FLOAT (FLy Over All Traffic) was the brainchild of entrepreneurs Arnel Guiang and Tom Hsieh, who envisioned an air shuttle route that could cross over Los Angeles in minutes. Smaller general aviation airports were just parking lots for private pilots. Why not turn them into commuter hubs instead? The dependable and efficient Cessna 208B could carry nine passengers—vanpool in the sky! After a little business development, they brought on Rob McKinney, President of Pacific Operations for Southern Airways Express/Mokulele Airlines.
By building a subscription model, FLOAT is positioned to save super-commuters twenty+ hours every week, giving them more than a little life back. And moving commuters off freeways and into the sky is a net-positive carbon savings. FLOAT will also serve single-day flyers who just need to hop across town for a mid-day lunch or meeting, and those who want to get away for a quick trip over the weekend. In addition to commuters and daily travelers, FLOAT plans to invest in the piloting community with an innovative partnership with Mt. San Antonio College, the largest two-year aviation program in California.
In the future, FLOAT seeks to serve additional traffic-filled metropolitan areas.