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Why Flying Private Should Be a Private Experience

As you may have heard, selfie queen Kim Kardashian-West has taken a highly publicized break from social media after falling victim to a recent robbery in Paris.  Many have speculated that she was a target because the public could easily follow her activity and whereabouts through her constant social media posts.  Chronicling your travel online can be very risky if it’s not managed right, which is why we value discretion at the highest level.

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Need Supplemental Lift? 4 Things To Consider

Whether it’s for personal or business reasons, using supplemental lift can be a huge asset for all your travel needs.  There is a lot to consider when choosing a provider which can make the process very daunting. Your time, money, and safety are important so make sure you choose a provider who meets the highest level of all your requirements.  Here are 4 things Magellan Jets thinks you need to consider before choosing your supplemental lift provider. 


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Phenom 300E

3 Things That Are Taking the Aviation Industry by Storm

Or, “A few things we are excited about from the most recent National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) convention and exhibition”. Being in the private aviation industry, we are always excited to stay in the know on all things aviation. Here are our top three: 
1) HondaJet is here. 
Yes, really. Private jet owners and enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn that after over 20 years of extensive research and development, the world’s most advanced light jet has arrived. Built around the pilot, with intiuitive touch-screen technology, it offers more spacial cockpit and greater visibility. Honda promises it is the fastest, most fuel efficient, and highest flying light jet in its class. Honda expects to receive the FAA certification very soon at which point it will start delivering the plane to customers. 
Source: HondaJet

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Falcon 2000

Rise in Flight Activity Could Impact Supply & Demand For Charter Clients

July 2014 vs. July 2015
According to TRAQPak , July 2015 saw the largest year over year rise in overall flight activity since February 2012 with an increase of 5.6%.  The results indicated substantial growth in the Part 135 market, up 9.6% from last year (more than 3 xs the increase than the fractionals providers)

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Nextant 400XTi

Ban on Carry-On Luggage Due to Terrorist Concerns?

It seems that passengers flying commercial this holiday season may not have to worry about overhead bin space. Due to a high volume of terrorist concerns, the United Kingdom and United States are considering banning carry-on luggage; requiring all passengers to check-in their luggage prior to boarding.

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Falcon 7X

Top 5 Tricks to Keep Your House Safe While You’re Away

Hire a House-Sitter
The most efficient way to make sure your house is safe is to have someone you trust stay in it while you’re gone. You may be lucky enough to have a trustworthy relative who’ll move in temporarily and watch over the house. If not, there are services you can use for house-sitting and pet-sitting while you’re away.

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Deicing an aircraft

Aircraft & Ice Don’t Mix: Why Aircraft Deicing Is so Important

The ability to fly safely in the air during cold winter months is heavily reliant on deicing planes. Unfortunately, the wintery weather will soon be upon us, which means you will soon be faced with deicing situations. If you plan to travel this winter, it is important to educate yourself on the deicing process. Now, when your private jet consultant advises you on a deicing situation you will be prepared and understand why it is such an important feature.

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Global 5000 wet runway

The World’s Most Extreme Airport Runways

The World’s Most Extreme Airport Runways
Who doesn’t love to fly?  It is the fastest way to travel between distances when a car isn’t an option.  Of course, the takeoffs and landings are the parts we remember the most. We have collected our top extreme runways in the world! The airports on the list are included because of their intense locations at high altitudes, difficult approaches, or short runways, all of which make landings challenging, and some would say even dangerous. 

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CEO of Magellan Jets, Joshua Hebert, Selected to Join the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) Board of Governors

CEO of Magellan Jets, Joshua Hebert, Selected to Join the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) Board of Governors
Leading Private Jet Charter Company Continues to Make Safety Their Top Priority

BOSTON, MA – July 15, 2014 – Magellan Jets CEO, Joshua Hebert, has been selected to join the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) Board of Governors. Magellan Jets commitment to safety has earned them the respect and recognition of some of the most prominent organizations in the aviation industry. They are proud to have been the first private jet charter broker in the world to be named to The Air Charter Safety Foundation, and now honored to serve on their prestigious board. 

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Key Threats at Brazil 2014 World Cup FIFA | Magellan Jets

With concerns continuing to rise regarding threat of crime, riots and violence toward foreign travelers at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, our friends at Global Rescue, a worldwide provider of integrated medical, security, intelligence, travel risk management and crisis response services for corporations, governments and individuals, announced that its medical and security personnel have developed a thorough review of key health and safety threats to those attending FIFA World Cup by Private Jet.

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Flight Procedures for Private Jets to U.S. Open Golf Tournament

Southern Pines, NC
June 7 – June 22, 2014

In anticipation of a large number of private aircraft traveling to the U.S. Open and operating to and from the Southern Pines, NC area, the following procedures will be used to enhance safety and minimize air traffic delays. 

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NTSB Hosts Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Safety Symposium

Anthony Tivnan Of Magellan Jets Spoke About Charter Broker’s Role In Safety Management
On March 4th and 5th the Air Charter Safety Foundation held its Safety Symposium at the National Travel Safety Board’s (NTSB) training facility in Ashburn, Virginia.  The ACSF Symposium is the annual gathering of leaders in the air charter industry where current and emerging safety challenges are investigated.

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Aircraft & Ice Are Not a Good Combo

With today’s modern technology fog, rain, wind and even violent thunderstorms are generally no trouble for jets. Jets are usually unaffected by icing concerns too since sophisticated systems have been designed to use hot air bled from their engines to keep the wings and surfaces warm. However, the jet can run into trouble if it has sat idled at low power for an extended period of time. The aircraft may then require a deicing to help remove ice buildup. Deicing fluid is a mixture of heated chemical called glycol and water.
Preventing a buildup of snow and ice is a crucial element for safe take off during cold wintery weather. The specific shape of the plane’s wings and rear tail are engineered to provide proper lift for flight. If the snow or ice disrupts the flow of airflow, it could hinder the ability to lift the aircraft.

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Delay on Controversial Sleep Apnea Testing Policy

A few weeks ago you may have read my blog regarding FAA’s new policy to require obese pilots to undergo a sleep apnea test. Well, it seems there is now a delay on the controversial proposal concerning the screening. Below is an official statement sent out on behalf of the NBAA.

Washington, DC, Dec. 19, 2013 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today welcomed the decision by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to delay its plans for implementing a controversial new policy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) screening for pilots until the agency has had an opportunity to hear from industry stakeholders on the matter.

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Why can’t my private jet get into this airport?

This can be one of the most frustrating questions when chartering an aircraft—especially if you’ve flown into an airport before! 
There are a lot of factors that go into operational decisions like whether or not an aircraft can use a specific airport. In this article, I’ll list out a few of them, explain how they can affect your flight, and hopefully shed some light on why the go/no-go decisions are made the way they are. 
There’s no fuel available

This can be particularly frustrating if the airport you’d like to use is on the smaller side. Aircraft use two different types of fuel, 100LL (100 octane low lead) for small piston aircraft, and Jet-A (regular jet fuel) for turboprop and jet aircraft. A small reliever airport may have a long enough runway to operate from, but if they don’t have fuel there your jet has to carry enough fuel on the way in to get back out. Sometimes this can be remedied by adding a fuel stop, but often times it makes more sense to use a larger airport that has Jet-A available.

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Aviation Executives Rally at Capitol Hill

On Thursday, Air-traffic controllers, airline pilots and airport executives rallied with a group of leaders from several aviation organizations to protest the government shutdown that occurred on Oct.1st. About 200 aviation group representatives held the rally to call on Washington policymakers to find a path forward so that vital aviation services can resume.
While the shutdown has not immediately impacted aviation safety, the longer the shutdown remains in effect the more risk we are creating. Capt. Sean Cassidy, first vice president of the Air Line Pilots Association, said He cited burned-out runway lights and problems with radar displays that need to be replaced as risks. Pilots continue to anonymously report safety issues from their flights to the Federal Aviation Administration, but Cassidy says the shutdown hinders the government review of them to spot safety concerns.
 NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen joined the rally as well to discuss reopening the FAA. Since the start of the shutdown, NBAA has continually called upon decision-makers in Washington to promptly find a path for reopening the FAA.
The link below is a video clip from the rally held at Capitol Hill.
Video: Ed Bolen remarks on Capitol Hill (click the link and then enter password “digital”):

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FAA Update: “N” Number restrictions for operators

Finally, the FAA has instituted a policy that simplifies the process for operators, confirming that a written request asking for the data to be blocked will be sufficient. The FAA notice spells out the exact information that must be included in the request, such as the aircraft registration number and the requestor’s contact information. Two years ago, the US Congress passed legislation that would allow operators to restrict access to aircraft “N” numbers. The new FAA policy puts the legislation into play. Dan Hubbard – Senior Vice President of Communications – NBAA stated “NBAA has long maintained there are real concerns involved in such tracking, with regard to corporate competitiveness, personal security and privacy — none of which should have to be surrendered just because someone boards his or her own airplane,” The association is “satisfied” with the FAA’s final policy. NBAA also had asked the FAA to allow the association to collect the opt-out requests and submit them en masse to the FAA, but the FAA declined that request. Please see the policy below.

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