Monday, March 6, 2017

Air Unlimited: Sanford air charter group to create more jobs

A private luxury air service based in Sanford is hiring more pilots this year, thanks to gaining what's known as 135 commuter status, which allows it to operate an unlimited number of flights each week.

Transnorthern Airways LLC, known as Air Unlimited based at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport, announced on March 2 that it’s one of only a handful of charter airlines with Federal Aviation Administration 135 commuter status in Florida.

Charter services without this distinction can fly only up to four times per week between any pair of cities. With this certification, Air Unlimited can offer passengers more flight availability options and increased flexibility with scheduled service.

Air Unlimited has 13 employees including office staff, maintenance personnel, pilots and managers who work in a 1,580-square-foot office with a 7,680-square-foot hangar.

Air Unlimited just hired three pilots and is hiring three more contract pilots. By third-quarter 2017, it plans to hire a total of 10 new pilots. The company said it also is hiring someone to perform maintenance on the aircraft.

The air service company also is looking into expanding its organ transportation service. Through brokers, the company transports human organs to and from medical facilities and surgical teams that need to visit a site to harvest organs and return quickly.

Air Unlimited has worked with Florida Hospital and Tampa General Hospital, said Charles “Chick” Gregg, co-founder and principal of Air Unlimited. “We do three or four flights a month of that. It usually comes late at night and provides additional income with aircraft not being used elsewhere."

Air Unlimited offers featured destinations for scheduled services such as Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas.

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