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5 Best Private Aviation Resources

Whether you're a frequent flyer, a private jet setter, or an aviation enthusiast, these resources can always come in handy. We've compiled the top resources around the web (and offline as well) that will help you make informed decisions, stay up to date, and educate yourself on the aviation industry!

AviationWeather.gov

The definitive weather resource for all of your aviation needs. Used and trusted by pilots in the United States, AviationWeather.gov has the most up-to-date information including: PIREPs, NOTAMs, Prog Charts, Forecasts, Winds, and more. If you're ever curious about an upcoming storm, or need to see how that front is moving in, this is your place.

Aviation Weather Chart

ARGUS

ARGUS is the premiere safety ratings company. Most operators proudly display their ARGUS rating on their website and trip sheets, the highest being platinum. It's a great practice to make sure you run a CHEQ report on every operator/aircraft before you make the trip. See our post on what to look for when chartering.

ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS), is a specialized aviation services company with global expertise whose mission is to provide the aviation marketplace with the information needed to make informed decisions and manage risk.

The ARGUS CHEQ Report provides charter customers with:

  • Complete, in depth safety reports on your charter operators
  • Instantly access pilots' experience and historical safety ratings
  • Primary source for your due-diligence
  • Instantly search:
    • Pilot Certificates
    • Aircraft Registration
    • Operator Certificates
    • Accident and Incident Report
    • Enforcement Actions
    • Ownership and Management

ARGUS TRIPCHEQ Sample

NBAA

The National Business Aviation Association is the leading association in the aviation industry. Their flagship trade show every year in the fall, the Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, is not to be missed.

Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 10,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world's largest civil aviation trade show.

AOPA

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is the go-to resource for pilots. From providing incredible educational programs to legal support, the AOPA is doing wonders for general aviation.

With hundreds of thousands of members, AOPA is the largest, most influential general aviation association in the world. AOPA has achieved its prominent position through effective advocacy, safety education and training, enlightened leadership, technical competence, and hard work. Providing member services that range from representation at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, advice, and other assistance, AOPA has built a service organization that far exceeds any other in the aviation community.

The AOPA also publishes an excellent magazine:

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FlightAware

FlightAware is a brilliant tool that takes live aircraft tracking data and presents it in an easy to digest format. You plug in the tail number of the aircraft you'd like to track, and they'll show you the live position overlaid on a map. Not all operators allow their aircraft to be tracked, and coverage is sparse outside of the US, but it's a phenomenal tool. Here's an example flight:

FlightAware Tracking

If you have any other resources that we should include, let us know on Twitter or in the comments.

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Charles Denault III

Charles Denault III

Founder & CEO, SimpleCharters