Aeronautics introduces statewide tool
to help agencies take advantage of state planes
Think of it as a carpool in the air… a new rideshare program that makes vacant seats on state aircraft available for official travel.
ITD’s Division of Aeronautics recently introduced a new State Aircraft Rideshare Program to help state agencies reduce travel costs by taking advantage of unused seats on state aircraft. The new Web-based scheduling program allows state employees to check for flights, departure and arrival times and available seats.
“The basis of this program is the online flight schedule, which now is viewable through the state Aeronautics Web site ,” explains ITD’s Flight Operations Director Mike Pape. “The ‘aircraft’ link takes you to menus where you can access the flight schedule, estimates of per-seat costs and even see travel cost comparisons.”
Any state employee can observe where and when the state aircraft are traveling as well as note the available seating. A simple e-mail, phone call or flight request form will open a dialogue with the flight scheduler and enable a confirmed reservation, Pape said.
“This program will help reduce travel costs while increasing productivity for all state employees by combining passengers who need to travel to the same destinations at relatively the same time,” Pape explained.
Coordination also enables employees to travel at times and to destinations not possible on commercial flights. For example, Pape said, commercial flights to and from Lewiston have been trimmed to only one daily. Commercial carriers also discontinued service to Pocatello.
State aircraft are able to reach a number of smaller airports throughout the state that would be inaccessible otherwise.
“Idaho is a geographically diverse state, which brings significant travel challenges. Some cities require a day of travel in both directions; that results in two days of lost productivity, as well as per-diem and lodging costs.
“Using state aircraft, employees can travel to northern Idaho, conduct a full day of business, and return home in the evening. If they are able to take advantage of an existing flight, they can share in the reduced costs.
To view existing flights or request a new flight, check the Web site and schedule first. If you have questions or need further information, feel free to contact the flight scheduler Tammy Schoen at 208-334-8776 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .