What is a fixed-based operator?
A fixed-based operator, or FBO, is a private jet terminal and essentially a service center for aircraft. You can find these on or near municipal or international airports.
Who typically chooses the FBO?
The charter broker and client typically don’t get a say in the FBO utilized for private jet flights. The jet operator chooses the FBO, usually based on fuel prices and the relationships they have with logistic companies. Most operators allow you to select a different FBO; however, there will likely be a surcharge.
How early do I need to arrive?
It is always a good idea to show up early for your charter flight however, there is no need to arrive hours beforehand as you may for a commercial flight. When flying private, we recommend that you arrive 15-30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Your flight revolves around you meaning the aircraft can be in the air shortly after all passengers arrive.
Where do I keep my car?
When chartering a private jet, you can arrange to drive your vehicle right up to the aircraft. Let your charter sales executive know that you are interested in arriving plane-side. Prior to arriving, you will receive a gate code to be able to enter the FBO’s ramp. Their team will park your car and keep it stowed until your return; some FBO’s even wash them for you. If you aren’t comfortable driving up to the ramp, keeping the car in the parking lot and walking in works just as well.
How do I charter a private jet for my company or my boss?
Are you an Executive Assistant or Family Office that needs help arranging private travel for your boss or client? The trained team of professionals at Trilogy Aviation Group is here to help. Trilogy Aviation Group takes the meaning of broker to another work. We see ourselves as an extension of you. It is our ultimate goal to make sure you receive the best value and pricing for your client or bosses’ travel experience. We strive to get to know our clients on a personal level to provide custom-tailored service and charter options that fit their needs.
How do I order catering for my private jet flight?
Your charter sales executive will order catering for you. We work with multiple vendors to ensure your needs are met. Deciding on a vendor depends on where your trip is taking place and the nature of your catering request. Vendors include local kitchens, affiliate network vendors, Uber Eats, etc. A few of these can handle alcohol requests as well. Any catering beyond common stock is billed to the client after the charter.
How much baggage can I bring on my private flight?
One of the greatest advantages of flying private is that there are little to no baggage restrictions. However, each aircraft has a different luggage allowance. Packing with soft-sided luggage is always recommended as it is easier to store and stack in the aircraft. Trilogy Aviation Group’s experienced sales executives will find you an aircraft with luggage capacity that will fit all your gear.
How does ice impact my private jet flight?
All aircraft, big or small, are designed to withstand winter weather conditions. However, precautions still need to be taken before take-off to ensure a safe flight. If there is a significant buildup of ice or snow, the plane must be de-iced before take-off. Ice can increase the plane’s weight, increase drag, and reduce lift. Read more about winter weather conditions and de-icing here.
Does my private jet come with a flight attendant?
On Part 135 flights flight attendants are required if the plane is carrying 10 or more passengers. More often then not, owners of the aircraft require a flight attendant on the chartered flight to ensure their plane is taken care of and the passengers receive maximum comfort. The cost of the flight attendant is included in all quotes from Trilogy Aviation Group.
Do private jets have bathrooms?
The bathroom on a private jet is called a lavatory. Most private jets do have a bathroom but are there for an in case of emergency situation. Most small aircraft such as turboprops, very-light jets, and light jets are only able to fly about 3 hours before they need fuel making the need for a bathroom less. On bigger stand-up cabin aircraft large enclosed bathrooms are a necessity. If you aren’t sure about the plane you want to charter, ask your private charter sales executive or submit a question here and we will be happy to inform you about the size of the bathroom.
Do I need to tip?
While tipping on a commercial airliner is out of the ordinary, tipping on a private jet makes a lot more sense. The crew loads and unloads your bags, prepares and cleans the aircraft, and does whatever you need for a trip completely tailored to you. Tips can range anywhere from $20- $1,000. Tipping is very much appreciated on private jet charter flights, especially for exceptional service.