Let us help you get the most from your aircraft
As an owner operator ourselves our business aviation management teams understand how to operate most business aviation types from the Gulfstream aircraft family to the Beechcraft King Air, we know the highs, lows and challenges of business aviation management, both owning and managing aircraft.
Our aircraft management service is designed to take that accumulated experience and ensure that you have a partner that:
- is focused on your safety
- delivers with ruthless efficiency but is passionate about service
- is keenly watching and interrogating the costs of operating your aircraft
- helps keep you abreast of changes in regulations and what they mean
- provides you with carbon offsetting options
- provides tools to allow you to interrogate what we see (if you wish to)
What to expect from us.Both globally and locally we have what we believe are the best people in place to deliver your aircraft management contract. With 37 years of operational experience, your local management team has extensive experience and expertise to draw on.
Our management historyWe have managed aircraft since our inception, and our longest standing continuous aircraft management contract is more than 30 years, and still going. We believe in long term relationships, ensuring your asset performs for your best long-term benefit.
Our managed fleetWe have 45 managed aircraft, covering all types, turboprop, airliner, small jet, midsize jet, large jet and rotary platforms. We also manage across the globe, in Europe, Middle East and Asia, operating under all the major aviation authorities.
Gulfstream G280-G700 aircraft management
Managing a Gulfstream is an art.
Managing the Bombardier Challenger series
Managing the Challenger series
Managing the Bombardier Global series
Managing the Global series
Dassault Falcon aircraft management family
Managing the Dassault Falcon range.
With the recent return of a Falcon 7x to our managed fleet and our historic expertise in this airframe family, we have the knowledge, people and specific Falcon know how to ensure your aircraft is perfectly managed. Our less is more approach means you get less complexity and more transparency, less confusion and more commitment. Our dedicated aircraft management account managers even have less (by design) number of aircraft under their control, so you receive more service. They literally have a small portfolio (less) of aircraft and clients so they will know your operation and requirements more intimately.
Tasks we would perform.
Aircraft management is an involved job that can be devolved to your Chief Pilot under something called Part-NCC, however we would suggest that it is better to keep the role of flying away from all of the administrative tasks that your aircraft management team will take care of.
- Flight bookings, Flight planning
- Charter marketing/sales
- Crew scheduling
- Aircraft airworthiness reviews and tasks
- Programming maintenance and advising you of the aircraft’s ‘downtime’
- Maintenance procurement
- Collating, managing and assigning invoices
- Crew management
- Arranging post flight cleaning, laundry, restocking of the aircraft
As the owner you’ll require the aircraft management company to provide all the services required to fly the aircraft.
Possible fees & costs.
Aircraft management costs can vary from ‘free’ (buyer beware) to between $5,000 and $15,000 a month depending on the aircraft size and how you wish to use the aircraft.
- Airport & aircraft handling fees
- Aircraft catering
- Crew travel & subsistence
Direct operating costs
- Fuel (the majority of the cost of ownership)
- Engine programs
- Operational support
- Continued airworthiness fees
- Air crew costs
- Provision for scheduled maintenance
- Provision for parts and engines shortfall
- Parking / hangarage
- Air crew training
- Other fees (CAA fees, etc.)
Choosing an operator
There are many factors to take into account when choosing an aircraft management company that vary from ensuring their competency to whether you can work with them or not. We’ve written a number of articles on this subject however here are five rules that may help (obviously we would like to welcome you to our family!)
Our top 5 rules for successful management
Understand the financial stability of your aircraft management company.
Free management fees where’s the catch?
Big or small? Which offers the best service?
Plan scenarios not hours flown.
Marginal gains make big differences.
Chartering your aircraft
A number of our clients do provide their aircraft to list on our charter fleet. To help, some of the pros & cons of doing this are listed below:
- Revenue from the charter flights can be used defray some of the ownership costs
- You can avoid minimum hours programme penalties
- The charter market is saturated with aircraft with supply exceeding demand
- You will not make a profit on charter
- You cannot fly in your aircraft if it is on a charter flight
- You may require more crew
- The aircraft will experience some wear and tear
Gama Aviation provides an excellent aircraft management service. Communication is good, they manage costs extremely well and I would not hesitate in recommending them.