OpenAirplane Launches In 6 Cities, Helps Pilots Save Time, Money

Chicago, IL (June 17, 2013)OpenAirplane has begun offering access to aircraft around the country. The new service helps make a pilot’s certificate more useful.

OpenAirplane allows pilots to unlock the value of their certificates. Pilots who complete the Universal Pilot Checkout at one of OpenAirplane’s participating Operators reset the clock on their flight reviews, earn a discount on their renter’s insurance, and get access to the same model of aircraft at bases around the country.

OpenAirplane is now available in six markets, with more coming soon.

New York - Academy of Aviation at Republic Airport (RFRG)
Los Angeles - California Flight Center at Long Beach Airport (LGB)
Chicago - Chicago Executive Flight School at Chicago Executive Airport (PWK)
San Jose - Trade Winds Aviation at Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV)
Kissimmee - SunState Aviation at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM)
Detroit Troy - Aviation Experience at Oakland/Troy Airport (VLL) 

Using OpenAirplane, pilots can find available aircraft; see detailed information about the aircraft, request a reservation, and pay for the rental after they fly. Both pilots and operators contribute to a reputation system, creating first of its kind transparency for the community.

“The value proposition of private aviation is broken. It’s time that we all work together to fix it,” said Rod Rakic, co-founder of OpenAirplane. “Pilots want more utility and the general aviation industry demands more safety. By offering a better user experience, we can have a measurable impact on both.”

“We are pilots also. This idea is obvious and, when we heard someone was taking the steps to bring it to reality, we couldn’t offer to get on board fast enough,” said Steve Feibus, Director at Academy of Aviation at Republic airport on New York’s Long Island.

“Starr Aviation takes pride in providing innovative insurance solutions to the market and thus, working with the innovators at OpenAirplane was a natural fit,” stated Jim Anderson, Senior Vice President at Starr Aviation, a member of Starr Companies.

Steve Graham founder and CEO of SunState Aviation commented, “OpenAirplane will allow for exceptional pilots from across the US to enjoy the freedom and ease of flying at SunState Aviation in central Florida."

Pilots and operators can access the service though any web browser on smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers. OpenAirplane is free for pilots to join, and free for operators to list their aircraft. The company keeps a percentage of the rental revenue it enables. The service is available to any licensed pilot who holds at least an FAA sport pilot or private pilot certificate. OpenAirplane’s network is starting with a range of planes, from two seat light sport aircraft to high performance piston singles. More bases around the U.S., as well as more types of aircraft, are coming soon.