TORONTO, Oct.11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Jettly launches and takes the disruptive shared economy model introduced by Uber to a higher level-literally. Private pilots can now fill those empty seats on their flights by allowing the public to "hitch a ride" with them. Expenses such as fuel, oil, or aircraft rental are shared equally among pilot and passengers. An access point for private pilots and passengers to connect, Jettly also offers additional benefits for on-demand air charters, freelance instructors and flight schools who can list their services by the hour and connect with potential passengers.
"It's the ultimate win-win. General aviation is the primary training ground for most commercial pilots, private pilots save money while building their hours and exercising their passion for flying, and passengers experience the luxury of flying private with an experienced pilot already flying to their destination usually getting them to their destination in minutes, instead of hours, avoid high taxes, expensive airfares, and long airport lineups," says its CEO Mr. Justin Crabbe.
Jettly allows passengers to tap into 5000 public airports in North America while scheduled airlines serve less than 500 putting passengers that much closer to their destination. Jettly also plans to donate $1 (USD or CAD) for every flight flown to the American Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) or the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) to support general aviation in Canada and the United States.
Founded by the successful Canadian entrepreneur and private pilot Justin Crabbe, Jettly was conceived with a purpose in mind: to create a new and transparent method of transportation for the public that doesn't involve high taxes and conventional airfares, and to promote general aviation in hopes of attracting new pilots by allowing some of the operating expenses associated with flying and aircraft ownership to be shared between pilot and passengers in accordance with government regulations.
General aviation as an industry has seen a significant decline in the United States and Canada, partly due to the high cost to pilots of flying and aircraft ownership. By reducing the cost of an individual flight, Jettly allows private pilots to live out their passion, build their hours and experience levels, and to promote the growth of the general aviation industry as a whole. Additionally, general aviation strengthens the local economy by attracting businesses and improving transportation.
How Does Jettly Work?
The process is simple; the pilot creates a profile in the app and lists a flight, specifying operating costs and whether it's a one-way, round trip or a sightseeing flight. Passengers submit a booking request and communicate further with the pilot via messages in the app. Pilots decide who they fly with and when. They can cancel the flight at any time if they feel there is a reason to do so. Payments are managed by and are only released to the pilot after the pilot approves it and marks the flight as complete. If a trip happens to be canceled due to weather or any other factor, the passenger is reimbursed in full.
Jettly aims to build trust and safety among passengers and the general aviation community. Pilots are required by law to have all necessary licenses, endorsements, and skills to make each flight safe and comfortable. A rating system allows honest feedback from both pilot and passenger about the experience.
Jettly is a startup founded by the successful Canadian entrepreneur and private pilot Justin Crabbe. Jettly plans to disrupt the sharing economy in Canada and the United States by offering the public a new method of arranging air transportation over short distances. In addition to sharing costs of flights flown by private pilots, Jettly plans to network with existing on-demand commercial air operators in Canada and the United States to allow on-demand commercially regulated service providers to accept requests from passengers for short flights (under 1000NM) through the Jettly platform.
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