Have to fly the airlines to get to your work destination? Or perhaps to a vacation spot? Well, prepare yourself for a system that has steadily become one of the worst experiences imaginable.
But there is an option. General Aviation. Smaller planes that you can fly yourself or hire as a charter. This isn’t just for the corporate elite or the rich and famous. Ironically, the changes in the airline industry are making General Aviation more and more an attractive option.
“GA Serving America” describes some advantages of using GA aircraft compared to the airlines. With the changes in the economy and the airline system, we can update this. Here are my top 10 reasons for skipping the airlines and flying by general aviation.
10. You are responsible for your flight (or work with a motivated charter crew). You have control over the flight, even if just working with a polite, responsive charter crew. No pilots cancelling flights because they are “too upset to fly”. No surly airline flight and cabin crew. You have to feel for them, though. They are suffering through reduced salaries and benefits, loss of job security, and overloaded flights full of delayed, abused, and frustrated passengers.
9. Best seats on the plane. Usually every seat is a window seat and as the pilot, you have the very best seat on the house, with a grand view of the entire flight. Fly a charter and you not be subjected to a middle seat. As part of the growing ala-carte (lack of) service program, airlines are going to charge you a premium for aisle and window seats; up to $15 (so far…) over your base ticket price! And cell phones on flights may be in the future if the airlines can find a way to charge to use them! Avoid this nonsense by flying yourself.