Embassy Aviation has offices located in:
(KPSM) Portsmouth, New Hampshire
(KTEB) Teterboro, New Jersey
(KSFB) Sanford, Florida
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There are several factors that will dictate aircraft that are appropriate for your trip: the number of passengers traveling, the nature and amount of baggage or cargo, your destination, personal aircraft preferences and budget all factor into the type of aircraft you’ll need. Before you charter a trip, you can expect an operator or broker to explore your travel requirements with you:
How many passengers are making the trip and where will you be going? The number of people in your party will determine what size aircraft you'll need; your location will indicate the required range. Some high-altitude airports like Telluride, Colorado, have limited accessibility, or accessibility that changes seasonally depending on the aircraft.
Think about your destination and how fast you need to get there. Cruising speeds vary widely, but a rough speed estimate for propeller planes is about 200 mph/322kmh, while jets fly at something closer to 500 mph/805kmh. When estimating flight-times, add 10-15% for the time necessary to achieve cruising speed and altitude. With these figures in mind, an 800mile/1,287km flight from Dallas to Chicago would take four and a half hours in a propeller-driven aircraft, but less than two in a jet.
Aircraft performance, size and passenger capacity all influence price, and choosing the right plane involves trade-offs. At first glance, price might make the propeller plane more attractive, but unless the aircraft has a lavatory, you may need a pit stop. Also consider noise level. Jets have pressurized passenger cabins and fly at altitudes where the noise of the engines drops off, making conversations and meetings held at normal speaking volume possible. While it isn't impossible to converse in a propeller plane flying at 8,000 feet, you probably could not manage a nuanced business negotiation or romantic chat with your sweetheart. Do you need to stand up and speak to your group, make a phone call, have a cooked meal, watch a DVD or enjoy a few hours of uninterrupted sleep? Be sure to relay these details to your operator or broker.
You should also disclose any special type or quantity of baggage or equipment you'll be bringing along. A safe flight depends on appropriate weight and balance. Snow skis, for example, are too long for the baggage compartment of many small aircraft. Operators are not allowed to lay loose items such as skis in the aisle. Travelers with monster golf bags can encounter similar snags. Also disclose things like the presence of heavy smokers, pets, or unusual items such as oxygen canisters or flammable material.