Executives Fly Their Own Planes to Make Most of Every Minute
By LaTina EmersonMore American executives are flying personal planes. "Sixty percent of all general aviation is business related," says Chris Dancy, media relations director at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). This comprises businesses with their own airplanes, charter operations, and executives who learn to fly and rent or buy a plane. According to Dancy, the main reasons executives fly themselves are to grow their sales territory and go to meetings. Becky Shealy, vice president of business development at Augusta Aviation, a flight school at Daniel Field in Augusta, Ga., says 30 percent of those who keep a plane on site use it for business purposes. The Federal Aviation Administration does not keep track of why an individual obtains a pilot's license; however, Dancy says many of the people who contact AOPA are "fed up with the difficulties of airline travel or they're trying to make better use of their time." He says that flying a one-engine, propeller-driven airplane, as opposed to traveling on a jet airliner, for trips under 500 miles will save time.
October 14, 2008