Experience with ImagineAir

Old Jul 26, 17, 9:26 am
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Experience with ImagineAir

Is anyone able to share their experiences with ImagineAir or any of the other single-piston aircraft charter companies?

http://www.imagineair.com/

This looks like a time-saving way to make short regional hops that would otherwise require a long (or indirect) drive. ImagineAir says they are targeting a cost of roughly $4/mile, though my experience with their online booking tool usually returns higher fares. Still a lot cheaper than traditional jet charter, and a lot more expensive than driving.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kathryn.../#42a22d9c21e4

Thoughts about how dependent these planes would be to perfect weather?
Thoughts about flying with a single pilot (and an airframe parachute)?
Thoughts about in-flight comfort, noise, seating position?
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Old Jul 27, 17, 8:27 am
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They are comparing a Cirrus to a luxury sedan!? Maybe if you only have one passenger.
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Old Jul 27, 17, 10:24 am
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They are comparing a Cirrus to a luxury sedan!? Maybe if you only have one passenger.
Would you compare a Cirrus to a ford focus? I would say the point is that relative to the General Aviation curve a Cirrus is actually pretty spacious and comfortable (Especially up front). Try riding in the back of a C-172 if you think a Cirrus is cramped.
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Old Jul 27, 17, 12:54 pm
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Thoughts about in-flight comfort, noise, seating position?
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They are comparing a Cirrus to a luxury sedan!? Maybe if you only have one passenger.
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Would you compare a Cirrus to a ford focus? I would say the point is that relative to the General Aviation curve a Cirrus is actually pretty spacious and comfortable (Especially up front). Try riding in the back of a C-172 if you think a Cirrus is cramped.
So do you think comfort would be substandard relative to riding in a car?
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So do you think comfort would be substandard relative to riding in a car?
Not at all, though much noisier of course. My point was rather that the Cirrus is a more luxurious ride than a comparable C-172 or C-182. You have a good bit more room in the cabin and a significantly better view.
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For < 2.5 hour flights in reasonable weather (you're not going to be fly through substantive snow or thunderstorms), the SR-22T is a great option.

It's actually quite comfortable for up to 3 passengers, and much more of a luxury feel than your standard single-engine piston. Noise is a non-issue with the right noise-cancelling headset (which any decent operator will provide).

Safety with one-pilot isn't really an issue if pilot is experienced. A piston aircraft is never going to be quite as safe as a turbine aircraft, but you're chartering at ~$700/hr instead of ~$1,700/hr so it's a different product.
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Old Aug 3, 17, 2:44 pm
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Originally Posted by SJPaul View Post
Is anyone able to share their experiences with ImagineAir or any of the other single-piston aircraft charter companies?

http://www.imagineair.com/

This looks like a time-saving way to make short regional hops that would otherwise require a long (or indirect) drive. ImagineAir says they are targeting a cost of roughly $4/mile, though my experience with their online booking tool usually returns higher fares. Still a lot cheaper than traditional jet charter, and a lot more expensive than driving.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kathryn.../#42a22d9c21e4

Thoughts about how dependent these planes would be to perfect weather?
Thoughts about flying with a single pilot (and an airframe parachute)?
Thoughts about in-flight comfort, noise, seating position?
$4 a Mile? HAHA that would mean a Boston-Teterboro trip would cost what? $760? If so, i'm in. But that's not accurate.
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Old Aug 3, 17, 2:51 pm
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Originally Posted by SJPaul View Post
Is anyone able to share their experiences with ImagineAir or any of the other single-piston aircraft charter companies?

http://www.imagineair.com/

This looks like a time-saving way to make short regional hops that would otherwise require a long (or indirect) drive. ImagineAir says they are targeting a cost of roughly $4/mile, though my experience with their online booking tool usually returns higher fares. Still a lot cheaper than traditional jet charter, and a lot more expensive than driving.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kathryn.../#42a22d9c21e4

Thoughts about how dependent these planes would be to perfect weather?
Thoughts about flying with a single pilot (and an airframe parachute)?
Thoughts about in-flight comfort, noise, seating position?
Weather is a concern if you're flying in one of these. Light rain probably has no effect but more weather would make it less desirable.

Single pilot doesn't concern me too much. But others wouldn't go near it.
If the parachute comes into play, you're gonna wish you had another engine.

In flight comfort is OK if you're "interested" in the mechanics of flying a plane. If it makes you nervous.. get a King Air or Pilatus and sit in the back. Or better yet, drive.
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Old Aug 3, 17, 6:30 pm
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cape air (airline) uses single pilot, twin piston, unpressurized. really hot, but definitely interesting sitting in copilot seat.
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