I have a corporate aircraft theory, "The more they eat the less they fly." They are so unbelievably easy to spot. If we were hunting, we would be black water snipers out for a recreational hunt and they would be a wounded animal. That's a little darker than what I was really trying to convey but the people who I am talking about are passengers riding on the corporate aircraft for the first time. There are a couple of tell tail signs that they are newbies.
1) They eat the living day lights out of the snacks that are onboard the airplane. We litterally start a timer when we think there is a first time rider onboard. We press start after we fire up the engines. We hit stop as soon as we catch them going through the drawers on the plane and help themselves to whatever we have on board. The quickest time we have had was 3 minutes, before we even took off. The regular passengers we have on board hardly eat anything. No matter who is onboard, we always treat them the same in terms of snacks. When you board, you'll find a bottle of water and a little something to munch on.
2) They eat the living day lights out of the snacks at the FBO. If you want load up on complimentry iced tea and Otis Spunkmier cookies, smart man. I'll probably be right behind you in line.
3) They don't read the newspapers that we always have onboard. Why? Because they are too busy hunting and gathering onboard snacks. I wish it kind of was like hunting in the game The Oregon Trail. You can hunt as much food as you can possibly stand or have bullets for but can only bring back 200 pounds back to the wagon.
I can't believe I just wrote about snacks.
Regardless, its a lot of fun flying every person around. Everybody is very appreciative and its in our best interest to make sure their travels with us are just a little bit better than what they were expecting. We want them to come back, and its really the small stuff that we feel puts our professionalism over the top. Its almost like we do it second nature now. We genuinely enjoy doing what we do even if its cleaning up all the snack wrappers.