Hawkeye Aircraft Acquisitions, a boutique private aviation consultancy firm, has launched a free online tool for users of business aircraft. The Business Aircraft Productivity Calendar is designed to help individuals and companies determine the time savings and value added by using private jets over commercial airlines.
To use the tool, simply visit the Hawkeye Aircraft Acquisitions website, here, and select the Productivity Calculator from the upper menu. Choose the travel destinations from a dropdown list, and then pick from three aircraft types: super-mid, large and ‘My Aircraft’, which is an option that allows you to input your own block speed and operating costs – the other two will be approximate.
Users can also add ground travel time for the nearest airport serviced by commercial airlines, and the price on offer for the same trip. If the commercial option does not offer a round trip on the same day, just click ‘Overnight’ to add additional costs and time lost. The tool can be adjusted to take into account the salary and seniority of the employee making the business trip, such as C-level executives or upper management.
Mike McCracken, president, Hawkeye Aircraft Acquisitions, said, “The inspiration for designing this tool and making it readily available is two-fold. One, we wanted a simple method that would allow first-time buyers of private aviation travel solutions an easy way to see the value added, whether that is charter, time share or full ownership. Second, we felt that it is important for existing flight departments to track these metrics for justifying their current aircraft or increased use of their aircraft.”