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Feb 13, 2006
I am running out of ideas to save money and im sure this thread will lead to a bunch of funny/useless posts... but does anyone have any creative ways to save money in a corporate flight department?
You already operate single pilot...

Other than vigorously shopping your insurance, using contract fuel, negotiating EVERYTHING as tightly as you can there's not really anything else you can do to provide significant operational savings short of skimping on maintenance. Or not flying.

One "free" thing we do is steep descents whenever ATC will allow; as SOP we ask for pilot discretion descents and use 4.5° (roughly 3000fpm) and find that saves us about 100lb in our CJ2+ over flight planned burns. 15gal ain't much, but over the course of 200+ segments annually it can add up to a pretty good savings.

We also regularly ask for wrong-way FL450 (vs. 430) going westbound on flights over 500nm and find that provides a significant cumulative fuel savings, especially combined with steep, near-idle thrust descents.
... 3000 ft/min in a CJ2 doesn't make your pax a little nervous? Seems like the pitch angle is pretty steep in citations over 2500 ft/min. Guess it would depend on how comfortable of flyers they are.
No, 3000fpm isn't uncomfortable for our passengers.

We repeatedly asked them after we got the plane as we tried 4.0° then 4.5° VNAV descents and they always said it wasn't an issue.
Ok, I'm just starting this, but I have been reserving my hotel in advance and then the very last minute going to Priceline and putting ridiculously low rates in to see whether or not they accept. Of course, the hotel is the cheapest part of the trip usually, but you might save a few bucks that way.
The largest single savings I have had was joining CAA. Another thing is to spend time on multi leg trips to plan where & how much fuel at each stop.
Also use an avionics shop that gets it right the first time. Going back gets expensive.
Biggest way to save money is flying efficiently and tankering smartly. Many dont do a good job of this. Amazing how many dont understand that simply flying the correct climb profile can be huge. How many do you see climb at 250kts all the way to cruise alt? People confuse angle vs rate. Rate is what gets you to alt faster and downrange farther.
Example - if you fly a plane that cruises at .82, climbing to cruise alt at 250kts is criminal! Accellerating to 280/290/300 passing 10K(type dependant) and climbing at that speed until intercepting cruise mach then climbing at that speed the rest of the way.........

There is so much more. Many of us dont understand the math behind it. Try this in your flight department. Ask your pilots what the difference in flight time will be between flying from Dallas to Teterboro at .78 vs .82 or best cruise mach vs fastest cruise in your machine. Then run a flight plan at the different speeds

The guys trying to save 20 bucks on a hotel room are pissing in the wind.

The absolute biggest opportunity to save is fuel and most do a poor job at it
Agreed, your true day to day savings will come in fuel and fuel management.

Its great to save 10 or 20 bucks on a hotac or eat at Burger King instead of the Ivy but at the end of the day saving $500 to a grand on fuel is where its at.
The original poster's "running out of ways" to save money comment is worrisome. Saving money is great and we all try to do our part to control costs. But if your boss is constantly breathing down your neck to cut his costs even though you've done what you believe to be a thrifty job. . .well, blood from a turnip comes to mind.

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