Shaircraft Solutions

Shaircraft Solutions Consulting firm advising elite business and leisure travelers on the full spectrum of today’s private air travel options — from fractional jet ownership and private jet charter to jet card programs, air taxi services, and more.

Experienced private aviation & legal experts, sitting on your side of the negotiating table!

Experienced private aviation & legal experts, sitting on your side of the negotiating table!

Mission: Our goal as your private aviation advisor is simple: Deliver maximum flight time on the right aircraft at the lowest cost.

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In an exclusive contribution to Jetset Magazine, Shaircraft CEO, James D. Butler, offers expert insight into the complex...
05/29/2020
Shaircraft CEO, James Butler, offers expert insight into the complexity of private jet contracts and urges investors to do their homework before signing. | Shaircraft

In an exclusive contribution to Jetset Magazine, Shaircraft CEO, James D. Butler, offers expert insight into the complexity of private jet contracts and urges investors to do their homework before signing.

#privateairtravel #privatejet #bizav #jetcard #jetset
http://shaircraft.com/newsroom/considering-private-jet-travel-what-you-need-to-know-before-signing

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On April 28th, jet card provider JetSuite filed for Chapter 11. The company cited the COVID-19 crisis as the reason for ...
05/07/2020
Thinking of Buying a Jet Card? | Shaircraft

On April 28th, jet card provider JetSuite filed for Chapter 11. The company cited the COVID-19 crisis as the reason for their financial decline, however, their bankruptcy filing suggests that their financial woes started well before the pandemic.

JetSuite's unraveling underscores the risks involved w/ paying jet card companies up front, as is typically the case. When a jet card company suffers financial reverses or goes under, your funds are gone, or, at best, you get pennies on the dollar.

We carefully vet jet companies for financial and management weaknesses and leverage solutions such as escrow accounts to mitigate risk for our clients. Learn more: bit.ly/jetcards

Shaircraft Solutions CEO, James Butler, Esq., reveals how jet card buyers can leverage escrow accounts to minimize their financial risk.

Companies and individuals who typically book business class or first class seats on commercial flights are turning to pr...
03/12/2020
Private jets are taking off because of coronavirus

Companies and individuals who typically book business class or first class seats on commercial flights are turning to private aviation to reduce their risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/coronavirus-private-jets/index.html

#COVID19 #coronavirus #privateaviation #privatejets #travel #flights

Commercial flights are being canceled everywhere because of the coronavirus outbreak, but the private jet sector is experiencing a boom as fliers splash out to make important meetings, avoid congested airports or flee lockdowns.

Wishing you and yours safe, stress-free travels and great company this Thanksgiving holiday!
11/27/2019

Wishing you and yours safe, stress-free travels and great company this Thanksgiving holiday!

It's November, and holiday decorations are already popping up. Private jet providers, like many businesses, are pushing ...
11/15/2019
Year-End Private Jet Deals - Only Fools Rush In | Shaircraft Solutions

It's November, and holiday decorations are already popping up. Private jet providers, like many businesses, are pushing to get deals done by the end of the year. Salespeople, with their eyes on quotas and bonuses, may urge you to, "Buy now to take advantage of the end of the year incentives."

No one wants to miss out on a good deal, but it's important to do your homework before you sign the dotted line. The cost of doing the wrong deal will far outweigh any year-end benefits and incentives.

bit.ly/yearendjetdeals

#fractionaljetownership #privateaviation #privatejet #privateairtravel #businessjet #businesstravel #luxurytravel #aviation #aviationlaw #jetcharter

It's November, and holiday decorations are already popping up. Private jet providers, like many businesses, are pushing to get deals done by the end of the year. Salespeople have their eyes on quotas and bonuses. As a result, they may urge you to, "Buy now to take advantage of the end of the year in...

Could fractional jet ownership or a long-term lease be the right private aviation solution for you? How do they work? Wh...
10/17/2019
Fractional Jet Ownership Guide: Pros, cons, and other options

Could fractional jet ownership or a long-term lease be the right private aviation solution for you? How do they work? What are the costs? Can anything be negotiated?

Shaircraft Solutions CEO, James D. Butler, and Private Jet Card Comparisons founder, Doug Gollan, cover all the bases in Private Jet Fractional Ownership and Leases – A Complete Guide.

#privateairtravel #privatejet #fractionaljetownership #privateaviation #jetlease #bizav #aviation #aircharter

https://lnkd.in/eYwQwmC

Fractional Jet Ownership Guide: An in-depth look at the Pros and Cons of fractional jet ownership, including leases and other options.

09/11/2019

Today, we remember the lives of those lost and changed forever as a result of the attacks in NY, PA, and VA on 9/11/01. This day serves as a solemn reminder for those of us in the aviation industry that there is no greater responsibility than safety. #neverforget #september11

We've heard this story many times before. A professional golfer flies commercial airlines on their way to a tournament a...
09/10/2019
A pair of Solheim Cup players’ clubs have been lost by airline, have yet to arrive in Scotland

We've heard this story many times before. A professional golfer flies commercial airlines on their way to a tournament and their clubs are lost in transit. This is more than a mild inconvenience for someone whose clubs are their livelihood. It's no wonder why so many of the pros turn to private air travel. #golf #privateairtravel

As if preparing to play in the Solheim Cup didn’t come with some inherent nervousness, imagine how European team member Jodi Ewart Shadoff...

A reminder that private aviation is about more than luxury. We get calls from commercial air travelers who are fed up wi...
07/22/2019
The History of Private Planes Is Less High Life and More Daily Grind

A reminder that private aviation is about more than luxury. We get calls from commercial air travelers who are fed up with flight delays, security hassles, layovers, lost luggage, and missed meetings. Above all, people choose private air travel b/c it's convenient, reliable, and safe.

#privateairtravel #privateaviation #privateplanes #privatejets #bizav #businessjets #shaircraft

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/03/business/history-private-planes-vintage-pictures.html?emc=rss&partner=rss

The 41,000-foot commute is still a commute.

On-demand jet charter company, JetSmarter got into hot water with customers after failing to deliver on promised benefit...
07/10/2019
Learning from the JetSmarter Saga | Shaircraft Solutions

On-demand jet charter company, JetSmarter got into hot water with customers after failing to deliver on promised benefits such as free seats on shuttle flights.

In a recent article for Business Jet Traveler, Shaircraft Solutions CEO, and private aviation attorney, James D. Butler, discusses the limits of redress when a jet provider's service falls short.

#JetSmarter #Shaircraft #privateairtravel #privateaviation

http://shaircraft.com/newsroom/learning-from-the-jetsmarter-saga

The on-demand jet charter company, JetSmarter, got into hot water with customers after failing to deliver on promised benefits such as free seats on shuttle flights. The company, which was recently purchased by Dubai-based Vista Global, suffered a host of legal and financial troubles. In a recent...

Wishing safe travels and beautiful views to all who are flying this 4th of July weekend! 🇺🇸 🛫 #privatejettravel #indepen...
07/04/2019

Wishing safe travels and beautiful views to all who are flying this 4th of July weekend! 🇺🇸 🛫 #privatejettravel #independenceday

Commercial airlines are reconfiguring plane interiors to cram more premium seats onto flights. This "pay-for-painless" t...
05/09/2019
First Class vs. Coach: A Game of Square Inches

Commercial airlines are reconfiguring plane interiors to cram more premium seats onto flights. This "pay-for-painless" trend has created a higher demand for upgrades, making it harder to get business and first class tickets.

#anotherreasontoflyprivately #themiddleseat #shaircraft

https://www.wsj.com/articles/first-class-vs-coach-a-game-of-square-inches-11556098201

Which part of the plane gets you the most bang for your buck? You might pay three times as much for 45% more space.

(AGS) Augusta Regional Airport will see as many as 3,000 #privatejets this week as players & spectators travel to/from T...
04/12/2019
A Contract Fit To A Tee | Shaircraft Solutions

(AGS) Augusta Regional Airport will see as many as 3,000 #privatejets this week as players & spectators travel to/from The Masters Tournament. We've helped several pro-golfers and sports fans avoid costly mistakes when it comes to flying privately. Learn more: http://shaircraft.com/success-stories/a-contract-fit-to-a-tee

#themasters #golf #shaircraft #jettravel

Pro golfer Scott Hoch flies all over the country. We helped him purchase his first fractional share back in 1997. When it came time to renew his deal, Scott thought he needed shares in two different aircraft. We showed him how a single share in a better aircraft could work and, in the process, saved...

Despite the government temporarily reopening, Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is still scrambling to make sure it wi...
01/28/2019
Super Bowl LIII: Is ATL ready?

Despite the government temporarily reopening, Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is still scrambling to make sure it will be able to handle security for SuperBowl LIII weekend.

#SuperBowlLIII #governmentshutdown #airports #airtravel #commercial #flights #delays #privateaviation #privateairtravel

On Friday, the White House announced an agreement to temporarily reopen the federal government. It is yet to be seen how quickly the TSA, hit hard by security agent call-outs, can recover.

The TSA insists that staffing challenges resulting from the government shutdown was not a factor in a passenger being ab...
01/14/2019
Delta Air Lines passenger got a gun through security and onto plane in Atlanta

The TSA insists that staffing challenges resulting from the government shutdown was not a factor in a passenger being able to get through security and onboard a Delta flight with a gun. Whether it was or wasn’t, travelers have good reason to be concerned.

#airtravel #safety #anotherreasontoflyprivately

https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/2568141002

A passenger got through security in Atlanta and flew on a Delta Air Lines flight to Tokyo with a gun on Jan. 2, TSA confirmed to USA TODAY.

As essential employees, TSA agents and air traffic controllers are working without pay during the government shutdown. I...
01/05/2019
CNN

As essential employees, TSA agents and air traffic controllers are working without pay during the government shutdown. In response, many of them are calling out sick, and some are quitting. This means even longer lines and significant security concerns for travelers flying commercial airlines.

#governmentshutdown #anotherreasontoflyprivately

As the government shutdown continues, the mass call outs could mean air travel is less secure

Wishing you all blue skies and a happy, safe holiday! Please let us know how we can be of service to you in 2019. Cheers...
12/24/2018

Wishing you all blue skies and a happy, safe holiday! Please let us know how we can be of service to you in 2019.

Cheers!

James & The Shaircraft Team

#privatejettravel #privateaviation #privateairtravel #fractionalownership #jetcards #jetcharter #bizav #businessaviation #luxurytravel #aviation #attorney #shaircraft

Citing financial woes, Swiss charter airline PrivatAir filed for insolvency this week. PrivatAir is the latest in a stri...
12/11/2018
Private Air Travel Decisions: You’ve Got to Have an Attorney on Your Side | Shaircraft Solutions

Citing financial woes, Swiss charter airline PrivatAir filed for insolvency this week. PrivatAir is the latest in a string of business aviation operators to go bust this year. Such events underscore the importance of due diligence when it comes to investing in private air travel.

Leveraging a unique blend of aviation and legal expertise, we help our clients to reduce the risks associated with private air travel investments. To start, we thoroughly vet an operator's financial, operational, & safety track records. That includes digging into their financials, making sure they've been audited, that there are no liens against them, no serious management concerns, and that they have top scores from safety rating services like Wyvern and ARG/US.

After selecting a reliable provider, we then negotiate contract terms that protect our clients' financial & legal interests. For example, we often request that our clients' charter or jet card payments be deposited into an escrow account. This way, if the jet card company goes into bankruptcy, the client's funds do not become part of the bankruptcy estate. They lose nothing.

Learn more about the benefits of having an attorney on your side when making private air travel decisions: https://bit.ly/2L9rqzQ

#jetadvisor #aviationattorney #riskreduction #duediligence #jetcharter #jetcard #privateaviation #privateairtravel #bizav #PrivatAir #Shaircraft

If you are considering an investment in private flying, should you seek the advice of an attorney? The answer, in no uncertain terms, is yes! Most private air travel arrangements, such as buying a fractional jet share or buying into jet card or block charter programs, involve rather complicated leg...

It is not uncommon for private air travelers to outgrow their jet contracts. We work with seasoned private air travelers...
12/04/2018
Expanding Horizons: When Private Air Travelers Outgrow Their Jet Contracts

It is not uncommon for private air travelers to outgrow their jet contracts. We work with seasoned private air travelers to determine if their evolving scope requires a different type of aircraft or new jet solution altogether. Based on the client's needs and budget, we then identify the best/safest/most reliable provider(s) to do the job. Finally, leveraging our legal expertise, we negotiate the best possible contract on the client's behalf - one that offers maximum flight time and amenities, at the lowest possible cost.

Check out our latest Client Success Story via the link below.

It’s not uncommon for private air travelers to outgrow their jet contracts. When the scope of travel changes significantly, quite often this impacts the type of aircraft required to do the job.

Did you know that Shaircraft works pro-bono w/ donors & charities to help facilitate charitable donations of flight time...
11/27/2018
Giving Tuesday: The Gift of Flight Time | Shaircraft Solutions

Did you know that Shaircraft works pro-bono w/ donors & charities to help facilitate charitable donations of flight time on private aircraft? 🛩️💝

Such gifts are used to transport cancer patients to treatment centers, reunite wounded veterans w/ their families, and aid others in need.

#GivingTuesday #PrivateAirTravel #PrivateJets #PrivateAviation #BizAv #Donations #Shaircraft #ShairGive

http://shaircraft.com/newsroom/giving-tuesday-the-gift-of-flight-time

Through our ShairGive program, Shaircraft works pro-bono with donors and charities to help facilitate charitable contributions of flight time on private aircraft. Such gifts are used to transport cancer patients to treatment centers, reunite wounded veterans with their families and aid others in n...

Considering a year-end jet deal? Don't make a move without understanding the risks! Read "Year-End Private Jet Deals, On...
11/21/2018
Year-End Private Jet Deals, Only Fools Rush In

Considering a year-end jet deal? Don't make a move without understanding the risks! Read "Year-End Private Jet Deals, Only Fools Rush In" by James D. Butler, CEO of Shaircraft Solutions.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/year-end-private-jet-deals-only-fools-rush-james-butler-esq-/

It’s Thanksgiving eve, and more than 30 million Americans are expected to be hitting the not-so-friendly skies this holiday. As is the way with commercial air travel, lines will be long, delays are inevitable, and travelers will be cranky.

Congratulations to Tiger Woods on his Tour Championship win! ⛳️🏌️‍♂️#golf #TourChampionship #TigerWoods #Shaircraft #pri...
09/24/2018
Bedlam overwhelms East Lake as Tiger Woods clinches 80th PGA Tour victory

Congratulations to Tiger Woods on his Tour Championship win! ⛳️🏌️‍♂️

#golf #TourChampionship #TigerWoods #Shaircraft #privateaviation

https://golfweek.com/2018/09/23/bedlam-overwhelms-east-lake-as-tiger-woods-clinches-80th-pga-tour-victory/

Thousands of fans swarmed the 18th green Sunday as Tiger Woods closed out his two-shot victory in the 2018 Tour Championship. The rush on 18 was something usually reserved for crowds at the U.S. Op…

Private jet companies, especially fractional ones, make their contracts seem simple, non-threatening & “boilerplate." Ho...
07/16/2018
Considering Private Air Travel? Here's Why You Must Have an Attorney on Your Side

Private jet companies, especially fractional ones, make their contracts seem simple, non-threatening & “boilerplate." However, the more financial/legal risk you assume, the more important it is to have experienced legal counsel review/negotiate these contracts.

#privateaviation #privatejets #privateairtravel #attorney #contracts James D. Butler

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/considering-private-air-travel-heres-why-you-must-james-butler-esq-/?published=t

If you are considering an investment in private flying, should you seek the advice of an attorney? The answer, in no uncertain terms, is yes! Most

Citing failed business models, poor management, and undercapitalization, Shaircraft CEO, James D. Butler, reinforces the...
07/09/2018
Surf Air’s Troubles Raise The Question, Who’s Flying Your Airplane? | Shaircraft Solutions

Citing failed business models, poor management, and undercapitalization, Shaircraft CEO, James D. Butler, reinforces the importance of due diligence when making an investment in private air travel: “If the operator is making promises to you that seem too good to be true, for example, free flight time, free upgrades, it’s probably making the same sorts of promises to other customers." 💡✈️

bit.ly/2L3GDm5 #privateaviation #privatejet #privateairtravel #bizav #shaircraft

A week after celebrating its five year anniversary, membership-based jet provider, SurfAir, put out a late-night press release downplaying some very grave financial and operational problems.  In addition to being sued by aircraft operator Encompass Aviation for $3.1 million in overdue payments and ...

Shaircraft Solutions CEO, James D. Butler, cites poor business plans, bad management, and/or lack of funding as the prim...
07/02/2018
Wijet Is Closing Its U.K. Operations, Changing Its Business Model

Shaircraft Solutions CEO, James D. Butler, cites poor business plans, bad management, and/or lack of funding as the primary factors in the financial/operational woes that have plagued companies like WIJET, Zetta Jet, ImagineAir, Surf Air, JetSmarter & others.

#privateaviation #bizav via Forbes bit.ly/2KqdsgF

Wijet is pursuing a model similar to Wheels Up and Surf Air, planning to outsource operations of its aircraft to third-party operators. However, it's unclear what closing its Blink division in the U.K. will mean for customers who have purchased jet cards or prepaid for charter flights.

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Whatever your private air travel needs, wouldn’t it be great to have an expert sitting on your side of the table? Since 1997, Shaircraft Solutions has successfully represented both new and veteran private air travelers. Our unique blend of aviation and legal expertise enables us to see possibilities and avoid pitfalls that, understandably, you and your advisors might miss. When you choose Shaircraft, you’ll work one-on-one with our CEO, James Butler, Esq., who, along with our dedicated team of aviation experts, have more than 30 years’ experience in the aviation business. Our industry knowledge and contacts enable us to offer you the broadest range of potential options — not only from players you might think of, but ones you might not know. And our experience and expertise give us credibility and negotiating leverage with jet companies, so we can get you the best possible deal. (Check out some of our client success stories here.) Simply put, we know the jet companies, we know the contracts and, most importantly, we know where there’s room to negotiate. We combine this expertise with personal one-on-one service to deliver the Shaircraft difference.

If you’re considering making an investment in private air travel, please contact us for a complimentary consultation.

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