By Jerry Lips
Excluding commercial and military aircraft, there are nearly 25,000 jet aircraft flying around this country with our nation’s top business leaders on board—averaging eight trips per month with 2.8 executives riding in the back of the aircraft on each trip. Piston aircraft used primarily by entrepreneurs and small business owners represent another important segment of the business aviation portion of GA. Just as fractional jet ownership has added incremental business, making the whole business aviation pie bigger, the new category of light and very light jets is expected to make a significant impact on business aviation. Like the Internet in the ’90s, there’s only speculation as to what the impact will be as these aircraft are delivered, but for certain they will continue to push the speed and efficiencies of doing business.
Our Business Aircraft and Jet Previews give us at Airport Journals the opportunity to see firsthand what aircraft are selling and who are buying, and it’s important that we continue to involve all the airport citizenry with our shows, as well as inviting the area’s business owners, leaders and all individuals who fit the demographic profiles. Some buyers at each of our shows are new to aircraft ownership, fractional ownership, charter use, or other general aviation services. Much like the piston market of the ’70s, new people are entering the market. These new aircraft are becoming increasingly necessary for small and medium size businesses to stay competitive, because of the ability to fly direct to smaller airports close to their business meetings, the growing concern with security and wasted time, and the way the Internet has accelerated business.
Airport Journals is dedicated to serving this important growing market and will be offering a special complimentary subscription of our National edition during the next six months. If you have a list of potential customers you would like to have receive a complimentary six-month subscription, along with a letter advising them that the subscription is compliments of your business, send your request to Justin.Lips@Airportjournals.com. This promotion is limited to the first 5,000 requests with a maximum of 100 per list.