring and offering timeless, practical advice that is relevant to the day-to-day role of the executive assistant.
The Gulfstream G150 is a high speed super midsize jet with a “dispatch-reliability rating higher than 99.8 percent,” according to Gulfstream. Versatility is a mainstay of the Gulfstream G150. This aircraft offers ample cabin space, a cockpit equipped with advanced flight deck technology, and is able to fly coast to coast in just 6 hours.
The G150 can travel non-stop over 3,100 statute miles at a cruise speed of 482 mph. With a forward galley, taller side walls that provide generous headroom, and a fully enclosed lavatory, the G150 specializes in passenger comforts. There is also 80 cubic feet of baggage space allowing passengers to bring their golf bags while still leaving room for additional luggage. “Closets at the front and the rear of the plane offer enough storage for anything one might need to access in-flight.”
The Gulfstream G150 sets the standard for both versatility and efficiency. The G150 can seat up to 8 people at max capacity in a number of different configurations, some with sleeping arrangements. The cabin is ideal for conducting business on the go with advanced soundproofing technologies that cuts outside noise significantly. To combat fatigue and contribute to passenger comfort, fresh air is circulated around the cabin every two minutes. The 11 oval windows allow for more natural light in the cabin giving it a more spacious feel and making for a more enjoyable ride.
The interior of the Gulfstream G150 is 465 cubic feet, with a cabin height of 5′ 10″, width of 5′ 10″ and length of 17′ 9″. Many G150s come standard with other cabin technologies including: a high-definition entertainment center and televisions, satellite phone, CD/DVD player, Wi-Fi network, electrical outlets, and tables to conduct work or enjoy a meal.
The G150 is also a pilot-friendly aircraft with impressive cockpit capabilities. According to Gulfstream, “Flight information, weather conditions, electronic charts and options for advanced navigation create one of the most technologically equipped super midsize business aircraft ever to take flight. Four liquid crystal displays provide pilots crisp graphics and flight data. The avionics system also features an Engine-Indication and Crew-Alerting System, which monitors key engine performance and alerts pilots when a component is operating outside ideal parameters. The flight management system also integrates a Global Positioning System and a diagnostic maintenance computer.”
The Citation Jet 2 (CJ2) was designed to be easily flown with a single pilot, able to travel 1237+ statute miles before needing a fuel stop. This CJ2 is also noted for its fuel efficiency due in large part to the two Williams/Rolls-Royce FJ44-2C turbofan engines, with 400+ lbs. more thrust than the Citation CJ1 at takeoff. The CJ2 cruises at average speeds of 475 mph and offers best-in-class runway capabilities, allowing it to takeoff and land at smaller airports with ease, getting you closer to your destination in less time.
Another major improvement to the CJ2 is the transition from the straight wing design of the CJ1 to a laminar flow wing. The switch to the laminar flow wings with the stretched wingspan greatly improved overall lift-to-drag performance.
The CJ2’s cabin is also more spacious than its predecessor, stretched 33 additional inches. The cabin sits six passengers comfortably at a total volume of 248 cubic feet. The cabin is 50 cubic feet larger than the cabin of the CJ1 and can generally accommodate one more passenger.
The cabin measures 13′ 7″ in length, 4′ 10″ in height and 4′ 10″ in width. The external baggage space in the Citation Jet 2 is generous at 70 cubic feet and can hold several pieces of luggage with an additional 4 cubic feet of baggage space on the interior. The CJ2 also has a small galley and lavatory on board.
The Citation Jet 2 avionics include: A Flight Management System, Full Glass Cockpit Technology, Dual GPS Navigation, Traffic Collision Avoidance System, and a Ground Proximity Warning System.
CJ2s are a light jet favorite of passengers and pilots alike for their fuel performance, runway capabilities, and affordability.
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De-icing youraircraft when needed is critical for passenger safety. In the simplest terms, de-icing an aircraft means removing the ice and snow from a jet before takeoff. Adverse weather conditions can affect travel plans this time of year. Although an inconvenient charge, it can be a necessary part of cold weather travel, especially in and out of ski country.
Like fuel stops, no one likes de-icing or hangar charges. However, they are a vital part of safe aviation during the winter months, and we try every measure possible to avoid them.
It is crucial to remove all of the ice and snow build up on the jet’s wings and rear tail, as well as the nose where the radar equipment is kept. The jet’s wings and tail shape are precisely engineered in order to produce the proper lift for flight. If there is a change in this shape due to snow and ice, it can cause critical issues with theaircraft’s performance, especially at take-off.
Putting your jet in a hangar can make your life easier during winter weather and temperatures. When possible operators try to arrange to put the aircraft in a hangar prior to the flight. The few hundred dollars for a hangar is much better than the possibility of several thousand for a de-icing bill.
Here’s a closer look at the de-icing process.
The De-icing Process
To remove the ice and snow, de-icing fluid will be sprayed onto the jet. The fluid will have de-icing and/or anti-icing properties.
In some scenarios, private jet passengers will be on board during this process to allow immediate takeoff after de-icing and to eliminate further flight delays.
There are a variety of types of ADFs/AAFs. They are typically made of ethylene glycol (EG) or propylene glycol (PG), thickening agents, corrosion inhibitors and UV-sensitive dye, among other ingredients. PG fluids tend to be used more often because they are less toxic than the EG fluids.
The Society of Automotive Engineers publishes the definitions of the four types of aviation de-icing fluids.
Type I fluids have low viscosity, are sprayed on at high pressure and at hot temperatures. They offer short term protection because they do not stick to surfaces for long after use, and are generally orange in color for both identification and distribution purposes.
Type II fluids contain a thickening agent to prevent it from immediately rolling off the jet after application. The Type II de-icing fluids are usually a light yellow color and generally stay put until the jet reaches a cruising speed of about 100+ knots. At higher speeds the fluid viscosity breaks down. For this reason, this type of fluid is only appropriate for larger jets.
Type III fluids fall somewhere between Type I and Type II de-icing fluids. They are intended to be used on slower jets and are also a light yellow color.
Type IV fluids are quickly becoming the most popular. They meet the same standards as Type II fluids, but they last considerably longer. Type IV fluids are usually dyed green for thorough application.
Type II, III and IV de-icing fluids containing thickening agents are commonly known as anti-icing fluids because they are made and utilized to prevent further icing after an initial Type I de-icing fluid has been applied.
De-icing fluid is an added expense and is charged after the customers’ tripbecause it is not possible to predict in advance if de-icing conditions will apply. When possible, storing theaircraftin a hangar can help to minimize de-icing charges. We encourage you to be on time for departures especially in cold weather. Leaving an aircraft unnecessarily on the ramp could lead to additional de-icing. We advise you to communicate any possible departure changes as soon as you are aware of them.
De-icing fluid costs are calculated on a cost per gallon basis at each airport, and often there is only one supplier that a private jet is able to use. Costs will be determined on a trip by trip basis.
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We look forward to working with you in the new year!
During this season, we take time to reflect upon the good things we have… like our partnership with you. We appreciate working with you and hope that the holidays and the coming year will bring you happiness, good health and success.
Have you ever wondered how fresh oxygen in an aircraft is processed and circulated for breathing? If this thought hadn’t crossed your mind in the past, you may be thinking about it now due to the risks associated with the COVID-19 virus. Even at the highest altitudes, cabin oxygen is suitable for breathing without the use of a respiratory device and without any additional effort, but how?
Where does it come from?
In simple terms,aircraft(of all sizes) get fresh oxygen from the air outside the plane’s fuselage. The endless supply of oxygen allows aircraft to utilize this resource to provide the pilots and passengers with safe air to breathe and a comfortable experience in the cockpit and cabin. This oxygen source is plentiful and available at all elevations.
How is it processed?
At high altitudes, outside air does not contain enough oxygen and therefore needs to be processed before being circulated around the cabin. Aircraft are designed to process air to make it safe to breathe. Air enters through the plane’s jet engines where it passes through several machines to be further processed. The air is heated to high temperatures where it is compressed, turning it into breathable air. Once this process is complete, the air can enter the cabin.
Some of the air that is taken in through the jet engines is used for combustion to power those engines using a combination of fuel and air. The rest is processed for use in the cabin. Once the air is heated by the engine, killing the germs, viruses and bacteria, it is cooled down to cabin temperature before being circulated within.
The air will then exit the cabin through outflow valves at the aft of the aircraft and no recirculation is necessary. One full cycle can take less than two minutes to complete due to the smaller cabin size in a private jet. The air is constantly refreshed with air from outside, so there isn’t the need for a larger filtration system used on commercial airliners. It is necessary for outside air to go through this process, so pilots and passengers have fresh air to breathe during the duration of the flight.
AtFlyPrivate, your safety and comfort are our priority. We are always available to answer any questions you may have about private jet charter. Pleasecontact uswith any safety questions or concerns.
Last minute trip for the holidays? LetFlyPrivatehelp you get to and from your destination with ease.
Traveling during the busiest months of the year can be a bit stressful, but it doesn’t have to be!We are hereto make sure your trip is hassle-free so you can enjoy more time with your family and friends and less time worrying about the details.
When booking your next trip, here are a few reminders:
The most popular holiday travel dates are expected to be:
– December: 17th – 31st
– January: 1st – 6th
The number of privateaircraftavailable to accommodate these trips is limited and once the aircraft is booked, the options for trips also becomes limited and the prices jump as a reflection of the increased demand and limited supply.
Due to the increased demand for private flights,aircraft,FBOs, pilots, flight crews, caterers, and ground transportation are all affected and planning ahead becomes critical.
The majority of people chartering private jets are flying in the same direction during theholiday season. Generally, we see an increase in traffic heading north to south, but some of the most popular destinations are Florida, Colorado and New York.
Weathercan also play a major role in how many flights are available during this time of year.
What does this mean for you? If you need to book your holiday travelfor you and your family, we highly recommend that you book your flights now to ensure thebest options, pricingand jetsare still available for your trip.