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Latitude 33 Aviation Delivers Two Aircraft in One Week
Latitude 33 Aviation delivers two aircraft phenom 300 and citation xls exterior

TWO DELIVERIES. ONE WEEK.

Welcome aboard the two latest aircraft to join our charter fleet – Cessna Citation XLS+ and Embraer Phenom 300

We are excited to announce the addition of two aircraft that were delivered in the same week. Anyone who is casually watching the private aircraft industry or fully engaged in the process of buying and selling private aircraft understands the vast amount of time and energy it takes to deliver an aircraft to a new owner, yet alone to two at the same time. Latitude 33 Aviation’s finely tuned global aircraft sales and acquisition team handles every aspect of the jet acquisition process, starting with a detailed market analysis and ending with aircraft home-base delivery.

The two aircraft to join our fleet are a 2017 Cessna Citation XLS+ and a 2013 Embraer Phenom 300. Both aircraft are based out of Latitude 33 Aviation’s headquarters at McClellan-Palomar Airport (KCRQ) in Carlsbad, CA and are currently available for charter.

The 2017 Cessna Citation XLS+ has a maximum range of 2,100 nautical miles and features seating for 8 passengers. With extra wide, full reclining leather seats, the cabin can transform from a workspace to a comfort lounge. The spacious interior allows for plenty of room for you and your passengers to move around the cabin with ease. This aircraft is Latitude 33 Aviation’s only midsize jet to be available for charter out of McClellan-Palomar Airport (KCRQ).

The addition of the 2013 Phenom 300 makes this the fourth Phenom 300 currently under Latitude 33 Aviation’s management and the third based out of McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, CA. The Embraer Phenom 300 has a range of 2,010 nautical miles and features seating for up to 8 people. The fit and finish of this aircraft is top notch with neutral cool tones and features forward divan seating.

Latitude 33 Aviation delivers two aircraft phenom 300 and citation xls exterior

FROM INQUIRY TO FINAL SIGNATURE

At Latitude 33 Aviation, we look at aircraft transactions from an operator’s point of view. We understand that value goes well beyond price and our experts know which details matter. The purchase of an aircraft is a complex process with many pitfalls. Our team achieves better financial results through superior valuations and in-depth oversight of the process. Latitude 33 provides the guidance and expertise to make aircraft acquisitions an enjoyable experience. No matter what stage of private aircraft ownership you’re in, our unsurpassed experience and knowledge of the marketplace make us the one true source for your private jet needs.

How to Reduce Your Jet Ownership Costs

How to Reduce Your Jet Ownership Costs

Whether you are traveling for business or personal leisure, owning a private jet can be one of the best investments you can make when you love to travel in luxury. If you’re unsure if owning a jet is right for you or if you’re looking to lower the overall expenses of your jet, there are several ways you can lessen your ownership costs and even make a profit. For example, many jet owners charter their jet when they are not using it or turn to an aircraft management service.

If you’re interested in reducing your jet ownership costs, here is a look at the differences between fixed and variable costs and some ways you can reduce those expenses.

Fixed vs. Variable Costs of Jet Ownership

You can divide jet ownership costs between variable costs and fixed costs. Variable costs are defined as expenses that are subject to change, while fixed costs stay the same over a specific period. By knowing the differences between these types of costs, you can better plan for the future and manage your overall expenses.

What Are the Fixed Costs of Owning a Private Jet?

What Are the Fixed Costs of Owning a Private Jet?

When you own a jet, you’ll have a few costs you know will stay the same over time. These costs can vary based on the jet’s size and type, but once you’ve agreed to the terms, these costs won’t be subject to change. Some of the fixed costs of owning a private jet include:

  • Capitalization costs: Your capitalization costs relate to the amount of money you have to pay to purchase or lease the aircraft, including the interest related to it.
  • Insurance costs: If you own a jet, you also have to purchase insurance to legally fly it. Your insurance expenses, such as liability and hull coverage, will come at a fixed rate.
  • Hangar: When you’re not using your jet, you’ll store it in a hangar. This hangar space will come at a fixed fee per month.
  • Management fee: Many private jet owners will hire a management team to handle various administrative services, such as accounting, record keeping, aircraft scheduling, maintenance coordination, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) compliance monitoring, among other tasks. These services will come with a set fee from the management company.
  • Flight crew: Your jet needs a crew to fly it, and you’ll have fixed costs related to hiring a company to screen and interview flight crew candidates. A hiring or management company will also conduct a background check on candidates before presenting them to you. Along with paying for the screening and hiring process, you’ll also have fixed expenses that account for a crew’s salaries, benefits, uniforms, drug testing, and communications.
  • Flight crew training: You may also have expenses from continuously training crew members. These training costs are fixed, as training is conducted annually. Flight crew training ensures your pilots are as well-trained as possible and updated on the latest aviation information.

What Are the Variable Costs of Owning a Private Jet?

In addition to the fixed costs of owning a private jet, there are also several variable expenses. These include:

  • Parts and maintenance: Since you can’t account for every repair or replacement part your private jet will need, any expenses incurred from maintenance or parts fall under variable expenses. You can usually hire an aircraft management company to facilitate repairs and replacement costs.
  • Fuel: The costs to fuel a private jet are some of the main variable expenses you’ll have to pay whenever you travel. The price per gallon can change based on market fluctuations and by the location where you’re buying fuel, with some jet owners choosing to negotiate an airport’s fuel price in advance to better plan for their coming trip’s expenses.
  • Crew meals, travel, and hotels: Whenever you fly, you’ll need to cover the changing costs of your crew’s travel expenses, such as their lodging and meals.
  • Landing and parking: Whenever your aircraft arrives at its destination, you’ll likely have to pay a parking and landing fee that varies based on the airport. Since airports can charge different fees, it’s a good idea to check the costs of landing fees in various airports before deciding on your route.
  • Oil and other operating materials: Your aircraft may need materials like oil, nitrogen, aviator’s oxygen, methanol, and TKS fluid for maintenance and proper operation. Since you can’t always predict when you’ll need these items, they’re considered to be variable costs.
  • Cleaning and upkeep: You can schedule regular cleanings, but your costs can vary at times due to the location of the cleaning service or the need for more in-depth cleanings. Depending on how often you use the aircraft, you may have to pay for more cleaning services to ensure your aircraft is sanitized and always looks its best.
  • Catering: Whenever you order catering for your flight, you’ll pay for the costs of it, with the expense varying based on the cater’s pricing and the type of options they provide.

Using Charter Revenue to Reduce Aircraft Ownership Costs

Using Charter Revenue to Reduce Aircraft Ownership Costs

With all of the fixed and variable costs related to jet ownership, you may want to reduce your ownership expenses. Many jet owners offset their annual operating costs through charter revenue. When you allow others to charter your jet, they’ll essentially rent your jet for a particular period and pay you whatever price you set. By chartering your jet, you can reduce your fixed costs significantly, such as your capitalization expenses, and even make a profit over time.

To charter your jet to other private flyers, you’ll need to define your scope of operation under the FAA’s 135 Air Carrier certificate. Applying for this certificate and having it approved will allow you to charter your jet to other flyers.

Below are some of the primary factors that influence the amount of revenue you can gain if you decide to use your jet for charter flights:

  • Age of aircraft: Newer aircraft tend to be more in demand than older aircraft. Due to the higher market demand for newer aircraft, a more recent model can often attract more flyers and increase your revenue as a result. Additionally, newer aircraft typically don’t have as many maintenance needs, resulting in lower variable costs for your jet.
  • Fixed and operation costs: Different aircraft come with different fixed and operational costs. These expenses can vary based on your jet’s make and model, with some aircraft featuring higher margins between their direct operating costs and the charter rate. Selecting an aircraft with fewer expenses related to private jet operating costs, such as fuel burn, maintenance, and engine expenses, can help you raise the profit you make per chartered flight.
  • Human capital: When you charter your flights, you can offset the costs of hiring pilots and crews for your personal flights. Instead of hiring individual crews per flight, you can end up hiring a two-person pilot team for around 350 hours a year. If you don’t plan to fly 350 hours on your own, chartering can help you reduce your human capital costs per flight by ensuring you get full use out of your crew and avoiding hiring new crews every flight.
  • Engine reserves: Typically, engine companies attribute engine reserves to hourly expenses, with many engine companies requiring jet owners to pay for a minimum annual dollar threshold. Even if you don’t fly enough to meet this annual dollar threshold, you’ll still have to pay for it. If you charter your jet, you can more easily meet this minimum and reduce your annual fixed costs as a result.

Should You Select an Aircraft Management Service When Chartering Your Aircraft?

Private jet owners can hire an aircraft management service to handle the chartering of their aircraft. When you hire an aircraft management service, you add your jet to a licensed charter fleet. Since an aircraft manager knows how to optimize your chartering services, you can raise your private jet chartering profits.

An aircraft management service partner will also often have the expertise and industry connections required to help you save on parts, maintenance, fuel, fleet insurance, and hangars. They’ll manage your flight crews and ensure they’re trained appropriately as well.

Aircraft management services can also manage the charter revenue process, reaching out to potential flyers and adding charters that work for your schedule. A great aircraft management partner will have accounting services available that track how much your charter revenue is offsetting your annual costs, too.

Overall, an aircraft management service can reduce costs, increase revenue, and take much of the responsibility of managing your aircraft off your hands.

Other Options to Save on Jet Ownership

Other Options to Save on Jet Ownership

In addition to using chartering revenue and an aircraft management service to lower your cost of jet ownership, you can also find a few other ways to reduce your overall expenses:

  • Co-ownership: One way to lower your costs is to co-own your jet with at least one other person. By co-owning your jet, you save at least half of your money on fixed costs and the initial purchase price. Keep in mind that you’ll have to iron out terms with any of the other co-owners under this model.
  • Fractional ownership: Through a fractional ownership program, a buyer can purchase shares in a jet. The size of the share you buy translates to the number of hours you can use the jet, helping you get the private jet experience without paying the full costs of ownership. Fractional ownership can be great for buyers who know they’ll only use a jet somewhere between 500 and 400 hours each year.
  • Cooperative ownership: Similiar to fractional ownership, a cooperative ownership agreement involves a cooperative owner buying a jet and then selling shares of the aircraft to one or more other flyers. Instead of having a fractional ownership program handle the management of the aircraft, the cooperative owner will be responsible for it. If you’re a cooperative owner, you can make money on your jet by charging members for shares, and you receive more control over the terms of the jet’s use compared to a co-ownership or fractional ownership model.
  • Leaseback agreements: In a leaseback agreement, you allow another organization to lease your aircraft from you. Leasing a private jet to others is often a good choice if you don’t fly your aircraft a lot and want to save money on your operating costs. If you choose this route, make sure the organization leasing your jet has terms that work for you.
  • Pick an affordable fixed-based operator (FBO): When you own a jet, choosing the right FBO can help you save costs as well. Since an FBO can handle your fueling, maintenance, parking, tie-down, and storage costs, finding the right FBO can help you keep expenses down. Some FBOs offer significant discounts if you sign up to use many of their services.

Should You Own or Charter a Private Jet?

If you’re deciding between owning a private jet or chartering it, the biggest consideration you’ll want to take into account is how often you plan to fly. If you’re not flying more than 200 hours, the costs of owning, operating, and maintaining a private may be too great to justify owning a jet outright. If you only plan to fly occasionally, a private jet charter can be a more financially savvy option, as you get all the luxury of private flying without the costs of owning the aircraft.

However, even if you plan to only fly occasionally, purchasing a private jet can still be a good choice. With all of the options you have to split costs and make revenue off a private jet, it can be an excellent investment opportunity. By chartering the flight to others, you can reduce your overall costs of owning the jet and potentially make a profit.

You might also want to consider the entry costs of purchasing a jet. A newer and more capable jet can come with higher costs that may not make sense for your needs. If you don’t want to pay for entry costs, then chartering a private jet is a great choice.

Buy a Private Jet or Book a Charter Flight With Latitude 33 Aviation Today

Buy a Private Jet or Book a Charter Flight With Latitude 33 Aviation Today

At Latitude 33 Aviation, we’re dedicated to helping our clients find the right private flying experience for their needs. We regularly charter flights for our clients, delivering a stress-free, luxurious flying experience.

We also have jet acquisition and jet brokerage services if you’re interested in purchasing an aircraft. If you already own a private jet, our aircraft management services can assist you with various administrative services and help you offset costs via charter revenue.

Take a moment to review our jet acquisition services today. If you’re interested in chartering a flight or have any questions, you can request a quote or contact us directly.

Latitude 33 Aviation Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary
Latitude 33 Aviation Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary with Owners sitting inside aircraft

The start of 2021 marked Latitude 33 Aviation’s 15-year anniversary.

With tremendous thanks to clients, aircraft owners, partners, and employees, Latitude 33 Aviation was able to reach this milestone and continue the trend of exponential growth year over year since its start in 2006.

As it currently stands, Latitude 33 Aviation has 38 aircraft under management, 20 of those are on Latitude 33’s charter certificate with more aircraft joining our fleet within the next few months.

Latitude 33 Aviation Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary with private event

THE FIRST TEN YEARS

Look back on the first ten years of Latitude 33 Aviation and how two owner-pilots with an intense passion for aviation came together to create a successful, industry-recognized private jet charter, management, and sales company that has grown to manage a wide fleet of aircraft across the nation.

See the accomplishments that were achieved during the first ten years and how Latitude 33 Aviation celebrated its success in 2017.

OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS

Over the past five years, Latitude 33 Aviation has continued to exceed expectations and meet company goals despite the many challenges the aviation industry faced with the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some accomplishments over the past five years:

  • Operated over 50,000 flight hours
  • Completed aircraft sale and acquisition transactions approaching $400 million
  • Evolved fleet composition with the needs of clients to include 34 aircraft additions – 16 of those in the midsize, super-midsize, and heavy jet categories
  • Diversified fleet with additions of new aircraft types including Global 5000, Pilatus PC-24, Praetor 600, and Legacy 500
  • Hired 26 new employees and expanded operations to 4 new U.S. cities
  • Retained the highly coveted ARGUS Platinum safety rating by successfully completing two biennial onsite audits
  • Voted San Diego’s Best Air Charter for 2018, 2019, and 2021 by Ranch & Coast Magazine’s Readers’ Poll
  • Added several new regions of operation to include Hawaii, Central America, South America, Bermuda, and the Caribbean Sea
  • Accepted the first Bombardier customer aircraft fueled with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)
  • Received the Los Angeles Friendly Flyer Award for the 6th consecutive year in a row

A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT

When asked what he was most proud of over the past five years, Casey Miller, President & Owner of Latitude 33 Aviation, said, “The discipline we have as a company. We’ve been fortunate to experience significant growth over the last five years, but we have managed to keep our service at a high level. We’ve passed on several aircraft management opportunities that would have been profitable for the company but were not in line with our long-term strategy of continuing to provide a high touch service from the top down. As with every other industry, COVID had a major impact on our business. The business basically went to zero at the start of COVID, then immediately increasing to record levels. I’m incredibly proud of the way we have balanced the added business and workload, while not losing site of our core values.”

Latitude 33 Aviation Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary with Owner standing in front of aircraft

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

“Our pilots were very professional, helpful, and friendly. They worked hard to ensure we were comfortable for the entire flight!”

– Charter client, San Diego

“Thanks again for your superior service. All the way around, Latitude 33 is the best I have seen in the private jet charter business. I’ve been around charter now for 25 years. Kudos to the whole team.”

– Charter client, Los Angeles

“Efficient, knowledgeable and professional. I trust the experts at Latitude 33 with all my aircraft management and aviation needs.”

– Private jet owner, San Diego

Latitude 33 Aviation Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary with aircraft lined up on ramp

THANK YOU FROM LATITUDE 33 AVIATION

Latitude 33 Aviation, a private jet management, charter, and sales and acquisitions company, based at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, CA is an industry-recognized expert in delivering professional, full-service management programs while maintaining a safety, security, and customer service record that its clients can count on. Founded and run by current, professional pilots, Latitude 33’s leadership has the unique perspective of the private jet industry’s pulse from the front lines, not from behind a desk.

We manage one of the newest and largest fleets of light, midsize, super-midsize, and heavy jets in the United States. Our team of professionals specialize in creating private charter flights that make luxury travel your new standard, and they likewise assist with aircraft acquisitionmanagement, and brokerage services in order to make aircraft ownership a smooth and stress-free process.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past 15 years. We look forward to future flights!

Meet the Latest Super-Mid Addition – 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+
Latitude 33 Aviation Charter Fleet Addition 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+ Exterior

WELCOME ABOARD THE LATEST SUPER-MID ADDITION

Latitude 33 Aviation is proud to announce the addition of a 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+ to its charter fleet. This jet offers increased capacity in the super-midsize aircraft category and provides even more availability for true transcontinental flights while still being excellent on short-range performance. The powerful, range-enhancing winglets on the Sovereign+, combined with the powerful engines, allow the aircraft to whisk charter clients off to even more locations like The Bahamas, New York City, and Miami from its home base in Carlsbad, California. This state-of-the-art super-midsized aircraft will join Latitude 33 Aviation’s fleet of managed and chartered aircraft, bringing the total fleet size to over 30 aircraft, nine of them falling under the super-midsize category.

Latitude 33 Aviation Charter Fleet Addition 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+ Interior

ABOUT THE CESSNA CITATION SOVEREIGN+

The Citation Sovereign+ was designed with a maximum range of 3,200 nautical miles. At high-speed cruise, the Sovereign+ delivers a premium passenger experience featuring a completely restyled interior with more fluid cabinetry and enhanced LED lighting to brighten up the cabin. Optimizing cabin comfort for passengers and crew alike, the cabin volume for the Citation Sovereign+ is 571 cubic feet with a layout configuration that features comfortable seating for up to nine passengers. The aircraft’s wireless cabin management system equips each passenger with productive connectivity and entertainment through their personal electronic devices. Clarity cabin-management system integrates the cabin electrical system, avionics, and communications through a fiber-optic backbone. All this to ensure passengers will enjoy every nautical mile in luxurious comfort where the journey becomes as enjoyable as the destination.

FLY NONSTOP IN OUR 2015 CESSNA CITATION SOVEREIGN+

Latitude 33 Aviation Charter Fleet Addition 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+ New York

New York City

As a center of fashion, finance, creative expression, music, food, and entertainment, New York City is truly unique. Experience “the City that Never Sleeps” with a trip on our 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+.

Latitude 33 Aviation Charter Fleet Addition 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+ Bahamas

The Bahamas

Fly to the tropical islands of The Bahamas in our 2015 Citation Sovereign+ and explore the most beautiful destination in the Caribbean region. Spend the day on a luxurious beach or try out some fun water actives like snorkeling.

Latitude 33 Aviation Charter Fleet Addition 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+ Miami

Miami

Well-known for its glamorous beaches and beautiful sunny weather, Miami, Florida is the perfect vacation destination year-round. Start your Miami trip with a flight on our 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+

Latitude 33 Aviation Charter Fleet Addition 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign+ Exterior

SUPER-MIDSIZE SOVEREIGN+ MEETS HIGH TRAVEL DEMAND

This aircraft is a welcomed addition, as Latitude 33 Aviation has seen massive growth in the demand to fly privately. This super-midsize aircraft enables Latitude 33 Aviation to supply that demand, fulfill more charter requests, offer more backup options for when travel plans changes, and reach more locations to service clients.

Solomon Short, Owner and Director of Operations at Latitude 33 Aviation, added, “The hourly price point of this aircraft is the perfect addition to the Latitude 33 Aviation fleet as it offers long range capabilities at a rate well below some of its competition. With the private jet travel industry seeing record demand and limited supply, the timely addition of this Sovereign+ allows Latitude 33 Aviation the ability to offer another industry leading solution to our charter customers.” From pre-arrival and in-flight amenities to one-of-a-kind destination experiences, Latitude 33 Aviation curates memorable and customized journeys for passengers. 

It’s a Hot Summer for Private Aircraft Sales

There are many reasons why you or your company may be considering aircraft ownership if you are flying more than you anticipated this year. Summer travel continues to be a hot topic with all the uncertainty as the world opens back up. Major airlines continue to change schedules and drop routes. Commercial flights are fully booked with hundreds of passengers and thousands of touch-points you come in contact with during your entire flight process. Private jet charter welcomed many first-time flyers during 2020. Brokers, operators, and jet cards are introducing more blackout days, fully booked schedules on peak charter days, and higher fees. Increased booking windows and less availability of select aircraft are making an impact on the type of plane and experience you have come to expect. As the demand for travel significantly increased, so have private aircraft sales.

As a private jet owner, you are in control of the schedule, destination, and passengers on board – all without the wasted time waiting in long queues or navigating through crowded major airports.

Your aircraft is available whenever you want it, on your schedule.

BENEFITS OF OWNERSHIP

Tax Benefits

Potential for significant tax savings, including up to 100% bonus depreciation.

Privacy/Safety/Accessibility

Enjoy minimal touch-points, travel with only the passengers you choose, and have control over your aircraft’s schedule and availability.

Cost of Ownership

Managing your asset and planning for the future.

Tax Benefits

 

If your plan is to use your jet primarily for business, there are some potential tax benefits that can help offset the costs of the initial investment. On average, these deductions go above and beyond to help justify the sizable upfront purchase price.

Previously, businesses were able to recover up to 70% of a factory-new jet’s initial cost within three years time, based upon a disparity between the asset’s real-life rate of depreciation and accounting. In addition, a “bonus depreciation” was possible to speed up defined depreciation rates upwards of 50%. However, tax reform passed in late 2017 allows the potential for 100% bonus depreciation for the aircraft in the first year and applies to both new and used aircraft – a key benefit to those who can take advantage of the change. This means that after a business purchases a private jet, it can potentially depreciate the full purchase price of the aircraft immediately. Keep in mind, these potential tax deductions don’t apply to recreational/personal use of the aircraft. It is uncertain how long these tax incentives will remain in place, so many would-be aircraft buyers are choosing to take advantage of these current benefits before they go away.*

Privacy/Safety/Accessibility

Privacy

With the purchase of your own private jet, you can ensure a level of confidentiality and security above all other forms of personal or business travel. Whether it’s required due to your industry or a personal preference, owning your own aircraft places you in control of your personal and private travel requirements. Normally common among high-profile business professionals and celebrities, private jet travel is now becoming more widespread as privacy and personal information concerns are on the rise.

Safety

Private jet travel is extremely safe, but not all companies invest in the same level of standards. You want to work with a company like Latitude 33 Aviation who is among the top five percent of U.S. private jet charter operators to achieve the stringent ARGUS Platinum safety rating. However, safety concerns expand beyond the aircraft. You may have allergies or want to ensure a completely risk-free environment. You may experience sensitivities to perfumes or strong odors or have a compromised immune system. Perhaps you are concerned about your pet’s safety during flights or wary of not having the freedom to bring them along with you when traveling. Private jet ownership offers you the safety and convenience of controlling your surroundings by traveling consistently on your aircraft which is important for those with health concerns.

Accessibility

Accessibility is a huge deciding factor and an added plus for private aircraft owners. Are you having a difficult time securing an aircraft for your private charter flights? Are your charter rates or jet card rates continuing to climb? Are holiday and peak travel period surcharges exceeding your planned budget? Then ownership of a private aircraft is a perfect solution to remove limitations of accessibility for your personal or business life. Whatever your reason, owning a private aircraft will always supply the greatest opportunity for privacy, comfort, and flexibility. These preferences are major factors influencing the decision for many clients to move from chartering to private jet ownership.

Cost of Ownership

 

Attempting to become a jet expert overnight and purchasing an aircraft unassisted alone can be risky. Latitude 33 Aviation will help you select the perfect aircraft for your specific needs and introduce you to the latest aircraft models by industry-leading manufacturers. Whether you are looking for an all-new private jet or pre-owned aircraft for sale, our aviation company based out of Southern California walks you through the selection process to maximize your investment and minimize your risk. In some cases, the cost of ownership could possibly cost less than chartering or being a jet card member depending on your amount of travel.

When purchasing an aircraft, there are five primary categories of planes to choose from. The category is determined by factors like maximum range and passenger-carrying capacity:

Determining which aircraft category is right for you depends on various factors of your travel requirements. Are you traveling for business or pleasure? How many passengers do you normally travel with? How far away are your frequently traveled destinations?

 For example, if you fly shorter local trips between 100-600 miles, a turboprop is a good choice. However, if you travel with a larger party of 11 or more passengers and want to cover longer distances nonstop, then a heavy jet is best-suited for that mission.

If you are thinking about buying a jet to charter out or for personal use, it’s best to include the following in your thought process: average trip length, typical and maximum number of passengers that will be flying, potential savings from chartering, factory-new or pre-owned aircraft, desired acquisition budget, etc.

Finding a private jet to purchase can be a daunting task to pursue alone. It will most likely have you wondering if you’re vetting out all the best aircraft on market or getting a good deal as there are few aircraft valuation tools that are easily accessible. Latitude 33 Aviation makes the entire aircraft purchase process seamless and enjoyable for a buyer. Our dedicated in-house aircraft market intelligence team will build a custom aircraft market report with curated jet options aligned to your specific needs and preferences. Our data is based on a proven mix of real-time market updates, industry trends, market reports, realistic cost of ownership, aircraft history, and comprehensive investigative research. This allows you to make an informed and confident decision on the purchase of a factory direct acquisition or a pre-owned private jet. Information in these reports include the aircraft’s manufacture year, serial number and registration, aircraft location, total number of airframe hours, days on market, condition of paint and interior, pricing expectations, and more. Our experts are upfront about the condition of each aircraft for sale, as we closely analyze maintenance history and inspection reports for a sound purchase. We will also assist with negotiations, inspections, FAA documentation, closing, and delivery of your new aircraft. 

After purchasing an aircraft, there are ongoing costs for managing your private jet. These costs include but are not limited to hangar fees, fuel, landing fees, catering, hull insurance, liability insurance, crew and/or crew training, and average maintenance for parts and labor. When purchasing an aircraft, it is important to understand the total cost of ownership by evaluating not just the acquisition cost but also those for ongoing operations.

PARTNERING WITH AN EXPERT IN PRIVATE AIRCRAFT SALES

Latitude 33 Aviation is a fixed-fleet operator – not a broker, jet card, or app on your phone. We manage one of the newest and largest fleets of light, midsize, super-midsize, and heavy jets in North America. With over 120,000 hours of operational experience, we leverage our expertise to help you acquire the right aircraft that aligns with your mission profile and helps you gain the most out of your private jet asset for your business, family, and lifestyle. Deploying our management services will simplify the ownership experience and reduce your costs with fleet discounts, significant buying power to save on fuel, maintenance, subscriptions, and more. We understand details matter at each phase of the process – cash flows, account reporting, fuel savings, training, maintenance, and a flight crew that allow you to focus on what matters most to you. Let Latitude 33 Aviation help you make the most of your valuable time.

 Ready to purchase an aircraft?

At Latitude 33 Aviation, we are glad to help you through this process. Leverage an industry-recognized group of experts delivering professional, full-service private aircraft sales and acquisition services. Latitude 33 will handle every aspect of the private jet acquisition process for you including market analysis, aircraft selection, contract negotiations, legal and tax referrals, facility selection, on-site pre-buy representation, and jet pilot mentoring. We will gladly answer any questions and help you through the acquisition process. There has never been a better time to start the buying process than right now.

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Things to Do on the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July calls for friends, family, barbeques, and of course, fireworks. As we start to transition back to normal life after spending more than a year indoors, people are becoming more eager to celebrate holidays the way they did pre-pandemic. This Independence Day marks the beginning of summer celebrations with friends and family. 

Whether you plan on celebrating locally or taking a trip to California, we put together a complete guide to make your Fourth of July celebration memorable. From exclusive cruises to spectacular fireworks shows, California has numerous events and activities to enjoy on the Fourth of July. Looking for other special destinations this Fourth of July? Contact our charter department and they will gladly arrange any accommodations you may need.

SAN DIEGO

With five-star hotels and amazing beaches, San Diego is a great destination to spend the Fourth of July. Hosting various events, there is something to do on the Fourth of July for everyone. Here is a roundup of the best places to enjoy fireworks and celebrate the Fourth of July in San Diego:

  • SeaWorld San Diego – Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular – Starting at 9:30pm, SeaWorld San Diego will put on a special fireworks show for the Fourth of July. View for free from Mission Bay Park, or spend the day at the park and end the night with a fantastic fireworks display. 
  • LEGOLAND California – Red, White & BOOM! – The only fireworks display that magically transforms into bursts of LEGO bricks. View for free from some of the local businesses or spend the day at the amusement park with the family.
  • San Diego’s Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show – View one of the largest fireworks displays in California from a location of your choice. The show starts at 9pm, so sail your private boat out on the bay during the firework show for an exclusive and up close experience. Enjoy the show displayed from four barges on San Diego Bay. 
  • San Diego County Fair Fourth of July Celebration – Located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the best view of the fireworks display will be from the West Avenue and West Gate area. Keep in mind that viewing is limited because the fair is open by reservation only and there will be no seating at the Grandstand area.
  • La Jolla Fireworks – A local favorite – the annual fireworks show in La Jolla has been a beloved attraction for over 25 years. The best view is from Ellen Browning Scripps Park overlooking the La Jolla Cove. Arrive early to claim your parking spot or spend the day at the beach or nearby parks to ensure you get the closest view. 

SAN FRANCISCO

Charter a private jet to San Francisco and enjoy one of the largest fireworks displays in the country with unmatched views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Two sets of synchronized firework displays ensures you get the best view no matter your location. Get even closer to the action with a cruise on the bay. There are numerous cruise options to choose from that depart from Fisherman’s Wharf. Enjoy other summertime attractions in SF like an Oakland A’s baseball game or a free concert at Stern Grove Park.

LAKE TAHOE

Escape the city with a vacation to Lake Tahoe for the 4th of July. With sandy beaches, water activities, all-day barbecues, and more, it is no surprise Lake Tahoe is a popular attraction on the Fourth of July. Bring your boat out on the lake and enjoy Lights on the Lake. Lake Tahoe hosts the largest synchronized fireworks display in the western United States. Looking for something romantic to do on the Fourth of July? Several restaurants on the lake have exclusive tables open for reservation with special arrangements to view and dine during the show.

LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles has endless fun for your Fourth of July weekend. Attend a concert at the Hollywood Bowl for a summer concert series or enjoy some great views while watching a rooftop movie. Marina del Rey’s 4th of July Fireworks Show starts at 9pm and can be seen from virtually anywhere in Marina del Rey, Venice Pier, Playa Vista, and Dockweiler Beach. Hop on a city cruise, or charter a private yacht to get the ultimate close-up view. One of the biggest fireworks shows in Southern California can be found at the Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium – The 95th Annual AmericaFest. Parking opens at 3pm, doors to the stadium open at 5:30pm, and the festivities start at 7pm. 

The Fourth of July is one of the busiest travel days of the year. Add extra time to your vacation by chartering a private jet to one of these locations. If you are interested in chartering a private jet for the Fourth of July, please contact our charter department today. For a spontaneous summertime adventure, hop on a one-way flight. View our one-ways page for the most up-to-date list of empty leg flights.

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Factory New 2020 Bombardier Challenger 350 – Available for Charter at CRQ
Latitude 33 Aviation's Bombardier Challenger 350 for Charter in Carlsbad Exterior

Based at Latitude 33 Aviation’s Headquarters at CRQ

Meet the factory new Bombardier Challenger 350 based in sunny San Diego & available for charter

Latitude 33 Aviation's Bombardier Challenger 350 for Charter in Carlsbad Interior
Latitude 33 Aviation's Bombardier Challenger 350 for Charter in Carlsbad Interior

2020 CHALLENGER 350 AVAILABLE FOR CHARTER IN SAN DIEGO

This factory new 2020 Bombardier Challenger 350 is based at Latitude 33 Aviation’s headquarters at McClellan-Palomar Airport (KCRQ) in Carlsbad, California. This aircraft joins Latitude 33 Aviation’s 2009 Challenger 300 based at CRQ, making two super-midsize aircraft available for charter at Latitude 33 Aviation’s headquarters. Located in Southern California, the hub of all travels, this Challenger 350 makes for the perfect aircraft for coast-to-coast flights nonstop. With a maximum range of 3,200 nautical miles, you’re able to fly from Carlsbad, CA to New York, NY nonstop. Request a quote in Latitude 33 Aviation’s 2020 Bombardier Challenger 350 for your upcoming travels.

Latitude 33 Aviation's Bombardier Challenger 350 for Charter in Carlsbad Interior

LATITUDE 33 AVIATION’S PRIVATE CHARTER SERVICES

Latitude 33 Aviation manages one of the newest and largest fleets of light, super-midsize, and heavy jets in the nation. With over a dozen aircraft on their charter fleet, Latitude 33 Aviation is guaranteed to have to right type of aircraft capable of taking you to and from your desired destination. Flying private allows you to travel on your schedule and your terms by avoiding the hassles of flying commercially. The benefits of chartering a private jet with Latitude 33 Aviation are endless. Experience the flexibility, convenience, time savings, and privacy by requesting a charter flight quote in our 2020 Bombardier Challenger 350 based out of Carlsbad, California.

LATITUDE 33 AVIATION’S JET FACTORY ACCEPTANCE PROGRAM

Latitude 33 Aviation’s private jet factory acceptance program has been thoroughly designed and adapted to ensure that our customers receive the most perfect aircraft possible. Latitude 33 Aviation recently factory-accepted two Bombardier Challenger 350s and a 2020 Pilatus PC-12 NGX that are now all available for charter. Our experienced professionals provide transportation, testing, and inspection services that can give you peace of mind when buying a jet. Our three-phase process starts well before the delivery day and continues until well after, representing and protecting our clients every step of the way. The three phases of our factory acceptance program include pre-delivery, delivery day, and post-delivery support. Latitude 33 Aviation guarantees our clients’ standards will be met at the time of the final delivery of their factory-new aircraft. To learn more about Latitude 33 Aviation’s private jet factory acceptance program, visit our jet acceptance page.

This aircraft is no longer available for charter.

For further information about the Challenger 350 visit:

Bombardier’s Website

New Addition to Charter and Managed Fleet – Pilatus PC-12 NGX
Latitude 33 Aviation 2020 Pilatus PC-12

Convenience, Comfort, Flexibility.

Latitude 33 Aviation welcomes a factory-new Pilatus PC-12 NGX to its ever-growing fleet.

Latitude 33 Aviation 2020 Pilatus PC-12 For Charter Interior and Exterior

PILATUS PC-12 NGX FACTORY ACCEPTANCE

Latitude 33 Aviation is proud to announce the latest addition to its managed and charter fleet. This 2020 Pilatus PC-12 NGX is the first turboprop on Latitude 33 Aviation’s charter fleet. Takeoff and land on shorter runways, quick trips from San Diego to Palm Springs, or Los Angeles to Las Vegas, are now possible in the Pilatus PC-12 NGX.

PILATUS PC-12 NGX AVAILABLE FOR CHARTER IN CARLSBAD

Based at Latitude 33 Aviation’s headquarters, McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, California, this factory-new Pilatus PC-12 NGX is now available for charter. The short takeoff field length of only 2,485 feet, allows this turboprop to take you places you’ve never been in a business aircraft. Fly closer to your ultimate destination and save overall travel time on your next private charter flight.

Other than the PC-24, no other business aircraft features a standard cargo door in addition to a main passenger entry door. Designed to allow a fork-lift to load a standard size pallet directly into the cabin, this PC-12 can surely fit your luggage, your golf clubs, and your surfboard. With 330 cubic feet of cabin volume, you’ll have plenty of space for you and your guests. Executive seating, large cabin windows, and a modern BMW Designworks interior elevate your comfort and productivity.

PRICING FROM CARLSBAD:

PHOENIX

$5,000

Day Trip

LAS VEGAS

$5,000

Day Trip

SALT LAKE CITY

$9,500

Day Trip

NAPA

$9,500

Two Nights

LATITUDE 33 AVIATION’S PRIVATE CHARTER SERVICES

Latitude 33 Aviation manages one of the newest and largest fleets of light, super-midsize, and heavy jets in the nation. With nearly 20 aircraft on their charter fleet, Latitude 33 Aviation is guaranteed to have to right type of aircraft capable of taking you to and from your desired destination. Flying private allows you to travel on your schedule and your terms by avoiding the hassles of flying commercially. The benefits of chartering a private jet with Latitude 33 Aviation are endless. With overseas operations across the Pacific Ocean and the recent addition of the 2019 Bombardier Challenger 350, Latitude 33 Aviation makes it easier than ever to charter a flight to Hawaii. Experience the flexibility, convenience, time savings, and privacy by requesting a charter flight quote in our pristine aircraft.

LATITUDE 33 AVIATION’S JET FACTORY ACCEPTANCE PROGRAM

Latitude 33 Aviation’s private jet factory acceptance program has been thoroughly designed and adapted to ensure that our customers receive the most perfect aircraft possible. Latitude 33 Aviation recently factory-accepted two 2018 Cessna Citation Latitudes and a 2018 Bombardier Challenger 350 that are now all available for charter. Our experienced professionals provide transportation, testing, and inspection services that can give you peace of mind when buying a jet. Our three-phase process starts well before the delivery day and continues until well after, representing and protecting our clients every step of the way. The three phases of our factory acceptance program include pre-delivery, delivery day, and post-delivery support. Latitude 33 Aviation guarantees our clients’ standards will be met at the time of the final delivery of their factory-new aircraft. To learn more about Latitude 33 Aviation’s private jet factory acceptance program, visit our jet acceptance page.

This aircraft is no longer available for charter.

For further information about the Pilatus PC-12 NGX visit:

Pilatus’ Website

Two 2019 Challenger 350s – Private Jet Factory Acceptance
Challenger 350 Factory Acceptance

More destinations. New adventures.

Meet the two factory-new Bombardier Challenger 350s on Latitude 33 Aviation’s fleet.

Challenger 350 Factory Acceptance

Latitude 33 Aviation is proud to announce the factory acceptance of two Bombardier Challenger 350s. These two 2019 additions will bring Latitude 33 Aviation’s managed fleet of super-midsize aircraft to a total of six. One of the Challenger 350s will be available for charter and based in Seattle, Washington, while the other Scottsdale-based aircraft will be managed only.

Latitude 33 Aviation factory acceptance two Challenger 350s

CHALLENGER 350 AVAILABLE FOR CHARTER IN SEATTLE

Based at King County International Airport – Boeing Field (BFI) in Seattle, this factory-new Bombardier Challenger 350 is located only five miles south of the downtown area. This aircraft is the first Latitude 33 Aviation charter aircraft based out of Seattle, Washington. The long range of the Challenger 350 allows you to fly coast-to-coast nonstop. Start your trip off at Seattle, Washington and fly directly to Miami, Florida without having to make a single stop along the way.

LATITUDE 33 AVIATION’S PRIVATE CHARTER SERVICES

Latitude 33 Aviation manages one of the newest and largest fleets of light, super-midsize, and heavy jets in the nation. With over a dozen aircraft on their charter fleet, Latitude 33 Aviation is guaranteed to have to right type of aircraft capable of taking you to and from your desired destination. Flying private allows you to travel on your schedule and your terms by avoiding the hassles of flying commercially. The benefits of chartering a private jet with Latitude 33 Aviation are endless. With overseas operations across the Pacific Ocean and the recent addition of the 2019 Bombardier Challenger 350, Latitude 33 Aviation makes it easier than ever to charter a flight to Hawaii. Experience the flexibility, convenience, time savings, and privacy by requesting a charter flight quote in our 2019 Bombardier Challenger 350 based out of Seattle, Washington.

CHALLENGER 350 UNDER MANAGEMENT IN SCOTTSDALE

This factory-accepted Bombardier Challenger 350 will join a Cessna Citation CJ2+ under Latitude 33 Aviation’s management in Scottsdale, Arizona. With a total of over 30 private jets on their managed fleet, Latitude 33 Aviation has extensive expertise when it comes to managing aircraft. We provide a single source for all of the necessary tasks that come with private aircraft ownership. Latitude 33 Aviation works with each client to optimize aircraft safety and efficiency while maximizing the aircraft’s fullest operational potential. Our private jet management program includes numerous benefits like fleet fuel, insurance, and maintenance labor and parts discounts, hangar negotiations, accounting services, aircraft detailing, and many more. With Latitude 33 Aviation’s business jet management services, clients are confident that their aircraft is in good hands. To learn more about Latitude 33 Aviation’s aircraft management services, view our management page.

LATITUDE 33 AVIATION’S JET FACTORY ACCEPTANCE PROGRAM

Latitude 33 Aviation’s private jet factory acceptance program has been thoroughly designed and adapted to ensure that our customers receive the most perfect aircraft possible. Latitude 33 Aviation recently factory-accepted two 2018 Cessna Citation Latitudes and a 2018 Bombardier Challenger 350 that are now all available for charter. Our experienced professionals provide transportation, testing, and inspection services that can give you peace of mind when buying a jet. Our three-phrase process starts well before delivery day and continues until well after, representing and protecting our clients every step of the way. The three phases of our factory acceptance program include pre-delivery, delivery day, and post delivery support. Latitude 33 Aviation guarantees our clients’ standards will be met at the time of the final delivery of their factory-new aircraft. To learn more about Latitude 33 Aviation’s private jet factory acceptance program, visit our jet acceptance page.

For further information about the Challenger 350 visit:

Bombardier’s Website

Overcoming Flying Anxiety

YOUR GUIDE TO OVERCOMING FLYING ANXIETY

Even though flying remains one of the safest forms of travel from a statistical standpoint, fear of flying is one of the most common phobias people have. Whether it’s because of fear of an accident, the claustrophobia associated with being in the airplane cabin, or the loss of control they feel, flying can be a big source of anxiety for travelers. For many people, their flying anxiety can begin days or even weeks before their flight, making them feel nervous and negatively impacting their daily lives.

However, if you have flying anxiety, the experience of flying for work or vacation doesn’t have to be stressful. There are many options for preventing and overcoming that anxiety before and during a flight. We have created the accompanying airplane anxiety guide to provide you with tips that can make your travels more calming and enjoyable. It lists some of the techniques that are most effective at helping nervous fliers cope with their anxiety.

Flying may produce anxiety in people in many ways. Some people are unnerved by the unfamiliar noises they experience during a flight, or the pain they feel due to air pressure changes. Other people don’t like confined spaces and the feeling that they can’t get out, which are only made worse by staying in a pressurized cabin for several hours. Many other people have misconceptions about how safe flying is and spend their flight in fear of an accident. No matter what causes it, anxiety can make flying uncomfortable and agonizing.

Fortunately, there are a number of strategies you can practice to help reduce your anxiety before you board the plane, as well as many steps you can take during a flight that can help you feel more at ease. One proven technique is to spend the weeks before your flight concentrating on your physical fitness, as that can have a major effect on your mental state. Whether you work out more, concentrate on meditation or yoga, or a combination, improving your physical condition can make a big difference in your mood while you fly.

While you’re in the air, you can try to concentrate on puzzles, movies or any other activity that will occupy your mind and help prevent you from focusing on your anxiety. Bringing items in your carry-on bag such as noise-canceling headphones, coloring books, a sleep mask or anything else that can take your mind off the flight is another sound strategy.

Still a little nervous about flying? Consider flying privately. You can cut out possible anxiety triggers such as long lines, delays, not-so-friendly passengers and missing luggage. The friendly, calm experience you enjoy when chartering a jet can help reduce flying anxiety. Latitude 33 Aviation is a premier private jet operator that can assist you with this option. Make yourself at home with your own private flight, enjoy catered meals, watch your favorite movies, and relax without worries. The team at Latitude 33 Aviation would be honored to make your flying experience extraordinary and is happy to accommodate special requests.

It is possible to have a comfortable, relaxing flight — even if you have flight anxiety. By being aware of what causes you to feel stressed during a flight and using some coping strategies before and during the flight, you can enjoy your flight much more and arrive at your destination feeling calm. Review the accompanying aerophobia guide to help you prepare for your next flight without stress or anxiety.

FLYING ANXIETY GUIDE

More than a quarter of Americans report feeling some kind of anxiety related to air travel. This guide goes into detail about some of the common causes of flight-related anxiety and how people can overcome it.

Reasons for Flying Anxiety

  • Turbulence
  • Mechanical noises
  • Pain caused by pressure changes
  • Misinformation about risks of flying
  • Personality factors
  • Recent stressful life events

How to Prepare for a Flight

  • Research the statistics. Knowing how many planes fly every day perfectly safely can help put your mind at ease before you board.
  • Get to know the plane. If possible, spend some time in the cabin of a plane before your trip and acquaint yourself with all the features.
  • Focus on your physical health. Your physical condition can have a significant impact on your mental state, so step up your exercise routine before your flight or start meditating to keep your mind clear and calm.
  • Make yourself comfortable. Download a favorite movie or create a playlist with your favorite music before your flight.
  • Dress for the flight. Loose, comfortable clothing will help you feel more at ease during the flight.
  • Avoid alcohol or caffeine. Certain substances can make your anxiety worse, so make sure you drink some soothing tea before your flight.

Tips to Overcome Anxiety

  • Stay busy during the flight. Keeping your mind and body occupied during the flight can help keep your mind off your anxiety.
  • Download an app. Apps are available to help you manage your anxiety through guided meditation, breathing exercises and other methods.
  • Try to sleep. If you can, try to use the flight as an opportunity to get some shuteye. You will miss most of the flight altogether and eliminate the opportunity to get nervous.
  • Shut out noise. Noise-canceling headphones or earplugs can block many of the sounds that create anxiety in nervous fliers.
  • Choose your seat carefully. Sitting closer to the front of the plane cuts down on the amount of turbulence you may feel during the flight.

Items That Reduce Anxiety

  • Headphones
  • iPod/music
  • Books
  • Movies
  • Video games
  • Aromatherapy oils
  • Sleep mask
  • Crafts