what part of the airport do private jets go in?
for those who own private jets. when they want to fly somewhere, what part of the airport do they go in to get to their jet? how does that process work? security? is there like a special part of the airport they drive up to?
- Alloy BoyLv 59 years agoFavorite Answer
It is called an FBO(fixed base operator) located away from the commercial terminals at large airports. Smaller airports have them as well, and as was mentioned before, most of the high class private jet people fly into these smaller airports.
The rich owner tells his crew he wants to fly to someplace and the crew chooses the closest and/or most economical place to land. There are fees that have to be paid when you pull into someones FBO, and the smaller airports are usually cheaper because they want the business, and the major airports don't give a crap about private jets when they have commercial airliners to worry about. Sometimes ramp fees will be waived if they buy a certain amount of fuel from the FBO.
So the captain figures out where he needs to land, then he'll be in communication with the FBO to let them know they're coming via phone on the ground and/or radio as they near the airport. FBOs have a radio frequency that plane can reach them by. They can pop up unannounced at times by just taxiing over to the FBO ramp. They'll ask the tower where to taxi, and usually someone from the FBO is monitoring the ground control frequency and will marshall them in. I have seen a rival FBO steal jets from another FBO by flagging them down in a FOLLOW ME truck as the pull off the runway.
Once they park and get out, if the pilot called ahead to arrage transportation, the cars/limos/taxis will be waiting for them 10 feet away from the plane. The FBO will have opened a gate to let them in. Some larger airports have "security" to escort the cars in, with usually is some rent-a-cop in a pick up truck bored out of his mind. The rich folks hop in and haul *** out of there. If they landed unannounced, the FBO will arrange whatever transportation they want at the front desk, and usually they have rental cars and courtesy cars on site to be used.
Good FBOs have plush lounges for the customers to wait- free coffee, snacks, top of the line furniture, t.v.s, private rooms, showers and sleeping quarters for the pilots.When the VIPs leave, the FBO will give the pilots a "crew car" to use until they return to fly the VIPs away. The FBO will also store the customers' cars while they're away and valet it right up to the door of the plane when it lands. When they return to fly away, they are let in and usually are allowed to drive up to the plane where they get in and leave the cars for the FBO workers to take care of.
As a passenger(for my job), after returing from overseas(to the U.S), Customs comes to the plane, looks at your passport and that's it, off I go with my bags.
If a particular customer visits the airport often, the FBO can cut them a deal on fuel for theire repeat business.
They cater to these people, and that means making it as easy and painless as possible for them. As a worker I worked in the pouring rain pulling planes out of hangars to be started after loading the passenagers inside where it was dry. I've pulled up fancy cars(bentely, Austin Martins, etc) to the plane, laid out carpets by the doors and opened them for the client, only to get not even a "thank you" as they drove off. I've emptied toliets, cleaned out and fueled plane at 3am so a customer could go play golf in Vegas and be back for dinner.
When I flew(and still fly) into them I was and am always, always nice to the workers and tip them for a good job. I know what it's like to be the guy on the other side.
As a passenger(for my job), after returing from overseas(to the U.S), Customs comes to the plane, looks at your passport and that's it, off I go with my bags. No line, No cavity searches, no sick babies.Source(s): I worked at an FBO as a line tech, flew into them as a pilot, and have been a passenger in large planes that have used FBOs.
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- SheffLv 59 years ago
There is an area with a building far from the main airport for private airplanes. Most of these buildings you go through are VIP and there is almost nobody there other than security and checkpoints, so no line ups. Once you've passed the security you are given a driver who drives you to your plane.Source(s): Uncle owns a privet jet.
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- Anonymous6 years ago
A separate terminal run by companies that specialise in dealing with private jet hire and charter aircraft. It's quicker and easier for the passengers as they don't have to fight their way through the crowds or wait for ages while the baggage handlers unload the cargo hold, as they do for the bigger jets. The companies that run these smaller terminals are called Fixed Base Operators (FBOs).
A nice blog about FBOs - http://privatejetcentral.com/fbo-private-jet-hire-...
- blinkenlights7Lv 49 years ago
It depends on the airport. Most people who fly private planes or jets do not use the large, class B airports used by commercial airlines, because there is a lot of additional hassle and expense flying into those airports. For example, an executive flying to Boston will often land at Hanscom or Norwood, not Logan. When you fly into an airport like Hanscom it is very easy. Your plane will taxi to an area called "the ramp" and be directed to park somewhere. You then walk to the "FBO" or sometimes just walk right out the gate to a taxi or limo waiting for you. There are no security checks for domestic general aviation if you are flying your own plane.
Note that virtually every major city has satellite airports like Hanscom that allow private pilots to get in and out easily without having to land at a large international airport.
If you do want to land at a big airport you will pay fees. For example, to land at Logan costs a landing fee, a "security" fee, a handling fee, and a parking fee (if you will be there longer than 24 hours). It adds up to about $150-$200. To get to the GA (general aviation) ramp at a commercial airport like Logan you have to go through security. This is exactly like the security commercial passengers go through but there are no lines, you just walk right through.
In a big airport the GA ramp is in a different part of the airport than the commercial hubs. For example, check out this taxi diagram for Logan International Airport in Boston:
The commercial hubs are circled in the center. Above them is the cargo ramp. That is where planes like Fedex park. Just north of them see where it says "General Aviation Ramp"? That is where private planes park. The building there is where private plane passengers get screened. They have to get screened because once they go through they have access to the tarmac.
Here is a fun exercise for you: install Google Earth on your computer if you don't already have it. Then zoom into Boston and Logan Airport and look at the area I described on the taxi diagram. You will see all the private jets. You can even see a few limos in the parking lot. From the satellite photo you can see there are about a dozen jets and most of them are pretty big; there is only one turboprop. That is because execs flying smaller jets or prop planes generally fly into Hanscom, not Logan.
- Anonymous9 years ago
Yes, they park on the high-rent part of the airport -
Where the rich and famous park their Gulfstreams and BBJs -
Not with these low-life-low-cost airlines -
No taxicab lines out there, it is all Rolls Royces and Bentleys -Source(s): Retired airline pilot