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  • Meet the King Air: An Aircraft Fit for Royalty

    July 27, 2017

    We’ve been in business for nearly 40 years now, and in that time, we’ve had the pleasure of working with a large variety of aircraft. It’s safe to say that all of that time has taught a great appreciation for one of our favorite aircrafts – the King Air. We operate a twin-turboprop that has the capability to serve all of CSI’s needs from business charter to medical flight services. In fact, we love the King Air so much that we are proud to own two of them, a King Air 200 and a King Air 300. Trust us when we say that flying on one of our King Airs is a high-quality experience.

    CSI Side View Tarmac 1An Interior Fit for a King

    If you’re expecting to walk onto one of our King Airs and find dozens of rows of tightly cramped seats, you will be pleasantly surprised. What you’ll find instead is a bright, cozy interior with seating for up to 11 people. And when we say “seating,” we mean large, comfortable leather chairs fit for a king –not the constrictive seats found on commercial aircrafts. If you’re looking for luxury, comfort, and safety – the King Air is the way to go.IMG_3986[1]

    Getting the Job Done
    Here at CSI, we pride ourselves on our ability to accomplish almost any aviation task that is asked of us. Lucky for us, owning both the King Air 200 and the King Air 300 means that we can accomplish most missions with our own airplanes. The 200 model is smaller and offers our pilots more maneuverability and our clients more flexibility in destination, while the 300 model can endure more weight and longer flights, giving CSI a reach that covers the entire United States. Whether the mission at hand is passenger transport, corporate and government missions or medical flight services, we trust our King Airs to get the job done.

    Putting the ‘Flight’ in Medical Flight Services
    One of CSI’s recent expansions includes the ability to perform medical flight services with our own aircraft. Luckily, our King Airs are ready and equipped to transport patients to their next-level-of-care facility safely, and with ease. Our King Air 300 is fully equipped with Spectrum Aeromed equipment and can fit two pilots, one flight nurse, one paramedic, the patient and up to two family members. Meanwhile, our King Air 200 operates weekly missions transporting local doctors and medical equipment.

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    Handling the Heat
    CSI Aviation is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our state has an interesting environment – unexpected weather conditions, mountainous terrain, remote airfields and short runways at many rural airports can be challenging for some aircraft. The King Air, however, is more than equipped to handle these hurdles and can perform well in hot and humid weather, as well as high elevations. We trust the King Air to get any job done in almost any condition.

    Ultimately, we take great pride in our King Airs. We believe that our customers deserve to be treated like royalty, and we are confident that the King Air is the best aircraft to make that happen. To read more about our King Air, check out our feature in King Air magazine here.

     

     

  • CSI Aviation Earns Prestigious Freedom Award by Department of Defense

    June 13, 2017

     

    2017 ESFA RecipientCSI Aviation is honored to receive the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. This is the highest honor given to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve Employees by the Department of Defense.

     

    CSI Aviation is one of 15 recipients of the award and was selected from more than 3,000 nominees. Other winners of this year’s Freedom Award include multinational corporations, such as Comcast and Johnson & Johnson. Winners were required to demonstrate exceptional support for their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve through leadership and company practices, including the implementation of personnel policies that make juggling service and civilian work easier.

     

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    CSI’s military-friendly practices, including paid military leave, a high percentage of recruiting budgets dedicated to recruiting military-connected employees, skills training for disabled veterans and paid time off before or after deployment, have earned the company more than the Freedom Award. They are the two-time recipient of the Pro Patria Award, the highest state-level honor given by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve State Committee, and were included in the annual Military Times “Best for Vets: Employers” list in 2014.

     

    “We understand the incredible value that the men and women who serve in the National Guard and Reserve bring to our company and to our country.” said Allen Weh, CEO of CSI Aviation and one of the 19 vets on CSI’s 50-member team. “Their unique contributions are immensely valuable and important to the success of CSI, “he said. “Supporting these employees, as well as their families, while allowing them to continue to serve is a great honor.”

     

    Senior VP of Business Development and Marketing, who also serves in the New Mexico National Guard and had nominated CSI Aviation for the award said that since being employed with the company since 2001, he has served three deployments during that time and that CSI does a great job of taking care of him and his family. He adds, “I don’t think there’s another company out there as supportive of military members.”

     

    The Freedom Award was created to publicly recognize employers who provide exceptional support to their Guard and Reserve employees. It is the highest in a series of employer recognition awards given by the Department of Defense. For more information about the award, and for a list of recipients, visit: http://www.freedomaward.mil/.

  • CSI Air Charter: A Business Traveler’s Best Friend

    May 10, 2017

    Let’s face it – traveling for work always sounds like more fun that it ends up being. Between long airport lines, layovers, delayed flights and trying to get work done in small, cramped seats – business travel isn’t always the best experience. However, that is not the case when flying charter. Chartering a private aircraft for a business trip is perfect for business groups who want a safe, efficient and comfortable flight.

     

    Saving busy people valuable timeCSI is located on the Sunport in Albuquerque, New Mexico

    We know when you’re traveling for business, your time is precious. That’s why when you charter an aircraft with CSI, we do everything possible to make sure you get to your destination as quickly and efficiently as possible. Say goodbye to long lines and layovers and let CSI work on your schedule, rather than working around an airline’s. CSI is available 24/7/365 – so no matter the day or time, we will get you to your meeting.

     

    More options

    Multi-national corporations need alternatives to what commercial air travel offers these days – offerings that unfortunately include limited flights and destinations, overbooked flights and a lack of services promoting comfort or the ability to conduct business in-flight. CSI will get you to those hard to reach destinations that major airlines can’t.

     

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    Sometimes there just are not enough hours in a day and you find yourself working on a cramped plane with minimal leg room and constant distractions. However, chartering your own private plane comes with comfortable cabins, roomy seats and plenty of space to make it your in-the-air office. Catching up on sleep before a big meeting is never a bad idea, either – so dim the lights, draw the shades, recline your seat and rest easy knowing you are in good hands. When chartering a flight with CSI, luxury services or accommodations are available upon request to make your flight even more comfortable.

     

    Productivity, privacy and peace of mind

    One of the best things about chartering business flights is the ability to focus on work and conduct business in-flight. You can fly solo to concentrate on a big project or bring along team members to practice a presentation. Either way, you’re doing so in the privacy of your own aircraft around the people you know. The ability to be productive on the way to a big meeting is one of the most valuable aspects of air charter for business travelers – once you try it, you’ll never go back.

     

    Flying charter saves you valuable time and ensures you get where you need to be safely and efficiently. CSI has the capability to move a lot of people and provide flexible and customized flight schedules.  CSI is the perfect option for business flights.

     

  • The CSI Guide to Medical Flight Services

    March 29, 2017

    Tarmac Stretcher3Did you know Americans are far more likely than ever before to be transported by aircraft for a serious medical condition? According to the Association of Air Medical Services, around 550,000 patients a year are flown in fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft. CSI has been chartering and flying medical transport missions since 2009. We have coordinated more than 400 medical flight operations in that time. Many people simply do not know how the medical transport process works from beginning to end; below is our guide to medical flight services.

    Ground Logistics & Pre-Planning
    The entire process begins with a phone call from a hospital requiring air transportation services. Often times, a sending facility is a hospital in a small or rural area requiring patient transportation to the next higher level of care. A receiving facility is typically a larger, more specialized hospital located in a major city. The first step to the process requires gathering essential information such as who, what, when and where the patient is being transported. After collecting the initial information, the next step is to immediately identify an aircraft and flight crew. We also coordinate with hospital staff, set up the flight logistics, and identify the appropriate ground ambulance services to support the mission. We understand the timelines are critical, and can have an aircraft off the ground and en route within 20-30 minutes, depending on the distance to the final destination and weather conditions.

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    Each aircraft is equipped with ventilators, heart monitors, pumps, oxygen and suction equipment, and a complete medication supply – similar to an Intensive Care Unit at a hospital. The equipment is operated by certified paramedics and registered flight nurses with a minimum of three years of critical care experience. In addition to certified personnel, we have a third-party accreditation from the National Accreditation Alliance of Medical Transport Applications.

    In the Air
    Our job in the air is to safely transport patients to where they need to go without incident. Many times, that includes rapidly assessing and intervening to improve patient outcomes, which ideally may reduce the overall hospital stay. It is also crucial that we maintain communication with both the sending and receiving hospitals and patient’s family.

    After the Flight
    Once the flight is over, we immediately notify the hospitals and family of the patient’s arrival. Upon arrival at the receiving facility the flight nurse gives a detailed patient report to the receiving charge nurse and the patient is turned over to their care.

    We’re Here for You
    With CSI Medical Flight Services, one call is all it takes for us to jump into action, ready to provide the highest level of safety and care for every person involved. Whether you’re a patient, family member or hospital staff, we are dedicated to delivering safe and quality medical transportation for every single flight.

     

  • A Private Charter Flight to Super Bowl LI

    January 31, 2017

    50860_4Super Bowl LI is less than a week away, and with the big game taking place in Houston this year, the journey is just as important as the destination. Trust us when we say that there is no better way to get to the Super Bowl than flying on your own aircraft – it’s like a luxury tailgate in the sky.

    Thinking about flying charter? You’re not alone.
    The hustle and bustle of the big game can make it easy to forget the Super Bowl is one of the largest private jet events of the year. Last year, CNBC reported that more than 1,000 private aircrafts were chartered for Super Bowl 50.  With the air charter industry continuing to grow, there’s no doubt the number will be even higher for this year’s game! Don’t get stuck on an expensive commercial flight crowded with people; make this year the year that you arrive in style.

    The VIP treatment
    No matter the results of the game, you’re guaranteed to be a winner if you charter with CSI. Move your tailgate from the stadium parking lot to the sky and experience the luxury of your own aircraft with your friends.  Don’t worry about being stuck at baggage claim with thousands of other fans – head straight from the plane into the car and be on your way.

    Come and go as you please
    Flying charter gives you the flexibility to arrive in Houston when and where it’s best for you. Don’t be restricted by the schedule of commercial flights that land in the busiest airports!  CSI will fly to any of these airports in Houston:

    George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) – the largest airport in Houston, 28 miles from NRG Stadium.

    William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) – a smaller international airport, only 11 miles from NRG Stadium.

    West Houston Airport (IWS) – 27 miles from NRG Stadium, this is a great alternative to the large international airports.

    Ellington Airport (EFD) – A no-nonsense airport located 19 miles from NRG Stadium.

    CSI is ready to make sure your trip to the Super Bowl the best ever.  Make this a game to remember before you even land in Houston – fly charter to Super Bowl LI!

  • Why choose CSI for air charter?

    January 16, 2017

     

    CSI is located on the Sunport in Albuquerque, New MexicoAs the new year is upon us, it is only natural that we begin to reflect on ourselves, our business, and our roots. CSI Aviation was born after our CEO, Allen Weh, discovered a unique niche in the aviation industry – solving complex aviation requirements for air charter services, aviation logistics, and program management. Since then, we’ve grown to become a leader in aviation services with a global network and solid reputation. Ready to take you where you need to go on at a moment’s notice, we live and breathe air charter at CSI. Here are just a few reasons why you should choose air charter:

    Flexibility
    When you know exactly where and when you want to travel chartering an aircraft is the best option. Preferred departure and arrival times make organizing your flight that much easier. Chartered aircraft has access to a range of airports, including small regional airports not accessible to commercial airlines. The flexibility isn’t limited to just times and location, we have access, to a variety of aircraft options.  CSI can accommodate groups of any size – no matter how large or small. We can get you to where you need to go!

    Convenience
    With air charter, gone are the days of long lines and crowded airports. Keep your shoes on and avoid the hectic scene that is airport security. When chartering an aircraft, there is no reason to arrive two hours ahead of schedule to wait for your plane to arrive – simply show up, get on your plane and go! Chartering eliminates many hassles of commercial air travel.

    IMG_3991Comfort
    Chartering an aircraft offers a higher level of comfort not typically experienced on commercial flights. Get up and stretch your legs whenever you please or lay as far back as you want in your seat – your comfort is of the utmost importance. Your bags go from your hand directly onto the plane, meaning there’s no need to worry about lost luggage!

    Safety
    When it comes to passenger and aircraft safety, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has the same strict regulations for the air charter industry as it does for commercial airlines. Additional safety comes from the unique opportunity of knowing every single person on the plane.  Your aircraft is for your exclusive use, the only people flying with you are those you invite!

    When traveling we know time is valuable, comfort is key, and safety is important. Consider air charter in 2017 – CSI is waiting for your call!

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