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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 2 - May 8, 2003 - 27 BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE Atlantic Air Charter offers quick, easy travel By Jim Cresson Corporate executives and board members who need to leave the beach for an urgent meeting out of state now have a fast and first-rate means of doing it. Low-handicap golfers who want to get away for a round at Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head need worry no more about a tiring round trip in the car. Baseball fans who want to at- tend a twilight doubleheader in Atlanta can be there in two-and-a- half hours and back for work the next morning. In this 100th anniversary year of flight, anyone can leave behind the heavy traffic of the busy Cape Region to fly above the clouds in Georgetown-based Atlantic Air Charter's (ACC) sleek Beechcraft King Air 200 twin-engine turbo- prop. With a cruising speed of 275 mph, a certified ceiling of 35,000 feet and a range of 1,100 miles, the eight-passenger King Air 200 is the principal aircraft in ACC's inventory. As noted in its business brochure, ACC's King Air 200 is "an obvious choice in an industry known for its intense demands. Atlantic Air Charter is a fully cer- tiffed air carrier with the Federal Aviation Administration, licensed to carry passengers or freight to destinations within the continental United States. Atlantic Air Charter is a company dedicated to suit the needs of the traveler who appreci- ates the need for quick, efficient, no-hassle travel." : Cape Region businessman and former Navy bomber and recon- naissance pilot Skip Jones teamed with American Aerospace owner Submitted photo The Beechcraft King Air 200 twin engine turboprop has a certified altitude ceiling of 35,000 feet and a comfortable, pressurized cabin for eight. With a cruising speed of 275 mph and a maximum speed of 338 mph, the King Air 200 is the centerpiece of Atlantic Air Charter's inventory. Robb Patterson to bring the popu- needs. All AAC flights operate lar King Air 200 turboprop to the with a crew of two pilots, trained ACC's inventory. Patterson and at Flight Safety International, and his wife Amy provide the opera- meet the toughest standards in the tional base for the charter service, industry. Their American Aerospace flight school and aircraft maintenance Sail the skies in style business is the oldest aircraft busi- How convenient is a charter in ness at the Sussex County Airport. the King Air 200? One clear and On the Atlantic Air team, Pat- sunny spring afternoon, ACC pi- terson, who has acquired more lots Jones and Patterson prepare a than 4,000 multiengine flight flight from Sussex County Airport hours and has been a training cap- to New Castle County Airport and tain since 1999, serves as director back again. of operations. The King Air's passenger cabin Charles Picketing, who has seats eight, with crystal clear win- logged more than 3,600 flight dows by each seat. The soft hours since 1964, serves as first leather seats are welcoming; fold- officer and flies corporate twin down tables are a sensible ameni- engine aircraft. Karl Crist, who ty. The cabin is spacious and airy, began maintaining aircraft in the large enough to dispel any con- Army in 1966 and has worked for terns about leg room or the ability several large corporate flight de- to get up and stretch when the partments, is maintenance dire, c- plane is in flight. tor. Powering up the big twin en- The team is highly skilled, safe- gines, Jones and Patterson release ty conscious and always ready to the brakes and the Kin.g Air quick- satisfy customers with their flight iy reaches liftoff speed on the Submitted photo Flying above the clouds with a range of 1,100 miles, At- lalatic Air Charter's Beechcraft King Air 200 offers customers a fast, safe and comfortable flying experience taking them anywhere in the continental United States. county airport's 4,000-foot run- way. Airborne, the pilots turn the turboprop northbound and head out over Delaware Bay at the Mispillion Inlet. Leveling off at 3,500 feet and flying up-river against a buffeting headwind, Jones and Patterson give passengers a great view of Delaware on the port side and New Jersey on the starboard. The scenes below are surpris- ingly recognizable from that alti- tude, and passengers are tempted to wonder why flight hasn't yet become the normal mode of trans- portation for any trip of more than 50 miles. Too quickly for the sightseers, though, the pilots start their approach to New Castle County Airport, where a leisurely lunch is waiting. On the return trip, Jones and Patterson take the King Air to 7,000 feet, flying south over land. The rich patterns of farm fields and forests crisscrossed by coun- try roads remind the generally ground-based travelers that open space is still the dominant charac- teristic of this fast-developing state. The distinctive triangular pat- tern of Sussex County Airport's three runways appear ever so quickly beneath the port wing. Touchdown on the main runway brings pilots and passengers back to reality too quickly. The entire return flight is 17 minutes from takeoff to touchdown. Driving from one airport to the other takes 90 minutes on a good day, consid- erably longer during the peak summer traffic season. That flight is but a small sample of what Atlantic Air Charter can do for the busy Cape Region trav- eler. The charter air service is cel- ebrating the 100th anniversary of flight with carefree charters to any destination in the continental United States. Call Atlantic Air at 856-3214 for details. Jim Cresson photos Cape Region businessman and former Navy pilot Skip Jones takes first seat in the King Air 200 andinforms passen- gers to secure their seat belts as he powers up the twin tur- boprops for takeoff from Sussex County Airport. American Aerospace owners Robb and Amy Patterson have the oldest lease at Sussex Coun- ty Airport in Georgetown. They were excited about expanding their operation with Atlantic Air Charter service after Cape Region businessman Skip Jones brought a new King Air 200 twin-engine turboprop to the inventory. "This airport is on the move up," said Patterson. "With a nice new terminal building, a restaurant here and a proposed expansion of the main runway to 5,000 feet, we feel our air charter service will play a big role in the years ahead."