A Citation Sovereign managed and operated by First Wing Charter and Management recently underwent a facelift at the company’s headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. Eagle Creek Aviation, the parent company of First Wing, upgraded the business jet by installing Winglet Technology’s unique Transitional winglet design.
The Transitional winglet upgrade provides the Sovereign with even greater operational flexibility along with a 475 lb. gross weight increase. The Transitional winglet design provides superior aerodynamic performance across a broad range of Mach numbers and operating conditions. The Transitional winglet design ensures the lift distribution of the wing closely matches the optimum lift distribution along the span of the wing, which significantly reduces the induced drag of the aircraft. The resulting drag reduction enhances the overall operational performance and provides significant performance benefits for the Citation Sovereign.
First Wing Charter and Management, an Indianapolis-owned private air charter operator, recently added the Citation Sovereign to its growing fleet. The Citation Sovereign is one of the top-selling midsize private jets on the market.
“We have been operating private air charter out of Indianapolis for the past 25 years,” said Scott Dillon, President of Eagle Creek Aviation and First Wing Charter. “We are always looking for ways to enhance our fleet offerings for our customers. Now we have two Sovereigns that can easily accommodate nonstop trips to the West Coast, in addition to our other jets that are available for trips across the U.S. We plan to continue adding to our fleet and enhancing the aircraft we already have on charter.”
The Citation Sovereign features a stand-up cabin, seating for nine passengers, Wi-Fi, inflight entertainment and more. The aircraft has a distance range of 2,500 nautical miles and can accommodate nonstop trips to the West Coast, Colorado, Florida and more.
The aircraft was added to the fleet in order to meet the increasing demand for private air travel caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
First Wing experienced a slight decline when air travel was halted in March but recovered with record growth between April and June at more than 75 percent. Total flying time in June 2020 was more than 40 percent higher than the total flying time of the fleet in June 2019.
“Over the years, we’ve seen the demand for private air travel increase, especially in recent months due to the global pandemic,” said First Wing Charter General Manager Andy Yergler. “More and more people want to fly privately in order to keep their family, friends and colleagues safe and healthy. Some of the benefits of private air travel is traveling with only people you know, operating with limited staff on board and avoiding busy airport terminals. In order to meet the growing local demand, we have expanded our charter fleet and pilot crew.”
The fleet is comprised of number Cessna Citations, including Sovereigns, Excels and a Bravo. The company employs 13 full-time pilots and is hiring for additional positions.
“Our local pilots are some of the most experienced in the industry,” said Yergler. “We continually meet and exceed industry safety standards, and each of our airplanes are disinfected using EPA and hospital-grade disinfectant prior to and after each scheduled flight. Our customers have continually thanked us for giving them peace of mind when they travel.”
To learn more about First Wing Charter and Management, visit https://www.firstwing.com/charter/.
To view progress pictures of the winglet installations, visit https://firstwing.com/blog-2/eagle-creek-aviation-installs-innovative-winglets-on-citation-sovereign/.
To learn about our COVID-19 procedures, visit https://www.firstwing.com/covid19/.
the Eagle Creek Family of Companies
Founded in 1982, Eagle Creek Aviation Services has grown from a small, but dedicated team of aviation professionals to a nationwide family of aviation companies, covering the entire spectrum of aviation services. From their FBO facility at Eagle Creek Airport, the company offers aircraft sales and acquisitions, maintenance and repairs, and complete avionics and parts support. Eagle Creek Aviation also operates First Wing Jet Center in Zionsville, Ind. that operates the FBOs at the Indianapolis Executive Airport (TYQ) and the Frankfort/Clinton County Airport (FKR) in Frankfort, Ind. To learn more, visit https://firstwing.com/.
About First Wing Charter and Management
First Wing Charter and Management is a Part 135 air charter operator based in Indianapolis, Ind. under FAR135 certificate by First Wing Management #F27A770J. First Wing offers exclusive, private travel experiences to destinations across the U.S., Caribbean and Bahamas. First Wing is owned and operated by Eagle Creek Aviation. Eagle Creek Aviation provides the full spectrum of aviation services, including FBO services, maintenance, aircraft sales, charter and more. Eagle Creek also owns First Wing Jet Center, the FBOs at Indianapolis Executive Airport (TYQ) in Zionsville, Ind. and Frankfort/Clinton County Municipal Airport (FKR) in Frankfort, Ind. First Wing operates a flight school, First Wing Flight. To learn more, visit https://firstwing.com/.