Archive for August, 2017

Glimpse of Total Solar Eclipse at 34,000 Feet

Hours before the total solar eclipse, the XOJET team had the pleasure of joining Captain Jonathan and First Officer Austin in our spacious Challenger 300 for a special trip to Redmond, Oregon to bring our fans a first-hand glimpse of this special show. Here’s what we experienced:

The Winemaker’s Guide to Napa Valley Harvest Season

August 24, 2017  |  Wine

Harvest season in Napa Valley

Fall is as busy a time as ever on the XOJET event radar, but it’s not just because of primetime sporting events like the U.S. Open of tennis or World Series of baseball. Chief among private charter destinations is the annual spectacle of wine happening not far from our operations command center in Northern California, namely harvest season in Napa Valley and Sonoma.

September—and sometimes early October—is the vintage climax, and judging by the comments from the winemakers we interviewed for this article, it could very well be a ‘hang-time vintage.’ There was a lot of rain in the spring, a lot of heat this summer, and now the grapes are in the clubhouse turn. Below are five wineries on which you can place your bets, with firsthand vintage evaluations from the owners and winemakers, in addition to their favorite places to hang out when they’re off-duty.

As for getting there, XOJET can touch down at any suitable airport of your choice and arrange direct service to your final destination. We recommend landing at either Napa County Airport or Sonoma County Airport, both of which are conveniently located near the region’s finest hotels and, of course, the vineyards themselves.

XOJET Expands Office to Palm Beach, Covering All Four Corners of the United States

August 18, 2017  |  Media, Private Aviation, XOJET

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Across the company, 2017 is proving to be a year of many proud milestones. In May, we operated our 200,000th flight, a true testament to our people. In July, we launched our latest product offering called Access Solutions, a newly minted suite of membership programs. And on August 1st, we proudly welcomed our 5th office located in Palm Beach, Florida.

Catch the Solar Eclipse with XOJET

August 10, 2017  |  Events

Solar Eclipse Path of Totality 2017

Even if you can’t tell the Big Dipper from the Milky Way, it’s hard to miss the hubbub surrounding the 2017 solar eclipse, which will shoot across the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina on August 21st. Although the total eclipse will be visible anywhere within the contiguous U.S.—a first since 1918—only sites within a 70-mile-wide “path of totality” will experience full-on twilight during the eclipse.

Ready to embrace the dark side? Fly XOJET to one of these well-positioned locales, where you’ll find easy access to pre-eclipse events, viewing parties, and post-eclipse bashes. (Note: Be sure to protect your eyes by wearing eclipse-certified glasses).

The Citation X: Science in Motion

August 4, 2017  |  Private Jet

Parked alongside other world-class private jets on an FBO runway, the Cessna Citation X stands out for its radical edges and streamlined design.

Mike Pierce, a 34-year veteran of Cessna Aviation (now part of Textron) who was part of the integrated team that designed this iconic aircraft, still can’t keep his inner aviation geek from aweing at the sight. “It’s long and lean with sleek swept wings and big powerful engines,” he says. “It just looks mean sitting on the ramp.”

Look past the surface, however, and it’s not just the design that’s so impressive, it’s the scientific intention behind the design. The Cessna Citation X is the fastest cross-continental business jet in the world, reaching a top speed of Mach 0.92 (700 mph) while consuming an average of 336 gallons per hour. (Not much more than other super mid-size jets—which average in the 250-270 range—considering the Citation X requires fewer hours to get you there). The bottom line: Efficiency is optimized in every possible aspect of the Citation X, allowing corporate executives to fly coast-to-coast in less than four hours, have their meetings, and return home by evening—all without paying exorbitantly higher operational costs.

“When we started this process, we were looking to do something that had never been done before in business jets,” Mike says, referring to the jet’s inception in the late 1980s. “Business jets had already seen long cabins, short-field runway performance, super docile handling characteristics, and single-pilot capability. We wanted to go after that speed number, and not just speed for the sake of speed, but speed with efficiency.”

Private Aviation Can Take You Anywhere: Brad Stewart’s Journey to XOJET

August 3, 2017  |  XOJET, XOJET Profiles

XOJET CEO Brad Stewart

Five years ago, on a visit to his hometown of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Brad Stewart drove with his wife Brady out to Flying Cloud Airport so she could glimpse an important chapter from her husband’s past.

Stewart was employed during his college years by the Executive Aviation FBO at Flying Cloud, fueling planes and assisting customers, meanwhile taking flying lessons and working toward the pilot’s license he’d eventually earn. The Citation, King Air, and other aircraft he saw fly in and out were inspiring machines serving diverse needs, including air ambulance runs.

“I got the chance to fly on some of those missions,” recalls Stewart, whose career path would take him into business consulting and private-equity positions, experience that helped prep him for his current role as Chairman & CEO of XOJET. “The fleets were impressive to me, and the work they did felt important.”

“The Olympics of the Car World”: Chairman Sandra Button Previews the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

August 2, 2017  |  Events

Widely regarded as one of the world’s pre-eminent classic auto events, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® combines a unique competitive spirit with a reverence for vintage machinery to attract attendees from all around the globe. Some pay tribute to modern design and engineering by booking an XOJET charter flight to the event—they arrive in Monterey, CA aboard a sleek and ultra-luxurious Cessna Citation X or Bombardier Challenger 300. In fact, the natural affinity between world-class private aviation and the setting for this magnificent event has spawned an official alliance: Last fall, Pebble Beach Resorts made XOJET its Official Private Aviation Partner, signing a multi-year agreement.

“Concours d’Elegance”—the first part of that high-styled French phrase means “competition.” The seriousness of it is palpable when all 150 judges head out to inspect the cars on the morning of the event, which this year is Sunday, August 20th. That’s when impeccably restored vintage automobiles will line the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links®, home to the PGA Tour’s annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am as well as five past U.S. Opens. And for the preceding five days, when the Pebble Beach Concours offers preliminary activities—like the Tour d’Elegance, Classic Car Forum, and RetroAuto—that for many attendees are almost as enjoyable as the competition itself. Whatever you know about the art and science of classic cars, you can learn plenty more at the Concours—check out the agenda here.

Concourse d'Elegance 2015 Best in Show