The Universal Pilot Checkout Makes It Easier and More Affordable to Rent Aircraft Wherever You Are
by Guy Roginson
As an aircraft renter, I am always frustrated when I am out of town and want to fly, or need to rent an aircraft for a quick business trip but know I am not checked out with the nearest rental fleet.
As we all know, it is no big deal to get checked out in that Cessna or Piper at your local rental fleet. But, many of us have been frustrated at the cost associated with renting outside our local area. Another checkout? More money? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve needed access to an airplane but simply wasn’t willing to throw down another few hundred dollars for that redundant checkout, not to mention having to deal with that flight instructor who was half my age, wearing aviator glasses and that T-shirt “Remove Before Fright”. Yes, that’s FRight with an “R”. No thanks I’ll drive….
But, no more. No more redundant checkouts and no more 22 year old Mavericks with “that Tshirt”.
OpenAirplane has brought an innovation to General Aviation that has been sorely needed with “Universal Pilot Checkout” (UPC.)
UPC helps Pilots get more value out of their Pilot certificates. It standardizes the process of demonstrating Pilot proficiency to make renting easier. Moreover, this new way of renting aircraft helps flight schools, Fixed Base Operators, and Flying Clubs make better utilization of their fleets. It’s easy. You log into your OpenAirplane account on your PC or Mobile Device to find, book, fly, and pay for your aircraft rental. Watch out Hertz Rent A Car……
Since launching in June 2013, the OpenAirplane network has grown, enabling 34 cities, with over 100 aircraft available around the U.S. And, it is catching on. OpenAirplane has launched its newest operator in Colorado, by adding Alpine Flight Training in Vail to the OpenAirplane network. Eagle County Regional Airport, (KEGE) an iconic airport atop the Rocky Mountains, will be the first Operator to require the new mountain flying standardization / evaluation components for Pilots.
“The new Universal Pilot Checkout unlocks mountain flying and multi’s for our Pilots. We’re excited to establish more locations and more types of airplanes available to the community. The updated UPC also adds standardization for multi-engine aircraft, allowing Pilots rated to fly multi-engine airplanes to demonstrate proficiency and access more airplanes than ever before. All that plus Vail is an amazing place to fly,” said Rod Rakic, co-founder at OpenAirplane.
What About Safety And Insurance Discounts with OpenAirplane
“We believe that a current active pilot is a safe pilot and one of our company goals is to promote safety in flying. As a participant in OpenAirplane, anyone that insures with us already qualifies for the 10% Safety Rewards Credits,” commented Mike Adams, Vice President, Underwriting at Avemco Insurance Company (A subsidiary of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc.)
The OpenAirplane Universal Pilot Checkout allows FBOs around the country to easily verify a Pilot’s qualifications and training in each make and model aircraft. Pilots gain access to planes around the U.S. without the usual hassle and expense of performing local checkouts before they rent airplanes. Broadly recognized by the insurance industry, Pilots who participate in the OpenAirplane standardization / evaluation program earn discounts on their renter’s insurance premiums.
Want The OpenAirplane Network To Grow? Tell Your Local FBO
Most of OpenAirplane’s growth is being generated by local pilots telling their FBO to check out OpenAirplane. If paying customers tell the FBO’s they want this, the smart owners will listen to their customers. Call your local FBO’s and rental fleets and tell them to OpenTheirMinds and OpenTheirBusiness and Pilots may OpenTheirWallets….
A map of the OpenAirplane network is online here:
The new UPC form is available to download from the online OpenAirplane Pilot Guide here:
The new standard and doctrine is detailed on this blog post:
Images courtesy of OpenAirplane