Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How Do I Find The Plane?

Business Aviation Education from Aargus Air Charter                                                                                  Volume 1, Post 9

The very first time you charter a business plane or jet, everything will be new and exciting! After that, it’ll still be exciting, but you’ll know how everything works. A very common question from first-time passengers is, “how do I find my airplane?”

When we confirm your itinerary, we will give you very specific information. We’ll tell you what general aviation terminal, or FBO, you should drive to. (As mentioned in an earlier post, we’ll even include driving directions and an airport map.)

With your itinerary, you will have the tail number for the aircraft, along with the make and model of the aircraft (e.g., a Lear 35A or a King Air 200). The tail number serves somewhat the same function as a license plate, only it is painted on the tail of the aircraft. The pilots use the tail number to identify the aircraft when talking on the radio with Air Traffic Control.

When you enter the FBO, walk up to the service desk, give your name and the tail number of your aircraft, and ask for the pilots to be paged. Within about a minute, either the Captain or the First Officer will greet you and escort you to the aircraft.

As it turns out, you don’t need to find your aircraft at all! Just announce your arrival and let one of your pilots greet you and take you out to the plane. How elegant!

Call Dan Dunn at Aargus Air Charter with all your questions and to arrange your trips.
(616) 956-7600 or (616) 822-0099.

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