Private planes make up a large chunk of the planes in the sky, according to statistics from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, a nonprofit that advocates for general aviation. More than 80 percent of the 609,000 pilots certificated in the United States fly private planes. General aviation generates more than $150 billion in economic activity each year and creates 7.6 million jobs. California, Texas and Florida lead the way when it comes to the number of private aircraft, the AOPA reported. The busiest airport for general aviation flights is in Van Nuys, California.
While restrictions hampered travel following the initial outbreak of the pandemic, many business travelers started opting to avoid the crowds at commercial airports by taking a private plane when they were cleared to fly. Data from Flight Aware indicates the private aviation industry is coping better during the pandemic than commercial airlines. Flight Aware is a digital aviation company that tracks flights. The private charter industry is also able to be agile and operate last-minute flights when travel restrictions lifted.
Owning your own plane gives you the freedom and flexibility to travel at your whim, but it comes at a cost. A private jet can cost $2 million to more than $100 million, according to Investopedia, an online financial resource. Major expenses can include pilot salaries, maintenance and repairs. Flying enthusiasts can cut costs by opting for partial jet ownership or being a member of a private jet club. Budding pilots can save money by finding a reliable mechanic and learning how to perform some regular maintenance requirements on their own, like changing the plane’s oil, Flying magazine reported. Private pilots can also replace aircraft tires, replace a battery and change or clean spark plugs. Storing your aircraft in a hanger will help protect it from elements and save money in the long run.
“Having a passion for flying can come at a cost. Creative Colors can help save you money by repairing inevitable wear and tear on your plane’s interior,” said CCI President Mark J. Bollman. “Our service technicians can prevent you from having to ground your plane by coming to your hangar to make repairs in a timely manner.”
Whether you are an aircraft owner, dealer or maintenance facility, CCI can repair the leather and vinyl in any aircraft quickly to help you cut costs and extend your aircraft’s lifespan. CCI’s service technicians can repair rips and tears in your plane’s interior to ensure it is in pristine condition for the comfort of its passengers. CCI is the leader in mobile leather and vinyl repair. By using our services, you will save money on expensive replacement parts. Some of the common services CCI technicians provide are:
- Color restoration
- Deep grain cleaning. Performing a deep clean will help restore your interior’s shine and remove odor. CCI’s technicians can also spot clean stains.
- Reconditioning and rip, scuff, cut and seam repair. Over time, wear and tear on your seats is inevitable. CCI can repair damage and save money on replacement costs. Our technicians can reupholster seats if necessary.
- Protective topcoat restoration. Our technicians help minimize future damage by applying a protective topcoat to protect your plane’s interior.
In addition to helping repair weathering, CCI’s certified technicians offer a sanitizing and disinfectant service designed to make sure your craft is ready for passengers. The Sanitizer & Disinfectant is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to be used to disinfect against COVID-19. It kills viruses, mold, mildew and bacteria quickly and efficiently. The hospital-grade sanitizer neutralizes odors and is available for purchase in bulk. The new sanitizing product can be sprayed on surfaces and is designed to air dry.
To learn more about how CCI can make your aircraft shine, visit www.wecanfixthat.com to request a free quote.