A Look at the Most Popular Private Jets to Rent

Even though most private jets cost millions to buy, you can usually get away with paying a lot less by simply renting them. Compared to the hefty purchase cost, a charter will usually cost “only” a few thousand dollars, and it can give you the experience of a lifetime.

The Cessna Citation variants are some of the top picks when it comes to renting a jet that is secure, reliable and surprisingly roomy. With enough space to house up to 8 people and costing only $6,000 for a standard flight from LA to Las Vegas, the Citation XLS and XLS+ are two of the top planes you can think of renting.

The 4-seat Phenom 100 may not be as spacious as some other planes, but it definitely makes up for it in terms of comfort and luxury. This aircraft has a stunning, BMW-inspired interior, and it also features a private bathroom and sizable luggage space.

Finally, you’ll find the Bombardier Challenger 850 is one of the most popular airplanes for larger groups. Although it can support long flights of more than 6 hours, it is most popular for shorter trips supporting groups of up to 14 passengers. Its impressively comfortable interior and lower cost is one of its strongest advantages over other large private planes.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in the independence and freedom flying allows, consider learning to fly at an elite Denver flight school. Once you have mastered the program, imagine the fun and adventure you will have flying family and friends to incredible memory making destinations.

The Most Interesting Places You Can Visit With Your Own Plane

So you just got your new private jet, and after mastering your flying basics and going on a few solo flights, you want to see the world. Granted, a few flights might be less than what would prepare you for a long journey across oceans and mountains, but with a seasoned pilot at your side to guide you through the challenging parts, you should be good to go.

Why not start your journeys with a genuine African safari. One of the most stunning places you can go to is Victoria Falls in Africa, at the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. This is the largest waterfall in the world, and an amazing sight to behold from above.

The desert landscapes of Jordan hide one of the most majestic religious sites in the world – the large and imposing temple of Al-Khazneh in the city of Petra. This is a huge structure carved out of a sandstone rock face, and it’s also one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.

Finally, you can visit the delectable land of Tasmania located just south of Australia and featuring a large and beautiful coastline that is best viewed from the comfort of your private plane. After landing in Tasmania, you can visit the famous tessellated pavement, see the Tasmanian devils in their natural habitat, and take the well-known bike tour at Coles Bay.

All of the above ideas sound amazing! However, if you are looking to stay closer to Colorado, with travel within the United States, consider checking out a private jet charter in Denver at Independence Aviation. Start planning your adventure today!

What Are The Top Planes for Private Pilots Available on the Market?

More and more people are buying private aircraft. Despite the huge costs and long waiting lists, the freedom, benefits and privacy these planes can offer is well worth the cost for many pilots. If you want to consider the best private airplanes, the following are some of your best options:

  • The Cessna Skycatcher has been a popular training and private airplane since 2009. This beginner-friendly plane is just the thing you need to learn to fly and complete some of your first solo flights with relative ease. Also, at just $150k, it’s the most affordable airplane on our list.
  • The Beechcraft G36 Bonanza has a range of more than 640 nautical miles, and it’s one of the roomier, longer and older airplanes for private pilots that you’ll find on the market. This single engine plane has been around since 1947, and continues to impress with each new upgrade.
  • The Eclipse 550 offers the best balance between price, luxury and dependability when it comes to personal jetting. With a 375-knot cruising speed and a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet, it will get you where you want to go with ease. Also, at only 59 gallons/hour, it’s the most fuel-efficient personal jet out there.
  • If you want the best, and you have the money to get it, the $65 million Gulfstream G650 is the plane for you. This jet is currently the ultimate in personal flight technology, with a range of 7,000 nautical miles and .9 Mach maximum cruising speed. You can use it to fly from LA to Tokyo with fuel to spare.

Unfortunately, for most people, the cost of purchasing a plane is more than they can afford. However, you can get the feel of how it would be to own your own plane by leasing an aircraft. Another idea would be to charter a plane in Denver for a short weekend trip. Find additional details on these options at Independence Aviation.

What Is the Process of Learning to Fly and How Long Does It Take?

Depending on the type of certificate you aim for, the process of learning how to fly can vary in length and difficulty. Although some beginning pilots might need almost a year before they can earn their license, in some cases, based on performance and the frequency of your flights, you can get through the entire training process in just a few weeks.

Before getting to fly advanced private jets, you’ll normally need to cover basic flight on small aircraft designed for beginners. The minimum of hours required for training is 20 hours, if you choose the most basic, Sport Pilot Certificate. If you’re interested in the Recreational or Private Pilot Certificate, the total amount of time you have to train will be about 30 hours.

Based on how spread out your flight hours are, you might need additional training sessions to grasp all the concepts and develop the dexterity level necessary for seamless flight control. Some aviation programs will offer instructive flight simulator training as well to enhance cor­rect air­craft tech­niques and procedures. Most pilots will get their certificates in about 30-40 hours of flight.

The problem here is that, if you only fly once per week, you will likely need a few training sessions just to learn and relearn some of the basic principles of flight. As a result, pilots who schedule frequent training sessions will be much more likely to get through the process faster, and schedule their first solo flight in record time.

The Achievements and Careers of the Most Famous Pilots in History

Have you ever wondered about the people who made flying possible? Although we take airplanes for granted today, the brave men and women who were some of the first pioneers in aviation history remain to this day a true inspiration for young pilots throughout the world:

  • American aviator, sailor and author, Ernest Kellogg Gann was one of the most influential figures in early aviation history and literature. He is known for his worldwide adventures during the 2nd World War, his efforts as an inspired conservationist and his classic of commercial aviation, a memoir entitled Fate Is the Hunter.
  • Charles Lindbergh is one of the best known names in aviation history. Although he started his career as an air mail pilot in the United States, in 1927, he became known throughout the world as the first person ever to cover the 3,600-mile journey from New York to Paris flying a single-engine Ryan monoplane – the famous Spirit of St. Louis.
  • Just a few years after Lindbergh’s historical flight, a daring young woman known as Amelia Earhart became the first female pilot ever to repeat Lindbergh’s feat – flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Earhart’s achievements, records, writings, as well as her famous disappearance in 1937 remain an integral part of aviation history to this day.

While these pilots are no longer available for charter flight aviation,  quality airplane rental Denver options vary should you want to schedule a private charter with a pilot or if you want to fly yourself. Visit Independence Aviation for more details.

Do You Know Why Amelia Earhart Still Matters?

We can tell you that taking the time to invest in yourself and taking the steps to get a private pilot license Colorado based companies offer is your first step to freedom of travel.  Independence Aviation is a Cirrus Platinum Partner Training Center and can provide the training you need to guide you to success in virtually all certificate categories, ratings, and endorsements.

Why Amelia Earhart Still Matters

High above the Pacific Ocean in her gleaming two-engine Lockheed Electra, Amelia Earhart soared. It was July 2, 1937, and along with navigator Fred Noonan, she was on her way to their next stop—Howland Island, 1,700 miles southwest of Honolulu. The two veteran flyers were on the last legs of their around-the-world trip, having already completed 20,000 miles in six weeks.

But all was not right.

As the plane flew over a desolate portion of the Pacific, it became increasingly clear that they were in danger. The plane was too heavy, they were short on fuel, and the tiny island was always going to be difficult to locate—a two-and-half-square-mile spit of land in a big ocean. As the hours ticked by and the morning sun obscured her view, Earhart’s voice rose in panic and confusion as she sent several clipped radio transmissions. Then, as far as the official record shows, silence. That silence would be the quiet beginning of one of the greatest mysteries in American history.  Continue Reading The Article…..

Independence Aviation truly has a passion of flying and are here to help you with your passion of becoming a pilot too.  Reading great stories like that of Amelia Earhart show the possibilities of a heart’s desire for adventure and accomplishment.

Are You Ready For The World’s Smallest Private Jet

WOW!  Now is definitely the right time to begin Pilot Training classes, and becoming a licensed pilot.  If you have thought about flying, now is the time to look at flying lessons in Denver and put wings to your dream.  The amazing Private Jet detailed below is a game changer, and by time you are licensed, you could be flying one of them.                                   

World’s Smallest Private Jet Goes On Market

(KPIX 5) — Want to skip the Bay Area traffic hassles? Have a couple of million dollars on hand? Perhaps the newest private jet is up your alley.

The Vision Jet by Minnesota-based Cirrus Aircraft is described by the company as the world’s smallest private jet.

“It’s James Bond meets Tony Stark meets the Jetsons,” said VP of Marketing & Communications with Cirrus Aircraft Ben Kowalski. “You’ve got personal transportation taking you to and from places on your schedule and when you land and hop out of it, you’re hopping out of your jet.”

It’s also the cheapest little jet on the market at just under $2 million, which is a bargain compared to most jets.  Continue Reading…

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Get Ready Cirrus Ramping Up Production

If you are just starting out with the thought of becoming a pilot, the article below may scare you just a little, when it comes to the cost of a quality aircraft.  Maybe you just don’t have quite enough money saved up to purchase your own aircraft yet.  However, here at Independence Aviation we understand and offer quality Cirrus airplane rental Denver based options.  Don’t let not owning an airplane get in the way of your love to fly.

Cirrus Ramping Up Production

Cirrus Aircraft is flying high, announcing here at AirVenture that it has ramped up production of its SR piston aircraft to eight per week and increased output of its new SF50 Vision jet to one per week.

Cirrus obtained FAA certification for the single-engine Vision Jet last October and to date has delivered seven. Pat Waddick, Cirrus president of innovation and operations, said the slow delivery rate was deliberate and necessary to mature production processes. “We’d love to put a lot of airplanes out there, but the production has got to be stable. Sometimes you have to slow down to speed up. Right now airplanes fly out very smoothly. Methodically going through the process ultimately gets us to the higher [production] rate at the quality level and efficiency that we want. We don’t go by calendar targets. We’re focused on showing stability at the rate we set out, and [if we] are ready to move on to the next step. Is the quality level where we want it and is the customer experience where we want it?” he said. Waddick said Cirrus intends to bump jet production to two per week by early next year. Cirrus has orders for more than 600 Vision Jets.  Read More …..

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Do You Want To Get In the Saddle – Or Back In the Saddle?

Independence Aviation is a flight school that offers flight training, pilot mentoring, pilot services, aircraft management, hangar management and more in a friendly environment. You will find that experienced Cirrus Training instructors love what they do.  Below is a great story we thought we would share with you to inspire the pilot within.

Back In the Saddle

A rusty pilot regains his currency in a whole new world of aviation.

Pilot Jeff Berlin hadn’t flown a Cirrus SR22 for about a year, and before that quick round trip from Los Angeles to San Diego and back he hadn’t flown one for at least two years prior.

TOMATO FLAMES? Are you kidding? I’m sitting with my friend and CFI Paul Sallach in the restaurant at the Inn at Furnace Creek in Death Valley, California, nibbling on a turkey BLT while doing the ground portion of my flight review, what people used to call a biannual flight review. All is well thus far. I know my airspace and cloud clearances. I know what I need to know about sunset, sunrise and the beginning and end of civil twilight. And I’ve got all the buttons, switches and functions of the Cirrus Perspective by Garmin avionics suite dialed in. But TOMATO FLAMES? Seriously?   Keep reading….

If you have an interest in becoming a pilot, whether it is for a career or pleasure, Independence Aviation is here for you.  The instructors are some of the finest and will share their love of flying and experience with you, so you can become a licensed pilot.

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Looking For a Career in Aviation – CAE Outlook Says Half of Future Pilots Haven’t Yet Begun Training


This is exciting news for anyone who has an interest in becoming a top pilot.  Independence Aviation is rated the Top Denver Pilot School and encourages you to follow your dream in the aviation industry.  Finding the best Denver flight school can be the start of something new, and can lead to a rewarding career, as you can see in the article below:


CAE Outlook Says Half of Future Pilots Haven’t Yet Begun Training

If ever there were a time in history to look closely at an airline flying career, it’s now. CAE yesterday announced in Paris the industry will need more than a quarter of a million cockpit crewmembers over the next 10 years. The Canadian training company said 255,000 airline pilots will be needed to support the growth of commercial aviation, as well as industry retirements. Put another way, “The airline industry will need 70 new type-rated pilots per day for the next 10 years to meet global demand,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions.


Beating out previous decades, captain upgrades will be fueled by the 180,000 first officers needed over the next decade. Remarkably, for those men and women still sitting on the sidelines wondering if a flying career is more than a pipe dream, CAE said, “Fifty percent of the new pilots flying by 2027 have not yet begun their flight training.”

Reinforcing their forecast, CAE believes airline passenger trips will climb by 1.6 billion in the next 10 years as the number of active commercial aircraft increases by about 1,200 each year. CAE said large training companies are expected to see an uptick in the numbers of students entering the workforce through schools like theirs, as the number of pilots making their way to the cockpit from universities, the military and local flight schools continues to decline.  Click Here to continue reading….


Independence Aviation believes in helping you achieve your dream of learning how to fly, and will guide you every step of the way.  With a team of passionate and dedicated pilots they will train you to be one of the best.