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Summer Placement

Smart continue to help young talent

Smart Aviation have earned a reputation for helping the next generation gain that valuable first step on the ladder in aviation, working for a world class charter business.

This Summer we had the opportunity to welcome Joe Savage to the team,  Joe is the son of our Sales Director Matthew, and has literally grown up hearing about the airline business.

Matthew said “Joe has always been keen to know more about my work as he has been hearing my stories of arranging aircraft charters around the world since he was a small boy!  He’s currently studying for a Business Logistics & Transport Management degree at the University of Greenwich and his Summer break coincided nicely with our need to bring someone in to supplement our marketing and telesales activity.”

Joe jumped at the chance to gain some first hand work experience in a dynamic environment, and has been able to secure some valuable new contacts for us, and generated several new enquiries for the business.  Its been a great learning experience for him, and we wish him well on the next two years of hard study!

You can read more about Joe’s Smart Summer on his Linkedin page.

 

London City Airport’s Private Jet Centre

The only private jet centre in the city of London

London City Airport’s Private Jet Centre is the only private jet centre situated within London itself and is just 3 miles from Canary Wharf and 5 miles from the City.

Passengers can expect a 90 second experience from aircraft to car door. The airport is ideally located for passengers travelling to W1 (Mayfair) or SW1 (Kensington), both of which can be reached by car within 30 minutes via the airport based Limousine service.

Facilities include a VIP lounge and meeting room, making London City Airport Jet Centre a compelling choice for corporate aviation.

The airport is open Monday to Friday 06.30 to 21.30, Saturday 06.30 to 12.30 and Sunday 12.30 to 21.30.

For more information on private jet charter flights departing from or arriving into London City Airport’s Jet Centre, please contact us.

Smart Support of Air Ambulance

Smart Support of Air Ambulance

We’re proud to announce our support of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance (KSS Air Ambulance).

KSS Air Ambulance is a charitable trust providing a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and Air Ambulance Service across the South East of England. Since 1989 they have attended over 25,000 incidents, responding to  medical emergency calls across the three counties in less than 25 minutes flying time. Their medical crews provide highly specialist medical care at the scene of serious incidents. When necessary they can anaesthetise, perform surgery and give blood transfusions.

Following treatment at the scene they can then airlift patients directly to the most appropiate hospital that can care for them going forward.

“The KSS Air Ambulance is such a worthwhile cause; one close to many of us here at Smart. They offer an unrivalled facility and service in the area; bringing a virtual A&E department to the scene of serious incidents” says our Managing Director, Mark Hawkins.

“Their response during the Shoreham Airshow tragedy in 2015 was witnessed by Smart Aviation staff, who suggested we should do something to help maintain the amazing service they provide. It was a very easy decision to make.”

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Smart Aviation sponsored the KSS Air Ambulance finishing tent at the Brighton Marathon on 17th April 2016 and will be taking part in fund raising activities throughout the year on their behalf. Congratulations to the 150 KSS marathon runners, including their team of Air Ambulance crew, pictured here. Well done all!

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Warm weather training

Warm weather training

For many sports clubs, a break in their fixtures means flying out to a warm weather training camp for some restorative sunshine and time to focus.

We work with some of Europe’s leading football clubs, providing dedicated charter flights for team travel to UK and European fixtures and training camps.

We recently chartered for a leading football club in need of a mid-season warm weather training break. Their destination of choice was close to Malaga, where they spent 5 days enjoying the Spanish climate.

“Many thanks for your assistance in providing the return flight to Malaga. Everything seemed to go really well and we will certainly look to use you again in the future.”

– Football Club Secretary of a leading football club

Destinations popular with sports clubs for warm weather training include Morocco, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Our experience in providing aircraft charters for a variety of sports including athletics, rugby, ice-hockey and for some of the biggest football clubs in Europe means that we are able to tailor every flight to the specific needs of the team. That includes access to medical facilities, special dietary requirements, airport assistance, equipment/kit transfers or anything else required for the comfort and convenience of the team.

We are able to offer very competitive rates for group travel on a dedicated private aircraft to your destination, from your nearest and most convenient airport.

Contact us today with your itinerary and we’ll do the rest.

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Having a Smart experience

Having a Smart experience

Towards the end of 2015 we announced the start of our partnership with East Surrey College.

We’re pleased to say that the relationship has been going from strength to strength and two of their students on the BTEC Diploma in Aviation Operations course have taken up work experience placements here at Smart House.

Alex and Nat have been spending one day a week with us learning the ropes of how a busy aircraft charter company operates. In turn, we’ve learnt that 18 year olds have copious amounts of enthusiasm and blue sky ideas!

Both enjoyed a visit to one of our trusted operators at Biggin Hill in Kent and got to experience first hand just what it feels like to board a private jet.

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In Alex’s words:

“My placement with Smart Aviation has enabled me to gain valuable aviation experience and knowledge which I can translate to my college assignments and future prospects. My own knowledge of the air charter industry has in turn broadened and I’m now fully aware of the role, operations and scale of the sector which I’ve seen to be exciting and dynamic. I’m looking forward to my remaining weeks of the work experience placement with Smart; at 18 with little out of class industry experience, to be given an opportunity like this is fantastic! It’s great as a college student to be able to work with industry professionals and put my existing aviation knowledge in to practice.  The Smart team have been very friendly and welcoming and I’m grateful for their partnership with the college.”

County Cup Winners

County Cup Winners

On 3rd March 2016 Loxwood FC, our local sponsored football team, came to victory by winning the Under 18’s County Cup Final against Arundel. The team gave a strong performance and came to a win in triumphant style with a final score of 9-2 to yet again retain the title.

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A big congratulations to the entire team from all of us at Smart Aviation – we look forward to another year of sponsorship with Loxwood FC and LTB Sussex Academy and we’ve high hopes for more wins and cup titles in the future!

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Baselworld 2016

Baselworld 2016

Basel ‘the cultural city of Switzerland’ plays host to Baselworld, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious watch and fine jewellery events, from 17 – 24 March 2016.

Baselworld has made its mark as the most important marketplace and showcase for the world’s leading luxury watch and jewellery brands. Designers, buyers, suppliers, press and admirers from across the world come together for the week long show at Messe Basel.

Conveniently situated on the Swiss, German and French border and only an hour and a half from London, the show is located close to two international airports; EuroAirport Basel is just 10 minutes away by car and Zurich Airport is just under an hour away.

Patek Philipe, Rolex, Chopard and Bulgari are amongst the international brands who will showcase their very best timepieces and jewellery to buyers and press from around the world.

Baselworld has established itself as the most well attended event in the industry, therefore we strongly recommend that you secure your private jet charter with us now to guarantee your landing spots. We still have some availability for private jet flights from London to Basel for 10 passengers from £1,100 per person. Contact us for the best possible charter price and to guarantee your timely arrival at Baselworld.

We can offer a variety of aircraft types to suit your needs and requirements with departure airports from across the UK and Europe, so get in touch to find the best option for you.

More details about Baselworld can be found here.

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TEFAF Maastricht 2016

TEFAF Maastricht 2016

TEFAF Maastricht, the world’s leading art and antique fair takes place  11-20th March 2016.

Art enthusiasts will descend on Maastricht to see a gathering of 275 galleries from across the globe presenting old masters, modern contemporary showpieces, jewellery, photographs and  20th century design and works on paper.

Maastrict is less than an hour from London, with Maastricht Aachen airport being only a 15 minute drive from TEFAF itself.

So avoid the long airport waits and restriction of commercial airline flight schedules; charter a private jet with Smart Aviation.

TEFAF Maasticht is one of the busiest events in the private jet charter calendar. We strongly recommend you charter your private jet now to secure your landing spots. As we go to print there is some availability for private jet flights to Maastrict for 10 passengers from £750 per person. They are sure to be taken up soon though.

Smart Aviation can offer a variety of aircraft types to suit your needs and requirements with departure airports from across the UK and Europe, so get in touch to find the best availability for you.

More details about TEFAF can be found here.

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Get to know: Matt Feldon

Get to know: Matt Feldon

Our private jet charter broker to the stars, Matt Feldon, talks new tech v old fashioned chat.

“I’ve always been a people person. It’s a cliché, I know, but I genuinely enjoy meeting and building up a rapport with someone – and I’m lucky that my job allows me to do this on a global scale every day.

It’s apt that I started my career in the mobile communications industry with EE and Phones4u, as so much of what I do now is about communication. This was back when not everyone had a smart phone; nowadays, mine is always with me as I can take jet charter requests from clients 24/7 – they’re often last minute and I need to work quickly to find the perfect aircraft. We have access to jets across the world and use a mobile app to generate a quote for clients within minutes.

Charter requests can come in via phone, email, text, webchat or social media and it’s important to gather all the detail first time. It’s good to talk – and that I can do (just ask my colleagues) – but in my role it’s just as important to listen. The small details often make all the difference. I use WhatsApp as a quick and discreet way of communicating with clients who don’t always have the time to take a call or pick up an email and likewise it’s a smart way for me to send photos or video of aircraft easily. I’m on Twitter (@mattfeldon) and LinkedIn daily to keep up-to-date on the latest news in the industry and identify opportunities for our clients.

All that tech makes it easier to keep in touch on an everyday basis, but I find nothing beats a face to face meeting – it’s even more invaluable when you need to gain a client’s trust. It’s a big ask to be trusted to get a VIP to a critical event or meeting – if I’ve built that rapport by meeting them in person, we both understand each other better. And that makes everyone’s life easier.

I try to get to as many industry networking events as possible – our base at London Gatwick makes it easy to get to most by plane or train. A highlight of my summer is jetting out to see clients across Europe, including a number of music industry clients in the Balearics and beyond.”

Connect with Matt Feldon on LinkedIn or Contact Us.

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Get to know: Clive Head

Get to know: Clive Head

Clive, our longest serving charter broker, reflects on how the world of aviation has changed during his 39 year career.

‘I’ve seen a lot of change in the aviation industry over the years.

I’ve always loved aircraft. When I was a child, my dad would take me to work with him at Aviation Trainers Engineering Ltd. I was hooked.

I’ve worked in aviation since 1978 – I started out at Southend Airport where I worked with Air Traffic, then with various airlines.

Because of my length of time in aviation, I’ve been told I’m the go-to person in the office for industry knowledge. I’ve worked with commercial airlines and airports since 1978 and for the last 9 years at Smart Aviation, as sports charter specialist. I’ve seen plenty of changes in that time.

I’ve seen some great airlines come and go; Courtline, Dan Air, BAF, Laker are a few I can mention.

I’ve worked with some great sports clubs and companies, no change there. There’s definitely more variety of sports to cater for these days though. There are always the regulars; football, rugby and ice hockey but sports like handball, beach volleyball have increased in popularity.

The biggest change I’ve seen has to be the technology. We were always contactable 24-7 but it would be by pager, landline or of course the fax machine.

Now the contact is instant with texts and social media. I still like to pick up the phone and have a chat with someone rather than fire off an email though. You get a feel for a person and what they want from how they speak that you just don’t get when you read an email request.

Change is good though.  One of the things I love about what I do is that no day is the same. I could be working on a charter for a Premiership football team one day and a group charter for athletics supporters flying to International games the next.

There’s always a lot on but that’s a good thing. Being in aviation is a great place to be.’

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