Island Air Charters does not have a carry-on baggage program and requires all baggage be checked.
Laptop Computers, Cameras and Other Fragile Items
Island Air Charters staff make a conscious effort to handle all passenger baggage with the utmost care. However, all passenger baggage and all cargo must be transported from our check-in counters to the aircraft on baggage carts pushed, in many instances, by the very pilot on the flight. Unfortunately, experience has shown us that items can, and sometimes do inadvertently fall off our baggage carts no matter how careful we are.
For this reason, the Company has adopted the policy that - once presented for carriage and properly weighed - laptop computers, cameras, and other fragile and/or valuable items must be carried by the passenger to the aircraft for loading. Once at the aircraft, either the crew, or our loading staff will take all items carried by passengers and load them accordingly into the cargo holds.
We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.
Island Air Charters does not, cannot, and will not accept responsibility for any damage to any laptop computer, camera, or other fragile and/or valuable item transported on any of its aircraft.
Should any passenger not heed this policy and instead, place their laptop computer, camera, or other fragile and/or valuable item onto an Island Air Charters baggage cart for transport to the aircraft, they do so at their own risk, as Island Air Charters will not accept responsibility for damage sustained when a laptop computer, camera, or other fragile and/or valuable item accidentally falls off our baggage carts.
Once again, we apologize for this inconvenience.
Our Piper Chieftain has four separate areas in which passenger baggage and/or freight may be transported. Each compartment has a finite volume and weight limitation.
Chieftain Nose Baggage Compartment: The nose baggage compartment measures approximately 30 inches wide, by 32 inches deep, by 16 inches high, and has a volume of about 14 cubic feet. The maximum weight that may be transported in the nose baggage compartment is 200 pounds with a maximum floor load limitation of 100 pounds per square foot.
Chieftain Engine Nacelle Wing Lockers: There are two Engine Nacelle Wing Lockers on the Chieftain aircraft. Each with a physical dimension of 90 inches long, by 23.5 inches wide, by 11 inches high. The maximum weight that may be carried in each wing locker is 150 pounds.
Chieftain Aft Cabin Baggage Area: Although physically connected, the aft cabin baggage area on the Chieftain is actually divided into two parts, with the use of both determined by the number of passenger seats installed in the aircraft for the flight. If the aircraft is dispatching with all ten seats installed (one pilot seat, one co-pilot/passenger seat, and eight passenger seats), the forward part of the aft cabin baggage area is not available for the storage of baggage simply because the last two passenger seats occupy that space. With ten seats installed, the aft cabin baggage area is limited to a space measuring 36" wide, by 16" deep, by 38" high, or 18 cubic feet. With only eight seats installed, this area increases to roughly 40 inches wide, by 53 inches deep, by 49 inches high, or 86 cubic feet. The floor loading in the smaller full aft area is 100 pounds per square foot and the floor loading of the forward aft area is 200 pounds per square foot.
There is no set limit on the number of pieces, or the size and weight of each piece of baggage that may be carried on a charter flight. When you charter the aircraft, you charter the whole "package" and, for the most part, size and weight restrictions do not apply.
The only baggage and cargo requirements on charter flights are the items to be carried must be able to pass through the aircraft door openings, the combined weight of all items transported must not exceed the maximum payload weight of the aircraft (discussed below), and the weight distribution of the items carried must not exceed the floor loading limitation of 120 pounds per square foot.
Payload is the combined weight of each occupant onboard any given flight, plus the combined weight of all passenger baggage, carry-on bags, personal items, cargo and consumables (such as food and water) loaded onto the aircraft.
Since all aircraft have a maximum takeoff weight and a maximum landing weight, with the weight of the aircraft known, and the weight of the fuel carried on board known, the difference between these two combined weights and the maximum takeoff weight is the aircraft's payload.
Since maximum takeoff weights and maximum landing weights are limitations established by the aircraft manufacturer, and there are FAA imposed minimum fuel requirements, depending on the duration of the flight, depending upon aircraft type somewhere between 1,100 pounds and 1,900 pounds may be carried on any given flight as "payload" in any combination of passengers and baggage as long as the total weight of that combination does not exceed the maximum allowable payload on any given flight.
When a large payload is to be carried a long distance, fuel stops are typically planned and made to allow the carriage of the total payload on a single flight.
How we determine the weight of a passenger.
By Federal Aviation Regulations, the Company is required to use the actual weight of each passenger planning to travel. This is derived by either having the passenger stand on one of the Company's calibrated and certified scales and noting the weight, or by asking the passenger their weight and adding 10 pounds to the weight provided.
How we determine the weight of baggage.
By Federal Aviation Regulations, each piece of baggage or cargo transported must be physically weighed and the weight noted on the load manifest. All scales used by Island Air Charters are both calibrated and certified for these purposes.
Passenger Weight Limit vs. Aircraft Volumetric Limit.
While passenger weight limits apply to each flight, an equal consideration must be given to volumetric limitations of the cargo holds on each aircraft. While each aircraft in our fleet is capable of transporting at least 1200 pounds of canned goods, scuba gear, and "normal sized" passenger baggage and general cargo, it would require six separate flights to transport 1200 pounds of feathers!
With this variable, it is necessary to apply two limitations to any given flight: One, the passenger weight limit for each flight, and two, the physical dimensions within the aircraft baggage areas in which baggage and cargo may be transported. With the latter being regardless of the weight of the baggage or cargo being transported. There is only so much room available in each aircraft for the storage of passenger baggage and/or freight!