“I have been flying for 32 years and, prior to starting my Part 135 air charter business, owned a Mooney M20E and Piper Lance. I started my charter business in 1985, and have owned a Navajo Chieftain, Cessna 401 and 601P Aerostar for charter. After flying about 80 hours in a B100 King Air, I began flying the MU-2 on charter in 1989, and have flown nothing else since. I have operated the MU-2B-20, -36A and –60 on charter. My current aircraft is a Marquise in my single-pilot single-aircraft charter business.
Compared to the King Air 200 (the mainstay turboprop in air charter), my Marquise is faster with a smoother ride and offers more passenger legroom and width (albeit with less luggage space). The King Airs charge about 25-30% more than I do for a trip (due to their longer time in the air) but I believe I make more money than they do. The vast majority of my trips are for well-to-do executives, but I fly airline mechanics and oil field firefighters as well, along with small cargo. Once people have experienced a properly appointed, equipped and maintained MU-2 they will forget the King Air (and even a higher-priced jet) and come back for more MU-2 trips.
When I went to work for the company I now own in 1989, they were flying to IJSC Tulsa for inspections so I inherited and fortunately for me have maintained that relationship. It is worth the three-hour Houston-Tulsa roundtrip (only getting 97 revenue hours between 100-hour inspections) to have the same people that have been there forever taking care of me and my Marquise; several of them attack my airplane as soon as it is in the hangar and they are well into the inspection immediately. From airframe to engine and avionics, I come out of inspection promptly and thoroughly and have never missed a trip. They are always available when I am on the road and they need to advise another A&P or ship a part same-day or overnight.
MU-2 people are the reason I got into the MU-2, and those at IJSC are at the top of the list.”
MU-2-26 – Dash 10 converted
We recently had an opportunity to talk to Chris about his company’s flight department and the airplanes he fly’s. Here is what Chris had to share with us:
“I have been flying for 33 years and have owned the following aircraft; S35 Bonanza, two different BE50 twin Bonanza’s, a MU2 F model, a MU2 K model with Dash 10’s, and we presently operate a MU2 M model with Dash 10’s, which was refurbished at IJSC, and a MU2 Marquise. Both the M model, with dash 10 engines and the Marquise fill different missions and have their own unique fit covering our company’s transportation needs.
I have over 2000 hours in the MU2. We chose the MU2 for its dependability, rugged construction, speed and economy. Our MU2’s gave us the ability to grow our business to a national level. I fly the aircraft as well as my brother Alan. Alan has more than 40 years of flying experience that includes flying a King Air version used by the National Guard, as well as numerous types of helicopters. As a career military pilot, Alan brought a very positive influence to our level of professionalism in our flight operations and was instrumental in selecting the MU2. The MU2 is faster, and more comfortable than the King Air and far more economical. We use our aircraft primarily in support of our Outdoor Power Equipment distribution business. It gives us the ability to project our business to more places and more people and has been instrumental in our growth. We frequently carry customers to factories for indoctrination to our company and the companies we represent. The MU2 “makes time” in our days and we can accomplish more with less. It is truly a time making machine.
One of the other primary reasons we picked the MU2 was for the quality of service and support. Our associates and customers travel in a safe and comfortable environment. We can depend on the high quality of service and support from IJSC. We have been a customer of IJSC for more than 13 years. The level of support we receive contributes greatly to the dispatch reliability which is critical to our mission. IJSC is there for us 24/7. It has made aircraft ownership a pleasure. IJSC is the best company I have done business with, bar none. When you own and operate the MU2 you are a member of the MU2 family. It has been a great relationship. Thank you IJSC, and Mitsubishi, for the MU2 and the best support in the industry.”