Well, here’s the scoop. You don’t have to be rich. As a matter of fact, you may actually be better off chartering, than making all the travel connections yourself. Especially if you are flying into, or out of a semi-remote area.
I once found myself on Orcas Island, in the San Juan’s of Washington State. My assignment had gotten me and my partner there by boat, with all our gear. Gear that you wouldn’t want to necessarily share with everyone. We had no car, and there were no buses.
Orcas Island does have a really nice airstrip though. The boss got on the horn and wrangled us up a charter back to Seattle in a Cessna 172. We convinced a local to give us (and our gear) a ride in the back of a pick-up to the airstrip. And since it was a charter, we didn’t set foot in the main terminal.
A little heavy but with a skilled pilot, we were back in Seattle in short order. Fun story aside, this would not have been possible without a chartered aircraft.
When someone mentions chartering a plane, we instinctively think a richly painted 707 with leather seats and bar service is waiting to relieve us of every cent we could earn in a lifetime. That misconception couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Especially in remote, or semi remote areas. There’s an island in Michigan that doesn’t allow cars. The only way to get to the island 99% of the time is by small, 6 passenger charter service.
And anyone that has taken a remote fishing or hunting vacation has probably been chartered in by light aviation. These small charter operations are going on everyday, in every state and province. And they really can be affordable.
So next time you’re thinking about driving 8 hours to go to a great vacation destination, check out a charter. Not only will it save you a whole lot of time, but it will add a wonderful, and thrilling dimension to your trip. And may even cost you less than doing the trip in your car.