Charter Pricing to Santa Barbara

If our story on Santa Barbara inspired you, grab the gals, or, some couples, and take off.

From Houston or Dallas and back, here are some sample costs:

 
  • Midsize Jet/up to 8 passengers/medium luggage $29,000
  • Large Jet/up to 9 passengers/heavy luggage $43,000
  • Heavy Jet/up to 12 passengers/heavy luggage $58,000

The pricing shown is simply a primer and do not include taxes. They are very real numbers, however, there are many factors that affect pricing, namely, actual passenger count, amount and size of luggage and the number of days at the destination. Final pricing will include taxes and any extra fees that may apply, for example, special landing or hanger fees, extra flight time due to air traffic or weather delays, de-icing, catering or special requests.

We’re Texas-based, so it’s easy to give sample pricing from Houston or Dallas. If you live in a different city, reach out to us and we can provide pricing from your hometown.

Organ Runs

An ambulance with a surgical team shows up and you load them on the plane. Could be 5am or 5pm, 2pm or 2am. Along with their medical gear and scalpel cases, it looks like they stopped at a sporting goods store and picked up an Igloo cooler - either empty or with ice (or fluids, we never looked inside). You land in New York or Miami, San Angelo or El Paso and another ambulance whisks them away. You prayed they were harvesting a heart because that's the first organ that comes out and the first team to fly home - less wait time (2-4 hours) in sometimes-god-awful places. Lungs next, then liver, kidneys, pancreas (you can wait 6-7 hours for these). You can get a idea of your wait by listening to the team talk about when they are going to "cross-clamp" - brutally speaking - this is the time they shut the living body down. You have to hustle, especially with the heart, because there's only so much time an organ can stay out of a body (they are slowly implementing pump/coolers to keep organs, ummm, fresh longer). You keep your fingers crossed for no weather or mechanical issues that could jeopardize the organ - it happened to me once with a child's heart, though they were able to salvage the valves and arteries. A good call-out was a "box run": A surgical team in another city was going to pull and package the organ and all you had to do is fly empty (in casual clothes) to retrieve it (see liver photo). Sadly, someone has to pass, but 7, or more, others can benefit and live on.

— Editor

A STAR is Born

Gee, can you tell where I flew today? STARS (Standard Terminal Arrival Routes) are created to allow for an orderly traffic flow pattern into busy terminal areas. They also produce efficient descent paths, intended to minimize fuel burns (nice to see that the FAA has this vision).  Waypoint names on STARS often reflect the culture, history or geographic nature of the destination.  And, in an ironic twist, I indeed flew a major star into Vegas on this trip. Sorry, I can't say who. OK, a major music star, she was very sweet and thank'd me for avoiding the "big bumps", that's all I'll say....

— Editor

Charter Pricing to College Football Games

Grab your college buddies and split the cost, or, take the wife and kids and take off.  Make it a quick up and back, or, spend the weekend. Start your tailgating when you board!

 

UT Longhorns – Houston or Dallas to Austin, or, SMU Mustangs - Houston to Dallas

DAY TRIP

  • Small Jet/up to 6 passengers/medium luggage $8,500
  • Midsize Jet/up to 8 passengers/heavy luggage $10,000
  • Heavy Jet/up to 12 passengers/heavy luggage $15,000

OVERNIGHT

  • Small Jet/up to 6 passengers/medium luggage $11,000
  • Midsize Jet/up to 8 passengers/heavy luggage $14,000
  • Heavy Jet/up to 12 passengers/heavy luggage $21,000

Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Houston or Dallas to South Bend

DAY TRIP

  • Small Jet/up to 6 passengers/medium luggage $18,000
  • Midsize Jet/up to 8 passengers/heavy luggage $21,000
  • Heavy Jet/up to 12 passengers/heavy luggage $34,000

OVERNIGHT

  • Small Jet/up to 6 passengers/medium luggage $22,000
  • Midsize Jet/up to 8 passengers/heavy luggage $26,000
  • Heavy Jet/up to 12 passengers/heavy luggage $39,000

The pricing shown is simply a primer and do not include taxes. They are very real numbers, however, there are many factors that affect pricing, namely, actual passenger count, amount and size of luggage and the number of days at the destination. Final pricing will include taxes and any extra fees that may apply, for example, special landing or hanger fees, extra flight time due to air traffic or weather delays, de-icing, catering or special requests.

We’re Texas-based, so it’s easy to give sample pricing from Houston or Dallas. If you live in a different city, reach out to us and we can provide pricing from your hometown.

Charter Pricing to Cabo

If our story on the amazing Hotel San Cristobal inspired you, grab your family, or, some couples, and take off.  

From Houston or Dallas, here are some sample costs:

 
  • Small Jet/up to 6 passengers/medium luggage $22,000
  • Midsize Jet/up to 8 passengers/heavy luggage $28,000
  • Heavy Jet/up to 12 passengers/heavy luggage $34,000

The pricing shown is simply a primer and do not include taxes. They are very real numbers, however, there are many factors that affect pricing, namely, actual passenger count, amount and size of luggage and the number of days at the destination. Final pricing will include taxes and any extra fees that may apply, for example, special landing or hanger fees, extra flight time due to air traffic or weather delays, de-icing, catering or special requests.

We’re Texas-based, so it’s easy to give sample pricing from Houston or Dallas. If you live in a different city, reach out to us and we can provide pricing from your hometown.

The Equal-Opportunity Flight Delayer

By Chris Promecene

On a recent Friday morning my wife and I, along with our editor Jim and his wife, headed to Houston Intercontinental Airport to hop on a United flight to Newark. Our mutual friend had invited us to a dinner party that evening for his 50th birthday and we decided to make a weekend in Manhattan out of it. Since the big boys were doing the flying neither Jim nor I bothered to check ForeFlight before departing. Little did we know our country's president also planned to fly into the New York terminal area that day. Thanks to something pilots know as a TFR, our 10:30AM departure ended up being a 2 PM departure, putting our arrival at the dinner party on the far side of fashionably late.

 The FAA's notice to pilots to stay clear.

The FAA's notice to pilots to stay clear.

A TFR (temporary flight restriction) is a geographically limited restriction to flight for a specific period of time. TFR's are often associated with major sporting events, national disasters or, as was this case, the movement by air of the president or other VIPs.

In short, the good news about TFR's is is that they are usually short-lived. The bad news is they often occur with little notice, effect major metropolitan areas and nobody (almost nobody) escapes them. So, the reality is, under the same circumstances, had we been flying private, the air traffic restriction and concomitant terminal area back up would have still grounded and delayed us. Turns out the bar at terminal C has a great cocktail with rum and pineapple juice called the delayed departure--cheers.

 

Secret Florida Hideaway with Wealth, Rules and Not A Lot of Availability

By Christina Geyer

Under-the-radar heiresses. Hollywood types. International swells. Southern millionaires. One of the few places in the country where the aforementioned mix is Alys Beach, a small town on the white-beached Florida panhandle near the chic Rosemary Beach community.

 Alys Beach

Alys Beach

Here, these top-tier types are neighbors, with private houses built in a mandatory Bermuda style that oozes, in the most subtle way, moneyed beauty. At Alys, a majority of the manses are custom-built with prices starting in the low millions. And while homeowners are allowed to select their own design team — noted architects Robert OrrGary Justiss and Bobby McAlpine have designed homes here — every detail must be approved by Erik Vogt and Marieanne Khoury-Vogt, the husband-wife urban planners and architects who conceptualized the community’s design and layout in 2003.

 Alys Shoppe at Alys Beach

Alys Shoppe at Alys Beach

Inside info for future residents: Your house must include a courtyard with a fountain, similar to those found in Antigua and Guatemala, and the exterior must be finished with a three-coat, hand-troweled stucco and mineral-based paints similar to what was used in some of Europe’s most storied masonry buildings. Among the current residences, scarce few are available for rent, so there’s a sense of privacy and laid-back, beach-town casualness.

There is Charlie’s Donut Truck, where homemade pastries and coffee are served from early morning until they sell out. The neighboring Piper’s Kitchen serves beach fare, from fish tacos to burgers. And for dinner, there is the charming George’s, which offers fine, fresh seafood in a beachy setting, and Caliza, a scene-y poolside spot. Pale blue beach cruisers are the go-to mode of transport — few of the Bentleys and Range Rovers leave their parking spots.

Early morning, the quaint Fonville Press is packed — if not for its zippy lattes then for its expansive patio. The property’s first bar, Neat, recently opened, serving classic libations. Once you open your summerhouse at Alys, there is absolutely no reason to leave.

This story first appeared on PaperCityMag.com. For more from contributor, ChristinaGeyer, click here.

 
Fly into Northwest Florida Beaches International (KECP), for stays in Alys or  Rosemary Beach and environs. For stays in Seaside and points west, Destin Executive (KDTS) works. There are always a lot of planes in the area of DTS, and Eglin approach control does a great job separating most traffic. Be ready for your pilot to have to make some awkward course alterations on the approach to accommodate traffic flow and planes that appear out of no where, it happens, don't be scared.

California Flying

 Front window seat in San Diego

Front window seat in San Diego

I like to say that I'm half Californian since my grandmother and uncle lived in Santa Monica, my sister is in San Diego and I have countless cousins up and down the coast. I've been very happy flying up and down the coast, a lot, lately. It was a thrill to fly into San Diego for the first time - having a front window seat was so much cooler than sitting in the back. Ate lunch on the harbor then flew to Orange County and ended up in San Francisco for the night. The oil guy we were flying was able to knock out three meetings in three cities in one day.

— Editor

 Waypoints on the STAR (Standard Terminal Arrival Route) into SFO. Shoutout to my surfing buddies

Waypoints on the STAR (Standard Terminal Arrival Route) into SFO. Shoutout to my surfing buddies