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Bessie Coleman AKA Queen Bess women in aviation

Queen Bess

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It’s hard to imagine a more challenging start to life than being born poor, black and female in 1892 Texas.  Despite these challenges, Bessie Coleman soared to amazing heights during her short life to become the first African-American woman and the first Native-American to hold a pilot’s license and the first black person to earn an international pilot’s license.

One of 13 children born into a family of sharecroppers, Bessie excelled in school despite the four-mile walk each day to reach the segregated one-room class, and the work in the cotton fields to earn money after her father left the family. Nevertheless, at the age of 12 Bessie was accepted into the Missionary Baptist Church School on scholarship.  Upon graduation at the age of 18, she took her savings and enrolled in the Oklahoma Colored Agricultural and Normal University in Langston, Oklahoma (now called Langston University) but left after one semester because she could not afford it.

In 1915 at the age of 23, Bessie moved to Chicago, where she lived with her brothers and worked as a manicurist.  The wartime stories she heard from pilots during World War 1, sparked her interest in becoming a pilot herself.  She took a second job to earn money to get her pilot’s license, but was denied entry into flight schools across the United States because neither women nor blacks were allowed.  Undeterred, Bessie learned French so she could apply to flight school in France.  She was accepted into the renowned Caudron Brothers’ School of Aviation in Le Crotoy, France, where she received her international pilot’s license on June 15, 1921 from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

Bessie’s dream was to open her own flight school for African-Americans but in the meantime she earned money with exhibition flying.  She was dubbed “Queen Bess,” and became famous for her daredevil maneuvers. Committed to promoting aviation and combating racism, Bessie refused to participate in events that were segregated or discriminated against African-Americans.

On April 30, 1926, at just 34 years old, Bessie Coleman was tragically killed when she fell from the passenger seat of an out of control plane.  Understandably, her death was heartbreaking for the African-American community and all those that admired her daring stunts and courageous convictions.  Inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2006, Bessie serves as inspiration to African-Americans, Native-Americans, women, minorities and anyone facing challenges, as a shining example of all that is possible.

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Perks of Empty Legs Flights

The Perks of Empty Leg Flights

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Luxury is everything—especially when we travel. Charter flights offer luxury and bespoke service, but they may not always be affordable. Empty leg flights offer a solution for those with the flexibility to travel one way and a desire to experience the benefits of flying private.

An “empty leg,” also known as an empty sector, is an aviation term that describes the return or repositioning portion of a private jet charter flight. It’s a flight without passengers or cargo—an empty aircraft that either needs to return to home base or reposition for its next charter flight. Since the aircraft has to move either way, this opens up seats on the empty leg at a discount for customers who want to enjoy flying private without the hefty price tag.

Empty leg flights offer an amazing opportunity to experience the ultimate in travel experiences. Here are just a few of the perks that flying empty legs provides.

No Crowds

When you fly an empty leg flight, you won’t have to deal with crowds on the ground or in the air. Private security clearance means you escape long TSA lines and the people that go along with it. Security clearance will be more relaxed and less stressful, even when you are flying with a group. In the air, there will be no other passengers unless you charter the empty leg with a group. You won’t have to deal with babies crying, loud conversations or a struggle for the armrest like you would on a commercial flight.

Next Level Comfort

The difference in the comfort levels between flying commercial and private is unparalleled. Many of the smaller airports that private jets fly out of feature luxe private waiting areas or lounges. In the air, you’ll enjoy a spacious cabin that you can walk around to stretch your legs. Couch seating provides plenty of leg room so you can relax, and sleeping births are often available. The restrooms are roomier and sometimes there is a shower available, depending on the aircraft. While commercial flights leave you sore and jet-lagged upon arrival, traveling empty legs make you feel rested and refreshed.

Better Prices for Charter Flights

Empty leg flights are much less expensive than regular charter flights. You can even complete a day of work with the state-of-the-art Wi-Fi and quiet privacy a private jet provides. It’s also possible to charter empty legs with a group of friends or coworkers. The discounts could make your group travel even less expensive than if you flew commercial—and significantly more enjoyable.

If you have a flexible schedule, ClickJetz’s empty legs may be the perfect way to indulge in all the convenience and luxury flying private offers. Click here to browse availability of our empty leg flights.

COVID 19 Air Charter

COVID-19 Update for September

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Commercial airlines continue to struggle amidst COVID-19, as is evidenced by United’s announcement that the airline is putting 16,370 workers on involuntary, indefinite furlough at the start of October. Along with 7,400 voluntary departures, the airline is cutting its workforce by more than 25%. It’s not alone. American Airlines recently announced 19,000 furloughs and layoffs, while Delta cut its workforce by 20% through buyouts.

While the private air travel industry bottomed out in April after a brief spike in March as people rushed to return to their residences, it has seen a significant recovery but is still operating at around 80% of last year’s volume.  In May demand began to slowly increase and continued to gain momentum throughout summer.  With a return in September to school/work, demand has dropped off as the majority of private flights conducted since COVID-19 hit are for personal travel.

What we have seen here at ClickJetz is that flyers are still concerned and cautious about traveling. That concern is less about the likelihood of viral transmission onboard private aircraft, than it is about leaving the security of their homes and entering public spaces. Our regular flyers are postponing vacations and frequent travel, choosing rather to remain in place.  On the other hand, we are seeing a high percentage of first-time private flyers as people who need to fly, are choosing to fly private, in an effort to mitigate their risk of acquiring COVID-19. 

We expect the market to continue to fluctuate as infections spike in different regions around the U.S. and worldwide.  Florida, for instance, which topped the list for private flight activity from April through June, saw a sharp decline in flights as its COVID-19 outbreak accelerated in July.  Additionally, with Europe continuing to keep its borders closed to U.S. citizens, there is limited transatlantic activity. Understandably, most private charter travel continues to be regional/domestic as travelers are limited by governmental regulations and at the same time feel more comfortable remaining closer to home.

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Women of Aviation

Women of Aviation

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In the fall of 1908 Wilbur Wright went to France to prove to nonbelievers that he and his brother Orville had indeed conquered flight.  Among those in the crowd, and lucky enough to join Wilbur for a ride, was an eccentric young woman named Raymonde de Laroche.  One ride aboard the Flyer was all it took and de Laroche was hooked.

A year later the 23-year old actress and daredevil convinced French aviator Charles Voisin to teach her to fly.  Since Voisin’s aircraft could only seat one person, teaching someone to fly meant shouting instructions from the ground to the pupil operating the plane.  After taxiing across the airfield twice, and against Voisin’s explicit instruction not to lift off, de Laroche climbed 15 feet into the air, flying for a few hundred yards and became the first woman to pilot an aircraft and one of the women of aviation. 

After further instruction, on March 8, 1910 de Laroche was issued pilot’s license No. 36 by the Aeroclub de France (the world’s first pilot licensing organization) becoming the first woman to receive a pilot’s license.  It was around this time that, despite not being of noble birth, she became known as “the Baroness”.

De Laroche traveled the world attending aviation meetings, participating in demonstrations and winning competitions in which she was the sole female contender.  Despite this, when World War I rolled around in 1914 halting civilian flying, de Laroche was turned down by the war effort when she offered up her piloting skills.  After the war de Laroche aimed to become the first female test pilot and set two women’s altitude records as well as one for distance.

On July 18, 1919, while visiting Le Crotoy airfield in pursuit of becoming a test pilot, she was offered a ride in an experimental Caudron aircraft. Upon its landing approach the aircraft went into an uncontrolled dive and crashed to the ground. Both the pilot and 33-year-old de Laroche were killed.

In recognition of her accomplishments in aviation, a statue of “Baroness” Raymonde de Laroche stands at Paris-Le Bourget Airport.  Women of Aviation Worldwide Week honors de Laroche by including March 8th, the anniversary of the issuance of her pilot’s license, during their annual event.

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Time for an Upgrade? Part 1: Private Charter Basics

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One of my favorite parts of my job as a private charter broker is working with flyers that are considering transitioning from First-Class commercial travel to private charter.

Providing these clients information on the ins and outs of private charter gives me a chance to share all the knowledge I’ve accrued over the years of facilitating private flights, which in turn helps them feel more at ease with navigating the unfamiliar territory of flying private.  With the influx of first-time flyers as a result of COVID, I’ve been having more of these conversations than ever and thought an overview of private charter might be useful.m

There are a number of different options for private charter, but most people start out with on-demand charter.  On what?! As with any industry, the private charter has its own lingo which can be confusing to the newcomer.  Some unfamiliar terms you may hear thrown around might include: broker, on-demand, operator, repositioning, Owner Approval, tail number, and FBO. Let’s clarify them.

ClickJetz is an on-demand private charter broker. This means that we don’t own or operate any of the aircraft we use for charter, but rather locate and secure charter aircraft for our clients. We do this on-demand, meaning there is no membership fee or commitment necessary and that our clients use and pay for our service if and when they need it.  Operators are in charge of all the aircraft’s operations – scheduling pilots, maintaining the aircraft, filing flight plans, etc.  Sometimes the operators own the aircraft but often they just manage them for the owners.

As a newcomer, you might ask, why should I go through a broker rather than reach out to operators directly? Time, money and safety. Over 70% of operators have five or fewer aircraft in their fleet. Some might have a fleet composed entirely of 4-person very light jets, which won’t be of much help if you have 6 people that need to go on a 3-hour flight.  Another might have all their aircraft booked. Still another might have an available aircraft, however, a repositioning fee will be added to your trip to move the aircraft to your departure location. As brokers, we have tools to geo-target available aircraft from the vast inventory available for charter.  This allows us to match the plane you need or want with those available and close-by.  Most importantly, good brokers know the certifications and reputations of the operators.  ClickJetz strictly uses FAA Part-135 certified charters, can specifically supply aircraft that maintain ARGUS, Wyvern, or IS-BAO certifications, and steers away from operators with a less-than-stellar track record.

Now that we’ve cleared up some of the players in the private charter industry, next we will examine the booking process.

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What’s an On-Demand Charter Broker?

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Let’s break it down…

‘On-Demand Charter’ is when you book and pay for a charter when you need it. There is no membership, membership fees, large deposits or long-term commitment required.

‘Broker’ is an intermediary who has deep knowledge of the charter industry and using specialized software and established relationships, sources, negotiates, and presents you with the charter flights that best fit your needs.

In layman’s terms, a broker is a travel agent for private charter. 

The entity operating the aircraft (but not necessarily owning it) is the operator. In the private charter industry, there is a synergistic relationship between brokers and operators. Operators rely on brokers to book a significant portion of the flights they fly.

Why do I need a broker?

You can book a flight directly with an operator…if you have a lot of operator contacts, aircraft geo-locating software, and lots of time. 


 Operators have limited fleets.  Is their aircraft available for your date of travel? Do they have the appropriate aircraft to accommodate the headcount and distance of your trip? Where is the plane positioned and will you need to pay repositioning fees? 

ClickJetz has access to a vast network of private aircraft available for charter so we provide the right aircraft for your needs when you need it. We use real-time geolocation software to determine aircraft proximity to avoid costly repositioning. 

Cost savings

Prices differ significantly between operators.  The exact same aircraft can cost thousands of dollars more from one operator to the next. By soliciting bids from multiple operators ClickJetz finds the best-priced options for your request. We leverage our long-standing relationships and industry discounts to negotiate optimum pricing. 


Unfortunately, illegal charters exist.  ClickJetz only uses FAA Part-135 certified charters. We can also deliver Argus, Wyvern and IS-BAO rated operators per your request. Safety and insurance documentation on operators is available as well.


ClickJetz has a single focus – our customers. We use dependable operators, avoid those with bad reputations, and are a single point of contact for each trip, regardless of the aircraft or operator.


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Flying in Bad Weather

Flying Private During Bad Weather

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The weather is getting increasingly unpredictable and it’s probably safe to say that at some point every one of us has had a flight affected by the weather. Last February, Las Vegas saw snow for the first time in over a decade and it crippled their commercial airport. We had a number of calls from people whose flight was either canceled or significantly delayed and we were able to get every one of them on their way on a private charter despite the weather.  

How were we able to do this?

First, it should be clear that private aircraft are held to the same safety guidelines as commercial airlines and that our operators and pilots always put the safety of their passengers first. Bad weather does still affect private flights, it just doesn’t impact them to the same degree as commercial airliners.

Private aircraft are smaller and transport a lot fewer people than a commercial flight. They require fewer resources and less coordination between those resources to operate. This allows them to react more quickly than commercial flights once weather begins to hinder airport operations and the backlog of flights begins.  If a window opens up that allows for take-off, they can quickly move into action. This agility is an advantage during inclement weather.  

Also contributing to the agility of private aircraft, is their access to far more airports from which to operate. During the Las Vegas snowfall previously mentioned, while McCarran Airport, the commercial airport in Vegas, was backed up and at one point shut-down, we were able to use Henderson Executive Airport, twenty minutes south of McCarran, to get our clients on their way.  Despite experiencing the same weather as McCarran, without the commercial traffic, flights into and out of Henderson Executive were able to be operated more expeditiously. 

Lastly, the flight paths for private aircraft are more flexible than those for commercial airliners, allowing private aircraft to fly over or around severe weather more easily.  This flexibility means there is a better chance your aircraft will be on its way to its destination rather than remaining grounded until the weather clears.   

The Vegas snowfall was an absolute anomaly and something we probably won’t see again for another decade, but there are plenty of airports where weather delays are a regular occurrence.  If your commercial flight is cancelled or delayed due to weather and you must get to your destination, reach out to us and we’ll let you know if a private charter is an option in getting you safely to your next destination.

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Turboprops Are Your Friend

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The turboprop is an ideal aircraft option for short hops of one to two hours. There are many negative myths about turboprops that need to be cleared up.

Turboprops VS Jets

Both turboprops and jets use turbine engines.  The key difference between the two types of aircraft is that jet aircraft have their turbine engines encased with fan blades while turboprops have a propeller on the outside. 

The turboprop mechanism is actually more efficient and burns less fuel than the jet mechanism, which is why turboprops have a lower hourly rate than a similarly-sized jet aircraft.  However, turboprops were designed to be flown at a lower altitude and speed and therefore are not appropriate for long distances.  But if you are doing a short hop, like from Los Angeles to Las Vegas or Miami to the Bahamas, a turboprop is a cost-effective and safe solution.

Another thing turboprops have going for them is their short-field take-off and landing capabilities.  This means that they are able to use shorter runways which gives them access to those smaller, regional airports at hard-to-reach destinations.

When it comes to comfort, the interior of many turboprops are equally as luxurious as any light jet.  In fact, the baggage hold of many turboprops are more spacious than their light jet counterparts which makes them a better option when you are carrying bulky items such as skis or surfboards. 

How Safe is a Turboprop?

As far as safety, turboprops and jets both use a turbine engine, meaning their operation is very similar.  They both use similar technology including radar, GPS navigation and advanced avionics. To date there is no data demonstrating that turboprops are any less safe than jets and in fact, in certain conditions, like with short runways and steep approaches, turboprops are safer than jets because they can stop more quickly and their propellers add extra drag.  Lastly, in bird strikes, a turboprop engine is less likely to be damaged due to their inertial separator mechanism.

Lots of people confuse turboprops with piston aircraft and it must be clear that piston aircraft do not match the safety or comfort of a jet which is why we choose not to use them at ClickJets.  

Another fallacy that exists regarding turboprops is that a dual engine turboprop is safer than a single engine turboprop. This myth has been disproved by safety statistics pulled from the FAA and NTSB.   Modern turbine engines are extremely reliable, and the reality is engine malfunction is rarely the primary contributor to an accident or incident. 

The take away today? Turboprops are a safe, often luxurious and definitely economical option for your short hops of one to two hours.

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Private Airports

Private Airports

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You are flying private from Los Angeles to New York City and your itinerary has you departing Van Nuys and arriving into Teterboro.  What’s up with that? Why aren’t you flying LAX to JFK? 

Okay, today we are talking about the airports we use in private aviation and why. 

When possible, we use private-only airports and at the very least a low-volume commercial airport. For instance, here in LA we avoid using LAX for our flights and stick to using either Van Nuys Airport or Hawthorne Airport. Why would we do that?

Traffic: that’s both up in the air and on the ground.

Let’s start with up in the air:

Large commercial airports facilitate hundreds or thousands of flights each day. This requires a tremendous amount of coordination. If a wrench is thrown in the works, like say weather, flights start backing up and that carefully orchestrated plan quickly goes to hell. 

We want to avoid getting caught up in the flurry of commercial airliners, freight and mail carriers coming in and out of LAX. We want to make sure that your flight is cleared to depart and land on time and the best way to do that is to use an airport with limited traffic.  

When we talk about traffic that we want to avoid, we are also talking about ground traffic. The Clickjetz offices are just south of LAX Airport and airport traffic backing up on the freeway and the surrounding roads is a daily occurrence. Because tens of thousands of people are trying to reach those thousands of flights on a daily basis. We want to stay away from all those people in all those cars.  Like the air traffic, the ground traffic at private airports is significantly less.


Private aircraft are not based at the major commercial airports due to limited space.  Every time an aircraft is moved, it costs money. So departing from the aircraft’s base keeps your cost down.  Additionally, since the commercial airports have enough to handle with their regularly scheduled flights they don’t really want to add private flights to their current load so they tend to charge higher fees than the smaller airports for using their facility.  

This isn’t to mean you cannot use a commercial airport, especially if you are meeting a connecting commercial flight, but know that the clickjetz staff will recommend the best airport for your trip to provide you the smoothest travel experience.  

Final point. Convenience

There are thousands more airports worldwide for private aircraft to use. Why is this important?   

Here’s an example.  Coachella is a popular music festival here in SoCal which takes place in the small desert town of the same name. People from across the U.S,. and beyond, come to experience Coachella and for the most part fly into LAX or Ontario Airport.  On a “normal” weekend it’s a three-hour drive from LAX and an hour-and-half drive from Ontario to reach Coachella. Of course during the festival the drive is much longer as everyone and their mother is trying to get to and from the festival.  There are some, not many, regional flights that go directly into Palm Springs Airport which cuts the drive down considerably to about 40 minutes to an hour. Private flights, however, can use Bermuda Dunes Airport which is about 6 miles from the festival grounds.  See how this is an advantage? Many people envision flying private as a champagne-sipping, luxury experience. While that is a piece of it, a major component of the “luxury” experience is ease and convenience. Being able to fly directly to your destination and not waste hours cooped up in a car is the absolute luxury.  Easy in, easy out and onto the next.

So don’t be surprised if you are offered an alternate airport on your quote, our purpose here is to provide you the best flight experience possible and that is often done by avoiding thus hub airports and taking advantage of private and low volume airports.

Have a question regarding the best airport for your trip? Reach out and we are happy to provide our expertise or answer any of your questions regarding flying private.

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How much does flying private cost?

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Today, you get the answer to the number one question regarding flying private:

How much does it cost?

Flying private is obviously awesome. You have your own aircraft, you don’t have to battle with the commercial terminal, the lines, the people, etc. The entire process is easier, quicker, more peaceful from start to finish. So what does this convenience, ease and luxury cost? 

Unfortunately, it’s not a simple question to answer because many variables go into the price of a private flight:

  • The size of the aircraft
  • The distance you’re flying
  • The type of plane

What I will tell you is that flying private IS NEVER less expensive than flying commercial! We get a lot of calls from people who think it’s going to be cheaper to have their group of 15 or 20 people fly private rather than commercial. This is absolutely NOT the case.

Once again, flying private is NEVER cheaper than flying commercial. Even on an “Empty-Leg” or “Dead-Head” flight it is not cheaper than the commercial economy.

Since Clickjetz is an “on-demand” charter company I’m going to talk about the price of on-demand charter. On-demand means that you are paying for the flight when you need it and you don’t need to have a membership.

Since there are a number of variables that go into the cost of private charter, the best way to demonstrate cost is with an example:

Scenario 1: Bachelor party flying from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

This is an hour-long flight. Remember that. 

The next thing to consider is the number of people flying and the experience you are seeking.

A group of 8 can go one way from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on a turbo-prop, like a Pilatus, for around $5k. Of course, pricing depends on variables like the time of year or how far in advance you book etc (just like with commercials) but on average it’s safe to say that the one hour flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas is going to be about $5k. Not terrible, breaks down to $625 per person. Remember, this is just one way and is a turbo-prop so it’s the least costly aircraft on the market. The cabin will be small on the inside with a height of under 5’ so you aren’t standing up walking around.

Let’s consider this same flight, one-hour from LA to Vegas on a jet. Jets are quicker than turboprops but more expensive because they use more fuel.  If you were to do this one-hour flight on a midsize jet, which is a few steps up from a turbo prop and can still carry 8 passengers, you are now looking at a cost of around $8k for the one way.  Looking for a group of 10 people to go? Now you require a heavy jet, the largest of the private jets, and it’s going to cost you around $15k for the one way.

Understand how giving a straight-forward answer to how much it costs can be difficult?

Okay, here are some additional variables regarding pricing:

  • One-ways are always more costly per leg than a round trip because the plane must get back to its base so you are paying, in-part, for the return trip.  
  • So round-trips are always less expensive for each leg? Not necessarily.

If you are going for one or two nights you can benefit from round trip pricing. But once you stay beyond a couple days, your trip has now become two one ways.  Why? Because private aircraft make their money by flying and if it’s sitting on the ground waiting for you, it’s not making money. So it’s going to take other fares during you stay and come back to get you for your return flight. If the aircraft does stay and wait for you, you will end up paying for crew accommodations as well as possibly lost air time.

Let’s look at the cost of a round-trip with the aircraft in our Vegas scenario:

  • Turboprop one-way $5k and round trip $9k
  • Midsize one-way $8k and round trip $14k
  • Heavy Jet one-way $15k and round trip $24k

Overall, for this scenario, you are going to get the return leg for about 60% more than the one way.

Using the Vegas scenario you might assume that a turboprop is going to cost $5k/hour, a midsize jet $8k/hour and a heavy jet $15k/hour. Not necessarily.  

Let’s use a new scenario of a flight from Los Angeles to New York which is about a five hour flight.  

Scenario 2: Bachelor party flying from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

This flight on a heavy jet starts around $30k. So now your hourly rate goes from $15k for the hour for your Vegas trip, down to $6k/hour.  Why? It’s expensive to just move that heavy jet so short trips push up the hourly cost. 

Hopefully that’s cleared up private charter pricing for you and hasn’t confused you further.

There are a number of variables that affect pricing:

    • Size of aircraft 
    • Age of aircraft
    • Distance you are flying
    • The route you are flying
    • The region you are flying within
    • Whether you are flying one way or round trip

And most importantly, It’s never cheaper to fly private charter than commercial. If you are comfortable with First Class pricing then you might be ready to step up to private charter.

If you have questions regarding the cost of a flight or other questions regarding flying private,  please feel free to reach out to us for a quote or with your questions, we’re here to help you out with the entire process of private charter.