January 29, 2008
By Paul Richfield
About 100 people interested in using the new breed of very light jets for on-demand charter service met in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last week for the first formal gathering of the International Air Taxi Association.
Attendees were treated to individual presentations and panel discussions covering various aspects of this emerging market niche, from potential business models and operational details to insurance considerations and FAA Part 135 certification strategies. Speakers included Bruce Holmes of DayJet, a VLJ air taxi startup, who sees the VLJ/air taxi movement as nothing short of an Internet-style revolution requiring an entirely new way of thinking. “We have to create a new value network, and create a story that shapes our view of ourselves as an industry,” he said.
Donald Kenny of Falcon Insurance answered a question in the minds of many attendees. They were wondering if the insurance market is ready for the anticipated influx of hundreds of light jets over the next several years. “The insurance industry supports you, and VLJs can be easily assimilated into the existing insurance market,” he said. “Still, this market can turn on a dime.”
January 29, 2008
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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