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Why Private Charter?

Chartering an aircraft enables a business to maximize its two most significant assets: time and people. Chartering makes travel faster, more convenient, thoroughly private, and offers more options and greater flexibility than airline travel. With control over almost all aspects of travel, no longer are your schedules dictated by commercial carriers. Changes in plans and destinations can even be made while in flight.

How much time does chartering save?

Time is the biggest value in chartering an aircraft, and as the old saying goes “time is money.” No longer will you rush just to waste valuable time waiting to check in, around baggage carousels, and in boarding areas due to flight delays or cancellations. You choose the departure and arrival times to meet your needs. Imagine showing up at the airport, going directly to the aircraft and taking off. It’s that simple. Important meetings won’t be cut short to catch a return flight because your chartered aircraft will be waiting until you are ready to leave, and getting home quicker means more time for personal obligations.

Aside from the time savings, the time spent traveling can now be put to productive use. Consider the airplane to be an extension of the office, where in the privacy of the cabin you can prepare for meetings, have confidential conversations or relax without interruption.

How is aircraft provided?

We provide our clients with aircraft in two ways; through chartering our own aircraft, and brokering aircraft from our network of charter operations that we have business relationships with. This gives us an extensive database of aircraft to better suite the needs of our clients.

What kind of aircraft do we get?

Most people have heard of Learjets, but the number of different makes and types of aircraft seem to be endless. Just as there are many manufacturers of automobiles with numerous makes and models, so it is with aircraft. Each aircraft model is designed for a specific purpose. At one end of the spectrum are aircraft designed for short trips of less than an hour, while at the other end are aircraft capable of flying nonstop over 7,000 nautical miles, or approximately 14 hours. And there are a multitude of aircraft in-between. The objective is to provide the aircraft that will most efficiently meet the needs of the individual trip. Long trips are best served by aircraft that are designed to fly faster and at higher altitudes, while turboprops and light jets are most efficient for shorter trips. When looking at price, jets will cost considerably more per hour than turboprops, but keep in mind, they spend less time in flight due to their increased speed.

The three types of aircraft available for charter are Piston, Turbo-Prop, and Jet. Piston powered aircraft are the least expensive and are useful for very short trips with the faster models topping out at about 220 miles per hour.

Turbo-Props are turbine engine aircraft that are driven by propellers. With speeds ranging from 220-340 miles per hour, they are useful for trips of 2 to 4 hours, or a distance of 900 to 1,100 miles.

Due to the wide variety of jets available, turbo fan equipped aircraft are the most versatile. There are models designed for short and medium trips, while others are designed for long range trips with the capability to reach speeds over 600 miles per hour, and altitudes of 50,000 feet where they are most efficiently designed to operate.

When you call for a quote we will ask you for information which will enable us to suggest the most suitable and efficient aircraft for your trip. By also being a broker, we have the advantage of more aircraft to choose from.

Can we have meals?

Catering for the flight is available from snacks to full course meals. With a few days notice, you have an infinite choice of food and beverages

Is chartering expensive?

When comparing the cost of charter to that of airline travel, the benefit is not so much in the price, but in the value added features. Though there are circumstances when chartering can cost less than an airline flight, that is the exception not the rule. The benefits you receive in chartering are rooted in time savings, flexibility, and the capability to get somewhere quick, and on short notice. When you cost compare the savings in time, along with the increased productivity of those utilizing charter, there is no question that charter is extremely cost efficient. Many businesses find it practical to utilize a combination of airline and charter flights as need dictates.

Is Private Chartering safe?

All aircraft for hire is governed by regulations set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The section of the regulations covering aircraft for hire falls under Part 135; Consumer and On-Demand Operations. Every detail of operation is regulated from scheduled maintenance, pilot operations and qualifications and actual flight rules. We follow every regulation to the smallest detail, and regular audits by the FAA ensure that we do so. We would be happy to arrange a tour of our maintenance facility and have our Chief Inspector answer any questions you may have.

How can chartering help my business?

An aircraft is one of many business tools utilized by companies and individuals throughout the world. Chartering empowers companies with capabilities to travel with little notice, and in an extremely time efficient manner. Being able to get to the customer, or get the customer to you in such an effortless manner has been a facilitator for the success of many businesses. Chartering is not just for executives, it’s for anyone whose time is valuable and necessary for the success of any business. It enables managers to visit several locations in the course of a normal business day, and when problems arise on a work-site, skilled workers and equipment can be dispatched within a minimal amount of time and effort. Chartering offers more than the ability to move people, it enables businesses to move packages quickly and on short notice.

Many find that owning their own aircraft makes sense once they are flying non-airline aircraft near 300 hours a year. Less than that, most find it financially practical to charter an aircraft on an as needed basis. If the purchase of an aircraft is an option, Winner Aviation is ready to assist in the evaluation and purchasing process, and can even manage the aircraft if desired.

Is chartering just for business?

Though the most common use for chartering an aircraft is for business purposes, many aircraft are chartered for leisure or personal activities. Getting a group together to share an aircraft for a golf trip or sporting events, such as the Super Bowl or a Nascar race can be quite inexpensive compared to the airlines based on the number of people on the trip.

What about Airports?

Scheduled air charters serve 580 airports in the United States, and a typical flight can consist of multiple connections and aircraft. Chartered aircraft have access to 5,400 airports and only stop at the ones you choose. This means we get you closer to your destination, and with most larger cities you will have a choice of airports. Should weather related diversions be a problem, we will still get you closer to your destination than an airline. Since chartered aircraft use the general aviation areas of the airport, this usually allows for vehicles to pick you up at the aircraft, and in a matter of minutes you can be on your way.

Why consider Aircraft Management?

Winner Aviation has all the resources in place to manage your aircraft. Aircraft ownership is no simple task- acquisition, maintenance, crewing, hangar, insurance, scheduling, accounting, and paperwork requirements are among the responsibilities Winner Aviation can offer in supporting your aircraft. Think of Winner Aviation as Your Flight Department working for You.

Why “Manage” a Private (Part 91) Aircraft?

Winner Aviation is a full service general aviation facility. We have the fuel farm, the hangar space, mechanics, and pilots to support your operations. For aircraft owner’s who prefer a professional department to support their operations, Winner Aviation is your solution.

What about chartering my aircraft (Part 135)?

Many aircraft owners seek Part 135 charter as a way to offset the costs of aircraft ownership. Winner Aviation maintains its own Air Carrier Certificate and opportunities exist for aircraft owners to generate revenue from their investment, when otherwise it may sit idle.

What is Operational Control?

Operational control is the exercise of authority over initiating, conducting, or terminating a flight. FAA guidelines require each Air Carrier to have a system in place to assure operational control. Winner Aviation maintains Operational Control on all Part 135 Flights. In most Part 91 Operations, the operational control rests with the aircraft owner.

What is the Winner Flight Department Advantage?

Winner Aviation Flight Department Aircraft are subject to special savings. When you join our team, we take the extra step to support you and offer exclusive rates on hangar, fuel, maintenance, pilot services, and more.

What is WAAS?

WAAS stands for Wide Area Augmentation System. WAAS is a system of satellites that provides GPS signal corrections, offering up to 5 times better position precision than GPS.

Is the 406 ELT required in the United States?

The FAA has no requirement at this time, but they highly recommend that each aircraft has the 406 ELT installed. As of February 2009, the 121.5 and 243 MHz ELT frequencies have been terminated and replaced with the 406 ELT Frequency.

What services does Winner Aviation’s Avionics department offer?

Radio Repair, New Installations, Auto-Pilot, Troubleshooting & Repair, Radar Troubleshooting & Repairs, ADF Troubleshooting & Repairs, Transpoder-DME Systems, 2-Year Pitot/Static Certification, Flight Management Systems (GPS), Ground Proximity Warning Systems (EGPWS), Traffic Collision & Avoidance Systems (TCAS), Stormscope, Communications Systems, Navigation Systems, Cabin Phone Systems, Cabin Entertainment Systems, and Cabin Flight Information Systems.

What is ADS-B?

Per FAA, the FAA’s Surveillance and Broadcast Services program office was formed in 2005. The program office will change the nation’s air traffic control system from one that relies on radar technology to a system that uses precise location data from the global satellite network.

Enabling this evolution is a proven technology called Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). ADS-B is a crucial component of the nation’s Next-Generation Air Transportation System, and its implementation over the next 20 years will turn the NextGen vision into a reality.  With ADS-B, both pilots and controllers will see radar-like displays with highly accurate traffic data from satellites-displays that update in real time and don’t degrade with distance or terrain. The system will also give pilots access to weather services, terrain maps and flight information services. The improved situational awareness will mean that pilots will be able to fly at safe distances from one another with less assistance from air traffic controllers.

The gains in safety, capacity, and efficiency as a result of moving to a satellite-based system will enable the FAA to meet the tremendous growth in air traffic predicted in coming decades.

What is Commercial Ground Handling?

Any of the services that may be required while an Airliner is on the ground.

What type of ground services does Winner Aviation provide?

We provide both above and below wing ground services along with any terminal services that may be requested.

What are some examples of above wing services?

Above wing services include but are not limited to catering and de-catering, removing all trash from the cabin, stowing blankets and pillows, folding seatbelts, vacuuming, cleaning the lavatories and galleys, etc.

What are some examples of below wing services?

Below the wing services include, but are not limited to, the application of ground power, fueling, lavatory service, potable water service, baggage handling and air starts when required.

What terminal services do you provide?

Passenger check in, passenger enplaning and deplaning, baggage check in, along with a trained and fully qualified 60 seat and over Ground Security Coordinator. Security screening is provided by either TSA or Huntleigh USA.

Who is Allegiant Air?

Las Vegas based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations such as Las Vegas NV, Orlando FL, St. Petersburg FL, Phoenix AZ, Los Angles CA, and Ft. Lauderdale FL. Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the Company operates low-cost, high efficiency, all-jet passenger airline offering both on a stand-alone basis and bundled with hotel rooms, rental cars, and other travel related services.

How long have they been servicing the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport?

Allegiant Air has been operating out of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport (YNG) with service to the Orlando-Sanford FL Airport (SFB) for over 3 years now.

How do I make reservations?

Contact Allegiant Air Reservations at 702-505-8888, www.allegiantair.com or avoid service charges and booking fees by coming in person to the Airport Ticket Counter between the hours of 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM, Monday through Friday. No reservations can be taken over the phone by either Winner Aviation or by Airport Administration.

Which engines is Winner Aviation FAA approved to provide services to?

Honeywell TPE331,Honeywell TFE731, Line; Pratt & Whitney JT-15D, including Hot Section Inspection; Pratt & Whitney PT-6A, including Hot Section Inspection; General Electric CJ-610, including Hot Section Inspection; Textron Lycoming 200,300,400,500 Series; and Teledyne Continental 200,300,400,500 Series

What types of engine services does Winner Aviation perform?

Hot Section Inspections and Repair Cost Management, Gear Box Inspections, Gear Box Repairs, Compressor Repair, Cylinder Repair and Engine Vibration Survey, Engine Rigging, Routine and Unscheduled Repair, Lebow Calibration, Recompensation, Clean and Check Fuel Nozzles, Fuel Nozzle Flow Bench, Dynamic Prop Balancing, Vibration / Spectrum Analysis, Oil Analysis (S.O.A.P.), Boroscope Analysis, Output Housing, TBO Extensions, MSP Program (TPE331/731), ESP Program (PT6), Unscheduled Repairs – lightning strikes, bird ingestion, prop strikes, AOG Field Service, and engine overhauls

Who is Winner Aviation?

Winner Aviation is a full service Fixed Based Operator at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna, Ohio. We offer charter services, as well as line services and maintenance operations within our 50,000 square foot facility. Our line services handle the day to day needs of our based, transient and commercial customers. From the time an aircraft lands to the time it leaves, we are there to assist the crew and passengers, and provide any necessary services to the aircraft. Our maintenance facility is made up of piston and turbine service centers along with avionics repair and installation shops. Our facility has been at this location nearly 60 years, and our expertise with aviation is well-grounded in experienced employees and their dedication to providing quality services.

Can Winner Aviation handle large commercial airliners?

Yes, Winner handles MD80’s and 737’s on a weekly basis. In the past we have provided total ground handling support for aircraft ranging from regional jets to L1011’s.

Does Winner Aviation have contract fuel?

Yes, we can provide contract fuel through Shell and World Fuel. All we need is a fuel release faxed from them.

Can Winner Aviation handle cargo operations?

Yes, we have loaded and unloaded aircraft ranging from a Cessna 340 to a DC8.

Does Winner have both Type I and IV deicing capabilities?

Yes, we have a brand new deicing unit that carries 1800 gallons of Type I and 500 gallons of Type IV.

What is a Part 145 Repair Station?

An aircraft facility that has met the government established criteria to qualify as a part 145 repair station.

Why is a Part 145 Repair Station better than a non- Part 145 Repair Station?

Designation as a Part 145 repair station provides significant benefits, primarily by allowing your facility to be open to government inspection. A Part 145 repair station must comply with the highest levels of conduct, documentation, and credentials to back it.

Why is going to a service center better than going to a non-service center?

A service center has better trained mechanics, cheaper prices on parts, close relationships with manufacturers and support by those manufacturers, enhanced tooling to support the service of a customer’s aircraft at a higher level while minimizing downtime.

Are you Factory Authorized to work on certain aircraft?

We are factory authorized to work on Hawker Beechraft, Cessna, Diamond, Mitsubishi and Twin Commander Aircraft.

What types of aircraft can you work on?

We have the following aircraft on our repair station: Falcon 10 and 20, Cessna 500 & 550, Beechjet 400 & 400A, Hawker 700 & 800, Westwind, and all aircraft under 12,500 pounds gross weight.

What is your customer referral program?

With Winner Aviation’s customer referral program, if you refer a customer to us and you will receive 5% off your labor charges during any one visit at Winner Aviation!

What is Winner Aviation’s Airframe Class Rating?

Winner Aviation is a Full Service FAA Repair Station with an Airframe Class III rating.

What is Winner Aviation’s Radio Class Rating?

Winner Aviation is a Full Service FAA Repair Station with Radio Class I, II, and III ratings.

How does a factory authorization affect me?

As a factory authorized parts distributor we receive parts pricing discount which means lower parts prices for our customers. It also allows us to deliver parts from stock saving you shipping charges and down time on your aircraft.

Is there same day shipment?

Yes, Winner Aviation offers same day shipment on parts.