I’m doing some research on what’s involved in running a small Part 135 operator, with regard to expenses, operational structure, certification, etc… I have a class coming up next semester that requires us to develop a business model for a new business, and I figured I might as well work on something I’m interested in.
I’ve done some research on the topic, but it seems everything you learn adds several new questions. I’m looking at operations with light jets, like the CJ1 or Premier.
Generally, if anyone has rough estimates of the costs, both variable, fixed, and acquisition of aircraft in this size category, I’d appreciate it!
I’m especially interested in insurance, maintenance, financing, and anything else that those of you with more experience in the matter
Also, what are the typical salaries/benefits like for charter pilots, flight dispatchers, maintenance crews, administrative staff, and any other personnel needed for operation.
Also, how much does it cost to earn a type rating in a light jet, and then to maintain the necessary recurrent training?
What are typical taxes on Part 135 carriers? Are they normally set up as partnerships, limited partnerships, corporations, etc?
If there is anything else you can think of, or have suggestions of resources that might be useful (especially FREE resources!), please pass that information along!