6 Great Cities For Shopping

Chicago!

Chicago!

Sometimes you travel for business, an event, or to have new cultural experiences - and other times, you go somewhere for the incredible shopping. We get it - and we can get you there in a private charter! It’s time to think beyond Los Angeles and New York City. Here are some great shopping destinations to consider for your next getaway.

San Francisco

Sunshine, painted ladies and amazing shops - San Francisco has it all, and it makes a perfect weekend retreat. Start at the boutiques in Union Square and then head over to Fillmore Street. If you’re after some quirky and uniquely San Fran, pay a visit to the Haight Ashbury District or the Hayes Valley area. Once you’ve had your fair share of retail therapy, there will be plenty of fantastic restaurants, art galleries, and museums to keep you busy.

Houston, TX

Houston is home to twelve unique shopping districts, from their lively downtown to the high-end boutiques of West Ave. Make time to visit some of the many shopping centers - Highland Village, River Oaks, The Galleria and more. Uptown Park is worth a visit and makes a great stop for lunch or a glass of wine. If you have any energy left, check out the nightlife (or, visit one of their lovely spas instead).

Toronto, Canada

If you’re traveling from the United States, your dollar will go a lot farther north of the border. That said, Toronto offers excellent shopping options for Canadians, too. No matter where you’re from, you’ll appreciate the gorgeous Bloor Street location of Holt Renfrew and its surrounding luxury shops. If you love a good mall, try the Eaton Centre or Yorkdale in the north end - or, stay downtown and explore Yorkville (a great place to shop and the perfect stop for coffee or lunch). 

Montreal, Canada

Speaking of Canada, Montreal has some beautiful shopping areas and offers the posh feel of a European town. Check out the Place Ville Marie (you can even stay in several luxury hotels that connect to the shopping area). There’s also Boulevard St. Laurent and more casual areas like Rue Ste-Catherine and the eclectic L’Avenue du Mont-Royal. Make time for an evening walk through the port and Old Montreal - a charming end to your busy day.

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen is proud of its luxe shops and boutiques, and it should be - the shopping here is as good as the skiing. Fashion, beauty, jewelry, fine art, home goods and more - it’s all there in a charming village atmosphere. There are great places to enjoy a gourmet meal and a number of high-end spas to visit during your trip. Don’t forget to check out a local wine bar or buy a few vintage bottles to take home!

Chicago, IL

If you’ve heard of the Magnificent Mile, you know why Chicago makes our list. In addition to the famed shopping district (it spans eight city blocks, so plan to stay awhile), there are plenty of interesting boutiques throughout the city. Wicker Park has some great retail options - make sure you stop at The Robey for a casual but delicious brunch and check out the views from their rooftop before heading back out to the shops. Finish your day with a visit to a local champagne bar (3 Arts Cafe is gorgeous) and you’re set!  

To get a quote on your private jet charter to these or other locations, please contact us - we’d be pleased to help you out.


ELEVATE Powers The Amazing Race Canada Season 7 Finale

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ELEVATE Innovation, a provider of private air charter services, is proud to have provided aircraft and expertise used in filming the Season 7 finale of the popular television series, The Amazing Race Canada, which airs on CTV Television across Canada.

A Cessna Caravan lands on a lake in the Muskoka Region of Ontario during filming of the finale for The Amazing Race Canada, Season 7. Photo credit: Chris Chanda, Aerial Camera Operations.

A Cessna Caravan lands on a lake in the Muskoka Region of Ontario during filming of the finale for The Amazing Race Canada, Season 7. Photo credit: Chris Chanda, Aerial Camera Operations.

Insight Productions, the producers of the show, turned to ELEVATE to source three float planes used by racers to reach the Muskoka Lakes region of Ontario.

The complex behind the scenes undertaking by ELEVATE involved closely coordinating activities between different aircraft operators, air traffic control, a helicopter filming all of the action, and the producers in the field.

Strong planning and execution are hallmarks of ELEVATE’s private air charter offering, whether it be serving corporate clients on important business trips, or crafting experiential flights for leisure customers looking for a once in a lifetime getaway.

Above all, private air charter is all about speed and productivity. ELEVATE prides itself on being able to get clients just about anywhere saving customers time and money. ELEVATE has access to over 10,000 privately owned aircraft globally including jets of all sizes, helicopters, and even float planes.

The Bombardier Challenger 850 - Great For Groups

The Bombardier Challenger 850

The Bombardier Challenger 850

When it comes to private air charter for large groups of up to 16 people, few aircraft match both the economics and comfort of the Bombardier Challenger 850.

In a separate class from Bombardier's "Global" line of ultra long range business aircraft, the Challenger 850 was the largest of the "heavy" business jets offered by Bombardier Aerospace, and an extension of the highly successful Challenger 600 series. Deliveries of the Challenger 850 began in 2006.

The Challenger 850 is actually based on Bombardier's 50-seat CRJ200, the venerable "Regional Jet" that brought major change to the airline industry at the beginning of the 1990s. The aircraft can accommodate a range of cabin configurations including higher density business shuttle interiors seating between 20 and 40 passengers and the more common executive layout of between 12 and 16 passengers.

Spacious. In an executive configuration the Challenger 850 seats up to 16 quite comfortably.

Spacious. In an executive configuration the Challenger 850 seats up to 16 quite comfortably.

The Challenger 850's long cabin facilitates forward and aft lavatories, a large galley in the front of the aircraft, direct access to the baggage compartment at the rear, and even room to create a lounge/entertainment center or an aft stateroom.

While not the best performing of the large cabin business jets (Globals and Gulfstreams fly higher, further, and faster, and require less runway), the Challenger 850 is more economical and less costly to charter. Its worth considering if traveling between major markets, but may not be an optimal choice for some smaller airports. But where it lacks in performance it wins in durability and dependability. As a derivative of the original money-making regional airliner, the 850’s air-frame and systems were engineered to handle a high number of takeoffs and landings.

The main difference between the CRJ200, of which over 1,000 were built, and the Challenger 850, is the addition of an extra fuel tank to increase range. With four passengers the aircraft can travel over 3,400 miles, but if full expect up to 4 hours of flying before a fuel stop is required.

ELEVATE has access to a large fleet of Challenger 850 aircraft for your group’s next private charter. Whether for business or pleasure, get a quote today.

4 Travel Destinations That Are Off The Beaten Path

Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, WA

Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, WA

There are places every traveler has on their bucket list - Paris or Fiji, perhaps, or a weekend in Las Vegas - but sometimes it feels good to get off the beaten path and visit someplace more remote. If you’re interested in a unique holiday where you can really explore, consider these spectacular North American destinations. 


Denali National Park, Alaska

Mountains, rivers, glaciers - the Denali Wilderness is a breathtaking natural landscape in Alaska. Visitors can enjoy a day hike, take a dog sled out onto the snowy tundra or even take a helicopter ride over the park. Camping options are available, or stay in a local bed and breakfast just outside the park. This incredible location is perfect for photographers or nature enthusiasts looking to spot some caribou or moose. (Just watch out for bears.)

Nearest airport: Fly into Anchorage and then board a floatplane for an amazing adventure!

Haida Gwaii, BC

This revered archipelago in BC is unlike any other place in Canada. This magical landscape is full of ancient village sites and lush rainforest, making visitors feel like they’re in another world. It’s the perfect place for hiking, fishing, kayaking, cycling and other outdoor activities. There are beautiful accommodations to choose from and an abundance of fresh seafood served in charming local restaurants. A part of the Haida Nation, this spectacular destination makes for an unforgettable trip.

Nearest airport: Fly into Prince Rupert, Masset or Sandspit BC.

Hoh Rainforest, Washington

Interested in exploring an incredible rainforest without leaving the U.S.? Consider a trip to Washington State. Unlike the Denali Wilderness, the Hoh Rainforest in the Olympic National Park is not so far off the beaten path - but you’ll feel like you’ve traveled somewhere otherworldly. Take in the mountain views, look for wildlife, go fishing, hike along creeks and visit tide pools along the beach. There’s so much to do and see, and you’re only a few hours away from Vancouver or Seattle. 

Nearest airport: The Port Angeles, WA/ Fairchild Intl Airport is the nearest airport capable of handling all types of aircraft, just under 2 hours from the visitor center.

Fogo Island, Newfoundland

Fogo Island is undeniably special. There are fantastic hiking trails here, but the views are spectacular anywhere on the island. Fogo Island is easily accessible and makes for an amazing, relaxing East Coast getaway. It’s home to one of the most unique luxury accommodations in Canada as well as some great restaurants, historical sites and art galleries. Wander through the charming town or take a walk down to the shore to see some icebergs passing by. Go whale watching or look for wildlife on a guided tour. Community is important here, and if you’re lucky, you’ll be invited to a bonfire. Enjoy!

Nearest airport: The Fogo Island Airport. serves chartered flights only! Contact ELEVATE to arrange your trip.

To inquire about your next private jet charter, please contact us - we’d be pleased to provide a quote.


5 Spectacular Wine Regions That Make A Great Weekend Trip

Travel and fine wine really do go hand-in-hand. Think about your last trip - was there a point where you sat back and relaxed with a nice glass of red or a crisp, dry white? If not, we bet you wish you had! Whether it’s enjoyed with a great meal or savoured on its own, wine is an art that’s celebrated all over the world. Fortunately, you don’t have to go as far as France or Italy to get your hands on some of the best vintages out there (though, we’re able to fly you there if you wish). There are some spectacular wine regions right here in North America, many of which make a perfect weekend trip. Here are some ideas to get you started - please let us know if you’d like to discuss private charter options for your next weekend in wine country.

Sonoma Valley, California 

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Northern Sonoma County, California. Sonoma County Tourism.

Napa and Santa Barbara may be popular weekend destinations (and for good reason!) but you can’t go wrong in Sonoma Valley, home to many of California’s best wines. Make time to visit great spots including J’s Vineyard and Winery, Ledson Winery and Vineyards, Chateau St. John, Garden Creek Vineyards, Walt Wines, Landmark Vineyards, Schermeister Winery and Moshin Vineyards. Between the wine, the food, the atmosphere and the California sun, you’re in for a weekend of pure bliss. Cheers!

Access: The Napa County Airport is the closest airport capable of handling all types of private aircraft.

Prince Edward County, Ontario

While Niagara-on-the-Lake is a popular wine destination outside of Toronto, we also love the quaint region of Prince Edward County. Ripe with scenic views, charming lakeside beaches and gorgeous vineyards, PEC makes for a great romantic getaway or girls weekend. The local culinary options won’t disappoint, with many vineyards and restaurants showcasing homegrown ingredients on the menu. You’ll want to spend time in Wellington, Picton, Hillier and Milford to get the full PEC experience. Consider visiting Sandbanks Estate Winery, TerraCello, Black Prince Winery and Canadian Cellars, Norman Hardie Winery and Vineyard, Rosehall Run Vineyards, Hinterland Winery, Trail Estate Winery and more (there are over 40 vineyards to choose from).

Access: The recently expanded Kingston, Ontario Airport is the closest airport capable of handling all types of private aircraft and has Canadian Customs services.

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

British Columbia produces some excellent wine out of Vancouver Island and the Fraser Valley, but for a weekend getaway, we love the Okanagan Valley. The region has four official sub-regions, each with its own unique climate and soil conditions: Golden Mile Bench, Naramata Bench, Okanagan Falls and Skaha Bench. The Okanagan Valley produces over 80% of BC’s wine, making it a great option for those who love variety as well as scenery and a relaxed west coast vibe. Consider visiting Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, Hester Creek Estate Winery, Quails’ Gate Winery, Gray Monk Estate Winery, Ancient Hill Estate Winery, Cedar Creek Estate Winery and more. With some many incredible vineyards to explore, you won’t be disappointed!

Access: The Kelowna Airport is the closest airport capable of handling all types of private aircraft.

The Finger Lakes, New York

It may not be the first place that comes to mind, but New York state knows their wine. The Finger Lakes are particularly charming in the fall, when the leaves have changed and the entire region melts into a dreamy, autumn landscape. With three distinct wine trails, the Finger Lakes have no shortage of vino. That said, you’ll want to check out the local distilleries, restaurants, breweries and farmers markets as well. Consider visiting Boundary Breaks Vineyard, Atwater Estate Vineyards, Magnus Ridge Winery, Knapp Winery and The Vineyard Restaurant, Heron Hill Winery and more.

Access: The Finger Lakes Regional, and Penn Yan airports are two convenient airport options in the Finger Lakes region.

Walla Walla Valley, Washington

Nestled in beautiful Washington State lies the Walla Walla Valley, home to some amazing vineyards. The valley offers a unique vibe with modern wine bars and tasting rooms, traditional estate vineyards and stunning natural views. There are over 120 wineries to choose from, from Walla Walla Vintners to Seven Hills Winery, Three Rivers Winery, Northstar Winery, Pepper Bridge Winery and many others. Enjoy!

Access: Walla Walla Regional Airport is just minutes from the vineyards.


Business Aviation Works!

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Biz Av Works.

While we spend a lot of time talking about where you can go and how you can get there, it’s important to be reminded of the fundamentals. Most private aircraft are owned by businesses and chartered out for use when available. Studies consistently show that companies large and small benefit from business aircraft. You don’t have to be a frequent user, either. There will be times where it just makes sense.

Business Aircraft Are Time Machines.

Recent studies undertaken in the US show that business aviation helps even small and medium-size firms access communities with little or no air service, ensure schedule flexibility and predictability and increase employee productivity.

Did you know?

- 75% of passengers aboard business aircraft are actually non-executive employees? They are often sent in teams to a destination because it's the most cost-effective means of rapid transportation (NBAA).

-Business aircraft promote productivity. Passengers on business aircraft report that they spend an average of 63% of their time working, compared to 42% when traveling commercially (Harris).

-A recent study of S&P Small Cap 600 firms that use business aviation financially outperform those that do not. These firms are better insulated from a recession, provide better customer access and returning value to shareholders (NEXA Advisors).

ELEVATE has access to over 10,000 private aircraft globally.

At ELEVATE Innovation we provide access to the tools that help people and businesses soar. We are ARGUS Registered for the utmost in service and safety oversight. From our interactive web tools to round-the-clock trip support you can trust over 25 years of aviation experience and expertise. You don't have to own aircraft to reap the benefits of business aviation. Contact us for a quote!

The "Super Versatile" Business Jet

The Pilatus PC-24

The Pilatus PC-24

Private air travel is all about time and convenience, getting you where you need to be when you need to, without all the fuss in between. Business aircraft are known for getting into the smaller airports that the airlines cannot. This month we report on a revolutionary new business jet from Pilatus aircraft of Switzerland that is designed to go where no other comparable aircraft has gone before.

Made In Switzerland

Precision, practicality, ingenuity, and a knack for conquering seemingly insurmountable obstacles are hallmarks of the Swiss brand. Accordingly, Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus have pushed the boundaries of the light jet with their take on the business aircraft, one that balances range with performance while also taking comfort to new levels.

Comfort To Rival Most Light Jets

Pilatus likes to call the PC-24 the first “super-versatile jet”, and one that defies traditional categories. If only for the sake of our review and broadly utilized industry terminology, we’ll call this a light jet. The PC-24 is in fact positioned somewhere between a light and a midsize in terms of overall comfort as evidenced by the 5 foot, 1 inch cabin height and 5 foot, 7 inch cabin width. For comparison most light jets have a cabin height of under 5 feet, and width right around 5 feet.

The spacious interior of the Pilatus PC-24

The spacious interior of the Pilatus PC-24

Typical cabin configurations are for 6 or 8 passengers in executive layout. The cabin can be quickly reconfigured to seat up to 10 passengers. In a non-charter arrangement the aircraft can actually accommodate 11 if flown by 1 pilot, for which the aircraft is certified. The cabin interior was designed by BMW Designworks, with emphasis on the passenger experience, from soft leathers and hardwood cabinetry to fine details on the finishings. There’s also a fully enclosed washroom and a refreshment center. While not a true-midsize jet, when you step into a PC-24 there’s definitely a feeling of spaciousness compared to other jets of similar size.

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Source: Pilatus

Plenty of Room To Pack What You Want

This in not the first foray into business aviation for Pilatus as their PC-12 single-engine turboprop has been a hot seller since the it was first introduced in the 1990s. The PC-12 shares a similar design philosophy with the PC-24. The PC-12 sports a large aft cargo door and an interior that can be configured several different ways including commercial and executive seating arrangements.

Pilatus took a similar approach to storage capacity when designing the PC-24 jet. With a cargo door measuring 4 feet, 1 inch by 4 feet, 3 inches there’s little that you can’t load into a PC-24 (the manufacturer’s marketing materials depict a motorbike in the cargo hold). Everything is accessible from the passenger cabin during flight.

At Home On Dirt, Gravel, And Even Grass

The PC-24 has been engineered to be “off-road” compatible from the beginning. Its outstanding short-field performance – even on unpaved runways – opens up an incredible level of mobility (source: Pilatus).

Another feature that makes this business aircraft unique is its ability to operate from paved as well as unpaved surfaces. An advanced wing design allows the aircraft to approach and land at much slower speeds than typical aircraft in its class (for pilots note that the PC-24’s stall speed is only 81 knots at maximum landing weight), enabling it get into and out of those short runways.

Range Capabilities

The PC-24 has modest range capabilities for an aircraft its size and typical of most light jets and even some midsize aircraft. With 4 passengers the aircraft can travel 2,165 miles, roughly the equivalent of New York to Phoenix, or Los Angeles to Toronto. With 8 people, the range is reduced to 1,723 miles or roughly Los Angeles to Chicago.

We really like this aircraft, but even the manufacturer calls it over-engineered. The PC-24 enters a crowded field with lower priced competitors from Cessna, Embraer, and now Bombardier’s recent tweaking of the Lear 75 Liberty. While boasting greater comfort than some of its rivals it remains to be seen whether the PC-24 will sell like the PC-12, or if it will remain a niche player. The aircraft has certainly created quite a buzz in the light jet field, and with its larger cabin may prove an interesting cross-over to those looking for greater comfort even for shorter flights.

Get A Charter Quote Today

ELEVATE has access to aircraft operators flying the PC-24 now. If you want to try something really new, or need that added performance for those hard to reach places without compromising comfort this is the aircraft for you. We look forward to putting you in a PC-24, or in any one of over 10,000 private aircraft we have access to. Contact us for a no obligation quote today!

6 Incredible Bachelor Party Destinations In the U.S.

A bachelor party is the perfect reason to go all out, indulge in the best life has to offer and create a truly unforgettable experience with your closest friends. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas...but have you considered all of the other incredible U.S. cities there are? Here are some of our favorite bachelor party destinations in the United States. 

New Orleans, LA

French Quarter, New Orleans

French Quarter, New Orleans

If you’re looking for a party, New Orleans is always a good idea. Not only is NOLA home to the famed French Quarter, it’s got amazing restaurants, cigar bars and breweries. You can drink bourbon and listen to live jazz, get a traditional hot towel shave with the boys, go on a swamp tour or visit a gentleman’s club. There are also plenty of outdoor activities, such as kayaking or tubing down the river in Bogue Chitto State Park. Don’t forget to visit the Motorsports Park, or for some real action, go skydiving! No matter how you spend your time in New Orleans, it will be a trip for the books.

Miami, FL

Miami is all about daytime drinks on the beach or beside the pool, then living it up after dark. In addition to great restaurants and bars, Miami has an enviable club scene that will keep you out all night - and everyone will dress to impress, so maybe factor in time for some shopping. Throw in plans for a helicopter tour or some water sports and you’re all set. Just remember that Vegas rules apply in this wild town!

Austin, TX

Austin is proudly, undeniably weird - and it’s amazing. Known for its live music scene, Austin makes a phenomenal bachelor party destination. Think tacos, tequila, BBQ and bats - yes, bats - as well as outrageously good times on Sixth Street, which turns into a New Orleans-style street party on weekends. It’s also worth checking out Rainey Street for a more low key night of bar-hopping and food trucks. There is a ton of culture here as well as great golf courses and other outdoor activities. The vibe is decidedly relaxed and informal, and everyone should feel welcome. Enjoy!

New York City, NY

New York City is a great weekend destination, as you can do a lot in a short amount of time. Check out different burroughs, take a helicopter tour above the city, visit a museum or take in a show during the day. Some of the best restaurants in the world are in New York City and the nightlife is fantastic. New York City is a trip that can truly be customized to meet your needs - a wild weekend, an arts or culinary adventure, a time to relax or a bit of everything. Choose your vibe, plan your adventure and go!

Nashville, TN

It’s hot, exciting and when it comes to top Bachelor party destinations, Nashville is giving Las Vegas a run for its money. This destination is great because it offers so much - sports, music, food, drink and much more. Hit the strip and explore or book a round of axe throwing with your group. Visit a brewery or a country bar for some whiskey and dancing. You can dress casually here and still hit the town in style. Bottom’s up, and don’t forget your cowboy boots!

Biloxi, MS

Biloxi has all of the charm of a southern American city plus many of the elements that make Vegas so desirable - casinos, shows, restaurants and more. There’s also a lot to do in Mississippi that Vegas can’t offer, from deep sea fishing to sailing and day cruises. Get out on the water during the day and grab some drinks later that night. Biloxi offers a perfect mix of relaxed daytime activities and more risque evening options. Balance is good, right? We’ll raise a glass to that!

To book your private charter to one of these great locations or another destination, please contact us. 


5 Reasons to Charter a Private Jet to Las Vegas

ELEVATE can make a private jet to Vegas experience lift off! We can take care of everything so you don’t have to lift a finger.

ELEVATE can make a private jet to Vegas experience lift off! We can take care of everything so you don’t have to lift a finger.

Bright lights, big city - even if you haven’t been to Las Vegas, it’s likely that you’re familiar with its biggest attractions. Vegas has everything from spectacular casinos to fine dining and a massive selection of live performances, including illusionists, Cirque du Soleil and pop music’s biggest stars. There are stunning natural attractions just outside the city but when night falls, it’s all about luxury, excess and a little bit of magic. What happens there, stays there...or so we’re told.

Ready to hit the strip? Here are five reasons to charter a plane for your next (or your first) trip to fabulous Las Vegas.

You’ll get in and out of the city in style

You may have heard that flying into Vegas at night is a must because of the incredible view of the strip from above. We tend to agree - there’s nothing like it, and it’s a fantastic way to start your trip. This is particularly true when you’re flying charter and can take in the city from the comfort of a private aircraft. You can enjoy all the luxurious amenities of Vegas before your wheels even hit the ground - champagne, delicious food, first rate service, and a gorgeous private space to call your own.

Come and go as you please

Whether you’re heading to Vegas for a bachelor party, a romantic weekend away or a business meeting, we can get you in and out on your own schedule. It’s even possible to make a day trip of it, if that’s what you want - just let us know your itinerary and we’ll make it happen.

No wait times or hassle

No one goes to Las Vegas to sit on the runway or stand in line at the airport. Make the most of your trip by avoiding all of the hassle associated with flying commercial. You’ll go straight to your plane (customs for international arrivals can be handled quickly and privately) and depart the airport efficiently upon arrival in Las Vegas. Upon request, a private car will be ready to take you to your accommodations or other destination of your choosing. We can even offer a choice of airports to get you closer to where you want to be.

Enjoy a high level of privacy

When you fly charter, you’re afforded an extremely high level of privacy that even the best business class commercial flights cannot offer. Your trip can be as discreet as necessary, from departure to arrival and everything in between. We’ll get you to your hotel without disturbance and ensure that your entire travel experience is seamless.

It’s Vegas, baby

One of the best reasons to charter a trip to Vegas is to cross it off your bucket list - it’s on there for a reason. It’s doesn’t matter if you’re a golfer or a gambler - you’re going to have a great time. Las Vegas is an unforgettable experience made even more thrilling by traveling on a private jet. To learn more or start planning your trip, contact us.

More Reasons To Entrust Your Next Private Air Charter to ELEVATE

ELEVATE is Fully DOT Compliant With 3d Party Oversight by ARGUS.

New rules governing air charter brokers came into effect earlier in 2019. ELEVATE was already full compliant.

New rules governing air charter brokers came into effect earlier in 2019. ELEVATE was already full compliant.

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We are private air charter experts.

At ELEVATE, we pride ourselves on responding to your immediate needs, offering expert advice and service, and for being thorough as we direct each trip with the utmost professionalism. We are also fully compliant with new U.S. federal regulations governing private air charter - in fact, we met these new regulations before they were officially implemented on February 14th, 2019.

Earlier this year, the US Department of Transportation published 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 295, regulating the air charter broker industry in the United States for the first time. That said, ELEVATE Innovation has been Part 295 compliant from the first day we began operations - meaning, we saw the need for transparency and included it in our process before it was legally required. We chose to bring in an independent third party, ARGUS International, to make sure we follow the rules and operate at an exceptional level. ARGUS is well known to the business aviation community for their operational safety audits and also provides oversight of ELEVATE’s business practices.

What is Part 295?

The DOT has published rules to protect aircraft operators and consumers from unsafe and unscrupulous business practices. For example, a customer should know who the final air carrier operating their flight is - otherwise, it would be unfair and deceptive. Customers should also be entitled  to a refund if a broker does not provide the charter customer with “required” or “upon request” disclosures, such as proof of liability insurance.

Our Obligations

According to the DOT, here’s what we need to be doing for you , the customer, for each charter that we arrange:

  • Tell you that we are acting as your agent in the charter transaction

  • Disclose the name and any “doing-business-as” of the actual aircraft operator

  • Provide information on the level of insurance coverage you can expect

Additional Communication With You, The Customer

Although the DOT makes the following disclosures voluntary ELEVATE will always disclose to you the following:

  • Any relationships that we may have with an air carrier/aircraft operator that has a bearing on the selection of the carrier to operate your flight, and

  • The total cost of the charter, including taxes and fees, and any fees you the customer will be responsible for paying directly to third parties (e.g., fuel, landing, hanger, etc.) - Note that in most cases ELEVATE will explain and collect these fees on your behalf in our interest of providing the best service possible

We’ll also do our utmost to communicate any unforeseen or potential charges your trip may incur ahead of time. These could include aircraft de-icing and hangar fees, and on the day of flight any additional flight time charges caused by air traffic control re-routing, or en-route weather.

Our Partnership With ARGUS Helps Ensure We Meet And Exceed The Standards

Since the US Government does not maintain a registry of air charter brokers like ELEVATE, we chose to use a third party industry partner, ARGUS International, to validate our business practices and hold us to a high standard.  We use and regularly update a procedures manual, similar to checklists used by pilots, to ensure that we are following DOT rules.

Click here to see our live compliance status with ARGUS.

We are also a member of the National Business Aviation Association and diligently adhere to their policies and best practices, as well as being a member of the Canadian Business Aviation Association.

ELEVATE has elected to follow stringent US laws and guidelines for all of our business activities, both in the US and abroad.

You can trust our more than 25 years of aviation experience, and fly confidently knowing that we and our industry partners have your back. Once you get to know us, we hope you’ll keep coming back. ELEVATE your flying experience today!

Bombardier Lear 75 Re-imagined

Bombardier Learjet 75 Liberty.  Bombardier photo.

Bombardier Learjet 75 Liberty. Bombardier photo.

Bombardier has announced a revamp of its Learjet 75 business aircraft, called the Learjet 75 Liberty, just in time for July 4th. The new variant of the long-running light jet program will become available in 2020.

The Learjet 75, itself a modernized version of the highly popular Learjet 45, first rolled out of the Wichita, Kansas factory in 2013.

Newly Competitive On Price

Despite a series of enhancements the Lear 75 has struggled for new sales in recent years compared to its main light jet rivals the Cessna Citation CJ3+ and the fast-selling Embraer Phenom 300, with the latter being an entirely new design. Slightly larger in size, the Learjet 75 has been a more costly proposition for aircraft owners at over US $ 13 million compared to the sub US $10 million CJ3+ and Phenom 300. Bombardier aims to level the playing field with the new Learjet 75 Liberty which will seat 6 and have a price tag of US $9.9 million, making it a more formidable competitor.

The “Executive Suite” forward cabin of the Bombardier Learjet 75 Liberty.  Bombardier photo.

The “Executive Suite” forward cabin of the Bombardier Learjet 75 Liberty. Bombardier photo.

The Most Comfort of Any Light Jet

Price competitiveness is only one part of the Learjet 75 Liberty value proposition. By making use of the larger cabin Bombardier claims to have developed the most comfortable light jet experience in the sky. The Learjet 75 Liberty will have a separate forward “Executive Suite” with 2 forward facing captain’s chairs and footrests. The aft 4 passenger club section will have a segment-leading 24 inches separating the facing pairs of seats.

Impressive Speed and Range

Bombardier is also marketing better performance at the same operating costs as its nearest competitors so owners shouldn’t have to pay more to operate the aircraft. The Learjet 75 Liberty will see maximum payload (a measure of how much it can carry) increase by almost 38%, to 2,910 pounds, and the aircraft’s range will increase to 2,393 miles. This compares favorably to 2,348 miles for Citation CJ3+ and 2,267 miles for the Phenom 300E. Trips such as New York to Las Vegas, Seattle to DC, and Mexico City to San Francisco are within reach, nonstop, for the Learjet 75 Liberty. The Learjet family have always been known for their speed, and the max cruising speed for the Lear 75 Liberty is Mach 0.81.

The 8 passenger layout of the existing Learjet 75 will still be available as an option, however the aircraft’s range will be reduced roughly to that of the CJ3+.

Get a sneak preview of the Bombardier Learjet 75 Liberty (Bombardier video)

ELEVATE has access to over 10,000 private aircraft of all sizes and capabilities, world-wide. Contact us today to learn more about private air charter.

Charter To The Championships: ELEVATE Your Summer In Sports

With the NBA Championship just days behind us and the Stanley Cup recently awarded you may be asking yourself: what’s next? Well, if you love the thrill of live sports, we’ve got plenty of ideas to keep you entertained this summer - and ELEVATE can take you there in style. To learn more or get a free quote for your private charter, please contact us.

Wimbledon

What better reason to go to London than for Wimbledon? This is a fantastic event not only for the exceptional tennis, but to experience summer in England. The historic tournament begins July 1st and runs until July 14th, 2019. Take in a few matches and then spend some time touring the nearby city centre and surrounding countryside. You might even catch a glimpse of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, who has been known to attend Wimbedon most years.

Tour de France

Summer, cycling, maybe some French wine in the countryside or at a sidewalk cafe in Paris? We’re on board - and you can be, too. The Tour de France takes place in France and Belgium from July 6th to 28th. We suggest choosing one of many charming destinations along the route and settling into comfortable accommodations for a relaxing stay. You can cheer on cyclists as they cross through town and then spend some time enjoying the region. Or, let us fly you to Paris and be there when the winning cyclist crosses the finish line on the Champs Elysees!

British Open

The 2019 British Open will take place at the Royal Portrush Golf Club, County Antrim in Northern Ireland from July 18th to 21st. If you love golf, this is the place to be - it’s a rugged course with changing elevation that is sure to make for some exciting games. See the best of the best compete on the green and then grab a Guinness or some Irish whiskey to celebrate!

More to see and do

Wimbledon, the Tour de France and the British Open are just the beginning - if you’re interested in other adventures in summer athletics, consider a trip to the Women’s World Cup of soccer or the World Rowing Championships in Austria. Looking to stay closer to home? Tennis fans are in luck - the US Open is happening in New York City in late August. No matter where you end up this summer, travel well - we’d be pleased to help.

From Runway To Red Carpet With ELEVATE.

Fly To Tiff This Year With Private Air Charter By ELEVATE.

The Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF) is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, attracting close to half a million people annually. Let ELEVATE take you to TIFF this year.

The Biggest New Films

TIFF attracts some of the biggest names and best new films. The annual festival's People's Choice Award winners have been a good barometer of success to come. Films like Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The King's Speech (2010), 12 Years a Slave (2013), The Imitation Game (2014), Room (2015), La La Land (2016), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), and Green Book (2018) all went on to win big at The Academy Awards after their debut in Toronto.

Only Months Away. Plan Now!

Don't miss out! The 44th Annual Toronto International Film Festival® runs from September 5-15, 2019. Advance tickets are now sale for some credit card holders and go on sale to the general public in a matter of weeks.

Let ELEVATE Take Care of All Your Travel Needs

The best way to get to the festival is with a private air charter from ELEVATE. We provide the highest level of service from runway to red carpet.

Fly to Toronto from virtually anywhere, nonstop! We can even help you arrange ground transportation and accommodations making ELEVATE your one-stop.

Book your private air travel now.

Charter A Private Jet To The NBA Finals

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Toronto Raptors and Reigning NBA Champion Golden State Warriors Face Off.

Charter A Plane From ELEVATE to Get You To The Game.


Game 1 between the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors takes place on Thursday, May 30th in Toronto.

The Warriors start their chase for a third consecutive NBA Championship. They will have their hands full with a surging Raptors. It’s the first time a Canadian team has reached the championship series.

Nobody knows private air travel between the U.S. and Canada quite like ELEVATE. With over 25 years of aviation experience on both sides of the border you can count on us every step of the way.

We’re always front and center for service and will find the right aircraft for you and your friends. We’ll look after every detail so you can power forward and enjoy the ride. From more affordable light jets to spacious heavies we’ve got you covered.

We can even look after all of your trip needs including accommodations, ground transfers, and more.

Make this a series to remember. Let ELEVATE arrange your private charter flight to either Toronto or Oakland from virtually anywhere!


Summer Is Fast Approaching

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Happy Memorial Day!

Its the unofficial start of summer. Whether you need a Caravan to a cottage or have your sights set on Globe-trotting adventure on a G-V, ELEVATE has you covered. Customers tell us they love our boutique air charter service and our attention to every detail of their travel plans. Experience the difference for yourself. Get in touch with us today!

Let ELEVATE arrange your next private charter and change the way you fly.

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The Citation M2: Advanced, Comfortable.

A great performer off of short and narrow runways.  Cessna photo.

A great performer off of short and narrow runways. Cessna photo.

The Citation M2 is classified as an entry-level, jet. It is the smallest member of Textron Aviation’s Cessna Citation lineup. Designed for short range flights of up to two and half hours, the M2 is a comfortable and cost-effective solution for up to 6 people when chartered. It also comes with an impressive array of technology for its size.

The first Cessna Citation business jet, the 5-seat Citation I (model 500) entered service in 1971. The concept of light twin-engine jet capable of operating from convenient smaller airports not served by the airlines was entirely new at the time. Several thousand light jets later, the Cessna Citation continues to lead the category. In the 1990s Cessna went back to the drawing board and introduced the new CitationJet ("CJ") lineup. The smallest member of this new family of light jets was initially called the CJ1. Following further development Cessna began marketing the M2 in 2013.

The original light Citation jets were distinguished by a "V-tail design", where the horizontal stabilizer is mounted near the base of the tail. The new Citation M2 (as well as its larger siblings the CJ2, CJ3, and CJ4) all have a T-tail, where the horizontal stabilizer is mounted at the top of the tail. The M2 was designed to be versatile. You won’t find a swept-back wing on the M2. Together with two Williams engines, it was built not so much for speed as to get into and out of short runways of little over 3,000 feet in length. Still, the aircraft manages a respectable 404 knots/ 465 miles per hour at maximum cruise.

The cabin of the Cessna Citation M2

The cabin of the Cessna Citation M2

In a typical charter configuration the M2 carries 5 passengers, with a single club layout of 4 seats plus a side facing seat behind the flight deck. This seat can be replaced with extra storage space or refreshment center. A belted lavatory seat is also standard, and becomes handy when you are 6 on a tight budget. The aircraft’s maximum range is just over 1,550 nautical miles/ 1,784 miles, about 100 nautical miles/ 115 miles better than the original CJ1 which the M2 replaces.

Looking out the uniquely-shaped Citation M2 window as we cruise comfortably above most commercial air traffic.

Looking out the uniquely-shaped Citation M2 window as we cruise comfortably above most commercial air traffic.

Despite the relatively small cabin size, you’ll be able to relax or work comfortably on the M2 with its large fold-out tables and 8 cabin windows that help provide a sense of spaciousness. There’s also an optional cabin management system which provides integrated entertainment, climate, and information controls at passenger fingertips. On a recent two and half hour flight we completely forgot that we were flying on a small cabin jet, and while traveling fast and high above most commercial traffic beat the airlines to our final destination by a good margin.

On the flight deck the M2 is no slouch. A high degree of automation and other technological advances assist pilots in keeping things as simple as possible (the aircraft is certified to be flown by a single pilot, but you will find two pilots when chartering). This includes a sophisticated flight management system with GPS technology, weather avoidance radar, Terrain Avoidance Warning System, Traffic Collision and Avoidance System, electronic flight charts and more. This is all packed into was is known as the Garmin® G3000™; an entirely digital flight deck consisting of three large screens that include Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT™) providing a clear, concise picture of where you are at all times.

For a list of specs on the M2, visit our Aircraft Guide.

5 U.S. Spa Resorts Worth Traveling To

The concept of ‘going on vacation’ means different things to different people. For many, it’s about cultivating an adventure or checking items off your bucket list - hiking Machu Picchu, walking along the Great Wall of China or snorkeling in Thailand, perhaps. For others, though, it’s a time to relax, recharge and unwind from the chaos of work and life. After all - when you work hard, it’s natural for your body and your mind to crave rest.

If you’re the type of person who wants to spend their vacation in the lap of luxury, we’ve got some ideas. Here are our recommendations for some of the best spa resorts in America. Please let us know if we can help you arrange private air transportation to any of these destinations.

Lake Austin Spa Resort (Austin, Texas)

Lake Austin Spa Resort offers an earthy, comfortable take on a luxury spa getaway. The resort is set on a beautiful, secluded lake amid a gorgeous Texan landscape. Just twenty minutes from the lively city of Austin, the spa provides luxurious accommodations, delicious meals, three pools, a full-service spa and a variety of fitness and wellness activities. Enjoy a long hike or lay out by the water - the choice is yours. There is also the option to paddle board or enjoy other water sports on site. To learn more, visit their website here.

The Ranch (Malibu, California)

The Ranch is known as a fitness resort because of its focus on health, exercise and nutrition. A favourite of celebrities looking to shed a few pounds before a big role or awards season, this resort offers amenities designed to improve one’s spiritual, physical and mental wellness. Your time here is decidedly about self-improvement rather than pure pampering or relaxation, but it also offers daily yoga practice and massage treatments. The Ranch is also offering a program in Italy later this year. Visit their website here to learn more.

Miraval Resort and Spa (Tucson, Arizona)

Miraval has several locations, including a well-reviewed spa in Austin and an upcoming addition to the Berkshires, Massachusetts. We recommend the Arizona location for their stunning landscape, incredible amenities and high end, modern accommodations. Visit for the day, get a suite or book a villa. In addition to amazing spa experiences, there are opportunities for meditation, yoga, hiking and even horseback riding. The resort encourages sustainable practices and creative living - two elements that are apparent in their approach. Learn more at MiravalArizona.com.

Sundara Inn and Spa (Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin)

Sundara is what you might picture when you imagine a weekend away at a modern spa resort - good food, an incredible full-service spa and beautiful rooms among a serene, forested landscape. Every corner is designed for relaxation and enjoyment. Bring a book, schedule a massage or spa treatment or walk along the meditation trail (there’s a hammock at the end, if you feel like a nap). A salt room offers detoxing halotherapy and there is a golf course on site, should you feel like a game. To learn more, visit their website here.

The Lodge (Hawley, Pennsylvania)

Nearest airport- Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Intl.

Classic, elegant and endlessly relaxing, The Lodge at Woodloch is a small, private luxury spa resort. Visiting this resort is a bit like having your own private country estate - never a bad thing, if you ask us - and the spa itself offers great options and amenities. Enjoy indoor and outdoor water features, stunning views and comfort at every turn. There’s a fire pit to gather around in the evening and gorgeous grounds to explore. Unlike some spa resorts, wine and spirits are served alongside chef-prepared meals. You can learn more by visiting their website.

Contact ELEVATE to arrange your private flight to any of these incredible destinations or for additional travel recommendations.

7 New York City Restaurants That Should Be On Your Bucket List

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Whether you grew up in the Hamptons, live in the Midwest or are West Coast born-and-raised, you’ve probably spent time in New York City. There’s a reason NYC attracts visitors from all over the world, from the sights of Central park to Broadway and The Met. It’s the city that never sleeps, and there’s always something spectacular to take in. Oh, and we hear the food is pretty good, too...

Here are seven of the best restaurants New York City has to offer - a curated bucket list for your distinguished palate. If you have additional recommendations, let us know in the comments on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. We’re @elevatecharter

Le Bernadin (155 West 51st Street)

Le Bernadin is internationally acclaimed for its elegant seafood and renowned French chef Eric Ripert. The upscale destination has three Michelin stars and is consistently rated among the best restaurants in New York City, holding the record for the longest unbroken four star rating in the New York Times. Try the Almost Raw, Barely Touched and Lightly Cooked menu options featuring scallops, clams, fresh fish and other delights.


Cote Korean Steakhouse, (16 West 22nd Street)

Led by Executive Chef David Shim, Cote takes the classic American steakhouse and blends it with incredible Korean barbeque. They have a spectacular bar offering as well as many traditional and innovative dishes. Try the Butcher’s Feast of Prime and Wagyu beef served with delectable Korean accompaniments.

Momofuku (various addresses, New York)

The Momofuku brand is famous around the globe - and with good reason. New York is home to Momofuku’s Bang Bar, Kawi, Ko, Nishi, Peach Mart, and Saam bar as well as the signature Momofuku Noodle Bar. These options are more casual dining but well worth a visit. They’re also perfect for late night, should you find yourself out on the town.

Gramercy Tavern (42 East 20th Street)

A NYC staple since 1994, Gramercy Tavern offers contemporary American cuisine done with superb style. Owned by famed restaurateur Danny Meyer and led by Chef Michael Anthony, the tavern’s menu evolves with the seasons. Think high end and farm-fresh with warm hospitality. Gramercy Tavern has earned nine James Beard awards.

Daniel (60 East 65th Street)

Chef Daniel Boulud’s namesake restaurant offers award-winning contemporary French cuisine in a luxe, fine dining environment. Try the four course chef’s menu or dine a la carte. An extensive wine menu complements the four star chef’ menu. You’ll want to dress to impress.   

ABC Kitchen (35 East 18th Street)

A passion project by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, ABC Kitchen is a quirky yet upscale organic dining experience set inside a retail space. The dining room pays attention to environmentally-friendly details such as compostable placemats and recycled paper menus. Fresh fish, local produce and delectable cuts of meat are given a pleasant rustic treatment with an urban twist.

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon (85 10th Avenue)

This is contemporary fine dining and French food at its best - classic dishes, rich desserts and plenty of wine, all in a modern upscale setting. Chef Robuchon has held 32 Michelin stars and is internationally recognized for his cuisine. A generous selection of vegetarian options complete this decadent menu. Bon appetit!

When you’re ready to jet off to NYC for an amazing week or weekend give us a call! Click here to get a quote on aircraft.


Bombardier's Global 7500 - The Lon(g) Ranger!

In one of our earlier blog posts we talked about Bombardier’s newest ultra long range business aircraft, the Global 7500. Now certified and in service the Global 7500 recently set a series of distance and speed records as part of a worldwide marketing tour. Check out this cool video of the aircraft from AINtv.

The Global 7500 is touted as the world’s largest and longest range business jet. It is capable of flying over 7,700 nautical miles (over 8,861 statute miles), with a top speed of Mach 0.925 (92.5% of the speed of sound).

The Falcon 900 Series

We feature popular aircraft available for private charter on a regular basis. For a complete directory please visit our extensive aircraft guide, at elevatecharter.com/aircraft-guide. This month we go big with a look at French business aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation and their long-running Falcon 900 series.

With exceptional performance and greater comfort than many others in its class, the large cabin Falcon 900 is a treat to fly on. Its success has spurred development of even larger and longer range models.

Dassault Aviation traces its roots back to 1929. For three decades the aircraft manufacturer produced only military aircraft. Production of their first business aircraft, the Falcon 20, began in the early 1960s as a response to a French government request for a military liaison and trainer aircraft. The super-midsize Falcon 50, the first business tri-jet (meaning three-engines) was in service by 1980 and had the distinction of being one of the few mid-size business aircraft with trans-continental capabilities at the time.

The large cabin Falcon 900 is a development of the Falcon 50, retaining the unique tri-jet design with increased range of up to 4,750 nautical miles (over 5,400 miles). This enables the aircraft to operate at full capacity between Europe and major points in North America in both directions without a fuel stop. The Falcon 900’s range gives it an advantage over other large cabin business jets in its class.

Range is only part of the story behind this versatile business aircraft. With three-engine power and lightweight design, the Falcon 900 gets into and out of many airports with shorter runways that otherwise handcuff twin engine business jets in the same category. It even burns less fuel while doing so, roughly 40% less when compared to competitors.

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Dassault Aviation photo

The cabin of the Falcon 900 is quite comfortable, with a nearly 8 foot cross section, and over 6 foot high ceiling. A hallmark of the larger Falcons, there are 24 closely-spaced windows that help fill the cabin with abundant natural light. The aircraft seats between 12 and 14 passengers. Typical arrangements are a single club seating area up front, followed by a four-place conference seating area, and two divans at the rear (or one divan and additional single seats). The rear cabin section can be closed off creating additional privacy. Seats can convert to beds allowing the Falcon 900 to sleep 5. The galley on the Falcon 900 is slightly smaller than on some other large cabin business jets but gets the job done with hot and cold running water, a convection/microwave oven, ice drawer and stowage areas. A unique feature, cabin environmental and entertainment controls are located within each seat’s armrests, allowing passengers to seamlessly adjust settings from the comfort of their seat.

A comfortable ride high above the weather is ensured as the Falcon 900 can reach an altitude of 51,000 feet, well above the commercial traffic. The aircraft can also reach speeds of up to Mach .85, or 85% of the speed of sound.

There have been 5 variants of the Falcon 900 since inception in the mid 1980s. These include the 900EX which is a longer range version of the original model that entered service in the late 1990s, and the current in-production model since 2010 the 900LX.

Newer ultra long range aircraft models produced by Dassault include the Falcon 7x and 8x. These aircraft are themselves derivatives of the highly popular Falcon 900 series which has sold in excess of 500 aircraft to date.

Video credit: AINtv