The Midsize Jet category is one of the most popular categories among people using business aviation throughout Europe. The Citation Excel, XLS and XLS+ offer ideal performances and specifications for European travels.
The Citation Excel, from the American manufacturer Cessna, is a reference in its category since 2004. It can accommodate up to 8 passengers depending on its configuration. The Citation Excel has a range of 3 200 kilometers and can easily connect London to Moscow. It is a very suitable aircraft to perform flights across Europe.
Evolution of the Citation Excel, the two aircraft share many similarities. Cessna has made some technical progress, with new engines, new all-digital instrumentation for pilots and a little restyling of the aicraft body for better aerodynamics. The Citation XLS offers a range of 3 400 kilometers a speed increase compared to the Excel.The cabin configuration remains the same.
The Citation XLS+ is an updated version of the XLS, the aircraft offers beter performance and an improved range of 3 800 kilometers. The cabin configuration remains similar to the older models.
Bombardier’s Learjet 45 was put into service in 1998, offering a cabin that can accommodate up to 8 passengers. With a range of approximately 3,000 kilometers, the aircraft has the ability to connect Paris to Casablanca or New York to Miami.
Part of the Light Jet Category, the Phenom 300 is often considered as a competitor of Midsize jet. With a similar range and lower prices, the aircraft is a preferred option for travelers favoring price to cabin comfort,
Aircraft registration (tail number): Located on its tail or engine the alphanumeric registration indicates the country of registration of an aircraft.
AOC (Aircraft Operator Certificate): This certificate is required for companies to operate an aircraft.
AOG (Aircraft On Ground): The aircraft is experiencing an issue preventing it from flying.
ATC: The Air Traffic Control is provided by on ground teams (national and regional centers as well as local control towers.)
Charter Broker: Individual responsible for matching a client air travel needs to the most adapted private jet based the request of the customer.
Cabotage: The transportation of goods or passengers operated by a company foreign to the country in which they are transporting these goods/passengers.
CTOT: (Calculated Take Off Time): Issued by Eurocontrol, a CTOT is a period of time during which an aircraft has to take-off. It is determined as 5 minutes before and 10 minutes after the CTOT.
Deicing: The process of removing snow, ice and frost from the surface of the aircraft. A build-up of snow or ice adds extra weight to the aircraft, and can prevent it from taking-off properly.
ETD: Estimated Time of Departure.
ETA: Estimated Time of Arrival.
Empty leg: A sector of a flight booked but without passenger onboard. This happens when the aircraft has to return to its base or position for the next customer after dropping off the initial customer.
Eurocontrol: The European organization for the safety of air navigation in charge of ensuring a safe and seamless traffic.
FAA: The Federal Aviation Authority is the US national authority with powers to regulate aspects of the American civil aviation.
Flight plan: Document sent to ATC informing the trajectory, the type of aircraft an the number of passengers.
Fuel Stop: Stop made by a plane during a flight to allow the aircraft to refuel before pursuing its trip.
FBO (fixed-Based operator) or Ground Handling Operator: An FBO is a private company providing services such as aircraft handling, parking or fueling. In the private jet industry, FBOs are also private terminals welcoming and guiding customers to their aircraft.
GPU: Ground Power unit used to produce energy for aircraft when they are parked.
Heavy Jet: The heavy jet is a jet category with an autonomy between 6.000 and 8.500 km with 8 to 13 seats.
IBC Card: The IBC Card grants its users access to a European and North American Fleet at a predetermined hourly rate.
ICAO: The International Civil Aviation Organization is a UN organization which governs standards and practices of air transport.
ILS (instrument Landing System): The ILS provides precision and guidance to an aircraft approaching an airport runway.
Light Jet: A jet category with 6 seats and an autonomy between 2.200 and 3.700 km.
Midsize jet: A jet category with 6 to 9 seats and an autonomy between 3.300 and 4.700 km.
Operator: Company owning/managing one or more aircraft available for charter.
PIC: Pilot In Command.
Airport Slot: Time frame given by the airport for a plane to take-off or land in order to regulate airport traffic.
Super Midsize Jet: A jet category with 7 to 9 seats and an autonomy between 3.700 km and 6.200 km with 7 to 9 seats.
Taxi Time: Refers to the period of time between an aircraft touch down and its full stop in parking position or when an aircraft vacates the parking position until it lifts from the runway.
TurboProp Aircraft: Aircraft powered by one or more propellers.
Ultra Long Range Jet: A jet category with 12 to 16 seats and an autonomy between 8.500 and 12.900 km.
VFR (visual flight rules): A set of regulations a pilot must follow to operate an aircraft in good weather conditions without the support of instruments.
VLJ (very light jet): The entry level aircraft category offering 4 seats and an autonomy between 1.200 and 2.200 km.
Weather Minima: Weather conditions required for a take-off or a landing.
Zulu Time: Refers to UTC time. (Coordinated Universal Time).
Business Aviation operates similarly to commercial airliners and respond to strict rules and regulations dictated by the Civil Aviation Authorities. Aircraft Maintenance, and pilot training are few of the mandatory steps towards obtaining an AOC.*
Two major regulatory organizations exist; the Federal Aviation Administration (USA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EU). All countries are governed by one of these organizations but both remain quite similar in terms of public transport (paying passengers).
The FAA is simplified for private transport (owner flight or non-paying passengers) whereas EASA attempts to apply the requirements of commercial transport to private transport.
Public transport is therefore carefully monitored and regulated, and if certain key aspects are not met, the operator can lose its AOC.
Regular checks are carried out to flight crews and aircrafts to ensure the renewal of the AOC.
Each pilot holds a license to fly aircraft. To maintain this license, flight crew have to pass technical and physical tests starting with an annual health check-up. (or semi-annually for older pilot) in order to evaluate their overall physical and mental health. In case of any abnormalities, a temporary suspension or a revocation of license can be decided.
A test is performed once a year to verify the knowledge of the pilot on its aircraft and on the different airports - each airport having its own specificities. This test are done in flight stimulator with pilot instructors.
Aicraft Checks :
Each aircraft goes through different checks. All checks are mandatory and all actions performed during these checks must be listed. Inspected components are numbered and hold an « expiration date ». Classified as « Checks » these inspections fall under four different categories: Checks A and B are lighter inspections, Checks C and D include extensive verifications.
All checks need to be performed in centres approved by aircraft manufacturers and by the supervisory authority (country of aircraft registration).
At IBC Aviation, our client’s safety is paramount. We collaborate with a carefully selected, and trusted network of operators previously audited to ensure that they meet our quality and safety criteria.
We encourage private jet users to understand the importance of working with trusted brokers. Price is important, but isn't your life worth more?
*The AOC (Aircraft Operator Certificate) is a document delivered to airline and business aviation company by the civil aviation authority to allow it to operate passenger transport. The first certificate is valid for one year; the renewed certificate usually lasts 2 to 3 years.
Flying private offers many advantages - flexible hours,luxury services, reduced flight time - however the impact of jetlag remains uncomfortable even with tailor-made travels.
Going East to West is easier on the human body as it can endure a longer day better than a shorten one.
Before the flight:
When traveling to a far destination where jet lag has a major impact, it is essential to get a full night’s sleep prior to the flight. Reducing sleep time the niht before to better rest on the plane is not recommended.
Similarly, passengers should plan to arrive at destination during the day as the human body has less trouble staying awake during daylight.
Modifying eating and sleeping habits to fit those of the destination - sleeping two hours later / earlier depending on the destination- may reduce the effect of jetlag.
Passengers should start synchronizing the human body to the future time zone.
During the flight:
Alcoholic beverages should be avoided on long distance flights. They lead to dehydration and increase fatigue, two factors weakening the body in the fight against jet lag.
Passengers should also keep away from coffee or tea and replace them with water.
Sleeping a few hours on the plane helps the body get used to the future time zone.
After the flight:
Upon arrival, it is recommended to take advantage of daylight as much as possible. The sun has a positive impact on the brain and helps overcoming the lack of sleep.
Keeping similar sleep patterns – number of hours of sleep- when abroad, helps regaining strength.
Passenger should try to immediately adjust to the new rhythm of life (activities, sleep and meal time) of the new time zone.
To get over any potential jetlag, it is equally important to anticipate the change of time zone before the flight and rapidly adapt to the schedules of the visited country.
Last December, at MEBAA 2018 in Dubai, the business jet branch of the American manufacturer Boeing, Boeing Business Jet, introduced their brand-new private aircraft the BBJ 777-X. Capable of flying more than halfway around the world, the 777-x, can directly connect any city in the world.
The jet will be available in two versions. The 777-8 offers a cabin of 302.5 square meter and a maximum range of 21’570km. The 777-9 present 342.7 square meter of luxurious layout, with a slightly reduced range of 20'370km.
The design of the cabin have been imagined by three agencies – Jet Aviation, Unique Aircraft Design and Greenpoint Technologies displaying different outlook on the configuration of the spacious cabin.
The BBJ 777-x is expected to be delivered in 2020.
Since the 1970’s, the French manufacturer Dassault offers a wide range of Falcon aircraft to its customers and has quickly become a reference in the business aviation world.
Over the past ten years, the French brand has unveiled 3 aircraft types : the Falcon 7X, the Falcon 8X, and the Falcon 6X (recently featured in our on-line Magazine).
The Falcon 7X and the Falcon 8X belong to the Ultra-Long Range Jets category which include aircraft having a minimum range of 8,500 km, a seat capacity greater than 12 and a minimum height of cabin of 1.85m.
Both aircraft have similar cabin with heights of 1.88m and widths of 2.34m, however the length of cabin of the 8X exceeds the length of cabin of the 7X ( 13m vs 11.91m).
The major difference between the two aircraft is the autonomy. The Falcon 7X has a range of 11,000km.the Falcon 8X, with its additional tank and powerful engines, offers a range of 11,945 km - 8.6% higher than that of the 7X.
The Falcon 8X is a more powerful version of the 7X, which can directly link Paris to Buenos Aires while the 7X can connect without fuel stop Paris and Rio de Janeiro. Photo Credit : Fingerhut/Shutterstock.com - RoxTravels / Shutterstock.com
Dassault aviation, the French aircraft manufacturer introduced last February 2018 their latest aircraft, the Falcon 6X. Following a major delay in the R&D of the Falcon 5X, Dassault unveiled this new private business jet derived from the development of the 5X.
The 6X arrives with great ambitions such as offering the most spacious cabin of its category with a length of 12.3m, a height of 1.98m and a width of 2.58m. In addition, its range of over 10,000 km allows for a direct and comfortable flight between Los Angeles and Geneva or New York and Moscow. The Falcon 6X will be offered in a maximum configuration of 16 seats but few of the aircraft will be designed this way. Equipped with the latest cockpit technologies, digital flight controls, and soundproofing technologies the Falcon 6X is modeled after the Falcon 7X and 8X.
With delivery scheduled for 2022, passengers will have to be patient to try Falcon’s newest addition, meanwhile the 7x and 8x are available for charter for all long range flights.
Part of the Midsize Jet category, the Citation Latitude has recently become available for charter in Europe, positioning itself between the Citation XLS and the Citation Sovereign to fulfill the demands of a new market.
Performance and Specifications
Praised for its avionics, its modern feel and its speed, the Latitude offers the greatest range of its category – up to 5 hours depending on the number of passengers and the weather conditions. The aircraft can link directly Paris to Athens or London to Tel-Aviv.
Its take-off distance of 1190m allows him to reach the majority of business aviation airports.
The 8-seats aircraft is the first in its category to offer a stand-up cabin. Flat floors and a height of 1,83m allow passengers to roam about the cabin freely.
Ergonomic seating and practical storage add to the comfort and spacious feel of the cabin.
Facts & Figures | Citation Sovereign vs Citation Latitude
Citation Latitude Specifications
Height of cabin | 1.83m
Width of cabin | 1.96m
Number of seats | 8
Volume of luggage compartment |2.5m3
Range | 5’050km
Citation Sovereign Specifications
Height of cabin | 1.73m
Width of cabin | 1.68m
Number of seats | 8
Volume of luggage compartment |3.8m3
Range | 4'600 km
Contact us to charter a private jet and get a quote for a flight on a Citation Latitude or Citation Sovereign
Deicing refers to the process of removing frost, ice or snow from the surface of an aircraft before its departure.The accumulation of frost can alter the functioning of the tail and wings and fail to provide the proper lift for flight. While deicing remains a costly operation, it is an essential procedure for the safety of all passengers.
What is the deicing process?
The procedure is generally twofold and is carried by vehicles specifically designed for such task. The first step is to apply deicing fluids which consist of glycol and heated water. The pressure and the heat melt and expel snow and ice from the surface of the aircraft. However, this mixture has a limited ability and does not prevent ice from reappearing.
Therefore, it is essential for pilots to assess the weather situation and to have an anti-icing fluid applied in order to prevent ice from forming again before take-off.
Generally, this second step takes place before departure while passengers are onboard the aircraft.
How much does it cost to de-ice a private jet?
The cost of the operation varies from one airport to another.Price is determined based on the aircraft size, the amount of snow and ice formed on the surface, and the quantity of liquid used. Depending on weather conditions, the deicing procedure must be followed by the anti-icing procedure which can double the total price of the operation.
As an example, Geneva airport charges approximately 7 EUR per liter.Based on the quantity of product used, the below are approximate prices to expect for each aircraft category :
VERY LIGHT JET: 700€ LIGHT JET :1'400 € MIDSIZE JET : 2'100 € SUPERMIDSIZE JET : 2'800 € ULTRA LONG RANGE JET: 3'500 €
Who is responsible for the payment of the de-icing operation?
The client is responsible for the payment of the deicing & anti-icing procedures. They are charged in addition to the price of the charter. In order to reduce the financial impact of such operation, operators offer a few less costly alternatives such as purchasing a deicing insurance, renting an aircraft hangar for the night, if the aircraft positions a day early, or using a heated aircraft hangar a few hours before take-off.
Well designed for family travels, the Falcon 900 LX and Legacy 650 are two aircrafts from the Heavy Jet category.
The Falcon 900 LX benefits from a longer range and can reach New-York from Paris. With its 3 engines, the aircraft consumes 24% less fuel than its competitor.
Its spacious cabin is 30% wider than the cabin of the legacy 650 and counts 12 to 14 seats.
The Legacy 650 can link London to Riyadh. The aircraft offers 13 seats and is more adapted to passengers flying with a large number of suitcases as its luggage compartment is twice as spacious as the one of the Falcon 900LX.
Per flight hour, the Legacy 650 remains less expensive than its competitor.
Contact us to book your Falcon 900LX or Legacy 650 for your holidays, our team at IBC Aviation is available 24/7 to respond to all your charter requests.
Part of the Very Light Jet category, The Citation Mustang and the Phenom 100 are very popular aircraft. From 4 to 5 seats, these jets have a 2-hour range and are ideal for short trips.
CESSNA - CITATION MUSTANG
The Citation Mustang is the lightest aircraft in the category with a maximal take-off weight lower than 4 tons allowing it to use less kerosene and benefit from attractive ground fees making it the cheaper than its competitors. The Citation Mustang is also able to fly commercially to airports with shorter runways such as La Môle-Saint-Tropez.
Number of Seats: 4
Height of Cabin: 1,37m
Luggage Compartment: 1,61m3
EMBRAER - PHENOM 100
Slightly faster than the Mustang, the range of the Phenom 100 is somewhat similar to the range of its competitor. The cabin of the Phenom 100 is spacious and offers 4 reclining seats, separate lavatories and a larger luggage compartment. The price of the phenom 100 is 20 to 30% higher than the price of the Mustang.
Recipient of this year’s 11th Aviation Business Awards, the Jetex Dubai FBO Terminal combines luxury and innovation. Located just five minutes away from Al Maktoum International Airport, the upscale facility offers first-class amenities and a contemporary interior design. The 1’500m2 FBO, nominated for several design awards, includes spacious and plush seating areas, relaxation rooms and a cigar lounge. In addition to many high-end features, Jetex offers a fleet of Rolls-Royces to accompany clients airside.
This year, Jetex has been named the official handler for the Dubai Air Show which should welcome over a thousand exhibitors from 60 countries and 160 aircrafts on display.
Rent a private jet to or from Dubaï, and discover the new Jetex facility. Our representatives are available 24/7, all year round to provide solutions to all your travel needs.
Since last month, IBC Aviation is commercializing a Falcon 900EX based in Brazzaville, Congo. Its spacious cabin lay out offers 14 seats for day travel and 6 beds for restful nights. The height of the cabin tops at 1,88m allowing passengers to freely roam the cabin.
The Falcon 900EX has a range of 8’900km and can connect Paris to Brazzaville or Johannesburg to Casablanca.
Aware of the lack of aircraft availabilities in Africa, we strive to offer you solutions to your travel needs.
This major step confirms our desire to get closer to the Continent and to provide flights to Europe or across Africa.
A true home away from home, the Embraer Lineage 1000 is a five-section cabin that can welcome up to 19 passengers.With a range of 8’500 km and access to airports such as London City and Teterboro, this state-of-the-art aircraft invites passengers to discover an exceptional travel experience. Embraer has unveiled five exclusive outfitting gems made in association with design studios.
The Skyyacht One - Fly in a sea of clouds in this cabin inspired by the world’s most luxurious yachts. Materials such as brass, and mahogany completes the refined nautical theme of the aircraft.
The Kyoto Airship - A simple and elegant cabin design inspired by Japanese culture, floor to ceilings windows and a cabin bathing in natural light for a soothing flight.
The Skyranch One – A grandiose cabin capturing the wild west adventures. Passengers on this jet can expect to come across details such as saddle stitched leather, onyx furniture, bison horn and a beer tap.
The Manhattan – Inspired by the Art Deco architecture of the 1930’s Manhattan, the cabin designed with luxurious material invites passengers to travel through time and art.
The Hollywood – Glamour and glitz are reunited in the conception of this cabin. The interior combines gold-toned bar stools, crystal sculptures and marble tones in memory of the 1930’s Hollywood chronicles.
The new G500 maiden voyage to Europe occurred this year for Geneva’s EBACE. The performance and cabin design of the aircraft are aligned with passengers ever-changing aspirations. With a range of 9.260KM, this private jet connects London to Los Angeles, San Francisco to Tokyo and Cape Town to Istanbul. The flight deck is equipped with the latest systems for improved efficiency and safety.
The 14.5-meter-long and 1.95-meter-high cabin space is designed with panoramic windows to provide passengers with natural light and breath-taking views. The smart design allows passengers to control the lightning, the temperature and the entertainment systems from their seats.
The G500 can welcome up to 19 passengers on-board and offers 8 beds for a restful flight. Unfortunately, users will have to wait until 2018 to fly in this luxurious cabin space.
The new Falcon 5X performed a 2-hour maiden flight from Bordeaux Merignac, before the start of the flight-tests campaign next year. The aircraft can transport up to 8 passengers over a distance of 9630km to connect London City to Los Angeles, New-York to Sao Paolo, or Shanghai to Sydney. The slow speed capabilities often compared to those of turboprop open up more airports such as Aspen and London City. Its low-fuel consumption makes this aircraft a pioneer in its category.
The widest and tallest cabin in the industry is built to respect the comfort and privacy of each passenger onboard. The 28 windows provide natural light to the passengers for a calm and soothing experience. The technologic innovations of the falcon 5X allow passengers to control the lightning, the entertainement system and the volume from their seats.
The Falcon 5X entry into service is scheduled for the year 2020.
The 52nd edition of the Paris Air Show will take place in Le Bourget from June 19th to June 25th 2017. The world reknown show will welcome the major indutry players from June 18th to 22nd and the general public from June 23rd to 25th. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover the different aircrafts, the latest techonological innovations and watch the famous in-flight demonstrations.
The very first aerospatial show opened its doors in 1909 at the Grand Palais in Paris and only moved to Le Bourget in 1953. From 135 exhibitors in 1909 to over 2300 from 100 countries in 2015. Let’s hope for another edition full of excitement.
Take this opportunity to extend your time in Paris and stay at the Peninsula. In the morning, head out to explore the city of lights, its museums ( Beaubourg, Musée d'Orsay, Le Louvre), and its legendary districts ( Saint-Germain, Montmartre, among others). At dawn, enjoy a gourmet meal at the bar of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon or dine with the iron lady on the patio of Monsieur Bleu before strolling along the Seine and admiring the beautifully lit face of Paris "by night".
Rent your private jet to the Paris Air show at Le Bourget Airport. Our representatives are available 24h/24 all year round to book your business jet and welcome you upon your arrival.
The 2017 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition has come to an end. This edition unfolded as the business aviation sector experienced new growth. The European traffic saw an increased over the last six months and the number of private jets movements in Paris - Le Bourget rose by 7percent. Visitors had the opportunity to discover the Citation Longitude newly arrived from Kansas after two layovers in Maine and Iceland on its way to Europe. With a range of 6'842KM, this private jet will have the ability to cross the atlantic in one shot to reach the East Coast of the United States.
Other news, include the increase in popularity of the business jet Falcon 8X since its commercialisation thanks to its 12'000km range. Between the new dynamics of the industry and the presentation of new aircrafts, this edition of EBACE brings hopes for the year ahead.
Rent your private jet to Geneva with IBC Aviation. Upon arrival one of our representative will welcome you at the plane and accompany you to your vehicle.