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NBAA Releases Updated Aircraft Charter Consumer Guide

Includes Valuable Information for Both New Users and Existing Charter Clients

Washington, DC, July 25, 2011 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has released a new edition of the NBAA Aircraft Charter Consumer Guide, a valuable tool for anyone seeking advice on choosing a Part 135 air charter operator or aircraft charter broker.

The updated guide – available to both NBAA Members and the public – includes additional tips for selecting the right aircraft and operator for a user's needs. It also offers advice on how to obtain information about international operations, insurance coverage, and operator experience and safety records.

"The guide is for those who realize air charter is a necessary option because the airlines either don't fly into the airports they need to use or otherwise aren't a viable option for the trip," explains Mark Larsen, NBAA project manager, operations & web development. "It helps the consumer come up to speed with what's involved in chartering an aircraft. It's about more than just price."

A significant feature of the NBAA Aircraft Charter Consumer Guide is a series of 30 questions for the customer to ask the operator. These questions are intended to help the user identify the aircraft and mission they need, and to also help select the best options for their flight. Those questions include: 

  • What type of aircraft does the company operate, and when were those aircraft last inspected? 
  • Who maintains those aircraft? 
  • How many hours of experience does the flightcrew have? 
  • Will the company assist with customs and immigration requirements? 
  • What insurance coverage does the operator carry, and would you be included on it for your chartered flight? 

A handy request for proposal form is also included, to help customers record and compare quotes for charter services.

"The guide is valuable to those who are new to using charter aircraft, but it also offers existing customers the chance to examine their charter operators and ask, 'how are they meeting our expectations?'" Larsen notes. "In an ideal situation, a consumer could use this guide to vet one or more operators ahead of a trip, and have the list of vetted operators available to call when a trip arises."

The NBAA Aircraft Charter Consumer Guide is available free of charge, in print or PDF formats, through the NBAA Publications Store.

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.

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