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Many small and medium-size business owners pilot their own planes. In addition to the joy they get from the experience, there are a number of business advantages.

Advantage of Owning a Plane for Business

Business people who fly their own planes don’t have to be dependent on an airline’s schedule or locations, and they don’t have to waste valuable time in airport lines.

Further, they have some solitude during their flight rather than having to deal with a chatty seatmate or a noisy toddler. If the plane seats several passengers, it’s an efficient way to bring along colleagues for a meeting or training session.

In the years since the 9/11 attacks, there has been an increase in the number of people getting their pilot’s licenses and flying their own private jets in Atlanta as well as around the country.

Most fly single-engine piston planes. In fact, in 2007, the Federal Aviation Administration projected that the number of hours flown in these planes would increase to 17 percent by 2020. Being able to fly to remote locations, whether to see clients or scout for new locations can be a big business advantage.

Business owners who pilot their own planes also find that it gives them a stronger business connection with clients. It’s an instant source of conversation. Taking prospective or current clients for a ride is a great way to bond and get better acquainted outside the workplace.

As one business owner notes, “Without exception, everyone is mesmerized with the marvel of flight.”

Advantages of Hiring a Pilot

However, piloting your own plane is not the optimal solution for everyone.

Becoming a private or general aviation pilot can cost thousands of dollars and require up to one year of training before you can get a license. Some people simply don’t have the time, inclination or ability to do that, but still like the idea of having a private plane. Even those who have their pilot’s license may not always find it feasible to be at the helm for every trip.

That’s why they hire a pilot.

Our Atlanta air charter company understands that hiring a pilot can be a daunting task, even for people who are licensed pilots themselves. That’s why it’s important to rely on an Atlanta aircraft management company like Peachtree Aviation. We have a network of contracted pilots whose training and references have been thoroughly investigated.

We Can Help You Choose a Pilot

If you prefer, for a flat fee, we can help you hire a pilot. We will do all the preliminary work, including reviewing resumes, running background checks and conducting preliminary interviews – all with the custom criteria you provide. Then you select the one who fits your needs best.

Whichever way you do it, when you hire a pilot through Peachtree Aviation, you can trust that you’ll be in the hands of an experienced aviator. Contact one of our Peachtree Aviation Services representatives for all of your pilot staffing and aircraft management needs.

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