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How to Make Eco-Friendly Choices When Flying Private

by Amber

Chartering a private flight is becoming increasingly popular due to its convenience, cost efficiency, and privacy benefits. But with this rise in luxury air travel comes the responsibility to make eco-friendly choices whenever possible. Although there has been some backlash when it comes to private air travel and its environmental effects, there are some practical ways that you can fly private while still minimizing your environmental impact. From choosing the right aircraft to ensuring that all fuel used is clean and renewable, every step of your journey can help reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment. The following tips can help you make more eco-friendly choices when flying private:

Research your aircraft options

Before chartering a private flight, it’s important that you take the time to research what type of aircraft you will be using for your trip. The most important decision when it comes to reducing your environmental impact is the type of aircraft you choose. Although smaller planes have lower emissions, they may not be able to accommodate your needs or the size of your group. Instead, opt for a larger plane that is powered by turbines rather than engines with reciprocating pistons. Turbine-powered aircrafts are quieter and more efficient, reducing the amount of noise pollution, in addition to emissions. Additionally, larger jets have a longer range and don’t require as much energy to stay in the air. 

You’ll also want to opt for a newer plane model when making your decision. Newer planes often operate much more efficiently than their older counterparts and may come with special features, such as winglets, which help reduce drag on the aircraft surface and reduce fuel consumption. You should also inquire about what type of fuel the plane uses; some fuels produce fewer emissions than others.

Choose your route carefully

When planning your trip, it’s important to opt for the most direct route possible in order to reduce emissions as much as possible. Longer flights require more fuel and create more pollutants so opting for shorter routes when available is key for minimizing your environmental impact. In addition, routing through airports that use advanced navigation systems such as Global Positioning System (GPS) approaches and Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) procedures can also be beneficial, since these systems allow for more precise options than traditional means of navigation, which consumes less fuel. Flying upwind or downhill when possible will also be a more eco-friendly approach since this requires less engine power than flying horizontally at mid-altitudes or climbing uphill against strong winds. When chartering your private flight with us, we can help plan an optimal flight and route that can ensure the most environmentally-friendly approach.

Look into sustainable fuel sources

In recent years, there has been an increase in sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) that are made from renewable sources, such as wood chips and agricultural waste products, instead of non-renewable sources, like petrol or diesel. These fuels create fewer pollutants when burned and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent. When chartering a private flight with us, be sure to ask if SAFs are available for your particular flight. If so, consider using them whenever possible to reduce your environmental impact even further.

Offset emissions where you can

Finally, one way to ensure that you’re making eco-friendly choices when chartering a private flight is offsetting any emissions produced during each trip if possible. Many people will calculate the carbon output from a particular trip so that they can donate funds or other resources towards emission reduction projects as compensation for this pollution. Doing this may not always be feasible for everyone, but it’s certainly worth considering when looking for ways to reduce your environmental impact while still taking advantage of flying private.

Small changes, big impact

At the end of the day, we all have a responsibility to strive towards minimizing our environmental impact wherever possible, even when traveling by charter flight. Making small eco-friendly changes to the way you travel can have a big impact on the environment. With careful planning and some research, it’s easy to charter a private flight that is both safe and sustainable. By doing so, you can help reduce your carbon footprint and protect the planet for future generations. By researching aircraft options before booking a flight, choosing routes wisely, utilizing sustainable fuel sources where available, and offsetting emissions whenever able, any traveler can make eco-friendly choices while still enjoying all the benefits charter flights have to offer.

Enroll in today

If you are looking for ways to minimize your carbon footprint as much as possible when you are flying private with us, we will be happy to help. Contact us today to learn more about the different ways we can customize your private flight to ensure the most environmentally-friendly private flight possible. We can also provide you with more information on our exclusive Jet Membership program, which offers wholesale rates on all private flights.

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