When you fly on a private jet charter, you’re bound to hear some industry jargon that you might not be overly familiar with: FBO, BizAv, empty legs… To help you demystify some of the vernacular you’ll come across as a private jet traveller, we’ve put together a glossary of commonly used terms. That way, when you arrange your next flight with one of our friendly private flight advisors, you’ll be on the same wavelength. Jet charter lingo Avionics: An avionics suite is the electronic control system, including visual displays, on aircraft that allows pilots and crew to perform a variety of individual functions, such as:

  • Communications
  • Navigation
  • Systems management

BizAv: An industry buzzword that is short for ‘Business Aviation.’ Executives and other corporate clients make up a considerable portion of the clientele in the jet charter industry. As you already know, we truly live in a global economy and BizAv offers a convenient and comfortable mode of air travel for those who conduct business abroad. Cruise Speed: Once an aircraft has stopped climbing to reach its cruising altitude, the cruise speed is the standard speed at which it flies. It can be measured in:

  • Knots
  • Miles per hour
  • Mach

Empty Leg: Also known as a ‘dead head’ flight, an empty leg describes a private jet with no passengers or cargo. It usually results when a charter jet is on a return leg for repositioning purposes. To try and recoup some of the costs associated with this, many jet charter companies will offer discounted jet charter prices to fill the flight. Jet charter lingo To learn more about discounts on empty leg flights, check out our post: Empty Leg Flights Offer the Full Private Jet Experience at a Discount. FAA: The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is the branch of the US Department of Transportation (DOT) that develops industry standards for aviation. Among other things, the FAA regulates:

  • Airports
  • Aircraft operation and maintenance
  • Air charter operators
  • Pilot certification

FBO: An FBO, which stands for Fixed Base Operator, is a commercial business that Jet charter lingo operates out of an airport. In addition to operating private jet charters, they can provide numerous other services for the jet charter industry, including:

  • Fueling aircraft
  • Providing hangar space
  • Servicing aircraft
  • Arranging in-flight catering

Preferred Vendor: Air charter brokers like Stratos Jets develop regional networks of air charter operators who they can count on to provide reliable service for clients. This streamlines the process of sourcing aircraft and operators for a particular area. Private Jet Broker: Stratos Jets is an example of a private jet broker. Our goal is to facilitate the hiring of private jets for our clients. We do this by identifying your air travel needs and then using our industry contacts and experience to source the most appropriate aircraft for your particular mission. Are you in search of a jet charter company with a proven record for safety and reliability? Whether you’re flying for business or leisure, call Stratos Jet Charters to arrange your next trip—(888) 593-9066 (toll free) or request a quote online.