Airplane Tail Numbers Explained Aircraft tail numbers are used for unique identification of aircraft. Similar to a license plate on a vehicle, there are a combination of rules that require the aircraft to display the registration number on the aircraft itself, as well as keeping documents on hand noting the certificate of registration, which exhibits the aircraft tail number. Commonly referred to as an “N number” in the united states, each country in the world has different prefixes, suffixes, and even off-limits tail numbers reserved for military or governmental purposes. For example, the Dassault Falcon 7X pictured above belongs to the Dassault Aviation company and is used as a display aircraft. The Tail number on the 7X has a “F” prefix, noting that the aircraft was registered in France. Tail numbers may be switched from aircraft to aircraft, or retired entirely. In some countries, it is possible to change the tail number of an airplane due to a change of ownership, change of country, or simply for vanity purposes. Plane tail numbers are generally 5 characters long, with a country indicator at the start. Country indicators in some cases are easy to figure out with; Germany for explain is “D” while Japan is “JA” Canada is “C”. But some country indicators can be confusing with “B” for China, “OY” for Denmark, and “SX” for Greece. In all cases of private jet travel, the aircraft tail number is also the radio callsign for the aircraft, this may be different for commercial flights, and some odd governmental exceptions such as Air Force One. In the case of United States tail numbers, the rules are well defined: The tail number will start with N and continue alphanumerically, cannot start
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Dassault Falcon 900 The Falcon 900 is Dassault’s longest running current production aircraft. The original Falcon 900 was released in 1984 and is still a best seller with it’s diverse variants. The original Falcon 900 has been upgraded time and time again, starting with the upgrade to the Falcon 900B, which replaced the triple engine configuration with a more fuel efficient one in order to increase range, various upgrades later, the Falcon 900LX was revealed in 2008 with a refreshed lineup of features including new winglets which allow for more flight stability and speed. The Falcon 900 series has been so popular that Dassault further developed two new aircraft based off of the Falcon 900 platform. The Falcon 2000 and Falcon 7X models are smaller and larger versions of the Falcon 900 respectively. Originally based off of the falcon 50, the 900 shares many features with the Falcon 50, notably trijet engines and long range capability. Trijet engines were developed in 1950 and gained popularity in the 1980s when twin jet aircraft were limited to flying within 60 minutes of an airport in case of engine failure. These new trijet aircraft allowed new levels of freedom with an additional engine for performance and safety purposes. The Falcon 900LX, the most recent and available private jet fits comfortably into the large jet category. With an aircraft length of 66.31 ft, the 900LX may be shorter than modern day competing aircraft, leaving a mere 33.2 feet of cabin length. Larger super heavy aircraft such as the Gulfstream G500 boasts a 50.1 ft cabin length, but compared to other large jets in it’s category such as the Challenger 604 (28.3 ft) the Falcon 900 shines. Cabin size is
HondaJet - A VLJ to wait for Honda’s HondaJet was an unexpected first from an unexpected manufacturer. This very light business jet is being developed as a direct competitor to all existing very light jets by allowing new levels of performance and efficiency. The 7 seat HondaJet can fly higher, faster, and is more fuel efficient than it’s direct competitors. With a range of 1180 nautical miles, this private aircraft sits comfortably near other jets of its size, though this jet also has a maximum cruise speed of 420 kts, quite a feat for the tiny engines designed by GE and Honda. These engines were created with efficiency in mind, by mounting the GE Honda / HF120 engines to the wings instead of to the fuselage, Honda allowed the cabin to be wider than competing private jets. Though each engine is capable of outputting 2050 lbf of thrust, Honda claims that these engines are up to 17% more fuel efficient than it’s competitors. This immense amount of thrust allows this tiny business jet to take off and land in any airstrip under 4000 ft, which is small enough for smaller, communal airports, as well as larger airports. The HondaJet’s fuselage replaces aluminum with a composite material for an additional 5% weight improvement. The aircraft noise levels are on the low end of the scale for very light jets both in-cabin and out. But improvement doesn’t stop there, the cabin and cockpit are outfitted with the very latest technologies we have to come to expect for the latest generation of business jets. The cockpit interface is exclusively occupied by touch panel screens, and the passenger cabin is home to mobile controllable lights, temperature, and windows. The
Last Minute Flights Booking a private jet at the last minute flight can be rather difficult for most private jet charter providers. But where others may fail, Aircharter exceeds expectations by offering a 24/7 concierge service. Finding last minute deals usually requires making a great deal of calls, but using our enormous network of over 14,000 aircraft, we can locate a last minute deal much faster than the competition. Empty Legs Check empty leg flights for the day, our empty leg offers can be found here for your Last Minute Flights. Sort by region of the world to locate an empty leg for your last minute flight, thousands of empty leg offers are added daily and are constantly updated to give our customer the best choice of empty leg flights available. Cheap empty leg last minutes flights are easy to find considering the average cost of an empty leg is about half of the cost to charter a private plane. Finding a business jet for hire can take moments with a quick search, after which, calling to inquire about the empty leg would mean if said private jet is available, you would be able to book a last minute flight on a private jet in under 30 minutes, sometimes allowing for near instant departure if your last minute flight private jet is at your departure airport or nearby already. Locate an aircraft owner / operator directly Although this seems like a great option, and one would assume that no charter broker company would e able to beat direct pricing from the aircraft owner, this is wrong. Having a charter flight company handle your last minute flight means having direct access to all of their aircraft resources.
Private Plane Charter Cost - TurboProps Turboprop aircraft are powered by turbine engines, unlike piston engines, these aircraft can fly much faster and farther than pistons. Generally configured for around 8 passengers, these aircraft have cabins that most closely resemble light jets in size. Modern day turboprops are just as comfortable as light jets, most seating around 6-8 passengers, exactly like a light jet. The interiors can be customized in every possible way a light jet’s interior can, and the onboard amenities such as TVs and satellite phones are also available in turboprops.As for the range concern, turboprops are in the same ballpark as light jets in terms of range, with a few exceptions of course, a traditional turboprop will fly for around 1,500 nautical miles, which is right in light jet territory. Though the turboprops maintain one game-winning lead on light jets, and that is the ability to take off and land on much smaller airstrips, and in some circumstances, can land or takeoff without a paved runway. This opens up tens of thousands landing/takeoff areas worldwide. Turboprops generally have an hourly private plane charter cost of between $1,000 and $3,000 an hour, which depends entirely on location, as locations with more turboprops have more competition in terms of hourly pricing. Below are price ranges for turboprop aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan $800 - $1,900 phrA 4 feet (1.2 m) stretch of the Caravan I, the 208B features a more powerful PT6A-114A engine. The Cessna Caravan is an unpressurized single-engine ... Britten-Norman BN-2A ISLANDER $1,000 - $1,400 phrThe latest version of the Islander includes enlarged baggage bay door options, 3-bladed scimitar propellers, low drag fairings, modern interior, all new ergonomically designed leather ... Piper Cheyenne IIXL $1,000 - $2,500 phrOn April
Pilatus PC-24 Unveiled at EBACE14 An unexpected aircraft from Pilatus, the PC-24, was the least expected from a company best known for their piston aircraft. This private jet will be capable of takeoffs in 2690 feet, giving the PC-24 access to 21,000 airports ad airstrips that larger aircraft cannot access. Estimated to cost approximately $9 Million and expected to ship in 2017. This SVJ (Super Versatile Jet) will be capable of 1800 nm range with 6 passengers on board. Not bad Pilatus! Read More How a Wet Lease Works Here the basics of wet lease or ACMI are detailed and compared to traditional charter. Wet leasing an aircraft means nearly full ownership of said aircraft for the duration of the lease, whereas charter is more commonly billed and executed based on the actual hours of aircraft usage, allowing other passengers to use the aircraft while unused during brief waiting periods (1-5 Days). Read More Turboprops vs Light Jets Turboprops are often looked down upon with no apparent reason. Fears of noisy cabins and safety are the most common misconceptions, as is comfort. Modern day turboprops are just as quiet as their light jet counterparts, and offer the same safety and comfort features. Without in-depth knowledge, it is hard to distinguish light jets from turboprop interiors, the similarity is striking. Read More Air Share Programs vs Private Jet Charter Air share programs are ripped apart in this article, where some basic knowledge and math come together to disprove the cost-effectiveness of air share programs. Though air share programs do excel in some other aspects and each method of private jet time ownership is built for a specific type of customer. Nevertheless traditional charter come out on top
Aircraft of the Week - Global Express 6000 The Bombardier global express 6000 is an aircraft well known in the business aviation community and beyond. Global Express has become synonymous with top-end luxury. Occasionally, it is hard to group business jets into categories, jets like the Learjet 45 for example is hard to classify as a Light Jet or a Mid jet and is often put into a “Super Light Jet” category that sits between the two. The Global express 6000 is undoubtedly a long ranged heavy jet, there is no doubt about this aircraft. At nearly 100 feet long and with a 94 foot wingspan, this aircraft is a giant. Boasting a 6 ft 2 inch cabin height and a 7 foot 11 inch cabin width at it’s widest point, the Global Express 6000 cabin is not only tall enough for the majority of passengers, but also wide enough to accommodate a full sized bed and full sized bathroom with a shower. The cabin is filled with natural light though it's 28 large squared windows, which at a glance from outside, look very small, but once in the cabin, you can see the massive size of these windows. The Global 6000 offers a range of features, both expected and unexpected for a private aircraft of this size. The forward area of the cabin can house a crew rest area, allowing for the capability of swapping crews to allow longer flights with little risk of tired crews. Behind this area is a full sized galley, which traditionally hosts a large area to hold and prepare even the most difficult of foods. The cabin itself has dedicated temperature zones, allowing different parts of the cabin to
Our Favorite Private Jet Moments from 2014 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Aircharter.com team! We here at Aircharter love our private jet photos, and included are our favorite 7 photos from 2014. Featured above was our aircraft of choice for transporting the Ghana National team to the FIFA World Cup in June of 2014. This 767 was selected especially for nonstop travel straight into brazil in a comfortable widebody; Featured in CNN's "Great World Cup Airplane Paint Jobs". The flight testing LearJet 85, shown here arriving in Orlando for NBAA2014. At this point, this Learjet had completed over 60 successful test flights. Starting with it's first flight in spring of 2014, this aircraft has never ceased to amaze, as the largest, and fastest learjet ever made. Capable of transporting 8 passengers up to 3,000 nautical miles. The learjet 85 teaser. At this point, we had yet to see anything except cabin mockups and approximate specifications. Later in 2014, flight testing would begin for expected delivery in 2016 or 2017. This angle of the learjet 85 makes the aircraft look much larger than it actually is, perhaps foreshadowing a mid sized lear sometime soon. The interior of a mockup Gulfstream G600 shown at NBAA2014, an all new aircraft to join the Gulfstream family. As it's name suggests, this will be right in between the G550 and G650 in terms of size and range capabilities. This large jet can be configured for up to 19 passengers with a very long cabin that while smaller than the G650, feels very comfortable. A G550 at the Marrakesh Airshow in spring 2014. The true scale of the G550 is seen here, the G550 is
Super Mid Sized Jets - Private Plane Charter Cost Each type of aircraft has it’s own price range for it’s hourly cost. A super mid sized jet private plane charter cost can vary greatly, as many aircraft are put in to the super mid sized category. Super mid sized jets are of course smaller than large jets, but in which way? Large jets are generally configured for up to 19 passengers, or most commonly in the range of 12-16 passengers in a much more spacious cabin environment. Super mid sized jets are built on a mid sized jet architecture and are more closely related to mid sized jets than their large jet counterparts. Generally, a super mid sized jet can seat up to 14 passengers, but are most commonly configured in 7-9 seat configurations. Mid sized jets tend to have narrow cabins and can get cramped quickly, but super mid sized jets offer a larger cabin in almost every case. The approximate range of super mid sized jets starts at approximately 2,200 nautical miles, and stop short of 4,000 nautical miles. Keep in mind, for transcontinental flights and even longer domestic flights, a super mid sized jet is sufficient in range to make your trip without a fuel stop. Super mid sized private plane charter costs can be anywhere between $3,000 to $9,000 an hour typically, with some outliers such as the Dassault Falcon 50 which is an older aircraft and can be found for much more competitive prices in the United States. The cost of chartering a super mid sized jet is best suited for longer range trips (over 2,000 nautical miles) for around 8-9 passengers. Any longer itinerary or larger amount of passengers
Christmas Empty Legs Happy holidays from Aircharter.com! Christmas is a time of sharing, and we are sharing our best empty leg offers for the days leading up to Christmas day. Christmas is also the time to share time with family and friends, and there is no easier and cost effective way to travel by private jet than our premium empty leg offers. Flying an empty leg means you only pay for the flight hours you use, and not the empty trip to return the aircraft to base; by flying on empty legs, your estimated price is approximately half of the traditional cost. These are the 9 hottest empty leg offers for the christmas season, but thousands more can be found here: Empty Legs Our top 9 selections of christmas empty legs! Aircraft: Falcon 900B From: KPBI - Palm Beach, FL To: KHPN - White Plains, NY Date: Dec 21 Price: $18,500 Aircraft: Falcon 2000EX From: KVNY - Van Nuys, CA To: KTEB - Teterboro, NJ Date Range: Dec 21- 23 Price: $36,000 Aircraft: Challenger 300 From: MMUN - Cancun, Mexico To: CYYZ - Ontario, Canada Date Range: Dec 21 - 22 Price: $10,500 Aircraft: Hawker 800XP From: KMKE - Milwaukee, WI To: KBJC - Broomfield, CO Date Range: Dec 22 - 23 Price: $13,500 Aircraft: Falcon 2000LX From: KVNY - Van Nuys, CA To: KHPN - White Plains, NY Date Range: Dec 22 -25 Price: $33,500 Aircraft: Citation I-SP From: KFMY - Fort Myers, FL To: KMDW - Chicago, IL Date: Dec 23 Price: $12,000 Aircraft: Falcon 2000EX From: KOPF - Opa-locka, FL To: KPWK - Wheeling, IL Date: Dec 24 Price: $23,000 Aircraft: Legacy 600 From: KVNY - Van Nuys, CA To: KTEB - Teterboro, NJ Date Range: Dec 24 - 25 Price: $31,000 Aircraft: Hawker 800XP From: KPBI - Palm Beach, FL To: KTEB - Teterboro, NJ Date Range: Dec 25 - 26 Price: $13,500 Consult our Empty