This year marked some exciting news for Air Unlimited, including notable company growth, added flight perks and a new program for youth passengers. Every decision we made in 2018 aimed to better serve our guests and local communities through our private plane services – from scheduled island flights and custom charters to organ transportation flights. Now, we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on some of these key moments, and how we were able to spread the news along the way.
Earlier this year, we announced that Air Unlimited had doubled its annual passenger count and hangar space, added a new plane to its fleet, and opened a new check-in desk at Marsh Harbour. This marked a major milestone for our company, and we enjoyed celebrating with our staff, passengers and the community. Excitingly, our growth story was highlighted across local news, such as the Orlando Business Journal (Article 1 and Article 2) and FOX 35.
Through firsthand flight experiences, Amy West Travel, Osceola News Gazette, and Central Florida Lifestyle also shared stories around our growing airline and its unique travel perks. This was a great way to start off 2018, and it set the stage for a fantastic year ahead!
This summer, we introduced our Junior Pilot Program, which offers youth passengers the chance to ride in the cockpit and receive their own set of pilot wings. Some of the first families to try out the Junior Pilot Program wrote about their experiences online, including About a Mom, The Suburban Mom, and Sonni Abatta. It was rewarding to see the excitement on each of our Junior Pilots’ faces, as they graduated from the program and received their certificates. We’re so excited to include this new service for years to come.
For the 2018 football season, we offered exclusive charter flights for hosting the ultimate tailgate in the sky. These specialty flights whisked sports fans away to their favorite games across Florida. News 13 visited the hangar for a tailgate and captured the excitement. Be sure to watch the segment here to see how our tailgating flights are unlike any other football celebration.
All of our flight perks, new and old, came together in a recent story featured by Reader’s Digest and MSN. We’re honored to be recognized by these publications for having a top-notch private airline, and we thank our fantastic guests for helping drive our continued success.
Looking ahead, our goal is to continue growing and improving our private flight services to provide guests with extraordinary experiences. To stay up-to-date with all of our latest news, check in with our blog, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Let’s face it, flying during the holidays can be extremely stressful. The hassles of parking, long lines, and busy terminals are enough to make you dread your upcoming holiday vacation. We’re here to tell you that a private flight is the best option to avoid all those stressors. We encourage you and your family to experience the Air Unlimited way. Free valet parking, fast check-in, and free luggage up to 40 pounds are just a few of the perks of flying with us! We believe the start of any vacation should begin with the ease and comfort of getting there.
Don’t just take it from us – These family bloggers are excited about the perks of flying private too:
The Suburban Mom lives in Central Florida and recently shared her awesome experience with Air Unlimited with all of her blog followers. She said, “(Flying Air Unlimited) is easier and less expensive than you imagine, but it is just as glamorous and as exciting as it sounds.” This mother-of-three breaks down the advantages of flying private with a family, including easy parking, friendly staff, and quick boarding. Read about these perks and more in her full review, available here.
About a Mom is another family blogger that wrote about her firsthand experience with Air Unlimited. In her review, she shares the story of her daughter trying out our new Junior Pilot Program, which gives youth the chance to fly in the cockpit and earn their own pilot wings. Read all about it here, and consider signing up your child for this u program before your next flight!
Sonni Abatta loves producing videos around Florida and recently shared a behind-the-scenes look at Air Unlimited’s family-friendly airline. Watching her video, you’ll hear from our very own Chief Pilot, Josh Stover, in an interview around our King Air 200 aircraft and exciting private flight experiences. You can view it here.
We’re so grateful for guests like these, who remind us that each flight is a chance to create impactful memories for families and aircrew alike. Our team is proud to provide an atmosphere that fosters these types of unique travel experiences and welcomes youth into the fascinating world of aviation.
The perks of flying private are not only helpful during the peak holiday season, when you especially want to avoid crowded airports, but are also great year-round. A private flight can make your next family trip more relaxed and enjoyable. Whether you’re looking to charter a custom flight to any destination, or you’re planning to vacation in the beautiful Abacos, Air Unlimited can get you there stress-free.
You’re more than likely familiar with Air Unlimited’s famed flights to the Abacos and custom charter services, but did you know Air Unlimited also does organ transportation flights. These trips save lives by rapidly getting doctors and organs where they need to go. In fact, our pilots have quickly and carefully completed countless life-saving missions, often alongside the Florida Hospital Transplant Institute.
When an organ transportation flight is requested, our team immediately begins making arrangements to find a crew that can fly the organ and medical team between hospitals. This can happen at any moment, so many of our pilots are ready to volunteer at the oddest hours of day or night. The crew also understands that every transportation flight is different than the next. Sometimes, our team transports the organ itself packed in a cooler with ice. Other times, we’re flying a team of doctors to harvest an organ at another hospital and bringing it back home for transplant.
Although this is very different than our typical flight to the Bahamas, it’s a rewarding experience to offer such an important and unique service.
In fact, nearly 120,000 people are waiting for life-saving organ transplants, and more than 5,000 of them are located right in our backyard, here in Florida. Unfortunately, every 10 minutes, another person is added to the waiting list, and 21 people die every day while waiting for their turn. So, when a match is made, we know that every second counts.
Even though we’ll never meet these patients, we feel honored to help them through our organ transportation flights. If you’d like to make a difference too, we invite you to consider becoming an organ donor. Only 54 percent of Americans are organ donors, yet one donor can single-handedly save and heal more than 75 lives! To learn more about the process or to sign up to be a donor, visit https://www.organdonor.gov/register.html.
Some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions involve eating healthier, losing weight and being happier. In 2019, step out of the norm and resolve to travel more instead – starting with a flight to the Abacos! Booking a trip to this tropical destination can help jump-start your 2019 travel plans and check off resolutions, such as:
- Create New Memories
- Traveling creates memories that last a lifetime, making it time well spent. You can take solo trips throughout the year for creating more personal memories and group trips to share memories with loved ones. When reflecting on all of your special memories at the end of the year, you’ll be glad that you made traveling a New Year’s resolution.
- Explore ‘Hidden Gems’
- This travel resolution will help you adventure to more quaint places, like the islands of the Abacos. These types of destinations often end up feeling extra special to guests, who feel like they discovered one of the world’s best-kept secrets.
- Experience Different Cultures
- Anytime you travel somewhere new, you have the opportunity to experience the local community’s culture. Enjoying everything the region has to offer from foods and entertainment to dialect and traditions that can teach you about other ways of life. Make it part of your travel resolutions to embrace every new culture you meet in 2019.
- Slow Down and Relax
- Rushing through crowded airports, jumping from city to city too quickly and jam-packing your schedule at every destination can make traveling stressful. In 2019, aim to slow down and relax during your trips. Choose hassle-free options whenever possible, such as choosing Air Unlimited’s private flights over commercial carriers. During your trip, plan time to rejuvenate at a local beach, park or spa – you’ll be happy you did.
- Be Adventurous
- Balancing relaxation with adventure helps keep your trips refreshing and exciting at the same time. Don’t be afraid to try something new, book a spontaneous excursion or switch up your usual plans. 2019 is the year for being more adventurous!
Take the first step toward a travel-filled year by booking a flight to the Abacos today, where you’ll start the year off by relaxing in one of the most beautiful settings. You can save on tickets by purchasing our limited-time coupon book, available in 6 and 10 round-trip ticket options. Click here for more information.
One of the best ways to celebrate the holiday season is to travel with friends and family to a festive destination, such as the Abacos. These quaint and charming islands host a variety of holiday events throughout the season, welcoming guests to celebrate with the local community. Book a trip to the Abacos for the holidays, and you’ll share unforgettable memories with your loved ones while mingling old traditions with new-found ones.
Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay, and Hope Town are a few hotspots in the Abacos that are offering exciting ways to celebrate the holidays in paradise this year. Each island is known for its breathtaking beaches, bustling shops, and friendly people. If you’re looking to travel to one of these tropical destinations this month, here are some of the holiday events that await you:
- 13th Annual Abaco Christmas Festival
- Date: December 4th
- Location: Baic Park in Marsh Harbour
- Details: This festival kicks off the holiday season with an arts and crafts bazaar, food court, and performances, all starting at noon.
- ‘Tis the Season in Treasure Cay
- Date: December 8th
- Location: Clipper Park in Treasure Cay
- Details: Enjoy a golf cart parade at 6:30 p.m., a tree lighting and caroling ceremony at 7:30 p.m., and delightful shopping and food throughout the evening.
- The Christmas Village
- Date: December 16 – 18th
- Location: Hope Town
- Details: From 6 – 9 p.m. each evening, enjoy seasonal treats, carolers, food, and entertainment, amongst the decorated marketplace.
- Decorated Boat Parade
- Date: December 20th
- Location: Treasure Cay Marina
- Details: Starting at 6:30 p.m., dazzling boats will cruise the marina with holiday lights and cheer.
- New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parade
- Date: January 1st, 2019
- Location: New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay
- Details: Starting at noon and lasting all day, listen to the sounds of island music and enjoy the display of colorful costumes and parades to celebrate the New Year. Regular transfers by the Green Turtle Ferry from Treasure Cay will be available throughout the day.
These events, and more invite you to experience the holidays in a new and spectacular way. Book a trip to the Abacos with Air Unlimited and your relaxing vacation will start the moment you arrive at our private hangar. We offer the luxury of free parking, quick check-in, free luggage up to 40 pounds and spacious seating with window views, so there’s no need to stress during your travel to paradise.
Just in time for holiday booking, Air Unlimited is offering a coupon book, available in 6 and 10 round-trip ticket options. You can purchase online today!
There are a range of flight myths circulating, and Air Unlimited is here to debunk four of these common misconceptions:
Myth 1: Planes Can Basically Fly Themselves
The famous “auto-pilot” mode on an airplane is often depicted in movies as a replacement for the real pilot, steering and flying the aircraft seamlessly by itself. In reality, auto-pilot is merely an advanced GPS and support system, so it’s crucial to have a human operating the flight. This is especially true during take-off and landing. Therefore, pilots have a great responsibility in making sure every flight arrives safely. That’s why our pilots at Air Unlimited are certified at the highest level and are available to discuss the flight with travelers before or after a trip.
If you want additional proof that a plane doesn’t fly itself, we invite you to book a trip with us to see our pilots in action. Every seat in our plane has an excellent view of the cockpit, where you can watch the pilot maneuver the aircraft. Upon request, or as part of our Junior Pilot Program, passengers can also book a trip in the co-pilot seat for an up-close and personal flight experience.
Myth 2: Flying Private or First-Class is Too Expensive
Many people think flying private or first-class is reserved for wealthy travelers. Contrary to this belief, many commercial flights offer affordable upgrades and reward programs for earning top-notch seats. Better yet, flying in a private plane doesn’t have to be a fantasy. Air Unlimited offers the perks of flying private for commercial prices through its book-by-the-seat scheduling system. Travelers can affordably book a trip to the Abacos, experiencing Air Unlimited’s hassle-free flights and exploring some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful and quaint islands.
Myth 3: Flying is Unsafe
Some travelers have a fear of flying or think airplanes are dangerous when in actuality, it’s safer than ever. In fact, 2017 marked the safest year in air travel history. Nonetheless, research shows that one in six adults have flight anxiety.
If you suffer from flight anxiety, the Air Unlimited team has pulled together some helpful tips and tricks for overcoming your fears, available here. Our aircrew is always dedicated to making each of our guests feel comfortable and confident!
Myth 4: It’s Too Hard to Fly with Pets
Pet owners often struggle with the question of what to do with their pets while they travel. As many people find it hard to bring their pets on commercial flights, they might choose to hire a pet sitter or boarding facility to watch over their furry friends. Yet, this doesn’t always have to be the case. Air Unlimited offers pet-friendly flights, allowing you to bring your pet directly in-cabin with you. You don’t have to worry about them traveling in cargo and being separated from you during the flight. Instead, you can relax knowing that they are safely seated with you.
Overall, there are many misconceptions about air travel that make it hard for travelers to determine fact from fiction. Air Unlimited is always happy to share our knowledge in aviation to shed some light on the truth. To learn more about Air Unlimited or to book a flight, continue clicking through our website, or give our friendly crew a call at 407.585.4300.
Studies have concluded that taking a relaxing vacation can have major health benefits. Relaxing vacations help people lower their stress levels and increase their energy. This means taking time off work might be exactly what you need to feel renewed and refreshed. Air Unlimited offers the ultimate travel experience for people looking to relax with its hassle-free booking, convenient and comfortable private flight options, and tropical destinations.
Planning a trip like this isn’t just luxurious, it’s also beneficial for your well-being. Studies show that vacations can relieve mental and physical stress, in turn, preventing serious health concerns, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Lowered stress levels are also known to help with focus and concentration, meaning a relaxing vacation could make you more productive upon your return. On the flip side, continuous work, without quality breaks, is proven to make people feel blocked, tired and unmotivated over time.
Traveling is also great for physical health, as it keeps you moving and active. Even if you have to sit in a car or plane to reach your destination, you quickly get back on your feet once you’ve arrived. Vacationers typically like to explore, taking in the experiences around them by walking, biking, swimming or booking an activity or excursion.
Another key benefit of travel is its ability to improve your mood during and after your trip. While on vacation, your happiness is shared with your travel companions, helping you bond with family and friends to create memories for a lifetime. These effects can extend past the duration of your trip too, as research shows that regular vacationers report feeling happier every day.
If you’re looking to take advantage of these health benefits and more, Air Unlimited flies daily to the Abacos in the Bahamas, offering the perfect opportunity to take a relaxing vacation. We strive to make every trip as carefree as possible, offering free luggage (up to 40 lbs.), free valet parking and quick check-in. Once in the Bahamas, travelers experience miles of secluded sandy beaches, soothing ocean waves, and fun activities for everyone, such as fishing, boating, and snorkeling. Taking a flight to the Abacos is a great way to reset, so you can come back feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Book a flight now, using our secure booking engine at www.flyairunlimited.com.
Many people dread packing for a trip and end up waiting until the last minute to prepare their suitcase. This procrastination often means rushing to pack a bag and accidentally forgetting important items. That’s why Air Unlimited is offering travel organization tips to help people easily and efficiently pack their luggage for a carefree vacation. Here are some of our best tips for making your next packing experience a success:
- Taking the time to organize your items can set you up for a relaxing vacation, without any hiccups. Before packing, know the requirements and restrictions for your trip. If you’re flying with Air Unlimited, you can bring any items that are in compliance with the FAA regulations. You are also allowed to bring your own alcohol and drinks, and luggage travels free up to 40 pounds on any of our flights. This is not always the case at commercial airlines, so it’s important to check your carrier’s rules ahead of time.
- It’s also helpful to research your destination, so you can pack in accordance with local regulations, weather patterns and popular tourist activities. For example, many places in the Abacos don’t accept credit cards, so travelers should bring cash for buying local goods and excursion packages. The islands are also known to be a tropical paradise, so we recommend packing a bathing suit and plenty of sunscreen!
Keep it Simple
- Packing can seem like a daunting task, so keeping it simple is key. Don’t overwhelm yourself by packing items you don’t need. Stick to basic colors and fabrics, so you can mix-and-match outfits easily and consolidate your clothing. If you get cold easily, bring one jacket that goes with all of your outfits, so you won’t have to pack several. Similarly, limit the number of shoes that you need to bring by finding ones that will coordinate with multiple outfits.
Pack Like A ‘Pro’
- In addition to planning and simplifying your luggage, there are several travel organization tips that will have you packing like a ‘pro’ in no time. For example, you can keep your suitcase clean by packing shoes inside of shower caps, dryer sheets inside of jean pockets, and empty grocery bags for stashing dirty or wet items in. You can also save space by rolling your clothes, instead of folding them, and by packing heavier items at the bottom of your luggage and lighter items on top.
Using these tips, we hope you are ready to start packing for a memorable trip to the Abacos with Air Unlimited. Our crew is always happy to provide additional tips and tricks to make your next vacation the best yet, so give us a call any time! You can reach us at (407) 585-4300 with questions or book your reservation online at flyairunlimited.com.
The weather is beautiful year-round in the Abacos. Gorgeous islands are just waiting for travelers to arrive and experience a tropical fall on their sandy beaches. These fall vacation destinations may not feature changing leaves and colder weather, but they are helping keep summer alive for beach lovers that just can’t get enough. Better yet, it’s the time of year when everything slows down and becomes less crowded, so you’re more likely to get that “private island” feel during your trip.
With this in mind, many people say that fall is their favorite time of year to travel to a tropical oasis. If you’re looking to book a trip, Air Unlimited flies daily to the Abacos. Those flying to Marsh Harbour can relax beachside by the crystal-clear water or spend the day island hopping. Passengers arriving in Treasure Cay will delight in this island’s beautiful beaches, which draw fishing boats and yachts from all over and are often called, “The Bahamas best-kept secret.” Guests traveling to Hope Town can explore this charming destination by-foot, also don’t forget to visit the town’s picturesque lighthouse.
Regardless of which of these fall vacation destinations you choose, the Abacos is keeping it tropical all season long, so make sure to prepare accordingly. This means you shouldn’t retire your bathing suits for the year quite yet! Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are also critical items to pack for your trip.
Once on the islands, there’s no need to worry about finding tropical activities that everyone can enjoy. If you’re looking for a couple’s retreat, you can grab a romantic drink on the beach together and book a massage for a relaxing evening. For a more adventurous vacation, bar hop across the different islands by renting a boat charter and indulge in some tasty, local cocktails. If you want to explore the native wildlife, book a snorkeling excursion – you may even catch a glimpse of a majestic sea turtle. For kids, there are plenty of things to do like learning how to fish, making a friend through the Bahama Buddies Program, and eating sweets on the island. In the Abacos, there is something fun for everyone.
Air Unlimited is ready to take passengers on a tropical fall getaway they won’t forget. If you’re interested in these fall vacation destinations, which offer unlimited fun-in-the-sun, you can call us at 407-585-4300 to book a flight today!
This year, don’t stick to the basic tailgating experience, which usually involves long drives to a game day city, setting up your tailgate in a parking lot, and designating a driver for afterward. Instead, Air Unlimited offers private flight options to away football games, so you can take tailgating to new heights. These exclusive charters guarantee a unique experience, whisking you back to your favorite football stomping grounds in an unforgettable way.
For the tailgating experience, there really is nothing like a private flight. You’ll be spreading game day cheer from thousands of feet in the air – who else gets to say that?! Pack your own food and alcohol for the flight to enjoy the full experience of a luxury tailgate, clinking glasses and singing your team’s game day chants to get into the spirit before the kick-off.
The team at Air Unlimited are all football fans themselves, and they’re dedicated to outdoing all your past game day experiences. Our crew will decorate the aircraft in your team colors before your flight, plus you can bring your own football memorabilia to get that full tailgate feel.
By flying with Air Unlimited, you won’t waste any of your precious game daytime on travel. We have a speedy check-in and take-off process, efficiently getting you on our plane and to the airport closest to the game. Our team can even arrange a shuttle service that will take you to the stadium and back, eliminating the need to find another mode of transportation and giving you more time to enjoy the day. While you’re at the game rooting for your team, the Air Unlimited pilot will wait with the aircraft for you to return. They’ll be ready to take off on your schedule.
If you are looking for the perfect excuse to get your alumni association together again, this is it. Charter flights seat eight people, so you won’t have to worry about sharing your day with anyone but your squad and the pilot. You can also conveniently split the charter cost across your tailgating party for an affordable and stress-free game day experience.
You can book a private flight with Air Unlimited to any destination in the U.S. Call Air Unlimited at 407-585-4300 to see how you can reserve a football charter flight today, and take your tailgate to new heights.
There are so many reasons to book an aircraft charter, especially during the fall season. Beyond the perks of flying in a private and luxurious setting, many people choose to charter because it is more convenient and efficient. People traveling in groups also benefit from renting an aircraft charter because they can enjoy the perks of flying private, while affordably splitting the cost amongst each other.
At Air Unlimited, we find that people book charters for a variety of business and leisure reasons. During the fall season, many guests like to take advantage of the cooler weather and the beauty of the changing leaves by flying to a vacation home in the mountains, a favorite fishing spot or a sight-seeing destination. For the fall football season, fans often book charters to a game day location to avoid long travel times and frustrating traffic, instead enjoying a stress-free, private tailgate in the sky. Families during this time of year are also starting to plan their holiday trips for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Booking these trips now will guarantee a relaxing holiday on your own private plane, helping to avoid overcrowded commercial airlines and long layovers. No one wants to feel stressed during the holiday season!
In addition to these leisure trips, many people are reserving aircraft charters for business. Air Unlimited offers same-day charter flights for quick business trips and meetings. Extended trips are also an option, so you can take your time making business connections, expanding your company network, or taking clients out for a special occasion. Bringing colleagues or clients with you on the plane can also make for a memorable, relationship-building experience. Just pack your business cards and briefcase and hop on board for a top-notch flight experience.
Whatever your reason is for booking an aircraft charter, Air Unlimited is here to cater to your needs. We take pride in providing our guests with trips that are personal, special and unforgettable.
For more information on booking, please call (407) 585-4300.
Did you know that most 135/air taxi services don’t have commuter status? This means they are limited in the number of trips they can schedule each week, making it hard to be a go-to airline for travelers looking to book a trip. Here at Air Unlimited, we are proud to be a certified commuter, so we can offer our guests unlimited flights to the Abacos in our commuter planes.
Receiving commuter air carrier status wasn’t an easy, overnight process. It took planning, a high standard of operations, and communication with several regulated agencies. This energy was certainly worth it though, as Air Unlimited now sets itself apart from the rest. In fact, there aren’t a large number of airlines operating with commuter status in the country, due to the lengthy process and financial requirements involved.
While the commuter experience is often fun and light-hearted for travelers and aircrew alike, the behind-the-scenes effort that it takes to become certified for these trips is hard work. Nonetheless, the application was a valuable tool in helping Air Unlimited evaluate key areas of our services, such as how many flights we offer each week, the consistency of our scheduled travel, the occupancy of each trip, the number of planes in our fleet and the destinations in route of service. Additionally, the application was a great forum for us to detail the next year of business, planning our long-term goals and strategies for all areas of the company.
Everything the application measured, from the diversity and reliability of our services to our sustainability for the future, have always been core values for Air Unlimited. Thus, we looked at the application as a great exercise for our team to check in with our company fundamentals.
Throughout the process, we showcased Air Unlimited’s healthy finances, consistent maintenance, expert data-tracking, and top-notch safety measures. We worked with leading government agencies to prove our continuous commitment to guests and outlined an impressive plan for Air Unlimited’s future. Thanks to our team’s hard work, we’re proud to have received commuter status!
For our valued guests, Air Unlimited’s certified commuter planes are ready to take you to the beautiful Abacos any day of the week! Book your flight today online or by calling (407) 585-4300.
Sea turtle nesting season goes through the end of October, so travelers booking an upcoming flight to the Abaco Islands should know what to do if they encounter a nest during their trip. With sea turtles officially listed as an endangered species, it’s critical that they are treated with caution by locals and tourists alike. Air Unlimited can share with you what you need to know about these spectacular creatures and how you can help protect them, not only during nesting season but year-round.
While visiting the Abaco Islands, you may choose to go snorkeling in the tropical reefs, where you may spot a sea turtle enjoying the clear waters of the Bahamas. As exciting as it is to swim alongside a sea turtle, refrain from touching them or interfering with their habitat. Instead, take in this amazing experience from a distance and keep an eye out for their paddle-shaped flippers, large shells and marked colorings, which are unique to each sea turtle species.
When strolling along the sandy beaches during nesting season, there is the chance of coming across sea turtle eggs. Touching the eggs could be harmful to the turtles, so stay back from the nest to avoid accidentally disrupting it. If you see the mother nearby, stand still and allow her to travel easily around her nest. At nighttime, any artificial light, such as a phone, camera or flashlight could confuse the turtles from following the natural moonlighting, so be prepared to embrace the dark around a nesting space. If you have the once-in-a-lifetime experience to encounter the eggs while they are hatching, walk carefully in the sand to avoid stepping on the baby turtles, as they journey toward the sea. These tiny turtles will be working their way to the waves, where they can take their very first swim.
We hope you have the opportunity to see these beautiful creatures during your next trip to the islands. Not only are they majestic, but they are also vital to the health of the oceans. Sea turtles graze on seagrass and jellyfish populations, control sponge distribution and transport nutrients across the water.
Whether its nesting season or not, taking a flight to the Abaco Islands is the first step toward your chance of enjoying these wild animals, and Air Unlimited is here to get you there! Book your flight today either online or by calling us at (407) 585-4300.
Whether it’s piloting a short flight to the Abacos or leading an aircrew on a long-distance journey, all pilots have had to earn their ‘wings.’ Wings are a recognized badge in the aviation industry that pilots proudly wear on their uniforms. This emblem has an interesting history and is designed for everything from representing a pilot’s license to serving as a charming memento!
The crew at Air Unlimited knows how special it feels to earn a pair of pilot wings, as many of our team members started their fascination for aviation as a child, dreaming of the day they’d earn their own badge. Now, this day can come sooner for youth that feels passionate about flying, thanks to our Junior Pilot Program. Through this program, families can register their kids to have the rare chance to sit in the cockpit with the pilot during their flight to the Abaco Islands and experience spectacular views from the front of the plane, all while learning about the wonders of air travel. Afterward, children co-pilots receive a certificate with a commemorative photo, a souvenir, and their very own pilot wings.
The meaning of pilot wings goes back to the early 1900s when one of the first commercial airlines started scheduling passenger services, making crew uniforms come into fashion. As part of their uniform, pilots started wearing shiny, specialty wings to showcase their qualifications. Around the same time, military aviation became prominent during World War I, and soldiers started earning their wings based on their flight experience, rank, and accomplishments. In both commercial and military aviation, the design of a pilot’s wings distinguished their seniority or merit, thus changing in color, material, embellishments, and patterns based on its intended purpose. To this day, earning wings is a significant and exciting moment for any pilot, considering the hours of hard work, schooling, in-flight training and experience required to receive this token of achievement.
Knowing the valued history and meaning behind pilot wings, we want to share this special keepsake with young passengers and inspire their love for aviation through the Junior Pilot Program. Register children for this unique experience for just $50, and you can enjoy an unforgettable flight to the Abaco Islands. Interested parties should call our team directly at (407) 585-4300.
We’ve come a long way since the first airplane was flown in 1903. Today, we have everything from large commuter planes and first-class aircraft charters to powerful air force jets – all safer, faster and sleeker than ever before. To celebrate this remarkable progress in aviation, we’re observing National Aviation Day on August 19th.
Why August 19th? It’s the birthday of Orville Wright, one of the Wright brothers who invented and flew the first airplane. From his original flight owning the sky, we now have more than 9,700 planes and 1 million people in the sky at any given time, according to flight tracking service, FlightAware. That’s a lot of air travel each day!
To celebrate National Aviation Day, Air Unlimited wants you to consider taking a journey into the past, present, and future of air travel. Below, are some of our tips for enjoying the day and recognizing the gift of aviation.
- Take a Destination Flight
- There’s no better way to celebrate National Aviation Day than hopping on a plane, enjoying the bird’s eye view and landing in paradise. To make sure your trip is hassle-free from start to finish, Air Unlimited offers quick reservations, free valet parking, fast check-in, short lines and a comfortable, private waiting area. In flight, each of the nine seats feature window-views and plenty of leg room. In just over an hour, you’ll land in the beautiful and tropical Abaco Islands. You can also reserve one of our aircraft charters to fly anywhere in the U.S.
- Learn More About Aviation
- To learn more about the history and future of aviation, visit a local aircraft museum or science center featuring planes. Consider checking out aviation books at your favorite library or renting an exciting aviation movie. You could even take an introductory flight lesson.
- Inspire Your Kids to Appreciate Flight
- Many of today’s pilots became fascinated with aviation at a young age. At Air Unlimited, we hope to inspire the young passengers with our Junior Pilot Program. Registered kids fly in the cockpit with the pilot, experience stunning views from the front of the plane and learn about air travel. These kids walk away from their aircraft charter or commuter flight with a certificate, photos, a souvenir, and their very own pilot wings.
No matter how you choose to spend National Aviation Day, we hope you can celebrate the wonder of flight on this special holiday!
Historic downtown Sanford offers a variety of things to do for anyone passing through for a few hours or with a couple of days to explore. If you’re coming from outside of the Central Florida area and have some time to kill before your flight with Air Unlimited, there are plenty of fun things to experience near the Orlando Sanford International Airport where our private hangar is located.
Sanford is home to beautiful state parks, including the Lower Wekiva River Preserve. The preserve is a system of blackwater streams and trails. This wildlife area provides a habitat for black bears, otters, alligators, wood storks and Sandhill cranes. Visitors can hike, paddle and camp on the preserve to get a taste of Sanford’s wild flora and fauna. An especially interesting feature of the preserve is the equestrian campsite area that has horse stalls and corrals for those who want to bring their horse along on the trails.
Sanford Ghost Tours are a great way to hear the vast history about the area in a thrilling way. This one-hour walking tour is great for all ages, and takes you through stories of ghostly encounters around the downtown Sanford area leading up to the last stop at a haunted building. Tours are just $15 and are offered at 8 and 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.
A great way to visit multiple restaurants in a short period of time is by taking a tour with Sanford Food Tours. They work with dozens of restaurants and shops in downtown Sanford and allow guests to choose from two different tours or create their own. The Brews & Bites Tour includes stops at Deviant Wolfe Brewing, Sanford Brewing Co., Wops Hops Brewing Co., Inner Compass Brewing Co., and Tuffy’s Bottle Shop. Food and drink pairings are accompanied by the amazing sights and rich history of Sanford’s city center. The Celery City Tour stops at Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe, The District, Busters Bistro, and Sanford Brewing Company. Each walking tour is about four hours and includes insight into local history and culture along the way.
Have you ever had a drink while riding on a 15-seat bicycle? At Limo Cycle Tours, you can do just that! It’s not a traditional bicycle, but rather a mobile bike bar that uses pedals to propel you forward with a tour guide steering and leading the way. The faster you pedal, the faster you get to the next destination. Guests are allowed to bring beer and wine on their tour, and each tour stops two to three times to visit shops, restaurants, and bars in the downtown Sanford area. This two-hour tour is bound to be a group favorite.
Sanford has so much to offer and is located just around the corner from Air Unlimited’s hangar in the Orlando Sanford International Airport. Call (407) 585-4300 to book your flight with Air Unlimited and ask our knowledgeable staff about their favorite things to do in Sanford.
You may have seen on our social media that Air Unlimited is expanding! We have grown over the past few years, and it’s all thanks to your support! Now we are making changes to fit the needs of our valued guests with the addition of a WiFi-equipped business jet, extended hangar and easy-to-use check-in desk in Marsh Harbour’s Leonard M. Thompson International Airport.
Air Unlimited is known for offering reliable flights to the Abacos, but we also offer charter flights to anywhere in the U.S. Soon the Cessna Citation CJ3, a top-notch business jet, will be the newest addition to the fleet. The CJ3 features a spacious cabin that can seat up to nine passengers. The addition of the CJ3 is going to be huge for our guests because this is the first time we will offer WiFi on our plane, allowing passengers to stay connected while in the air. Private charter flights are quick and convenient for guests and can be scheduled to pick-up and drop-off guests anywhere in the U.S.
“The CJ3’s WiFi capability is a big step forward in keeping up with the latest trends in air travel and staying competitive with commercial and private flight companies,” said Mark Neubauer, co-founder and principal of Air Unlimited. “Ultimately, our passengers choose us because they love the enjoyable, hassle-free experience our charter and airline flights offer.”
In addition to an expanded fleet, Air Unlimited is expanding into a second hangar in the Orlando-Sanford International Airport. We’re not moving our main office, so this second hangar will serve as a new hub for maintenance work, away from the check-in and loading areas. Now, guests can enjoy a spacious and uninterrupted loading zone.
Catching a flight to the Abaco Islands is easier than ever with Air Unlimited. We strive to make everything easy and convenient with quick reservations, free valet parking, a simple and fast check-in process, and pet-friendly travel. We are committed to making travel a breeze for families with children and even offer a Junior Pilot Program for the little ones.
“We’re a family company, and we treat everyone like family at Air Unlimited,” said Mark Neubauer, co-founder and pilot at Air Unlimited. “Families feel more comfortable waiting in our lounge before the flight, as opposed to waiting in a busy airport. With our service, there’s no need to worry about kids getting lost or overwhelmed in a crowded airport.”
Air Unlimited flights are cost-efficient and transport guests to the tropical islands on planes that allow families to sit together in an intimate, yet spacious atmosphere while enjoying an outstanding window-view from every seat. Accommodating up to nine people on each flight, this high-quality flight service keeps families close, waiting lines short and the boarding process quick and easy. Air Unlimited also permits pets to sit with guests in the cabin, so that four-legged family members don’t get left behind.
Traveling with kids can be tough. The waiting and crowds are enough to upset parents and children alike. Flying with Air Unlimited takes the stress out of traveling. Guests will receive free valet parking where their car will be parked in Air Unlimited’s secure parking lot and will be waiting for them at the hangar when they return. Guests pass the time in a lounge-like waiting area with plenty of space for parents and kids to relax before the flight. After boarding the plane, families will enjoy a fast and comfortable ride to the Abacos, arriving in just over an hour with no layovers.
In addition to these top-notch services, Air Unlimited offers a unique experience for children with its Junior Pilot Program. Signing up for this special service allows children to sit in the cockpit with the pilot, an experience not many kids can say they’ve had! Youth will enjoy the awe and excitement of having the best view on the plane and get to learn about the wonders of air travel from an experienced pilot. Many pilots at Air Unlimited began their fascination with aviation at a young age, and through this program, the company hopes to give children a flight experience that may spark their own curiosity for the field.
If you’re ready for the family vacation of a lifetime call to book a flight to the Abaco Islands with Air Unlimited: (407) 585-4300.
Scared of flying? Try these tips before your next trip out of the Orlando-Sanford International Airport!
A fear of flying is something that at least one in every six adults deals with. It is perfectly normal to feel uncomfortable before and during a flight, but Air Unlimited strives to help their guests enjoy the entire flight experience from their private hangar at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport. Flight time to the beautiful Abaco islands is just over an hour, and the tips below can help you stay calm so you can enjoy a relaxing vacation from the moment you step into Air Unlimited’s hangar.
One helpful tip for a fear of flying is to simply acknowledge your fear and learn ways to control it. If you feel anxious, allow yourself to feel that way, while reassuring yourself that it’s perfectly okay to have these feelings, instead of trying to fight the anxiety. At that point, you can work to build your confidence in knowing that you will get through your flight experience using positive thoughts and deep breathing techniques to combat any anxious tendencies, such as shallow breathing. Trying active meditation practices can help distract your mind from the anxiety and bring a sense of calm to your body. Focus on the deep breaths you’re taking and try listening to guided meditation to help you relax.
At Air Unlimited, guests have an opportunity to meet the pilot prior to their flight and talk to them about their anxieties. This advantage allows guests to address any worries they have, educate themselves about the flight and what to expect during the ride, as well as get to know and trust the pilot before take-off. This can help bring them relief as they prepare to board the flight. The pilots are also accessible during the flight to keep you updated on weather patterns and flight times that can bring you peace of mind.
Distractions are a great way to feel better in almost any situation. As a guest on a plane, taking off, turbulence, and landing can be moments of high anxiety. Listening to music or watching a movie during these times is a great way to focus on something else besides the plane. Additionally, Air Unlimited’s intimate seating allows guests to easily interact with other riders, including any of their friends, family members or pets that are along for the ride. Talking and engaging with others can be a great distraction and social experience. If these tips aren’t working, try multitasking during the flight. For example, eating a snack while working on a crossword puzzle can help take your mind off of things at a deeper level than just passively listening to music, so try to stay busy.
To be even more proactive in combatting your flight anxiety, you can begin preparing for a flight well before you are at the hangar. The morning of your flight, try to avoid caffeine because this may end up making you jittery, which can amplify your feelings of anxiety. Stretching or meditating before you leave the house can prepare you to hold onto those calming feelings during your flight. This is also a great time to focus on your breathing and keep those long deep breaths throughout the day.
Rest assured that you can fly in peace with the experienced pilots flying with Air Unlimited who can get you to paradise in just over an hour. There’s no need to worry about getting to the airport early to stand in long lines and deal with airport security. Air Unlimited’s staff greets every guest with a smile for an easy, check-in process that sets you up for a relaxing direct flight to the Abacos. Call Air Unlimited at 407-585-4300 to book your flight today.
As we all get ready to gather with family and loved ones this Thanksgiving, the Air Unlimited team wanted to share what we’re thankful for this year. From being excited to go to work every day to helping people create unforgettable memories on our private planes, there is a lot for us to be grateful for.
Co-Founder and Pilot Chick Gregg and his wife Lisa: “We’re thankful for our family’s health after a year that has brought us closer together.”
Office Manager Melissa Manchester: “I’m forever thankful for my husband, RJ. No matter what is going on in life, he always manages to make me smile and laugh. I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with our amazing team at Air Unlimited. I’m thankful for family, the time we get to spend together and for friends that have turned into family.”
Co-Founder and Pilot Mark Neubauer: “I am thankful for God, my Family, our Company and all our loyal passengers!”
We get the opportunity to not only work with a spectacular team here at Air Unlimited, but also to serve some amazing customers. The second you step into our private hangar, you become part of our extended family. Our lives are enriched by making your experience on our private planes unlike any other. We’re thankful for each and every one of you who has flown with us over the years. We look forward to continuing to serve you wherever your vacation dreams may lead you.