The aircraft is a Cessna 177RG. It is a single engine, retractable landing gear, 4 seat (3 passenger) aircraft that has a very capable 160 mph cruise speed and 6 hour maximum cruise flight time.
There are limitations on passenger and baggage weight, but the aircraft is able to meet many needs. For instance, with two 200 pound passengers, each with 50 pounds of baggage and carry on items, we are still able to carry 5 hours worth of fuel. This is enough fuel for a charter flight from Libby, Montana to Miles City, Montana with 1.7 hours of fuel reserve! It is enough fuel to fly to Boise, Idaho or Seattle with 2.5 hours reserve.
Since we operate a light aircraft, there are many small airports that are available to use that are not suitable for larger charter jets. Just give us a call and we can give you the time and charges to the nearest possible airport for your destination.
We can also provide information regarding car rentals, taxi service, and other needs that may not be readily searchable on the web in many of the small communities we can serve.
However, we are limited to flying in visual conditions where airframe icing is not an issue. Thus, Winter flights are possible, but can be difficult to schedule due to weather. We do not transport hazardous materials.
Our FAA Certified air taxi or charter service operating area includes all of the lower 48 states for day or not flights. However, our more usual operating area is Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Northern California, and parts of Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, North and South Dakotas.
Bill Caldwell is our instrument rated, commercial pilot with over 1900 hours of flight time. He has been flying commercially since 2005, and is experienced in flying the mountains of Northwestern Montana and Northern Idaho, and also has a number of cross-country flights under his belt.
Aviation can be cost-effective when time is critical, or when one or two people to spend 2-3 days on the road, compared to one day in the air. When clients need to attend a half-day meeting in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon or Washington, the cost of a charter flight can quickly be eclipsed by wages, vehicle expenses, motels and meals. The same can be true for repair parts that are holding up operations at a cost of several to possible many thousands of dollars per day.
Air Taxi can save the day!