Private Jet Charter Industry 2016 Year in Review

Like any industry, the private jet charter sector experienced its share of news headlines in 2016. As a forward-thinking charter broker, we like to stay abreast of what’s happening. Here’s a look back at some of events that caught our attention over the last 12 months.

Orlando Hosts NBAA-BACE 2016

Whenever the NBAA hosts its annual Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, it’s always a good time. The fact that this year’s even was held in Orlando (ie. Stratos Jets’ backyard) made it all the more special.

As the world’s largest civilian aviation tradeshow (and sixth largest tradeshow of any kind in the United States), it’s hard to describe just how monumental this event is. This three-day extravaganza that brings together:

  • Aircraft owners
  • Manufacturers
  • Industry service providers

This year’s event, which was attended by an estimated 27,000 people, was highlighted by:

  • Exciting keynote speakers and educational sessions
  • Product announcements and unveilings
  • Aircraft exhibits

Zika Virus Raises Travel Concerns

private jet charter zika virus
Just as the Summer Olympics were getting underway in Brazil, the threat of Zika virus was also gaining worldwide attention. In particular, the disease—which can be transmitted via mosquito bites and through sexual intercourse—poses a serious threat to pregnant women, due to the risk of birth defects such as microcephaly.

Like anyone travelling to South America, private jet charter passengers are urged to take precautions such as:

  • Practicing safe sex
  • Applying EPA-registered insect repellent
  • Staying in accommodations with good insect protection

US Allows Private Jet Charter Operations to Cuba

private jet charter to cuba
In a landmark announcement, the US government lifted a decades-long embargo on civilian travel to Cuba. For years, American citizens were prohibited from travelling to the country, but tensions between the two nations are starting to ease.

While it’s now possible to arrange a private jet charter to Cuba, you can only travel there for a valid reason. This doesn’t include umbrella drinks on the beach. This could include:

  • Visiting family
  • Journalism assignments
  • Research or education
  • Athletic competitions
  • Humanitarian projects

Items Banned on Private Jet Charters

hoverboards banned on private jet charter flights
Hoverboards have become increasingly popular in recent years, but they’re no longer welcome aboard commercial airlines or private jet charter flights. This is due to safety concerns over the battery units used to power these high-tech scooters.

Earlier this year, there were several incidents caught on video (and posted on social media for the world to see) that showed hoverboards spontaneously catching fire.

Later, in October, the Department of Transportation (which governs safety aboard airlines and private jet charter flights) also banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone for similar battery-related reasons.

For a look back at the year’s highlights in 2015, read our post: Private Jets in 2015: The Top 5 BizAv Events that Made News.

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