Air Taxi, Refined

FLITE Air Taxi offers a refreshingly affordable alternative to private jet charter and commercial airlines.  Using the critically acclaimed six-passenger Pilatus PC-12 turboprop, FLITE delivers a comfortable jet-like experience with substantial savings over typical private jet rates. If the word “taxi “ makes you think of a cramped cab or a little airplane with an equally tight three or four- passenger cabin, then think again!

Think FLITE Air Taxi.

FLITE is comfortable

The first thing that will impress you about the Pilatus PC-12 is how big it is – inside and out.

With a 53-foot wingspan and a tail that towers 14 feet above the tarmac, this is no “puddle-jumper.” Climb aboard and you’ll find a cabin that is almost five feet in height, five feet wide and 17 feet long.  It is actually slightly bigger than the Citation Encore or Hawker 400XP, with double the luggage space.

The PC-12 easily accommodates six (big) adults in comfy club seats, and to go with those longer trips there’s an enclosed forward lavatory. In the unlikely event you want to use your golf clubs or skis in flight (not something pilots particularly like) they are accessible in the spacious stowage section at the rear of the cabin.

FLITE is affordable

With the exclusive FLITE PLAN program, members can enjoy the lowest fixed hourly rate in private aviation – when you fill all six seats, flying privately can be competitive with commercial ticket prices.

FLITE goes the distance

The two-pilot Pilatus will also surprise you with its exceptional range. As well suited as it is to those short hops to Nantucket, it also has the legs to take a full payload of 6 passengers and their bags on jaunts of over a thousand miles – even into a headwind! With a cruising altitude of up to 30,000 feet, the ride is smooth and quiet.

FLITE as the crow flies

The crow doesn’t carry passengers, but the Pilatus does – six to be precise.

As comfortable as the Pilatus is operating from major airports, it is designed and built to be equally at home on very short stretches of tarmac, dirt or grass airstrips. This short-field capability opens up direct access to thousands of small private and municipal airfields that cannot or will not accept even very-light jets.

Block Island? No problem! In fact nationwide there are almost three times as many airfields open to FLITE’s big beautiful Pilatus as there are available to other private jet aircraft types.

FLITE as convenient as hailing a cab

As the name “air taxi” suggests, arranging your FLITE is almost as easy as using a taxicab.  Your “FLITE PLAN” agreement takes care of all the paperwork up-front and so future bookings are a snap.  Just call, tell us where you want to go and take FLITE – every time.

In fact, it could be argued that hailing a taxicab is a lot more difficult than booking your FLITE, and our pilots won’t be looking for a tip when you reach your destination!

FLITE eliminates aiport fatigue

Pictured: Jet Aviation, FBO, Daytona Beach, FL

Fly commercially and an average of 60% of door-to-door travel time is spent getting into and out of major airports. More than 80% of North America’s commercial air traffic is forced through fewer than 20% of available airports. No matter what class of service you pay for, the post 9-11 commercial airport experience has gone from bad to miserable.

Air taxi is the solution and one of the major joys of FLITE is the “anti-airport” experience of arriving and departing from private (general aviation) terminals.  No more lines, no tiresome and embarrassing “enhanced pat-down” procedures, or mile-long hikes to remote departure gates.

Your car drops you yards, not miles, from your waiting aircraft. We load the bags, you keep your shoes and belt on, leave your laptop in the briefcase, climb aboard and it’s “chocks away”. What could be easier?

FLITE is pet-friendly

Unlike some operators we don’t spell “pets” with the “s” in front of the “t”. On the contrary, we believe that the whole family should be able to travel together so please bring those cats and dogs along.

Featured Aircraft

Pilatus PC12

In 2008 a Flying Magazine dubbed the Pilatus PC-12, “The Next Big Thing.”  Two years later, Flight International named it, “The aircraft you can take anywhere.”

With over a thousand of these big Swiss-manufactured single turboprops now in service, those two headlines capture the essence of what makes this a truly exceptional aircraft: size and flexibility.

The Pilatus is an aircraft with few if any direct competitors, making apples-to-apples comparisons somewhat difficult… but we’ll try!

  • Pilatus PC-12
  • Flight Time:
  • Trenton – Martha’s Vineyard
  • Cabin Headroom
  • Cabin Width
  • Cabin Length
  • Cabin Size
  • Luggage
  • Seating Capacity
  • Required Runway Length
  • Usable Airports in US
  • Enclosed, flushable private lavatory
  • Pilatus PC-12
  • 1:00
  • Trenton – Martha’s Vineyard
  • 4’10”
  • 5’0”
  • 16’11”
  • 330 cu ft
  • 72 cu ft
  • 6 passengers
  • 2,400 ft
  • 5,250
  • Yes
  • Lear 31A
  • 0:50
  • Trenton – Martha’s Vineyard
  • 4’4”
  • 4’9”
  • 17’1”
  • 265 cu ft
  • 40 cu ft
  • 6 passengers
  • 5,000 ft
  • 1,800
  • No
  • Citation Bravo
  • 0:52
  • Trenton – Martha’s Vineyard
  • 4’8”
  • 4’10”
  • 16’0”
  • 278 cu ft
  • 59 cu ft
  • 6 passengers
  • 5,000 ft
  • 1,800
  • Yes
  • Hawker 400XP
  • 0:51
  • Trenton – Martha’s Vineyard
  • 4’8”
  • 4’9”
  • 15’6”
  • 305 cu ft
  • 56 cu ft
  • 7 passengers
  • 5,000 ft
  • 1,800
  • Yes
  • King Air 200
  • 1:06
  • Trenton – Martha’s Vineyard
  • 4’8”
  • 4’5”
  • 16’7”
  • 303 cu ft
  • 55 cu ft
  • 7 passengers
  • 4,200 ft
  • 1,800
  • Varies

Size matters.

  • With a 53-foot wingspan and a tail that towers 14 feet above the tarmac, this is no “puddle-jumper.” Climb aboard and you’ll find a cabin that is almost five feet in height, five feet wide and 17 feet long.  This makes it slightly bigger than the Hawker 400XP, and with a luggage compartment as roomy as some mid-size business jets.
  • The standard configuration has two pilots and six comfy, club style, passenger seats.
  • Up front there’s a very private enclosed flushing lavatory.
  • The rear of the cabin boasts a huge luggage stowage area which is fully accessible during flight.

Easy rider?

  • As testimony to the unique mission flexibility of this aircraft, every PC-12 comes with a huge 53” x 52” cargo door.
  • Bikes, skis and golf clubs are all a breeze.  Some enthusiasts boast of taking their Harleys along for the ride, we do however ask you tell us in advance rather than just showing up with your “drive-on” luggage.

Off the beaten flight-path

  • The PC-12’s legendary mission flexibility opens up more than just a cargo door. Not only can the Pilatus operate into short fields of well under 3,000 feet but, as Australian bush pilots will testify, its rugged landing gear will handle the roughest dirt or grass landing strips.

Like a new Range Rover however, the Pilatus cleans up beautifully and is every bit as comfortable in black tie at JFK as it is in khakis on Block Island.

Above and beyond

  • As the pressurized PC-12 is certified to a ceiling of 30,000 feet, it not only enjoys smoother flying above the weather, but also makes for faster cruise speeds at altitude.
  • As Flying Magazine put it in an August 2010 review, “The PC-12 can lug at least 1,200 pounds of payload over a thousand miles against the strongest headwind, and do it every time.” This means that even more of those short fields are within range of this remarkable flying machine.

Singularly more economical

  • Pacific Wings Magazine dubbed the PC-12, “an aeroplane with some get up and go” and agreed that the benefits that accrue to flying a single engine turboprop are many.
  • Contrarian as it may sound a second engine doesn’t add more range. Instead it means more fuel has to be carried aloft and it also creates increased drag.
  • With only one engine the Pilatus enjoys superior range and lower operating costs than almost any other airplane in its class.

Two’s company, one’s just as safe

There’s only one way to address the perfectly natural concerns some people harbor about single-engine versus twin-engine operations, and that’s head on.

  • First of all the, Pilatus PC-12 doesn’t have just any old engine! It is powered by the legendary Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-67B – an engine that PWC considers its “greatest success story.”
  • The 36,000 (and counting) PT6 engines that have been built to date have accumulated more than 300 million flying hours in 170 countries. For the full story and specifications please check out PWC’s site at
  • This super-reliable 1,200 shaft horsepower engine delivers performance which is often likened to, “a jet engine with a propeller”.
  • In the highly unlikely event of an engine failure, the PC-12 will remain stable and is capable of gliding for up to 50 miles.  Pilots configure flight plans to always have an emergency runway within this glide range.
  • Unlike a typical twin-engine turboprop unbalanced by one suddenly inoperable engine, piloting the single-engine Pilatus in glide mode is comparatively less difficult. The aircraft remains stable and safe as it makes a controlled descent into the closest airfield.
  • As part of their recurrent safety training programs, Pilatus pilots train extensively for this unlikely maneuver by doing practice runs where they glide to a safe landing.

We realize that for some people this is an emotional issue that can transcend any number of technical arguments. That said, FLITE believes the Pilatus PC-12 to be as safe as any airplane in service today and unrivaled when it comes to operating a typical 300 – 1,000 mile mission.

For the full story on this remarkable aircraft please check out and see Buzz for more news and (rave) reviews of the PC-12.

King Air 200

The 300-mph King Air 200 is the ideal option for an economic approach to business and leisure travel. You will enjoy exceptional mountain flying along with short field take-off and landing capabilities. This twin turbo-prop aircraft is the quickest way to the mountain resorts and fully capable of safely transporting up to 8 passengers, skis and bags at a competitive price.

Beech Baron

The Beechcraft Baron is an economical and efficient business tool.  Club seating for four, cargo-sized double doors, interior and exterior baggage areas, and a self-storing work table are just a few of the amenities found in the Baron.  The Baron seats five passengers and cruises at 200 mph.

FLITE Air Taxi Card

As a card-holding MEMBER  you will enjoy exclusive fixed rates on either turboprop or piston air taxi services throughout the United States.

Turboprop Fixed Rates

$3,200 for the first hour
$2,200 each additional flight hour

Piston Fixed Rates

$2,100 for the first hour
$1,200 each additional flight hour

Just place a fully refundable $25,000 into your Charter Member account and FLITE will waive the Network Access Fee on your first flight. That’s an instant saving of $950!

Then on every trip FLITE Charter Members enjoy asterisk-free fixed-rates that represent an additional savings of 9-16% over ad hoc (non-Charter Member) rates. Charter Member deposits are fully refundable at any time with no exit fee and can be applied to any other aircraft type (including jet charters) arranged through the FLITE Preferred Operator Network.

Charter Member benefits include:

Fixed Rate Pricing:

  • A fixed-rate of just $3,200 for your first hour per day, and $2,200 for each additional flight hour, or fraction thereof.

There’s no bull and there’s….

  • No deadhead fees
  • No fuel surcharge
  • No landing fees
  • No reposition fees

Booking Privileges:

  • Preferred network access
  • Preferred change and cancellation policies
  • Dedicated account service team

Car reservation privileges using your Hertz #1 Club Gold account