PRIVATE AVIATION 101 Questions and answers about the world of private aviation
As the world’s most experienced private aviation company, there is no one who knows more about private aviation than NetJets®. We are often asked to explain the basics of flying privately, including operating principles, the mechanics of flight, and aviation terminology. We invite you to explore the basics and learn about the advantages offered by NetJets, the global leader in private aviation. Private Aviation 101 explores subjects ranging from the entire flight experience to preflight, landing, and everything in between. No matter what your level of interest is, we hope you enjoy the journey – courtesy of NetJets.
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PREFLIGHT INSIDE THE FLIGHT DECK INSIDE THE CABIN BEFORE DEPARTURE FLIGHT BASICS AVIATION WEATHER TAKEOFF AND CLIMB CRUISE 3 7 9 12 16 21 24 28
DESCENT LANDING CONCLUSION
32 34 36
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If you have flown commercially or have chartered a private aircraft on occasion, fractional jet ownership and the private aviation industry as a whole may seem foreign to you. When flying privately, you have many more options as compared to when flying commercially. Private aviation gives you the flexibility to choose airports closer to your final destinations, set your departure time based on your schedule, and choose your meals based on your preferences. What happens behind the scenes before my flight? To complete a flight safely, many aviation professionals and specialists must be involved. Once a flight is booked and all details are confirmed with your private aviation provider, your request is typically reviewed by an aircraft dispatcher and a flight plan is then developed. Flight plans for each individual flight are filed with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) so the flight will be under the supervision of the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system. Flight plans generally include information such as departure and arrival locations, estimated flight time, alternate airports in case of bad weather, route to be followed, rule under which the flight will be flown (instrument or visual), pilot’s name, and number of passengers. The aircraft dispatcher is responsible for considering and analyzing each of these items when creating the flight plan to ensure a safe and comfortable flight. These topics will be discussed in greater detail throughout this book. NetJets support infrastructure – To support every flight, NetJets utilizes state-of-the-art operations centers in both the United States and Europe. Every flight goes through a rigorous series of safety checks. Chief Pilots assigned to a specific aircraft type oversee every aspect of flight within that aircraft type to ensure that our strict operating standards are met. NetJets also employs full-time FAA-approved meteorologists, FAA-licensed aircraft dispatchers, and many other aviation specialists to ensure the safety and comfort of every flight. Finally, our dual-release system means that NetJets aircraft are not approved for flight until both the Pilot-in-Command and FAA-licensed flight dispatcher double-check all aspects of the flight and agree that the flight can be completed safely.
What does it take to become a private jet pilot? Pilots must complete hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of schooling and flight training before they can fly complex aircraft such as modern private jets. Many private jet pilots obtain their initial training through aviation schools, universities, or the military. After the initial training, pilots usually gain additional flight experience by working as flight instructors, flying cargo planes, or serving as co-pilots. After gaining 1,500 hours of flight experience, most pilots begin the process of obtaining the highest level of pilot certificate available – the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. NetJets pilot requirements – NetJets’ stringent...
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