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September 21, 2010

Stratos Jet Charters, Inc. President Joel Thomas Advises Jet Travelers on Cold Weather Flying

Joel Thomas warns travelers to avoid hazardous fog and icing conditions this fall and winter

Orlando, Fla., Sep. 20, 2010: Joel Thomas, president of Stratos Jet Charters, Inc. ,

a worldwide air charter agency, issued a statement today, warning private jet travelers about the adverse effects of cold weather on fall and winter jet charter travel.

According to Thomas, an authority on “cold weather flying ", two types of cold weather, fog and ice, can have serious effects on the safety and availability of private jet aircraft.  In his statement, Thomas advises jet travelers to “plan accordingly” for this fall travel season by working with expert air charter agents with a reputation for ensuring safety.

Although fog is not typically considered severe weather, it can still have detrimental effects on aircraft availability and passenger safety.  Thomas explained that “fog is caused by low-lying clouds forming into a single layer, which reduces runway visibility conditions needed for safe operation by private aircraft.”  In the chillier months of October and November, fog delays hundreds of early morning and evening departures out of coastal areas such as California and New York.  This significantly lowers the number of aircraft available for jet charter flights.”

In his statement, Thomas also warned jet travelers about the presence of hazardous icing conditions for jet charter flights to Chicago

 and Seattle.  Aircraft icing occurs when moisture in the air freezes and ice accumulates on the surface of a private aircraft. 

According to Thomas, “aircraft icing is one of the most potentially dangerous types of cold weather because it disrupts the airflow over a private aircraft, which decreases lift and increases drag.  Once ice forms on an aircraft, it can limit a pilot’s ability to control the aircraft, especially during takeoff and landing.”

Thomas concluded his statement on cold weather flying today by reiterating the fact that jet travelers should only work with “cold weather experts” who can ensure their personal safety during the fall and winter.  Thomas explained that experienced air charter agents have the necessary cold weather knowledge and expertise to avoid inclement weather conditions and ensure passenger safety.

Experienced air charter agents, such as those at Stratos Jets, have access to hundreds of private aircraft that are well-equipped to handle the effects of cold weather.  In the icy, winter months, Stratos Jets agents have access to several aircraft that are equipped with de-icing and anti-icing systems to avoid hazardous icing conditions. 

In addition, Thomas says that “Stratos Jets agents work with large aircraft operators to source all relevant aircraft for private jet charter flights.”  In the event of a weather delay or cancellation, Stratos Jets experts can provide multiple “back-up options” for charter flights and typically negotiate out of any repositioning fees.

“When flying becomes dangerous this fall, don’t take a risk by working with an average jet charter broker,” Thomas said in his closing statement. “Jet charter brokers take advantage of travelers by selling charter flights without properly evaluating the safety measures of every jet charter flight.  By comparison, Stratos Jets air charter agents ensure that every charter flight is conducted on the safest aircraft by the most experienced flight crew in the industry.”

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Joel A. Thomas




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September 19, 2010

Oktoberfest a time to Eat, Drink, and Be Merry


There is perhaps nothing that better epitomizes the perception of German and Bavarian cultures as that of Oktoberfest. Officially the world’s largest fair, Oktoberfest is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany and is a celebration of food, drink, and merriment. Each year, nearly eight million people flock to the event to be a part of one of the best known festivals worldwide. It is a huge part of the culture of this region and often conjures up visions of Lederhosen and beautiful beer maids skillfully hoisting enormous jugs of foamy beer. It is an event rich with history and tradition.

History of Oktoberfest
The first official Oktoberfest took place in 1810, and over the years it has evolved into the massive celebration it is today. The present day event begins 16 days prior to the first Sunday in October. If that Sunday happens to fall on October 1st or 2nd, the festival is extended through the 3rd, which is German Unity Day. Over the years there have been many changes made to the festivities, which used to involve horse races, games, and tree-climbing activities. It now resembles a gigantic party filled with carnival rides, music, dancing, and even a parade. It is a celebration of food, drink, and culture, and there is never a dull moment for those lucky enough to attend.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
The feasts prepared during Oktoberfest are enough to feed an army, and guests have a variety of hearty and delectable choices to pick from. Most popular are Hendl (chicken), Würstl (sausages), Haxn (pork knuckle), Schweinsbraten (roast pork), Sauerkraut or Blaukraut (red cabbage), and Knödeln (potato or bread dumplings). If that’s not enough to fill you up, there are plenty of other Bavarian delicacies to snack on.

To give you an idea of how much beer is served at Oktoberfest, an estimated one million gallons are guzzled during the course of the event. Given this fact, it’s not surprising that Oktoberfest has more than its fair share of folks who tipped back a few too many. Watch out for what the German call "Bierleichen" (meaning “beer corpses”), the drunken patrons who pass out from too much alcohol consumption. Be especially careful not to become one yourself.

Dozens of tents are strewn about the grounds, each specializing in a different food, drink, or event. Visitors enjoy stopping by the Armbrustschützenzelt, or “crossbow shooters tent," to observe the century-old competition. There are also several tents that host musical bands and other live entertainment. Käfers Wiesen Schänke is often frequented by celebrities and is known for its delicious fare. And for the wine connoisseur there is Weinzelt, a tent offering more than 15 wines to enjoy. There is, most certainly, something for everyone at Oktoberfest.

There are also plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy, and, in the interest of keeping the event enjoyable for everyone, “quiet Oktoberfest” was introduced in 2005. Before 6 PM, only quiet music limited to 85 decibels is allowed to be played in the tents. This has helped to curb the frenzied party mentality and bring back the atmosphere of traditional beer tents.

Staying Safe at Oktoberfest
As with any event of this size, certain safety precautions should be observed. Avoid consuming too much alcohol so that you can always be aware of your surroundings. Keep in mind that after dark the festivities can get pretty rowdy, so if you’re traveling alone or with children, it’s safest to attend during daylight hours. There are a number of security checkpoints located throughout the grounds, and the event is staffed with hundreds of police, fire department personnel, municipal authorities, and volunteer medics should you find yourself in need of assistance.

For those who enjoy a party atmosphere filled with history and culture, and are looking for a feast to satisfy even the most insatiable appetite, Oktoberfest is an event not to be missed.

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September 16, 2010

Top 5 Golf Trips by Private Charter

As any seasoned golf player could tell you, the only way to test your true ability as a golfer is to constantly challenge yourself.  And what better way to test your strengthens and weaknesses on the green than by traveling to some of the finest and most challenging golf courses in the country?  Luxury golf resort getaways are the best way to challenge your skills on award-winning golf courses while simultaneously enjoying the best that four-star hotels and spas have to offer. 


During your next search for your perfect golf vacation destination, keep in mind that not every luxury golf resort is the same. Some golf resorts offer challenging wind-swept courses while others feature elevated greens surrounded by mountainous terrain.  Also keep in mind that no matter which luxury golf resort you choose, the safest and most convenient way to travel to your destination is by private jet charter. 


Private jet charters to luxury golf destinations afford you the ability to travel directly to and from your golf resort destination without the inconvenience of traveling through large, metropolitan airports.  In the past, Stratos Jet Charters has provided air charter service to and from luxury golf resorts for a number of our golf player clients.  We have access to several aircraft that have a large cargo capacity that can safely transport you and your golf clubs to your resort destination on the safest and most luxurious aircraft in the industry.  To make your search even easier, we have provided you with a list of the top five golf resort destinations our clients have frequently named as their favorite.  We have also provided a brief description of each resort and recommended convenient airports and relevant aircraft for your next charter flight to any one of these destinations.  Enjoy!


#5 The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa; Carefree, Arizona


Situated in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, amongst various cacti and stunning rock formations, lies The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa. Figuring out what makes this luxury golf resort such a favorite amongst our clients was not much of a challenge, although the same can’t be said about their golf courses.  The Boulders Resort, located in the small town of Carefree, Arizona, offers seasoned and professional golf players a thrilling and challenging game with spectacular views in a warm, desert climate almost every day of the year.  But it’s not just the pleasant weather or two award-winning golf courses that make this resort so popular—it’s also the spa.  The Golden Door Spa, a 33,000-square-foot facility, offers a number of massages, therapeutic baths, and refreshing treatments, all with a unique desert flair.


Jet Charter Flights to The Boulders Resort are accessible through the Phoenix Deer Valley airport (KDVT) and Scottsdale Airport (KSDL)


Recommended Private Aircraft: King Air 350


#4 Pinehurst Resort; Pinehurst, North Carolina


When it comes to combining prestige and luxury with some of the finest golf courses in America, no golf resort does it better than the Pinehurst Resort.  Located in Pinehurst, North Carolina, the Pinehurst Resort was built in 1895 by soda fountain tycoon, James Tufts, and is now a historical landmark as well as a luxury golf resort.  Not only does this charming southern resort offer eight world-renowned golf courses, including the famous Championship Pinehurst No. 2, it also features three luxury hotels, a spa and an impressive array of sports and leisure facilities.  After a long day on the green, golfers can sip a cold class of iced-tea (called sweet tea in the South) at the 107-year-old Carolina Hotel or they can treat themselves to a relaxing “golfer’s massage” at the spa which specifically targets all the muscles used during golf. 


Air charter flights to the Pinehurst Resort are served by the Moore County Airport Information (KSOP)


Recommended Private Aircraft: Cessna Caravan


#3 Bandon Dunes Golf Resort; Bandon, Oregon  

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Breathtaking views, wind-swept terrain, four challenging courses—it’s no wonder Bandon Dunes is third place on our clients’ list when it comes to luxury golf resort destinations.  Perched on top of a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Bandon Dunes combines spectacular views of the rugged Oregon coastline with all natural links-style courses for a truly natural golf experience.  The four walking-only courses—Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails and the new Old McDonald—are all susceptible to wind changes, offering a unique and challenging experience every time the course is played.  As for accommodations, the Bandon Dunes resort offers simple and comfortable lodging, from single rooms in The Lodge and Inn to large four-bedroom Grove Cottages.


Charter flights to the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort are serviced by the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (KOTH)


Recommended Private Aircraft: Challenger 604


#2 The Greenbier; White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia


If your idea of the perfect golf resort destination involves rolling terrain, well-bunkered greens and panoramic views of the Allegheny Mountains, then look no further than The Greenbrier resort.  This luxury resort, nestled in the quiet countryside of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, is home to three award-winning, 18-hole golf courses—The Meadows, The Old White and The Greenbrier—and is Stratos Jets clients’ second favorite luxury golf destination.  While the Greenbrier resort is well-known for its expertly-defined golf courses and magnificent scenery, the main attraction lies in the resort’s unique history.  Built in 1858, The Greenbrier plays an important role in both golf and American history, having hosted the likes of Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nick Faldo and Tom Watson.  In addition, the resort was home to a secret underground bunker during the Cold War era that was designed to protect the nation’s Congress in the event of a crisis. The bunker, hotel and White Sulphur Springs (located inside the hotel) are open to visitors year-round.


One-way and round-trip air charter flights to The Greenbrier are served by Greenbrier Valley Airport (KLWB)


Recommended Private Aircraft: Phenom 100


#1 The American Club; Sheboygan, Wisconsin


Really, is there any other course in America that can really truly rival the American Club’s spectacular wild beauty and signature links-style courses? Our clients’ answer? No.  It doesn’t come as a surprise to us that the host of this year’s PGA Championship, The American Club in Sheboygan Wisconsin, is also our clients’ favorite golf resort destination.  It’s really more of a surprise that the resort doesn’t have its own jetport.  Set against the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan, this world-famous resort is home to four Pete Dye-designed courses—two each at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run—and an award-winning Kohler Waters luxury spa and resort.  All of the walking-only courses at the American Club were designed to mimic the ancient seaside links of the United Kingdom and Ireland to provide a truly natural and unique golf experience that will never be forgotten. 


Private jet rentals to Whistling Straits are accessible through the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport (KSBM)


Recommended Private Aircraft: Pilatus PC-12

Posted by Jo Wilson on September 16, 2010 at 08:12 PM in Activities & Events, Recreation, Sports, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

September 10, 2010

Going Mobile To Travel The Blue Ridge Parkway

There is something thrilling about road trips.

Taking to the open road to explore the wonders of scenic sights and hidden gems just seems like a great adventure. And it can be. Especially if the road trip is a spectacular drive filled with "memory-makers".

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Having an excellent road map as your guide to help pinpoint the sights and direct you to them, makes the trip even more enjoyable.

In celebration of the "Road Trip”, Destinations Travel Magazine, an online travel & leisure publication, has launched a new feature article which will regularly highlight some of the best scenic routes in America... and the World. To provide travelers with the latest travel tools possible, Destinations has partnered with Sunday Drive, a new road trip-oriented and GPS-enabled free web app for the iPhone. Together, and by using the latest in location-based software, Destinations Travel Magazine and Sunday Drive will ignite your wanderlust with routes that feature the best in stunning photography and loads of insider information on the most alluring hidden gems that sprinkle the highways and byways of the world.

The premier launch of this feature begins with one of the most beautiful drives in the Eastern US ... the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Beginning at Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge stretches from the northern gateway of Virginia's Shenandoah National Park down to the eastern edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. It offers spectacular views, wonderful hiking trails - including a portion of the Appalachian Trail - waterfalls, birding trails, wildlife viewing and more.

Along the route, there are also a variety of cultural attractions, museums, wineries, as well as great dining, accommodations and plenty of other points of interest. The sheer grandeur of the views make this a "memory-maker" !

Because the Blue Ridge Parkway is well over 500 miles, we have divided it into three parts: Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge - Virginia, and Blue Ridge - North Carolina. Each leg includes the best points of interest, restaurants and accommodations along the route.

You can enjoy the Road Trip article in Destinations Travel Magazine, 24/7 from anywhere, anytime. Take it with you! It's online!

And you can download the Road Trip app to your mobile device. It's free! It's convenient... and very mobile.

Read the Blue Ridge Parkway article and down load the app, here- http://destinationstravelmagazine.com/September2010/

Special Thanks to Darlene Perrone of Destinations Travel Magazine for sharing this article with us here at DiscoverOurTown. Enjoy the ride!

Photography by Steve Levine/Steady 70

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September 08, 2010

Yellow Daisy Festival Expects Large Attendance

Consistently voted one of the top five arts & crafts shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine, a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event and winner of multiple awards by the Southeast Festival and Events Association. Logo - YDF42-4cHumanaweb 

Yellow Daisy Festival by the Numbers: 200,000 expected attendees, 426 artists, 160,484 estimated miles traveled by artists to the festival, 77 metro Atlanta artists, 124 Georgia artists, 17 main-stage music performance, 1,750 festival T-shirts expected to be sold. (By Howard Pousner The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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Life is Good this Weekend in Canton

The "Life is good Festival" is a one-of-a-kind benefit event taking place the weekend of September 11th & 12th 2010 just 15 minutes from Boston on a scenic 40 acre farm at the base of The Blue Hills in Canton MA. The festival is a two-day celebration of music and optimism, featuring three stages of diverse live music, hands-on games, interactive arts activities and the "Good Kids" zone — home to the top acts in kids entertainment. The Life is good Festival is a unique music event that every age group can enjoy.

100% of Life is good's profits from the Festival will go towards The Life is good Kids Foundation, helping kids overcome life-threatening challenges such as violence, illness and extreme poverty. Every festival attendee will have the opportunity to access exclusive hospitality, preferred viewing, artist meet and greets and other prizes by setting fundraising goals or making a donation to help kids in need. Top fundraisers will be called V.G.P.'s — Very Good People (like V.I.P.'s), and will have a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience.

The Life is good Festival will be held on historic Prowse Farm in Canton, Massachusetts, conveniently located just off of Rte 93 (Rte 128) at exit 2B. The event site is 15 minutes from downtown Boston.

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