Citation Bravo Available Now!

Jet Services, Inc. proudly presents this Cessna Citation Bravo as the newest addition to our aircraft charter fleet. The Citation product is a time tested leader in the general aviation segment and enjoys tremendous product support provided by Textron Aviation. The Bravo has proven to be very successful serving as the cornerstone of the light jet offering for many larger charter companies. And now, JSI is making this superb aircraft available to our charter clients.

While the Citation Bravo will be available for retail charter trips, it will also join the rest of of fleet in servicing our jetKey Membership Program. Member benefits on this aircraft include a reduced flight hour rate structure paired with decreased minimum flight charge requirements per trip. For more information on retail charter or jetKey membership pricing, please contact Bobby Marks, VP of Marketing and Sales, at

Jet Services, Inc. is a licensed aircraft charter operator located in the southeast with the capability to meet all of your travel needs. We are ARGUS Gold Rated, Wyvern Registered and offer jet charter in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and the Bahamas as well as other Caribbean destinations. Our exclusive jetKeys include competitive charter pricing, flexible membership programs, and complete ownership solutions. From shorter regional trips to nationwide requests, our fleet of Cessna Citation aircraft is ready to serve. Contact us today and let our experienced team provide you with first class safety and service at a price that is far more cost effective than the national operators or brokers.

Home offices are located in the Signature Flight Support facility in Mobile, AL (KMOB).

FAA Certificate # 9JXA897M

Know Before You Go!

Thanks for booking a charter with Jet Services, Inc. We want to be sure you have the best experience possible while flying with us. Please review the following to make your trip run as smoothly as possible:

  • Please always travel with a valid photo ID issued by a government agency. You will want to keep it within reach because TSA requires the flightcrew to check it prior to boarding. State driver’s licenses are perfect although other options work as well. If you aren’t sure about yours, please ask!
  • TSA also requires us to check each passenger name prior to boarding. Please be sure the name you give us is the same as your government issued photo ID. It is important to let us know about any changes to the passenger list for your flight. Just give us a quick call and we can make it happen!
  • FAA regulations require us to weigh each item that is to be placed onboard the aircraft. You will notice your flightcrew handling this task as you arrive. Please let us know if you plan to carry more than 30 lbs. of baggage per person so we can plan accordingly.
  • Hazardous materials are prohibited on JSI aircraft. Passengers may be authorized to travel with a Portable Oxygen Concentrator. If this is needed for your flight, please let us know immediately as we must qualify the unit and authorizations before the flight.
  • In some cases, firearms or other weapons may be carried, but only if strict TSA requirements are followed. If you are planning to travel with a firearm or other weapon, please call us to coordinate before your flight.
  • We welcome any request for catering or other items that you may want on board to make your trip more pleasurable. You may bring food or drink items with you…as long as it’s not alcoholic. FAA regulations do not allow passengers to consume their own alcohol on JSI charter flights. Let us know if you have a special alcoholic beverage request and we can provide it for you.
  • If your travels take you out of the country, be sure to bring a valid US Passport. Please also let us know if one parent will be traveling with a minor out of the country. (We will need some extra paperwork before we go…) For more information on International operations, please click HERE to view our “International Authorization” post.

If you should have any questions about your trip, please call us @ 251-300-6600 or email scheduling at Thanks again for flying with Jet Services, Inc.

2017 Hangout Music Fest

Every May, the central gulf coast town of Gulf Shores, Alabama is transformed into one of the newest, most awesome music festivals around.  If you haven’t been to the Hangout Fest, you need to place it on your short list.  Last year, the three day, multi stage event entertained 40,000 beachgoers, which is the highest attendance to date since the festival began in 2010. Headliners include Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean and Chance The Rapper, among other greats. Check out the video below for more on the acts, or click here for a full listing.

Ticket options begin with a General Admission weekend pass for $309. But the VIP options are where you can really enjoy the festival in style. Side stage pools, hot tubs, transportation perks and air conditioned bathrooms are just a few of the benefits offered. If you want to have the best experience possible, choose from one of these awesome packages below:

  • VIP TICKETS: $1099

    • Hang in style
    • Receive Thursday Kickoff tickets on the house
    • Take a dip in our stage-side pool
    • Chill in the VIP Grove
    • Main stage viewing areas
    • Drinks all weekend long
    • Food too!
    • Ridiculously nice bathrooms
    • Your own VIP entrance
    • Surprises
    • All fees included

    • You get all the VIP awesomeness plus more incredible perks
    • Watch Main Stage acts from hot tubs (seriously)
    • Catch a ride to stages on our golf cart shuttles
    • Chow down on gourmet food in our private Super VIP air-conditioned dining room.
    • Even more surprises
  • BIG KAHUNA: Request info here

    • 24/7 Personalized Concierge Service
    • Access to all hospitality and VIP areas including the Cabana and legendary artist compound
    • Stage access for most performances
    • Complimentary access to all amusement rides
    • Admittance to the Thursday Kick-Off Party
    • Access to private main stage Super VIP Viewing area
    • Access to site through VIP entrances
    • Private air conditioned restrooms, dining room and lounge
    • Thursday reception at The Gulf in Orange Beach
    • Complimentary Headliner transportation to and from the festival
    • Dedicated golf cart service throughout the festival site
  • CABANAS: Request info here

    • An exclusive, private luxury suite
    • Elevated, unobstructed views of the main stage
    • All-inclusive private bar with dedicated servers & full beverage service
    • Chef-prepared dishes provided throughout the day
    • Concierge service
    • Comfortable, upscale seating and shade
    • Private, air conditioned restrooms
    • Access to VIP amenities, main stage viewing areas, swimming pools & hot tubs
    • Priority VIP entrances


And of course, nothing caps off a VIP experience better than luxury transportation provided by Jet Services, Inc.  The Gulf Shores – Jack Edwards Airport is only a few miles north of the festival location.  The airport facilities are perfectly suited to accommodate any one of our Citation or Beechcraft fleet aircraft.  Give us a call today to book your flight to one of the Southeast’s premier music festival events.  For more information on the Hangout Music Festival, please visit

Jet Services, Inc. is a licensed aircraft charter operator located in the southeast with the capability to meet all of your travel needs. We are ARGUS Gold Rated, Wyvern Registered and offer jet charter in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and the Bahamas as well as other Caribbean destinations. Our exclusive jetKeys include competitive charter pricing, flexible membership programs, and complete ownership solutions. From shorter regional trips to nationwide requests, our fleet of Cessna Citation and Beechjet aircraft is ready to serve. Contact us today and let our experienced team provide you with first class safety and service at a price that is far more cost effective than the national operators or brokers.

Home offices are located in the Signature Flight Support facility in Mobile, AL (KMOB).

FAA Certificate # 9JXA897M

How Safe is Your Flying Solution?

Leasing deals and small fractional ownership/share arrangements may place passengers at risk.

If you fly privately, there are plenty of players in the industry to choose from. The ones that we may be familiar with normally fall into these three categories: charter operator, charter broker and 91k fractional ownership/share provider. And given that all brokers must service their requests through a certified charter operator, the options are reduced to two: charter or 91k fractional.

Choosing charter or fractional companies to create business aircraft travel solutions mean the customer is buying a service that is heavily regulated by the FAA.  The oversight by the FAA helps to ensure the safety of passengers by regulating all aspects of an operation. The large fractional companies must be approved to operate under the provisions of 14 CFR 91 subpart K and the charter operators operate under the rules found in 14 CFR 135. Ultimately, these rules end up being very similar in terms of flight crew training regulations, aircraft check rides and requirements to have certain manuals produced and approved/accepted by the FAA.

Why so much regulation? The underlying principle is that the FAA is interested in protecting the safety of flying public. And if a company wishes to “hold out” to provide flying services, the FAA will want to have a say in how the operations are being conducted.

Not every private jet transaction, however, is required to be scrutinized like the 135 and 91k operators. There are ways to gain access to an aircraft for personal use without paying for a charter or joining a 91k fractional program. The FAA allows various agreements to be initiated for the purpose of having access to an aircraft. These methods include dry leases, time share agreements and fractional ownership/shares when 91k rules don’t apply.

The parts that remain unclear are the most concerning…

The problem with these other methods of air travel can be two fold. First of all, the requirements placed on the heavily regulated portion of the industry mean that the customer will always have a well-trained, highly qualified crew to service their trip.  But this may not be the case for these alternate methods of securing aircraft.  The fact is that the requirements to be qualified as a pilot in an aircraft for general operations pale in comparison to the pilot requirements when dictated by the FAA for charter operators/91k fractionals. Secondly, when signing agreements to get into these alternate methods, it can be very confusing about what is actually taking place. At the end of the day, the following questions must be answered: Who is the operator of the aircraft? Who hires the crew? Did the aircraft and crew come from the same place? Were the aircraft and crew paid for together or separately? Does the lease agreement include a requirement to use a particular crew? Do I need MEL/RVSM manuals to use on my flight? Who is responsible for mechanical problems on the aircraft? Who is responsible to buy the gas? Who is handling compliance with truth-in-leasing requirements? Who handles the insurance? Who are the liable parties during the aircraft operations? Who can the FAA investigate if rules are broken? How is the crew trained?

If these questions seem overwhelming, it’s because they are! But when you sign on the dotted line for these alternate methods of securing an aircraft, all of the questions must be considered. Let’s analyze the questions as they relate to a dry lease agreement.

A dry lease is a lease agreement where possession of an aircraft is transferred to the lessee. This type of lease does not include a transfer of a flight crew, so you will need to get your own pilots. Let’s take a look at the questions above in relation to this type of agreement:

Who is the operator of the aircraft?

The lessee is considered operator of the aircraft. Lessee chooses when to fly and has control over how flights are initiated, conducted and terminated. It’s no different than owning your own plane.

Who hires the crew?

The operator is responsible for securing and paying for their own crew. Some companies may suggest that they will provide a crew and do it all for you—but be careful. A provided crew in this type of arrangement could lead to FAA scrutiny.

Did the aircraft and crew come from the same place?

If so, this could be a big problem in the legality of a dry lease. When crew and aircraft come from the same place, it is considered a “wet lease.” Furthermore, if a wet lease were to occur, it could also be investigated by the FAA as an illegal charter.

Were the aircraft and crew paid for together or separately?

While similar to the question above, this helps to determine where the crew came from.  If the lessor is the same entity that you are writing the check to for the flight crew, this would be a problem.

Does the lease agreement include a requirement to use a particular crew?

Since the lessee is the operator, they should be free to choose any pilots who are properly qualified to operate the aircraft.  The only caveat to this would be insurance requirements that may specify certain experience or training requirements to operate that particular aircraft. If any agreement has been made, either expressed or implied, to utilize only certain pilots for the aircraft, that should be a red flag.

Do I need MEL/RVSM manuals to use on my flight?

MEL stands for Minimum Equipment List and refers to the ability to continue flying the aircraft when certain equipment isn’t working correctly.  So if a landing light is found to be burned out one morning, the MEL allows most aircraft to fly during the day without the light working.  If you didn’t have the MEL, you legally couldn’t even start the trip when the light issue was discovered.

RVSM is the Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum airspace and refers to the authorization to operate between 28,000 and 41,000 feet.  If you are leasing a turbo-prop/jet aircraft that is capable of flying higher than 28,000 feet, the current regulations require each “operator” to be approved to fly in that airspace.

The RVSM and MEL approval can be secured, but typically costs anywhere from $500 – $2000 to have a manual produced. Then it must be approved by the FAA. It should be noted that neither one of these authorizations must be received to simply operate the aircraft. However, if anything on the aircraft fails and you want to possibly continue the trip, you must have an MEL. And if you wish to operate the aircraft at the fuel efficient altitudes it was designed for, you must have RVSM authorization.

Who is responsible for mechanical problems on the aircraft?

Technically, the operator is responsible for any maintenance required. This should be thoroughly discussed and documented in the lease agreement so everyone is on the same page.

Who is responsible to buy the gas?

Depending on the way things have been set up, the price of fuel could be included in the lease rate or not. Be sure this is understood per the lease agreement before signing up.

Who is handling compliance with truth-in-leasing requirements?

If the aircraft in question weighs more than 12,500 pounds, or is turbine powered, then the truth-in-leasing requirements apply. This regulation, 14 CFR 91.23, includes provisions that must be in the aircraft lease as well as requirements after the lease has been executed. One requirement is to place a copy of the lease on file with the FAA in Oklahoma City, OK. Another includes notification to the local FAA Flight Standards District Office to give them 48 hours prior notice before the first flight on the lease. Lastly, a copy of the lease must always be carried on the aircraft while operating under the lease. The operator is normally responsible for compliance with the requirements of the regulation.

Who handles the aircraft insurance?

This is a point that must be discussed and explicitly denoted in the lease agreement with the lessor. Typically, the operator will need insurance unless they can be listed as a named insured on the insurance policy from the lessor.

Who are the liable parties during the aircraft operation?

From a liability standpoint, being the operator of the aircraft opens the door to many issues. If an accident or incident should occur, the operator is certainly liable for any missteps along the way. This is simply a natural by-product of being the operator of an aircraft. Pilots also share liability and must be sure the aircraft is airworthy and that all applicable Federal Aviation Regulations are followed for the given operations.

Who can the FAA investigate if rules are broken?

The FAA can issue letter of investigation to anyone involved with the operation of the aircraft. When signing into a dry lease as the lessee, you become operator and will certainly be part of an investigation if the FAA thinks a regulation has been violated.

How is the crew trained and qualified?

14 CFR 61 requirements must be followed in terms of having a qualified crew for the aircraft being leased. The training requirements are specific to the aircraft in question and should be addressed with a training provider. The only qualification required to legally hire a pilot is a Commercial pilot’s license. Furthermore, if the aircraft is multi-engine, the pilot must have that rating as well. Finally, it is prudent to secure a pilot with an instrument rating to be able to handle most weather conditions through your travels. Many larger aircraft also require a co-pilot, so that pilot will need to be trained and qualified.

Did you get all of that? It’s an overwhelming process for people that aren’t in the industry. Furthermore, if these things were truly conveyed to the lessee before they entered into the agreement, there may be some pause before continuing the process. And that ends up being the FAA’s biggest concern with these deals. If an individual is told how easy it is to get into a lease and how much money they may save instead of contracting with a charter operator or buying into the 91k fractionals, they are likely to go forward with this type of deal. And by signing on that dotted line, they are unknowingly responsible for things that the average person knows nothing about.


There are also safety implications of using the alternate methods of securing an aircraft. Since the crew isn’t trained and qualified in a standardized manner, the quality and performance of the crew is hard to predict. Conversely, a charter or 91k fractional crew has been trained in a standardized manner, received a check flight from an examiner, passed an oral examination on company operations and general aviation subjects, and more. More on charter crew qualification will be addressed in the next section, but needless to say, it’s an extremely involved process.

This isn’t just rhetoric to convince passengers to flock to an air carrier or 91k fractional. The statistics back it up! A recent Bloomberg article identified the fatalities from charter aircraft accidents and those that occurred in corporate/private-owned accidents. In the period from 2007 – 2014, there were 28 fatalities from charter flights compared to 78 in the corporate/private arena. In fairness, the numbers were a little closer looking further back in time.  But we are concerned with the current trend! Charter operations have gotten safer while corporate and private operations have been stagnant in their ability to increase the level of safety.

Charter operators and 91k fractional groups tend to have very similar requirements from the FAA. They are equally regulated and are essentially the same from an operations standpoint. The crucial difference is that charter customers simply pay for their services without any further requirements. The 91k fractionals require some percentage of aircraft purchase to become an “owner” in their system. Then the 91k side of the house kicks in with a management company that runs the entire show. Since these two programs are so similar in terms of FAA oversight, only one will be discussed moving forward.

Aircraft Charter

Aircraft Charter refers to an FAA regulated operation that must comply with specific rules and regulations tailored to the type of services provided. In many cases, the general public considers a charter to be jet or turbo-prop aircraft used to transport passengers.  But many aircraft, including single engine planes, helicopters, sea planes or jumbo jets could be used for charter operations which include both passenger and/or cargo flights. Since everything has been previously approved by the FAA, the process for a passenger to arrange and secure a charter flight is very easy. It’s as simple as contacting an operator, paying a fee and taking the trip.

The ease of being able to legally secure a charter flight is a byproduct of the many hundreds of hours of work that has been put in by the operator to develop a system for how they will conduct their business.  The FAA reviews everything from General Operations Manuals and Training Manuals to Cabin Briefing Cards and Emergency Procedures.  These items are all part of an operators manual system and must be approved by the FAA.  It isn’t easy to be awarded an Air Carrier Certificate!  And this might be why others in the general aviation industry do their best to avoid the process and utilize alternate ways to continue to conduct flights with passengers.

Charter pilots must receive initial ground training on the approved operator system including company standard operating procedures (SOPs).  Portions of the ground training include segments on crew resource management, general emergencies, hazardous materials and other specific areas of training that are required for the specific authorizations of that operator. Additionally, formalized aircraft ground and flight training are also conducted as part of the process to qualify a pilot for charter services. Once all the training has been conducted, pilots must receive an oral examination and aircraft flight check to be sure the pilot is ready for service.  This process can take three – six weeks to complete depending on the aircraft training requirements. Pilots must also abide by strict government regulations that dictate the amount of time they can work in a day, the amount of flying they can conduct in that work day and the amount of off time that is required between trips.

Once a pilot begins flying, the training and checking aren’t over.  Pilots that serve as captains generally can expect another oral and flight check at the end of six months.  And when the year is up, most subjects are trained again along with more checking.  It truly is a never ending process to ensure everyone is doing their job as safely as possible.

The aircraft charter industry is very competitive. And the most important aspect of a good operation is their commitment to safety. Many industry groups have programs whereby an operator receives a rating and then is able to utilize that rating to validate their services to potential customers.  The three main companies that rate charter operators are ARG/US, Wyvern and the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF).  Each of these companies investigate an operator to be sure each requirement is satisfied prior to issuing a rating.  For the highest rating possible, an operator will have an on-site audit that will last for several days to be sure all required facets of the organization are in place and being utilized correctly.  These ratings are not easy to come by and are a matter of prestige within the industry.

Aircraft charter operators are required to carry a certain level of liability insurance for their operation.  Typically, an operator will have between $50 and $100 million in liability coverage. Another factor in reducing client liability is that the 135 charter operator always maintains operational control. Any issues that may arise and involve further communication with the FAA will be handled by the charter operator.

What will you do?

There are many competent organizations and pilots within the industry that provide nothing but first class service to end users when utilizing these “alternate” methods of securing aircraft as detailed above. And many of these companies work with aviation lawyers to be sure their method of getting consumers into aircraft is legal per the FAA. The fact remains, though, that no oversight is required of these services that pair aircraft with passenger through leasing, timeshare or ownership/shares arrangements (non 91k). The consumer may receive a wide array of experiences when utilizing these types of agreements and it’s hard to know what level of service will be received when signing up.

There are hundreds of charter operators in the U.S. that play by the rules and openly accept the extra FAA scrutiny in favor of being able to hold out to the general public in the manner intended by the Department of Transportation. Most operators have fantastic relationships with their FAA counterparts because our common goal is always the same. We all strive to provide safe, efficient aircraft transportation to the general public.

When it’s time to secure that next trip for business or personal needs, consider the list of items discussed with a dry lease earlier in this article. Is this really worth the headache? Do you really need to be involved with those areas of aviation? In most cases, the answer is no. Simply contact your local aircraft charter provider to conduct this trip for you and enjoy the peace of mind knowing that the trip is being conducted legally with well-trained flight crew members.

When it’s all said and done, aren’t safety and peace of mind the most important things…

Citation XLS+ Joins Fleet

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Jet Services, Inc. is proud to present N646RH for immediate charter operations. This Citation XLS+ incorporates midsize aircraft comfort with superb short field capability. Combine those attributes with the efficiency and reliability of the Cessna Citation brand, and this is one package that’s hard to beat.  This is why the Citation CE-560XL line has been proven to be the most popular charter aircraft in the world.

Features include a luxurious midsize cabin that is nearly 6 feet tall, a large airstair door for easy transition in and out of the aircraft, spacious lavatory with hot and cold water sink, auxiliary power unit (APU) so the aircraft is powered up and climate controlled when you board, large refreshment center, state of the art Rockwell Collins avionics systems with XM satellite weather, and more.

Typical city pairs on the Citation XLS+ include:

  • Boise – Kansas City
  • San Francisco – Amarillo
  • New York – Oklahoma City
  • Chicago – Nassau, Bahamas
  • West Plam Beach – Boston
  • Houston – Acapulco, Mexico
  • Seattle – Winnipeg, Canada

When comparing aircraft of this size, flights into shorter landing strips are typically ruled out due to the limitations of the aircraft performance.  Other midsize aircraft simply can’t make it work.  But with the XLS+’s straight wing design and powerful Pratt & Whitney engines, the shorter runways remain attainable.  This aircraft provides our clients with more options when making their travel decisions.  It’s been said, and should be said again: You simply won’t find a better combination of short field capability paired the comfort of a midsize cabin.  This aircraft is available to our jetKey Membership and jetKey Charter customers alike.

What are you waiting for? Give us a call at 251-300-6600 or email to book this aircraft with Jet Services. You won’t be disappointed!

International Authorization!

Let Jet Services get you to your dream destination.

Let Jet Services get you to your dream destination.

Jet Services, Inc. is pleased to announce our capability for international Jet Charter operations. Based out of the Mobile Regional Airport (KMOB) in Mobile, AL, Jet Services is located in the perfect position as an international launching point for charter customers all along the central gulf coast.  International trips can be amazing, and we can get you there fast!! But it’s always important to be prepared when traveling out of the country.  Included for reference below is an amended traveler’s checklist from the U.S. State Department designed to help mitigate issues while out of the country.  Reviewing this guidance will have you as prepared as possible to take that next memorable international vacation.

We can get into the checklist in a bit–but let’s talk about the possible trips! We are authorized to operate in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and Canada. So you have many choices for that next get away. Did you know that our jet charter fleet can have you in Cancun, MX in as little as two hours from the Mobile area? It really doesn’t take long!

Check out these flight time examples to popular destinations in our Cessna Citation XLS+:

  • Mobile, AL to Cancun, Mexico – 1 hour 40 minutes

  • Destin, FL to Nassau, Bahamas – 1 hour 35 minutes

  • New Orleans, LA to Cozumel, Mexico – 1 hour 45 minutes

  • Pensacola, FL to Belize City, Belize – 2 hours 15 minutes

The possibilities are truly endless!

Jet Services has also secured a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Overflight Exemption.  This allows us to operate our flights directly back into most local airports provided that Customs officials can meet the aircraft upon arrival. Without an exemption, flights would always be required to land at the first available airport nearest the point when the U.S. border is crossed during the flight. For example, if you were travelling from the Bahamas to Mobile, AL, a stop would be required at an airport such as Ft. Lauderdale to clear into the United States. This stop includes unloading the aircraft to inspect all baggage, aircraft inspection, customs paperwork, etc.  And worse yet, if the aircraft needs fuel before continuing the flight, they may be required to load up, taxi to another location on the airport and receive the fuel there.  We have worked hard to be sure this authorization is available to our customers. It’s just another way that Jet Services adds convenience to you during your trip.

Does your local airport qualify for the overflight  exemption? Ask our scheduling department at 251-300-6600 or

U.S. State Department – Traveler’s Checklist

It is crucial to be prepared when traveling outside of the United States. Traveler documentation issues, travel warnings, health issues, etc. can cause many unforeseen problems for those who aren’t prepared.  We recommend reading the information below and utilizing the links to gather as much information as possible about your destination, it’s customs and laws, and anything that may adversely affect your trip.  If you find you still have questions, be sure to ask us and we can help.

Get Informed

Read up on your destination at Learn about visa requirements, local laws, customs, and medical care in the countries you are visiting. Some travelers, such as those with disabilities, women, and LGBTI persons, may face additional challenges when abroad. Be aware of any Travel Warnings or Travel Alerts for your destination country, which describe risks to you and may affect your travel plans. Also check the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate where you will be traveling for the latest security messages. Find out about health precautions. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad. Prepare to handle money overseas. Before you go, notify your bank and credit card company of your travel, and check exchange rates.  For information about using cash, debit/credit cards, and ATMs, read about your destination. Carry contact details for the nearest U.S. embassy or U.S. consulate with you, in English and the local language. We provide help for emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, overseas and in Washington, D.C. (888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444).  Read more about what the Department of State can and cannot do for you in an emergency.

Get Required Documents

Apply early for a passport, or renew your old one. It should be valid for at least six months after you return home, and needs to have two or more blank pages. Otherwise, some countries may not let you enter. Check all family members’ passports because those for adults are valid for 10 years, but children’s passports only for five. U.S. citizens must use a U.S. passport to leave and come back to the United States. If you are traveling by land or sea, you must show proof of both your U.S. citizenship and your identity when you return to the United States. For many land or sea trips, this means you can travel using the new U.S. passport card instead of a normal passport book. Read more about U.S. passport requirements. You may need to get a visa before you travel to a destination. Contact the embassy of the foreign countries you will be visiting for more information. Get a letter from your doctor for medications you are bringing. Some countries have strict laws, even against over-the-counter medications, so read about your destination before you go. If you are traveling alone with children, foreign border officials may require custody documents or written consent from the other parent. Check with the embassy of your foreign destination before traveling. Make two photocopies of all your travel documents in case of emergency.  Leave one copy with a trusted friend or relative at home and carry the other  separately from your documents in case of loss or theft.

Get Insured

Make sure you have health insurance whenever you are traveling abroad. If your U.S. health care plan does not cover you overseas, consider buying supplemental insurance to cover medical costs and emergency evacuation. Foreign hospitals and doctors often require payment in cash, and Emergency medical evacuation can cost up to $100,000. Social Security and Medicare does not provide coverage outside of the United States.  Learn more at Your Health Abroad. Also check if you have coverage for trip interruption/cancellation and loss or theft, to help pay for unexpected expenses.

International trips can be a great experience.  Get prepared and call Jet Services to book your next trip.  Our knowledgeable staff will handle the details of getting you there safely so you can enjoy everything else.  To check availability, call us at (251) 300-6600 or email your trip request to

Need a round trip?

Local operators will have the best pricing!

It’s true!! Utilizing a local operator to service your round trip operations could save you thousands as compared to the pricing of the national operators/brokers. So what’s the catch?

The national operators have aircraft that literally crisscross the country servicing trips nationwide. And they do their best to utilize their aircraft in the most efficient manner possible. The problem lies in the fact that they must still deadhead their aircraft, with regularity, to get to the next trip on the schedule. Those deadhead legs, that are flying empty from point to point, have to be funded by someone—and that’s where the extra expense comes from! While the national operator’s programs and offerings are impressive, money can and will be saved by utilizing the local operator. We are already in place and ready to serve, without needing to fly an hour or so to get to you first.

Let’s check out a comparison of a round trip flight out of our home base in Mobile, AL. We have many business clients that conduct same day or two-three day trips that are round trip operations from the Mobile Regional Airport. One trip we often operate is a run to Philadelphia with a one night layover. For comparison, we are using the pricing for a 25 hour jet card program from a prominent national broker.


As you can see, the difference in one trip is drastic. When customers are interested in getting the best value, the choice is clear!! And for those that might think a national charter broker will provide better service… Think again!! If a trip to Philadelphia was requested out of Mobile, most of the national brokers would call us first to see if we can operate it for them. And we would be happy to service that request. But we would be happier to build that relationship with you as the customer directly. When you have your next round trip opportunity, be sure to contact us so we can show you the savings by operating with Jet Services, Inc. For more information on our exclusive jetKey programs, please contact Bobby Marks, VP of Marketing and Sales, at