• What I Do

    Fly the Northeast from Southern NH

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    Welcome to 409th Aviation, an exclusive New Hampshire-based air travel service. My name is Dana R Jackson. I offer private flights, aircraft ownership plans, aircraft management and flight training, all from the Manchester-Boston Regional, Nashua and Concord Airports. I can fly you anywhere in the Northeast United States.


    If you live or work in Southern NH and have places to go in the Northeast, then you know the airlines probably don’t fly there. In fact, they only fly to five Northeast cities from Manchester: Newark, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Dulles and Washington,DC. So what do you do if you need to fly to 174 OTHER cities in the Northeast? BUY A PRIVATE PLANE AND I’LL FLY YOU IN IT.


    409th Aviation is about FREEDOM. Freedom to fly WHERE you want to go, WHEN you want to go. Freedom to fly to one or more destinations and come home the same day - no layovers, no hotels, no wasted time. Freedom to capitalize on more opportunities. Freedom to fly to your destination, stay as long as you want and leave when you want. FREEDOM to fly for THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.


    A private plane offers speed, safety, comfort, privacy and saves time. I know how valuable time is. Your plane would be ready to take you, your family, pets, friends, associates, employees, clients, equipment or cargo to YOUR destinations, on YOUR schedule. Work on board, enjoy the view (every seat is a window seat) or just relax in the privacy of your own aircraft.


    Not only would you be able to fly to the five cities the airlines serve, you'd be able to fly to most smaller cities they DON’T serve (see "Destinations" below). I can get you where you want to go. It’s almost like door-to-door service. I can fly you to 179 cities across the Northeast, NON-STOP from Manchester, Nashua or Concord NH.


    The easy access airports I fly to have private terminals with private conference rooms and private parking areas. No parking fees, crowds, waiting lines, airline personnel, security guards, shoe and belt removal, liquid restrictions, x-raying, body-scans, pat-downs, rude passengers, cut flights or "re-accommodation".


    When you fly in your own private plane, you’ll never miss your flight, because your plane won’t leave until you’re ready to go. No rushing, no waiting, no stress (see "Gallery" below). Experience how quick and easy it is to travel the Northeast by air. Simplicity made possible through private aircraft ownership.


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    Owning a private plane is THE SOLUTION for individuals and businesses who need the freedom to fly where and when they want for business or pleasure. Say goodbye to time-wasting airline travel. Free yourself from the masses and buy a plane!


    I recommend two types of aircraft ownership plans: 1. Buy a plane and fully own it, or 2. Co-buy a plane and co-own it with one, two or three other buyers (the same arrangement is used for classic/exotic cars, large/fast boats, etc.). YOU decide.


    Whether you travel frequently or occasionally, locally or regionally, one of my recommended aircraft will work for you. Choose the airplane that's right for the majority of your missions. Consider your average trip length, number of passengers/weight of cargo, cruise speed, flight time, runway requirements, acquisition costs, variable and fixed costs.


    Variable costs are hourly that change with aircraft usage: pilot, fuel, airframe maintenance, labor and parts, engine restoration and miscellaneous costs.

    Fixed costs are annual that don’t change with aircraft usage: pilot training, hangar and insurance fees, refurbishing and miscellaneous subscriptions for navigation, weather and maintenance systems.


    One type of aircraft doesn’t work for everyone, so I recommend appropriate used aircraft for you based on your needs and budget, then YOU make the buying decision (as opposed to fractional operations, where you MUST buy a fraction of ONE airplane model that is supposed to work for ALL owners. That fraction represents an airplane that is flown all day, every day like a taxi-cab by 8 to 16 “owners”, causing its value to rapidly diminish from high usage. Please read the Business Jet Traveler magazine article, “Fractional Fairy Tales” and avoid the fractional “ownership” trap).



    I recommend THREE different aircraft models that will suit anyone’s Northeast travel needs (see "Aircraft Selection" below). All of my select aircraft can be acquired for $1 million or less, burn less than 40 gallons of fuel per hour and can get into and out of ALL of my listed airports (see “Destinations” below). No jet can meet these three criteria, plus operating costs are less than half of a jet. Propeller-driven planes are the most fuel-efficient, versatile AND cost-effective way to travel the Northeast at high speed.


    Prices vary by make, model, year, airframe time, engine time, avionics, interior, equipment, upgrades, history and condition (condition weighs more heavily than year because of high-quality build plus comprehensive on-going maintenance). After you make your ownership decision, I’ll manage your plane for you.



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    Let me show you the most sensible and cost-controlled way to own a private plane, WITHOUT the complicated contracts, excessive expenditures and rapid devaluation of fractional operations. PLUS THERE ARE NO MONTHLY OR ANNUAL FEES, ONLY HOURLY CHARGES.


    The steps to private aircraft ownership are:


    1. I recommend the appropriate low-time, low purchase price and low operating cost aircraft based on your travel requirements AND budget. My recommendations are derived from 44 years of commercial aviation experience;


    2. I search the marketplace to select the right aircraft for you, then you (and your co-buyers, if any) approve and agree to move forward with a title search, visual and flight checks and a pre-buy inspection;


    3. We have the pre-buy done on the aircraft and its logbooks by a third-party Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic and then analyze the results;


    4. We put our heads together and when everyone concerned is satisfied with the aircraft and inspection report, you secure financing and purchase the aircraft via a business entity recommended by your attorney;


    5. We fly your plane home and I manage it for you: liaison, registering, insuring, badging, hangaring, maintaining, updating, cleaning, scheduling and flying, all at a FRACTION of the cost of a corporate flight department. I handle the day-to-day management of your aircraft, while you maintain operational control.

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    I teach Advanced Flying to US Citizens in their own airplanes. If you don’t own a high-performance plane but would like to, I’ll find the right one for you (see “AIRCRAFT MANAGEMENT” above) and train you how to fly it! Own a Saratoga, Mirage or Meridian and find out what it’s like to put 3, 4 or 5 miles behind you every minute.


    Learn to fly with confidence around fast-moving aircraft and heavy jets. Learn to operate in busy airspace and how to fit in with multiple arrivals and departures. Learn how to fly in weather and how to respect Mother Nature. Learn the common-sense approach to flying.


    Fly with me: 8000+hour Airline Transport Pilot and Multi-Engine Instructor, trained by Raymond HH Jackson - USAAF B-24 Liberator Flight Crewmember, Robert L Shields - B & W Aviation Chief Pilot, Wilson L Byerhoff - American Airlines 747 Captain plus many other top-notch pilots. I’m a graduate of two aeronautics schools: Hawthorne College, Antrim, NH and FlightSafety International Academy, Vero Beach, FL. I’ve flown air charter, flight school, airline, air freight and corporate.


    Train with me for Complex Airplane, High-Performance Airplane and Pressurized Aircraft/High Altitude Endorsements and Instrument and Multi-engine Ratings. I also offer VFR/IFR Flight Refreshers, Flight Reviews and Instrument Competency Checks. Plus I offer Piston and Propjet Mentoring and I can ride shotgun for you as Safety Pilot for your Passenger, Night and Instrument Currency.


    I take pride in training methods and the success of my students. If you make the commitment to learn, I make the commitment to teach. Train at YOUR pace to YOUR schedule. I make every lesson a success. I GIVE 100% and ASK for 100%!


  • Aircraft Selection

    Recommended Time-savers

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    Piper Saratoga

    Piston Single

    For low-altitude fair-weather flying, six seats, 150kt/173mph cruise speed, $350k purchase price, model years 1980-2008

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    Piper Mirage

    Pressurized Piston Single

    For mid-altitude all-weather flying, six seats, 180kt/207mph cruise speed, $550k purchase price, model years 1989-present


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    Piper Meridian

    Pressurized Propjet Single

    For high-altitude all-weather flying, six seats, 250kt/287mph cruise speed, $1M purchase price, model years 2001-present

  • Destinations

    11 States plus Washington,DC

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    Bridgeport, Danbury, Groton/New London, Hartford, New Haven, Oxford, Willimantic, Windsor Locks

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    Dover, Georgetown, Middletown, Wilmington

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    Auburn-Lewiston, Augusta, Bangor, Bar Harbor, Belfast, Brunswick, Caribou, Eastport, Frenchville, Fryeburg, Greenville, Houlton, Millinocket, Norridgewock, Old Town, Portland, Presque Isle, Princeton, Rockland, Sanford, Waterville

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    Baltimore, Cambridge, Cumberland, Easton, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Hagerstown, Leonardtown, Oakland, Ocean City, Salisbury, Westminster

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    Bedford, Beverly, Fitchburg, Hyannis, Lawrence, Marshfield, Nantucket, New Bedford, North Adams, Norwood, Orange, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Provincetown, Springfield/Chicopee, Vineyard Haven, Westfield/Springfield, Worcester

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    New Hampshire

    Berlin, Concord, Keene, Laconia, Lebanon, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, Rochester, Whitefield

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    New Jersey

    Atlantic City, Belmar/Farmingdale, Caldwell, Linden, Millville, Morristown, Robbinsville, Toms River, Trenton, Wildwood

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    New York

    Albany, Batavia, Binghamton, Brockport, Buffalo, Canandaigua, Dunkirk, East Hampton, Elmira/Corning, Endicott, Farmingdale, Fulton, Glens Falls, Hamilton, Hornell, Hudson, Ithaca, Jamestown, Johnstown, Lake Placid, Malone, Massena, Montgomery, Monticello, Newburgh, NY Islip, Niagara Falls, Norwich, Ogdensburg, Olean, Oneonta, Penn Yan, Plattsburgh, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Rome, Saranac Lake, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Seneca Falls, Shirley, Sidney, Syracuse, Ticonderoga, Watertown, Wellsville, Westhampton Beach, White Plains

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    Allentown, Altoona, Beaver Falls, Bedford, Bradford, Butler, Clarion, Clearfield, Coatesville, Du Bois, Erie, Franklin, Harrisburg Capital City, Harrisburg Intl, Hazleton, Indiana, Johnstown, Lancaster, Latrobe, Meadville, Monongahela, Mt. Pocono, New Castle, Perkasie, Philadelphia Northeast, Philipsburg, Pittsburgh Allegheny County, Pottsville, Reading, Reedsville, St. Marys, Selinsgrove, State College, Washington, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Williamsport, York, Zelienople

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    Rhode Island

    North Kingstown, Pawtucket, Providence, Westerly

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    Barre-Montpelier, Burlington, Newport, Rutland, Springfield

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