New FBO On Isle Of Man Offers Savings On EU-ETS And Handling Costs For Business Aircraft Making Tech Stops

Private Jet Company's new aviation facility promises savings of more than 60 percent to operators making tech stops prior to European destination


            "Conversely—in both examples of aircraft flying from US destinations to London Luton—had these same aircraft landed at Private Jet for their tech stop, the operators would have saved more than two-thirds of the purported ETS invoice. In simpler terms, these US aircraft would have only been charged ETS  carbon taxes for the remaining 203 nautical miles needed to fly from the Isle of Man to Luton," Corlett remarked.

            "This same ETS cost savings applies to aircraft originating in the Middle East,” said Corlett. “For example, if a BBJ flew from Dubai to Luton, the fuel burn would be 17,180 kg, which would leave an imprint of 54,117 kg of CO2. The ETS tax would be 1,082 Euros or $1,483. But if the operator were to make a Tech Stop at Private Jet Company's new FBO, they would save more than two-thirds of their ETS cost.                                                               

            "Another important factor in choosing an FBO for a tech stop is handling costs. If we use the two US aircraft plus the Dubai-based aircraft as examples, the average handling cost (excluding the 25 percent discount) for each aircraft would have been approximately £1182.47 at 39 Tonnes MTOW, £902.47 at 32 Tonnes MTOW and £2197.47 at 78 Tonnes respectfully. Plus, they save almost thirds-thirds of the ETS charges." Corlett said

            Handling services would be provided under the European Business Aviation Association's (EBAA)  International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling. In addition to the basic handling, other multiple services include: landing and parking fees, trash burn disposal, lavatory, water, GPU, plus any other pilot requests.

            "Fuel costs would be based on market conditions that day. "We are very flexible in offering our customers substantial fuel cost incentives," Corlett remarked. Further, Private Jet always provides its customers with itemized billing, which itemizes and details all services rendered.

            "Saving time and fuel is critically important to all operators,” Corlett added. "Using the Great Circle Mapper, we found that Van Nuys to Luton, with a tech stop in Shannon, was 4,759 nm. But, by making your Tech Stop at our FBO on the Isle of Man, with a final destination of Luton, the aircraft would fly 42 fewer miles. That may not be much, but over a period of 25 flights to Europe the costs add up. Also, operators can execute high-speed approaches and weather is rarely a restriction, with an ILS on both runways"  Corlett emphasized.

            “Moreover, had this aircraft stopped (for their 25 trips) at Shannon for a Tech Stop they would have paid the full ETS offsets and almost 35 percent more in handling charges," Corlett said.                                                                  

            Equally important are passenger comforts. Neither Shannon handling agents have aviation facilities with passenger lounges. The normal passenger waiting area is usually inside the respective handling agent's hangar area. Conversely, Private Jet has a new business aviation center with  a luxury guest lounge for passengers to wait out the refueling process.

            "And, we understand that most transient aircraft operators may have the need for customs and immigration formalities upon arrival at their destination. When you make an Isle of Man Tech Stop your interim destination, Private Jet is able to obtain all immigration and custom clearances, by use of your APIS prior to your arrival. This service means we will have you on your way in less than 45 minutes—a quick turnaround," Corlett explained.

The FBO Complex

            Business aircraft have easy access to the new Private Jet complex from either runway 26 or 08  located on the northeast side of the airport. The Isle of Man airport  offers both ILS and LOC/DME on a newly extended 6,000-foot runway  Additionally, the new control tower was brought on line in 2012.

            Corlett wanted to design a facility that would take advantage of their assigned airport location. Particular care was taken with the building’s orientation to maximize ramp space and provide ease of access from the adjacent taxiway to park near the FBO's entrance, as well as entry into the FBO's hangar.    

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