A Look at the Most Popular Private Jets to Rent

Even though most private jets cost millions to buy, you can usually get away with paying a lot less by simply renting them. Compared to the hefty purchase cost, a charter will usually cost “only” a few thousand dollars, and it can give you the experience of a lifetime.

The Cessna Citation variants are some of the top picks when it comes to renting a jet that is secure, reliable and surprisingly roomy. With enough space to house up to 8 people and costing only $6,000 for a standard flight from LA to Las Vegas, the Citation XLS and XLS+ are two of the top planes you can think of renting.

The 4-seat Phenom 100 may not be as spacious as some other planes, but it definitely makes up for it in terms of comfort and luxury. This aircraft has a stunning, BMW-inspired interior, and it also features a private bathroom and sizable luggage space.

Finally, you’ll find the Bombardier Challenger 850 is one of the most popular airplanes for larger groups. Although it can support long flights of more than 6 hours, it is most popular for shorter trips supporting groups of up to 14 passengers. Its impressively comfortable interior and lower cost is one of its strongest advantages over other large private planes.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in the independence and freedom flying allows, consider learning to fly at an elite Denver flight school. Once you have mastered the program, imagine the fun and adventure you will have flying family and friends to incredible memory making destinations.

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What Are The Top Planes for Private Pilots Available on the Market?

More and more people are buying private aircraft. Despite the huge costs and long waiting lists, the freedom, benefits and privacy these planes can offer is well worth the cost for many pilots. If you want to consider the best private airplanes, the following are some of your best options:

  • The Cessna Skycatcher has been a popular training and private airplane since 2009. This beginner-friendly plane is just the thing you need to learn to fly and complete some of your first solo flights with relative ease. Also, at just $150k, it’s the most affordable airplane on our list.
  • The Beechcraft G36 Bonanza has a range of more than 640 nautical miles, and it’s one of the roomier, longer and older airplanes for private pilots that you’ll find on the market. This single engine plane has been around since 1947, and continues to impress with each new upgrade.
  • The Eclipse 550 offers the best balance between price, luxury and dependability when it comes to personal jetting. With a 375-knot cruising speed and a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet, it will get you where you want to go with ease. Also, at only 59 gallons/hour, it’s the most fuel-efficient personal jet out there.
  • If you want the best, and you have the money to get it, the $65 million Gulfstream G650 is the plane for you. This jet is currently the ultimate in personal flight technology, with a range of 7,000 nautical miles and .9 Mach maximum cruising speed. You can use it to fly from LA to Tokyo with fuel to spare.

Unfortunately, for most people, the cost of purchasing a plane is more than they can afford. However, you can get the feel of how it would be to own your own plane by leasing an aircraft. Another idea would be to charter a plane in Denver for a short weekend trip. Find additional details on these options at Independence Aviation.

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What Is the Process of Learning to Fly and How Long Does It Take?

Depending on the type of certificate you aim for, the process of learning how to fly can vary in length and difficulty. Although some beginning pilots might need almost a year before they can earn their license, in some cases, based on performance and the frequency of your flights, you can get through the entire training process in just a few weeks.

Before getting to fly advanced private jets, you’ll normally need to cover basic flight on small aircraft designed for beginners. The minimum of hours required for training is 20 hours, if you choose the most basic, Sport Pilot Certificate. If you’re interested in the Recreational or Private Pilot Certificate, the total amount of time you have to train will be about 30 hours.

Based on how spread out your flight hours are, you might need additional training sessions to grasp all the concepts and develop the dexterity level necessary for seamless flight control. Some aviation programs will offer instructive flight simulator training as well to enhance cor­rect air­craft tech­niques and procedures. Most pilots will get their certificates in about 30-40 hours of flight.

The problem here is that, if you only fly once per week, you will likely need a few training sessions just to learn and relearn some of the basic principles of flight. As a result, pilots who schedule frequent training sessions will be much more likely to get through the process faster, and schedule their first solo flight in record time.

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The Great American Eclipse

Astronomers are calling it The Great American Eclipse. On August 21, 2017, an eclipse will start and end in Denver at 10:23:17am and 1:14:40pm respectively, with the mid-point being at 11:47:03am and covering 92% of the sun. This will be the first eclipse to span the entire continental United States in 99 years, starting on the Oregon coast, sweeping through the nation at a rapid 3000 miles per hour, and leaving the South Carolina coast an hour and a half later.

Hotels along the path of totality began receiving requests for reservations as long as 15 years ago from people anticipating this event. Roads are forecasted to be jam packed and slow on the day of the eclipse, so if you’re a pilot, you’ll probably be flying there instead. Aviation enthusiasts will be flocking to airports across the path of totality to watch from the wide open views they will most likely offer, with many of the airports hosting fly-ins, camping and/or even festivals.

Things you may need to know:

  1. Never look directly at the sun without special glasses. If you are in the path of totality, it’s ok to look at it without them when the moon has completely covered the sun.
  2. If you have plans to travel for the viewing, try not to do it the day of since many roads may be immobile.
  3. This event may break the internet. Billions of people will be flocking to the internet to view it on social media and other online sources.
  4. If you’re taking pictures, unless you have a special lens, your pictures of the sun may not turn out as well as you hope.

This eclipse even has its own website at greatamericaneclipse.com where you can find facts on the phenomena, a history of eclipses, where the best viewing spots are, and a store for memorabilia.

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Do You Want To Get In the Saddle – Or Back In the Saddle?

Independence Aviation is a flight school that offers flight training, pilot mentoring, pilot services, aircraft management, hangar management and more in a friendly environment. You will find that experienced Cirrus Training instructors love what they do.  Below is a great story we thought we would share with you to inspire the pilot within.

Back In the Saddle

A rusty pilot regains his currency in a whole new world of aviation.

Pilot Jeff Berlin hadn’t flown a Cirrus SR22 for about a year, and before that quick round trip from Los Angeles to San Diego and back he hadn’t flown one for at least two years prior.

TOMATO FLAMES? Are you kidding? I’m sitting with my friend and CFI Paul Sallach in the restaurant at the Inn at Furnace Creek in Death Valley, California, nibbling on a turkey BLT while doing the ground portion of my flight review, what people used to call a biannual flight review. All is well thus far. I know my airspace and cloud clearances. I know what I need to know about sunset, sunrise and the beginning and end of civil twilight. And I’ve got all the buttons, switches and functions of the Cirrus Perspective by Garmin avionics suite dialed in. But TOMATO FLAMES? Seriously?   Keep reading….

If you have an interest in becoming a pilot, whether it is for a career or pleasure, Independence Aviation is here for you.  The instructors are some of the finest and will share their love of flying and experience with you, so you can become a licensed pilot.

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Celebrating Women in Aviation

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Independence Aviation’s celebration of Women’s History Month continues with this story about the new film showcasing the accomplishments of women in the aviation industry.

As the premier pilot school in Colorado, we support the encouragement of girls and women to enter STEM careers and realize their potential. To start your training, call Independence Aviation today.

http://www.newschief.com/news/20170321/indie-atlantic-film-produced-in-lakeland-highlights-women-in-aviationIndie Atlantic film produced in Lakeland highlights women in aviation – News – News Chief – Winter Haven, FL “In modern society, we still have that ingrained — that girls don’t go into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math fields) because they don’t do those things,” said Wiatt, who’s making her directorial debut with the feature-length film “Fly Like a Girl” to dispel that myth.

Women like Mae Jemison, the first black female astronaut to fly into space in 1992; Patty Wagstaff, an aerobatic pilot; and Olivia Lisbon, a recent graduate of Polk State College; and so many more are examples of what women can accomplish. “We need to tell their story: What women were doing in history and what women are doing today,” Wiatt said. “We have to show girls there are people out there doing great things.”

Wiatt said she wants to show a variety of women in various fields, such as women in the military, drone pilots, helicopter pilots and more. “Some people are very interested in supporting this, and those who have higher-level achievements, like the first Thunderbird pilot. But there are also engineers who are part of major corporations, NASA, scientists, sociologists. We want to tell all aspects of this story.”

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2017 Outstanding Aviator Award

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Major Heather Penney will be awarded the 2017 annual Outstanding Aviator Award! The award will be presented by the Wings Club Foundation at their annual meeting, and International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA) during a presentation that will take place on March 29, 2017 at The Yale Club in New York City.

As soon as Congress opened combat aviation to women, Penney applied to the Air National Guard to fly F-16’s, and was the first woman in the 121st Fighter Squadron.

Penney is being recognized for her service to our country when on September 11, 2001,  she was one of two pilots asked to take action and protect the airspace over Washington D.C that morning. Her mission was to take down the hijacked airliner United Flight 93 by any means necessary. However, because of the urgency of the situation, there hadn’t been enough time to actually arm her F-16. It was obvious she had been sent on a suicide mission.

When asked about being ready and willing to fly a kamikaze mission, she stated, “Because there are things in this world that are more important than ourselves.”

Today, Penney works for Lockheed Martin as the Director of Air Force Aviation Training Systems, specializing in capture management, government relations and strategic business development. She has worked with the F-16 and F-22, and is currently working on the F-35 project.

Since it’s commencement in 2010, the annual Outstanding Aviator Award has been presented to exemplary recipients such as the Tuskegee Airmen, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), the Doolittle Raiders, Patty Wagstaff, and Bob Hoover.

Independence Aviation would like to say Congratulations!