Jet Tech Aircraft Management Services
We are Jet Tech.
A streamlined, communicative and organized approach to aircraft management.
If you own or are purchasing an aircraft we can manage it for you; providing a turnkey solution to maintenance, FAA compliance, insurance, logistics and pilots.
We have 30 years experience running aircraft charter and 25 years flying private jets and turboprops.
Safety in aviation adds up to two things:
1) the competency of the pilots and
2) quality of maintenance.
Crew and Training
Our crew training is completed yearly at FlightSafety International. Training must occur at the beginning of employment and yearly after that. It can occur in the aircraft or in Flightsafety International’s full motion simulators.
Usually training in simulators is less expensive than training in the aircraft. A King Air recurrent training class can cost as little as $3000 and a G650 class can cost around $45,000. At Jet Tech we follow Flightsafety International’s moto:
“The best safety device in any aircraft is a well-trained crew.”
We take this to heart and then a couple steps further, exceeding the minimum training standards by miles. Most companies require their crews to practice emergencies once per year.
We practice and drill weekly. Our crews are, and will be, some of the best-trained and most competent private-jet pilots in the world. Training is the key, we take it seriously and we do more of it than probably anyone else. You may ask how such a small company as Jet Tech can boast something like this.
Here’s why. At Jet Tech we know the technology of study and drill. Training in aircraft is extremely expensive so most companies do the minimum required. However, reading doesn’t cost anything nor does practicing critical emergency procedures in a powered-off cockpit or in front of a cockpit poster pinned to the wall.
We make sure our crews are training and studying all the time. This stuff takes continuous discipline and hard work.
How is it that a 23-year-old military pilot can go into combat with just 350 hours total time? A charter pilot must have 1200 hours minimum and an airline pilot 1500 hours minimum. The answer is training. The military trains and drills mercilessly. When they graduate a pilot that pilot knows his stuff cold.
In the civilian world, things aren’t that strict and training is a lot softer. That’s why it’s common for an airline captain not to see the left seat until he’s got well over 3000 hours. It’s not that the military pilot is any smarter. The difference is the amount and quality of training.
At Jet Tech, we try to hire the best and most experienced pilots. But even if they aren’t the best at the beginning, they will be before too long. We love to train and we love to drill. The pilots get sick of it sometimes, but rest assured if there’s ever an emergency situation, our guys are going to be on top of it!
There is no better way to ensure your safety then to have the hardest trained pilots flying for you. You’re sure to notice the difference in our pilots immediately. They are extremely sharp and competent fellows.
We offer reliability and technical expertise you can count on. We don’t skimp on maintenance and we don’t take shortcuts.
Be assured that you’re plane will be maintained strictly to the required standards.
One of the biggest problems in the private aircraft industry is management having to confront an owner with a large maintenance bill. Unlike a major airline or the military, we know your budget is limited. Your management company sure doesn’t want to tell you there’s going to be $100,000 of unscheduled maintenance.
Unfortunately, many companies will just let the maintenance slide if they can. It’s not uncommon for managers to let crews fly with malfunctioning instruments, fuel leaks, electrical problems, broken seats, lights and other stuff all because they are afraid to hand you an expensive maintenance bill. They want to be the ones who save you money, not make you spend it. But it’s a safety problem you don’t want.
At Jet Tech we stay as far ahead of any maintenance issues as possible. If something unexpected comes up we won’t hesitate to tell you about it. We’re not shy.
And, besides, it’s our job. We promise to spend your money to have the plane maintained right!
We will work tirelessly to make the operation seamless for you. We do a lot of surveys to find out exactly what you like.
But after that you won’t be dissatisfied with the service and your friends who fly with you will be wowed for sure.
Additionally, for the icing on the cake, you’ll be happy to receive exacting reports and graphical products every month.
With a glance you’ll know such things as exactly how much your aircraft is costing, how much you’re getting from charter and what the current market value of your jet is.
We call this “management by statistics.” Our whole company is run this way.
Your Jet Is Your Asset
We will treat your aircraft the way it needs to be treated because we know it’s your prized possession.
Many aircraft management companies take care of dozens of aircraft and your “baby” is easily lost in the back of a hangar (where the pigeons roost) or forgotten on the ramp.
If there’s a storm coming does anyone care to get it in a hangar? Did the window shades get put in on that 100 degree day? How about winterizing the plane? Did the crew care enough to spend half an hour after the flight to remove all the freezables from the aircraft?
These little details don’t get a lot of attention when pilots and maintenance are assigned to a general fleet.
Only when 1 person is assigned to 1 aircraft will it get the attention it deserves. At Jet Tech each pilot is assigned an aircraft that’s his baby. He’ll make sure it gets the TLC it deserves…or else.
Should you buy your own jet or charter?
Typically, if you fly private jets over 220 hours per year, it will begin to make more sense to own your own plane.
Owning your own aircraft entails paying for:
6. Airport fees
7. Engine reserves
8. FAA conformities and
9. Management fees.
Owning an aircraft can be quite complex.
An aircraft management company handles all the details for you so that you only need to pick up the phone and tell them when and where you want to go.
The fees a management company charge for this service vary but tend to be around $3000 per month for a simple, local operation with a small aircraft such as a King Air, and up to $15,000 for a more complex, international operation in something like a Gulfstream.
These fees barely cover a management company’s costs. More, profitable revenue usually comes from the company’s ability to charter the plane. So, expect to pay a higher management fee if you decide not to charter.
Your aircraft is an asset and you can make some money with it if you decide to charter it. You won’t make a profit on this but you will offset your costs significantly. Consider that you’re paying full time salaries for crew-members anyway and their cost won’t go up much if you work them a little harder.
Also, maintenance for aircraft is normally set up for 400 flight hours per year. If your aircraft flies less than this you will still have the same maintenance teardown inspections whether your plane flies that number of hours or not.
Very few aircraft owners fly their planes 400 hours per year so it becomes cost effective to lease the plane to a charter company and bring the hours up to, or higher than 400 per year.
At Jet Tech we bring a combined 45 years of owning, managing, maintaining and flying private jets and props.
Wondering Which Aircraft to Buy?
Jet Tech offers free consultations to help you decide which airplane is right for you.
Call us today and pick our brains. One phone call could save you hundreds of thousands of dollars!
Below is the range of private aircraft, their capabilities and how much they typically cost to operate.
This chart does not include the purchase price.
Range (statute miles)
|Yearly Fixed Costs1||Hourly Variable Costs2|
|Turboprops||1200||310||8 + luggage||$150,000||$850|
|Very Light Jets||950||425||4 or 2 + luggage||$175,000||$1,200|
|Light Jets||2,000||500||6 or 4 + luggage||$250,000||$2,000|
|Medium Jets||2,800||505||8 + luggage||$400,000||$3,000|
|Heavy Jets||5,000||500-550||13 + luggage||$600,000||$4,000|
1 Yearly fixed costs include hangar, insurance, crew and management costs.
2 Hourly variable costs include fuel, engine reserves, maintenance and fees.
Buying New vs Old
(This is a brand new Honda Jet, type-certificated just last year)
Newer aircraft (less than 10 years old) have the advantage of getting the latest safety technologies.
For example the new Gulfstreams and Global Expresses have a feature incorporated in the autopilot that will cause it to descend and level off at a safe altitude if the plane loses pressurization and the pilots don’t get their oxygen masks on before passing out.
This is not the case in older planes.
The most reliable aircraft will probably be a factory-new one. If nothing else, it will at least have a predictable price seeing as it’s under warranty. And let’s not forget about that new plane smell!
However, if you’re looking to buy a capable jet at 1/5th the price then a 15- or 20-year-old plane might be right for you.
Planes aren’t cars. A plane is maintained on a preventative maintenance schedule whereas with a car you drive till it breaks down. Every moving part in a jet has a limited life span before it must be inspected and/or overhauled. So an old plane will be just as airworthy as a new plane.
A brand new plane will usually have a maintenance warranty for the first 2 years. A used aircraft with no warranty will have an average maintenance cost per hour. This is a fairly solid number and is known well ahead of time. However, an older plane will cost more to keep up than a newer one. Other than the maintenance bill, you won’t see much difference in your aircraft’s operation or reliability.
When shopping for a particular type of plane (for example a King Air 250), look for the cream of the crop, not the bargain.
The bargain will be a maintenance hog and after a year of sinking money into it you’ll probably end up completely disgusted.
It’s better to downgrade your plane than to buy that super bargain. In this case we’d recommend downgrading to something like a nice King Air B200.
(We chartered this 1970 King Air 100 for 13 years before retiring it.
It served us well but it had a lot of extra maintenance requirements.)
Super bargains can be had with planes older than 25 years. But beware of a mountain of maintenance that initially and/or continuously may be required.
Please take advantage of our free consultation service for prospective aircraft buyers!
At Jet Tech we love to play the airplane game.
We’re experienced at it.
We’re good at it.
And we want to help you get the most out of your awesome machine.