A College Football Lover’s Guide to Private Travel

Oct 13, 2017

A College Football Lover’s Guide to Private Travel

A College Football Lover’s Guide to Private Travel


Many college football fans are serious about bringing the “home court advantage” to away games.


The most die-hard football fans feel duty-bound to ensure there is a respectable showing of color in the stadium at away games, no matter how far they need to travel.


The traditional options for getting to away games in the Southwest U.S. or for those living elsewhere to get “home” have traditionally included the inconvenience of a LONG road trip or the indignities of modern airline travel, including restrictions, delays, and “less than optimal” customer service experiences.


Road trips can be fun, but may not be optimal for some groups or families, or for people with demanding work schedules.


Some fans are discovering a third option – chartering a plane for a tailgating trip.


Some of the nation’s largest schools such as Penn State and the University of Texas own private planes. But why should the schools, coaches and teams have all the fun?


The Geography of the 2017 College Football Season


Imagine seeing a great game, live and in person, every single weekend this fall. As much fun as that sounds, there is a LOT of territory to cover, which leaves you two unappealing options -

  • Spend a LOT of time in the car
  • Spend a lot of time in airport security lines and making connections in airports.


Or a third option – get a group of friends together and charter a trip on a luxurious King Air. We meet you at the terminal, grab your bags, coolers and blankets, and take off when you’re ready. We arrange ground transportation and wait for you while you enjoy your game. If it finishes early or late, we’re ready to go when you are.   Then we bring you directly home without security checkpoints, connections or delays.

Advantages of Tailgating by Charter


  • We pick you up at the nearest convenient airport and take you directly to the closest airport to your game.
  • We will arrange for ground transportation, your car or van will pick you up for the short drive from the airport to the stadium.
  • Up to nine passengers can fly at the same price as one.
  • Carry your favorite beverages and snacks to toast the game.
    (Carryon restrictions don’t apply to private flights!)
  • Bring your youngest kids and oldest relatives. We cater to the needs of all of our passengers – no need to leave anyone out!
  • Flights take as little as an hour or two.
  • No security lines.
  • Never leave the game early, or wait in the airport. The pilot waits for you.


But Aren’t Charter Flights Expensive?


Many fans believe that tailgating by charter flight to away games would be prohibitively expensive. But tailgating with a group changes the economics of the trip.


Airline tickets can vary widely, but with checked baggage and other fees can run in the neighborhood of $800 per person, making the total cost for a group of eight to $6400.


Driving time for the same trip would be less expensive, but travel to some of these games would be a driving marathon.


By contrast, chartered trips may not be as pricey as one would expect. Private flights usually cost more, but when divided among multiple fans, the cost can be competitive. Chartered flights can accommodate the scheduling desires of the group. Many of the restrictions that apply to airlines, like those 3-ounce shampoo bottles, don’t apply to private aviation, so fans may be able to bring that bottle of champagne to celebrate a victory (or to console fans in the event of a defeat, should such a travesty occur.)


Francis Aviation provides luxury King Air charter services in the Southwest and specializes in getting people from one place to another with maximum convenience and value. Arrangements for children, elderly passengers, ground transportation, luggage preferences, and even snack preferences can be accommodated.


Schedules for Some of the Games We Want to See This Year!

Or, download a printable PDF of this schedule from Francis Aviation here.

Date    Team    Team Location
Oct 14, 2017 TCU Horned Frogs Kansas State Wildcats Manhattan, KS
Oct 14, 2017   Texas Tech Red Raiders West Virginia Mountaineers Morgantown, WV
Oct 14, 2017 Texas A &M Aggies Florida Gators Gainesville FL
Oct 14, 2017 Oklahoma Sooners Texas Longhorns Dallas TX
Oct 14, 2017 LSU Tigers Auburn Tigers Baton Rouge LA
Oct 15, 2017 Tulsa Golden Hurricane Houston Cougars Houston TX
Oct 21, 2017 TCU Horned Frogs Kansas Jayhawks Fort Worth, TX
Oct 21, 2017 Texas Tech Red Raiders Iowa State Cyclones Lubbock, TX
Oct 21, 2017 Oklahoma Sooners Kansas State Wildcats Manhattan KS
Oct 21, 2017 LSU Tigers Ole Miss Rebels Oxford MS
Oct 22, 2017 Tulsa Golden Hurricane Tulane Green Wave Tulsa OK
Oct 28, 2017 TCU Horned Frogs Iowa State Cyclones Aimes, IA
Oct 28, 2017 Texas A &M Aggies Mississippi State Bulldogs College Station TX
Oct 28, 2017 Oklahoma Sooners Texas Tech Red Raiders Norman, OK
Oct 29, 2017 Tulsa Golden Hurricane Memphis Tigers Memphis, TN
Nov 4, 2017 TCU Horned Frogs Texas Longhorns Fort Worth, TX
Nov 4, 2017 Texas Tech Red Raiders Kansas State Wildcats Lubbock TX
Nov 4, 2017   Texas A &M Aggies Auburn Tigers College Station TX
Nov 4, 2017 Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma State Cowboys Stillwater OK
Nov 4, 2017 LSU Tigers Alabama Crimson Tide Tuscaloosa AL
Nov 5, 2017 Tulsa Golden Hurricane East Carolina Pirates Tulsa OK
Nov 11, 2017 TCU Horned Frogs Oklahoma Sooners Norman, OK
Nov 11, 2017 Texas Tech Red Raiders Baylor Bears Arlington TX
Nov 11, 2017 Texas A &M Aggies New Mexico Lobos College Station TX
Nov 11, 2017 Oklahoma Sooners TCU Horned Frogs Norman OK
Nov 11, 2017 LSU Tigers Arkansas Razorback Baton Rouge LA
Nov 12, 2017 Tulsa Golden Hurricane Navy Midshipmen Anapolis, MD
Nov 18, 2017   TCU Horned Frogs   Texas Tech Red Raiders Lubbock, TX
Nov 18, 2017   Texas A &M Aggies Ole Miss Rebels Oxford, MS
Nov 18, 2017 Oklahoma Sooners Kansas Jayhawks Lawrence, KS
Nov 18, 2017 LSU Tigers Tennessee Volunteers Baton Rouge, LA
Nov 19, 2017 Tulsa Golden Hurricane UCF Knights Orlando, FL
Nov 24, 2017 TCU Horned Frogs Baylor Bears Fort Worth, TX
Nov 24, 2017 Texas Tech Red Raiders Texas Longhorns Austin, TX
Nov 25, 2017 Texas A &M Aggies LSU Tigers Baton Rouge, LA
Nov 25, 2017 Tulsa Golden Hurricane Cincinnati Bearcats Tulsa, OK
Nov 25, 2017 Oklahoma Sooners West Virginia Mountaineers Norman, OK
Nov 25, 2017 LSU Tigers Texas A & M Aggies Baton Rouge, LA
Dec 1, 2017 Big 12 Championship Arlington, TX
Dec 2, 2017 SEC Championship Game Atlanta, GA
Dec 19, 2017 Tulsa Golden Hurricane Central Michigan Chippewas Miami FL





Click the red button below to download our Printable Football Schedule!

About Francis Aviation

Francis Aviation provides luxury charter flights and FBO services. Francis Aviation can be reached at 844-589-4586 or online at FrancisAviation.com

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