Maximizing Value with Expert In-House Maintenance

October 6, 2023 Our clients value their time as well as their money, and Clay Lacy’s in-house maintenance services save both. Leveraging our more than 55 years of experience, the factory-trained technicians at our FAA Part 145 Repair Stations are local, and ready to respond to last-minute needs. Owners enjoy more uptime, depart on schedule, […]

Your Dedicated Private Jet Crew

September 12, 2023 Aircraft owners who engage Clay Lacy Aviation for professional aircraft management services enjoy having a personalized experience with a dedicated private jet crew consisting of the industry’s best trained pilots, maintenance technicians and cabin attendants.  Supporting your dedicated team is a host of aviation professionals with skillsets, knowledge, and deep connections in […]

Budgeting For Your Business Jet? Here Is How To Plan.

The annual operating budget for your business jet requires careful consideration and forecasting. Here are some guidelines to help you accurately plan for the year ahead. 1. Establish Data-Based PROJECTIONS Jet fuel. This is one of the largest line items in any aircraft budget. Fuel prices fluctuate regularly with the market and it is important […]

How to Compare Jet Management Companies

June 23, 2023 Even to a seasoned owner, the number of unknowns and complexities of operating a jet can drain your time and budget. A professional aircraft management company manages everything for you, so you can focus on your priorities and make the best use of your time, people and resources. Deciding on an aircraft […]

Segregated Accounts are Important for the Best Aircraft Management Experience

June 23, 2023 Aircraft management with Clay Lacy Aviation offers a unique benefit to business jet owners: segregated business checking accounts. Why do these matter? Brandon Scheff, Manager of Aircraft Financial Planning and Analysis, walks through this industry-leading offering.   Traditional Aircraft Management Proposals “When an aircraft owner comes to a management company for services, […]

Clay Lacy’s Connecticut FBO and MRO Development Moving Quickly

April 14, 2023 From the time Clay Lacy Aviation announced its expansion and development of its Waterbury-Oxford Airport (KOXC) facilities, aircraft owners have been anticipating the new FBO facilities and expanded, aircraft management, charter, and maintenance capabilities the project includes. In the eight months since groundbreaking on the $20 million, 11-acre first phase of development, […]

Washington Wine Adventures

January 6, 2022 By David Lincoln Ross, Ross Wine Tours Washington is the premier wine producer in the Pacific Northwest. The Evergreen State has almost 1,400 wineries spread across 19 designated American Viticultural Areas, AVAs. Reds, whites, rosés, and sparklers, Washington has them all. Three of its most prominent AVAs are centered around in the […]

Pinot Noir Power in Oregon

December 17, 2021 By David Lincoln Ross, Ross Wine Tours While Cabernet lovers thrill to visiting and tasting in Napa Valley, adventurous wine lovers should not forget the Pinot Noir riches on offer in Oregon. And there’s great skiing there too. Winter wine adventures await where it’s fun to combine downhill descents in deep powder […]

Buying A Private Jet: Is New or Preowned Best For You?

November 19, 2021 Considering the purchase of a private jet? Evaluating whether to buy a factory-new jet direct from the manufacturer or a top-quality preowned plane from a reputable aircraft brokerage firm? Each option has its advantages, and much depends on market conditions which fluctuate along with the global economy. Right now, both the new […]

Investing Wisely: The Right Upgrades Add Value to Your Jet

November 5, 2021 Proper aircraft maintenance includes keeping business jets current with upgrades and enhancements as earlier technologies and equipment become obsolete and manufacturers discontinue support. Upgrades can improve operational safety, performance and efficiency. They can also add real value, making the plane more enjoyable for the owner, while broadening the appeal to charter customers […]

Historic Pilot Shortage: How Jet Owners Can Retain Their Crews

November 4, 2021 The shortage of skilled pilots and aircraft mechanics, abated temporarily by the COVID-19 pandemic, has returned even stronger and is more pressing than ever. Back in 2019, it was the year’s top aviation story. Boeing’s CEO said that a global pilot shortage was one of the greatest challenges facing the airline industry. […]

Upgrade Your Travel Experience with Clay Lacy Aviation

September 21, 2021 Since our founding in 1968, business and world leaders, including five U.S. Presidents and a British Prime Minister, have entrusted Clay Lacy Aviation with their private jet charter needs.  Chartering a private jet with us invites you and your passengers on a memorable trip from departure to destination featuring the legendary service […]

Clay Lacy & Ross Wine Tours Argentina Itinerary

August 31, 2021 By David Lincoln Ross, Ross Wine Tours Channel your inner-Vulcan and sign up with Ross Wine Tours to Argentina to grill up a storm and drink up some great reds and wines from across this remarkable country. Let expert wine adventurer David Lincoln Ross, Founder of Ross Wine Tours (RWT), personally curate […]

Experienced Flight Coordination with Clay Lacy Aviation

August 23, 2021 Our private aircraft management services include various types of support. Each iteration, however, includes flight coordination from experienced dispatchers for wherever your travels take you. Reliable Dispatch Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licensed dispatchers are one part of your flight coordination team at Clay Lacy Aviation. These experts offer 24/7 live support as […]

Private Winery Tours in New Zealand

August 9, 2021 New Zealand, Land of Sauvignon Blancs By David Lincoln Ross, Ross Wine Tours Imagine a voyage to one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most innovative, gorgeous wine destinations: New Zealand. Let your expert, “Lord of the Wines” adventurer David Lincoln Ross, Founder of Ross Wine Tours (RWT), personally curate a tour of one […]

Private Jet Membership vs. Custom Jet Charter Services

July 28, 2021 Demand for flying by private jet increased significantly in the final quarter of 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and travelers looking for a more private way to travel. New entrants to the industry grew the customer base for both private jet membership and charter providers. These newcomers have three […]

Private Jet Wine Tour Itinerary in South Africa

July 16, 2021 By David Lincoln Ross, Ross Wine Tours Imagine taking an exciting “wine safari” to one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most innovative, yet historic wine destinations: South Africa. Let expert wine adventurer David Lincoln Ross, Founder of Ross Wine Tours (RWT), personally curate a tour of this amazing country. Today, South Africa is […]

Clay Lacy Aviation Raises the Bar on Charter Revenue

June 30, 2021 Proven over more than 50 years, Clay Lacy Aviation’s individual approach to aircraft management delivers the industry’s highest quality charter. Owners in our program earn 15-20% more charter revenue annually than they would earn through other aircraft management companies. The analysis proves it. Here’s what makes us different.   Charter Revenue vs. […]

What are Carbon Offsets for Business Jets?

June 21, 2021 Available today, carbon offsets are a starting point to make a positive impact on our environment. The aviation industry is tirelessly innovating to develop more fuel-efficient engines and alternate energy sources like hydrogen and electric propulsion. And develop more sustainable fuels from feedstock and refuse that would otherwise go to landfills. While […]

Jet to a Warm Weather Adventure in Washington State

June 17, 2021 The Pacific Northwest is known for its mountainous landscape and exclusive ski resorts, such as in Big Sky, Montana, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. But what do you do when the season changes, weather warms and the powder disappears? Take a private jet to Washington, the jewel of the Pacific Northwest, for warm […]

Time to Switch to Sustainable Aviation Fuel? Answering Questions About SAF.

December 1, 2022 No longer “a fuel for the future,” sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is increasingly available at airports and FBOs across the United States and around the world. Business jet owners and operators now have a genuine and practical alternative to the fossil-based fuels that have powered aircraft since the Wright brothers at Kitty […]

Spain – Rioja, Land of Tempranillo Wines

June 2, 2021 By David Lincoln Ross, Ross Wine Tours Spain is home to some of the most diverse wine growing regions of any country, and in this ancient land none is more famous than Rioja. Located in the north along the Ebro, Rioja is the home of the Tempranillo grape. Fly by private jet […]

Book a Private Jet to Florida or Wherever Vacation Takes You

May 18, 2021 During early winter and late spring, our charter customers in the Northeast often schedule a private jet to Florida for its ever-sunny beaches in Miami, Naples and West Palm Beach. With more than 60 aircraft based at airports in states across the region, Clay Lacy Aviation is well-equipped to charter travelers from […]

France – Burgundy, Land of Pinot Noir Wines

May 5, 2021 By David Lincoln Ross, Ross Wine Tours Climb aboard a Clay Lacy Falcon jet and fly to Paris for a once-in-a-lifetime tour through Burgundy and private visit with a top vineyard owner and taste his Premier Cru Pinot Noir wines at his 1,000-year-old château home, all arranged by Ross Wine Tours. Philippe […]

What Does an Aircraft Management Company Do?

April 27, 2021 Large corporations with multiple aircraft often establish a corporate flight department to manage aircraft operation. For individual owners and family offices, though, flight departments are not a practical or cost-effective solution for aircraft management. Utilizing a top aircraft management company like Clay Lacy Aviation offers the same personalization of having your own […]

Round Trip, One-Way and Empty Leg Charter Flights

April 20, 2021 Our private jet charter services offer round trip, multi-leg, one-way and empty leg charter flights on one of the country’s most diverse fleets of business jets. For more than 50 years, Clay Lacy Aviation has helped clients and corporations find the right aircraft for each and every flight. Round Trip Our round […]

Argentina – Mendoza, Land Malbec Wines

April 2, 2021 By David Lincoln Ross, Ross Wine Tours During the last two decades, Argentina’s Mendoza vineyards have achieved world-class status in the wine world. In the shadow of Andes mountains and featuring excellent soil and climate conditions, a growing number of small, family-owned wineries there are excelling in the production of the noble […]

The Importance of Aviation Management for First-Time Buyers

March 30, 2021 Have your travel needs outgrown your charter, fractional or jet card program? Clay Lacy Aviation’s aircraft management professionals help first-time buyers find, purchase and manage their new aircraft in a process that starts and continues with one point of contact leading a team of subject matter experts. That’s the importance of aviation […]

Jet Card vs Fractional Ownership vs Charter: Which is Best for You?

March 16, 2021 Jet cards, fractional ownership or private jet charter… which option is best for you? That’s the question we ask ourselves for each charter proposal we develop for our clients. Why? Because we want you to travel with confidence that you are flying with the program that makes the most sense for your […]

Clay Lacy’s Aircraft Programs Team: Simplifying Complexity, Saving Clients Money and Time

February 25, 2021 Eloy Freitas, Aircraft Programs Manager Connect on LinkedIn From onboarding a jet through its ongoing operation, our aircraft programs team streamlines and simplifies the management of warranties and other subscription-based services for the cockpit, cabin, avionics, airframe and engines. Our expert team manages contracts in excess of $18 million across 30 different […]

Northeast Aircraft Management Solutions

February 25, 2021 For more than 50 years, Clay Lacy Aviation has been well known throughout the western United States for its personalized aircraft management solutions, but our presence stretches beyond our headquarters in Southern California. We provide private aircraft management, jet charter, FBO and maintenance services in the northeastern U.S. In fact, one third […]

Various Factors that Affect Private Jet Costs

February 18, 2021 Flight hours refer to the cumulative number of hours an aircraft has flown. Hours of use, in the case of aviation, is more important than age. Flight hours is also how charter companies like Clay Lacy Aviation charge for private jet charter flights. While there are a number of factors that affect […]

Safe Business Jet Charter in a Healthy Environment

January 27, 2021 With many travelers concerned about their health and safety, the business aviation industry is seeing greater interest in charter, fractional and jet card services. At Clay Lacy Aviation, we welcome first-time charter flyers searching for the healthiest option for their travel: private jet charter. The Safest Business Jet Charter Since 1968, our […]

Custom Aircraft Management Solutions

January 26, 2021 We offer custom aircraft management solutions built around aircraft owners’ operational needs and financial objectives. Each offering comes with Clay Lacy Aviation’s detailed data analysis and reporting, our global connections and purchasing power as well as sustainability options. Three Customizable Management Solutions Aircraft Management, No Charter is the ideal solution for owners […]

1855 Bordeaux Classification

December 29, 2020 1855 Bordeaux Wine Classification: Why It Still Informs Today’s Wine Prices By David Lincoln Ross, Ross Wine Tours In 1851, at one of the first great world’s fairs, millions of affluent tourists beat a path to the famous Crystal Palace exhibition in London. Another imperial power, France, and its Emperor, Napoleon III, […]

Wine & Food Excursions to Start 2021

December 29, 2020 Three Thrilling, Safe Luxury Wine & Food Excursions for January, February, March 2021 By David Lincoln Ross, Ross Wine Tours Throughout the 2021 calendar year, Ross Wine Tours (RWT) and Clay Lacy Aviation (CLA) will be pleased offer custom-tailored luxury wine voyages, including private flights featuring great wines served by sommeliers and […]

Trends Transforming Aircraft Interiors

November 16, 2020 Aircraft owners want elegant, eye-catching cabin interiors made from materials that last. We looked at the latest trends in aircraft interior design and identified the top changes we are likely to see in interior refurbishment. Looking Cooler, Feeling Modern Trends highlight a color family movement from earthy warm to modern cool tones, […]

Four Actions to Increase Quality Charter Revenue for Your Aircraft

November 2, 2020 Aircraft owners routinely ask aircraft management companies: How can I maximize charter revenue for my aircraft? The most common answer is often something like “charter the aircraft more hours.” It is a simple answer—it is also wrong. While flying more hours increases gross revenue, you will sacrifice hourly profit margin which does […]