London Oxford Airport-based hullo Aircrew has officially launched its software platform to connect business aircraft operators with freelance aircrew. The company aims to reduce the task of vetting aircrew and eliminate high agency fees for both operators and freelancers.
With its online platform, crewmembers can apply for jobs or operators can request work from aircrew directly after browsing personal profiles, complete with pilot training records and a calendar of availability. Hullo Aircrew takes a “small percentage” commission from jobs secured through the platform.
When a job is booked and validated, the operator submits the funds into an escrow account. Invoicing is done automatically post-flight and payment is then transferred from escrow directly to the crewmember’s bank account.
“The response to the platform has been overwhelming—we’ve already achieved seven times the sign-ups we predicted at our soft launch in December,” said hullo Aircrew CEO Keiron Blay. “We’re all aware of an increasing pilot shortage…in business aviation…but we’re hoping that by making it as easy as possible for operators to source aircrew, that their businesses will feel little to no impact from any challenges in supply.”