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September 14, 2023
Where pioneers roamed: Useppa Island helicopter tour delivers a taste of olde Florida

Barrier island bounces back after Hurricane Ian   BY ALSTON CHARLES  From plundering pirates to America’s wealthiest families, Useppa Island has long lured sun-drenched visitors to its postcard-perfect perch nestled between Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key and Pine Island off the Southwest Florida coast.  The 100-acre, private barrier island and members-only Useppa Island Club — the former […]

September 6, 2023
College football: Five Midwest weekend getaways to catch the big game

When it comes to college football, pigskin loyalties usually mean cheering for the alma mater or rooting for the home team.  Southwest Florida is home to plenty of Midwest transplants – fans and alumni who spent their formative years in Ann Arbor, Bloomington, Columbus, Madison, State College and other college football hot spots and still […]

August 14, 2023
College football: Five Southern weekend getaways to catch the big game

As the days get shorter and summer heat gives way to fall foliage, another season of college football awaits.   Here in the South, the pigskin game is no mere sport. For many, a favorite team is as much if not more about family history, school spirit or small-town pride as athletic prowess. Not to mention […]

August 1, 2023
Elite Jets expands aircraft maintenance operations, global services

FAA approval broadens Naples’ charter company’s international footprint Elite Jets, a luxury charter air service that operates from its private terminal at Naples Airport, is expanding both its aircraft maintenance operations and its global footprint. Elite Jets owns four Embraer Phenom 300 jets, an Embraer Legacy 500 jet and a Bell 407 helicopter, transporting business […]

July 18, 2023
Elite Jets enlists familiar pair to growing leadership team

Matt Simpson tapped as chief pilot; Rodney Beeler named director of operations as Naples-based charter aircraft service looks within for management hires Elite Jets, a growing Southwest Florida-based charter aircraft service for affluent business and leisure travelers, has tapped two current employees for leadership roles. Director of operations Matt Simpson is the company’s new chief […]

June 23, 2023
Elite Jets: A safe investment amid clouds of uncertainty

Several private jet companies are facing uncertain financial futures. Here’s why Elite Jets is a safe investment in these uncertain times Recent headlines across the private jet charter industry paint a picture of several prominent companies in deep financial trouble. There is Wheels Up, whose founder and CEO recently resigned amid mounting financial losses. Global […]

June 21, 2023
Elite Jets adds three to team as charter company again expands

Amid unprecedented growth, Naples-based private charter company Elite Jets has added one pilot and a pair of administrative team members to its expanding team. Elite Jets owns four Embraer Phenom 300 jets and one Embraer Legacy 500 jet that transport passengers to destinations across North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. The […]

June 14, 2023
Eco-friendly jets attract affluent 'green' travelers

Sustainable travel brings eco-friendly passengers to Elite Jets Sustainable travel is rising in popularity as eco-friendly individuals, couples, families and friends take a new approach to vacation planning. Many green travelers are not booking trips to big cities, theme parks and all-inclusive resorts. Instead, they are eyeing eco-friendly destinations to snorkel, scuba dive, paddleboard, hike, […]

June 7, 2023
Elite Jets announces new director of aircraft management

Naples-based luxury air charter hires Peter Boyd to lead fleet expansion Elite Jets, a growing Southwest Florida-based charter aircraft service for affluent business and leisure travelers, has named Peter Boyd as its director of aircraft management. Boyd has earned a solid reputation within the North American aviation industry, most recently working as a consultant for […]

May 31, 2023
All in the Family: At Elite Jets, father-son pilots forge bonds at 30,000 feet

From an early age —in one case, literally from birth— Naples charter jet pilots learn to fly (and love) the friendly skies Literally from his first days of life, Matthew Vos’ birthright was clear, thanks to his father, a pilot who flew his 2-day-old newborn home from a Missouri hospital while retrieving a jet for […]

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