The private aviation industry is always evolving and always finding new ways to help people — whether it be making businesses more successful, helping animals in natural disasters or taking people on the vacations of their dreams.

Private charter jets are exceptionally good at that last one, as they can fly to remote destinations that commercial airlines can’t, delivering travelers where they want to go quickly and safely.

And for some private jet travelers, exploring is about more than drinks on the beach or hitting a few balls on the green.

Travel is essential to being a lifelong learner. Visiting new places and cultures allows us to see and experience other lifestyles and points of view.

Plus, it offers the opportunity to try new foods, hear new kinds of music, and learn about the histories and cultures of the world.

An exciting new program aimed to help people learn more about the world through travel is Road Scholar’s Private Plane Program.

What Is Road Scholar?

Road Scholar is a not-for-profit organization that provides educational travel for adults.

Providing people who want to expand their knowledge with the chance to do so through travel is at the core of Road Scholar’s mission.

The organization asks its students to think of the world as their “learning laboratory” — and even goes so far as to offer financial aid to people who can’t afford the trips on their own.

And with thousands of trips covering pretty much every corner of the world, there’s a lot to learn.

How Road Scholar Uses Private Jets to Help Lifelong Learners

Over the years, Road Scholar has used cars, buses, boats and commercial airlines to help lifelong learners experience the world in new ways.

But it’s only recently that the organization has added a private plane to their menu of travel options.

That addition is essential, because now they can:

  • Fly to a more diverse selection of destinations: Private jets can land at airstrips that commercial airlines can’t.
  • Make their trips more efficient: Private planes can fly on their own schedule, in different airspace than commercial planes.
  • Incorporate the learning experience into the flight: Only Road Scholar travelers are on the plane, supporting discussions and educational talks during travel.
  • Provide an exceptional and memorable experience for travelers: Includes “lie flat” seats and a lounge for like-minded travelers to socialize in.

Where They Go

First up on Road Scholar’s private jet agenda is a whirlwind trip around the world to see everything from Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids to the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

Road Scholar voyages are lead by some of the world’s most knowledgeable guides — university lecturers, historians, real life crime detectives, horticulturalists and experts in everything from historical battlefields to maritime studies.

When we say whirlwind trip, we mean it — attendees see and experience it all in just 22 days, a feat made possible by traveling in a private plane.

Private Planes and Philanthropy

At Mountain Aviation, we love to see all the inventive ways that people use private charter jets for good. Educational travel is just one of them.

Private jets have been at the forefront of providing medical care to people in hard-to-reach places. They’ve also been used for environmental advocacy — from documenting the impact of mining to giving legislators a new perspective on a nature preserve in need of protection.

And non-profits have used private aircraft to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences to everyone from special needs children to veterans.

The unique ways in which private aviation can help make the world a better place are truly astounding.

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