#XOxUPLIFTSERIES: Seasoned Pilots, Prized Possessions, & Spectacular Photos

#XOxUPLIFTSERIES | Seasoned Pilots, Prized Possessions & Spectacular Photos

Our latest edition of the #XOxUPLIFTSERIES features Captain Kurt and First Officer Jim, two of our over 170 talented and world-class pilots. These two individuals make their way onto the XOJET Blog for winning our latest pilot photo contest, an internal competition designed to bring you more behind-the-scenes content of our people and the beautiful destinations we frequent.

Captain Kurt, an 11-year XOJET veteran, and First Officer Jim, a newly-inducted XOJET pilot, share a few things in common: capturing spectacular photos, valuing their most prized possessions, and their love of XOJET.

Read on to meet Captain Kurt and First Officer Jim.

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.”

XOJET, The Most Liked Private Jet Brand Across Social

April 21, 2017  |  Media, Private Jet, XOJET

We are thrilled to celebrate a special milestone, one that represents our focus on people, communities, and those who love aviation. Each day we constantly and fiercely advocate on behalf of our clients by being the trusted advisor and service provider of choice. This is our mantra, our true north, and our guiding principles – and the ability to share our passion with hundreds of thousands of people around the world as the most liked private jet brand across social media is a true honor.

Five Destinations You Can Only Reach by Private Jet

Besides comfort, convenience, and cutting-edge efficiency, flying private opens the gates to a multitude of hard-to-reach destinations.

Below is the crème de la crème of those destinations—not just difficult to reach, but quite literally impossible when flying directly on anything but a private jet or charter. Meaning, if you’re looking for a luxurious destination for your next vacation with XOJET, look no further.

Anguilla

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla

Photo Credit: Four Seasons

XOJET Partners with Etihad Airways to Provide Exclusive Travel Benefits

Today, we are embarking on a private-commercial partnership that breaks new ground for ultra-high-net-worth flyers traveling internationally from leading private jet brand to leading international airline, Etihad Airways.
Etihad Airways A380

XOJET makes its film debut in Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake and Gemma Arterton

October 3, 2013  |  Private Jet, XOJET

It’s not every day an XOJET plane makes it into an action-packed, blockbuster film. But when it does, ever wonder what it takes? Catch our plane in exciting scenes of the upcoming release of “Runner Runner,” the result of nearly 5 weeks of planning, support from 30 aviation experts, and a $21+ Million Dollar XOJET Bombardier Challenger 300. Read on as we take you into our own behind the scenes:

Conversations kicked off between XOJET and 20th Century Fox a month before the big shoot. To make it all happen, industry…

Private jet takeoff in Carlsbad, CA

July 4, 2013  |  Private Jet

Ever wondered what a Citation X takeoff looks like? Check out this video of an XOJET takeoff from Braedon Lash at McClellan–Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, CA.

Q&A with Nora Jacobsen, XOJET Challenger 300 co-pilot

In honor of the 2013 Women in Aviation Conference, the XOJET Blog has been running a series of profiles of some of the great women who work at XOJET. We recently spoke with Nora Jacobsen, who stopped by XOJET’s booth at the 2012 conference and ended up joining us in July 2012—a month after retiring from a 20-year career as a U.S. Navy pilot. She’s now a co-pilot on the XOJET Challenger 300 super-mid-size jet.

XOJET Blog: Talk about your role at XOJET and what your responsibilities are.

Nora: I’m a co-pilot…

An Aviation App Designed for Pilots, by a Pilot

April 1, 2013  |  Private Jet, Private Jet Charter, XOJET

As is the case with most innovations, it was the desire to make life easier that inspired former XOJET captain Joe Dickinson to create one of the most comprehensive aviation iPad/iPhone applications on the market: the Aviation Pilot Duty & Performance Calculator.

Commercial pilots must follow strict guidelines for determining—down to the minute—whether reached the on-duty flight time allowed by FAA regulations.

“We fly a lot and we often have 14-hour work days,” said Dickinson. “It can feel hard to muster the brainpower to do calculations when you’re hungry and tired.”

What makes…

Born on the 4th of July: Q&A with Brad Stewart, XOJET’s New CEO

Aviation was a theme in Brad Stewart’s life even before he was born: His parents met on a charter jet flight—he was a professional hockey player, she was a flight attendant. When Stewart’s father retired from hockey, the family settled first in Cleveland—where Stewart was born on the U.S. bicentennial, July 4, 1976—and then in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where Stewart grew up. He took his first flying lessons at the age of 19 and has been an aviation enthusiast ever since.

Stewart pursued a successful career in management consulting and private…