BJT's Book of Lists

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-The Editors

Lists not attributed to individuals were compiled by Jeff Burger, Chris Caswell, Bob Ecker, Curt Epstein, Maggi Finlayson, Margie Goldsmith, Debi Lander and Matt Thurber.

6 Classic Books Short Enough
to Finish on a Long Flight

1. The Stranger

Albert Camus

2. The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

3. Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck

4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Truman Capote

5. Animal Farm

George Orwell

6. Death in Venice

Thomas Mann

11 Great Travel Books

1. The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway

2. Wanderlust: Real-Life Tales
of Adventure and Romance

Don George (ed.)

3. A Walk Across America

Peter Jenkins

4. Travels with Charley
in Search of America

John Steinbeck

5. Zen and the Art of
Motorcycle Maintenance

Robert Pirsig

6. On the Road

Jack Kerouac

7. Coasting: A Private Voyage

Jonathan Raban

8. Around the World in 80 Days

Jules Verne

9. The Great Railway Bazaar

Paul Theroux

10. Venice

Jan Morris

11. The Lost Continent:
Travels in Small-Town America

Bill Bryson

5 Bestselling Noise-Cancelling Headphones on

1. Bose QuietComfort 15

2. Klipsch Image S4 In-Ear
Enhanced Bass

3. Sennheisser HD 202 II Professional

4. Plantronics GameCom 367
Closed Ear Gaming Headset

5. Audio-Technica ATH0M50 Professional
Studio Monitor

14 of Esther Dyson’s
Favorite Hotel Pools

1. Bristol Hotel, Paris

Teak decks and a stunning view of rooftops, plus elegant wall paintings.

2. Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

An egg-shaped pool in the midst of greenery, swans and the like. You can jump right out of your ritzy cottage into the water.

3. Spa Hotel, Tallinn, Estonia

Fifty meters long, with accompanying slides, water chutes and fountains. It used to be a Soviet training facility; the hotel is merely an appendage.

4. Four Seasons, Washington, D.C.

The pool has only two lanes, but if you’re a hotel guest, you can reserve one. Opens at 5:30 a.m., way before most Washingtonians get up.

5. Grand Hyatt, Shanghai

Swimming in the clouds, around 76 stories high. Amazing city views.

6. Infosys Corporate Campus, Bangalore, India

Try to do business with Infosys and ask whether you can stay at its campus: it has a beautiful pool set among rocks and rich vegetation, along with the occasional bird or frog.

7. The Stanford Park Hotel, Menlo Park, California

The pool is small, but you can swim anytime and the staff keeps the water pleasantly warm even when the air hits freezing. Plus, I love the sound of trains whistling as they pass outside.

8. The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida

No muss, no fuss...just a lovely pool near the ocean.

9. Park Hyatt Ararat, Moscow

The pool is long, though a bit narrow; opens at 5 a.m.; and features a skylight that changes color/lighting through the day. The place has a wonderful fragrance that’s reprised in the toiletries in the spa.

10. Aspen Meadows, Aspen, Colorado

This outdoor pool is heated year-round and, in winter, the con-crete deck is heated too, so you can run to and from the locker room in bare feet without slipping on ice. Awesome views of sunrise and the Rocky Mountains.

11. Cambridge [Mass.] Hyatt

This pool opens around 5 a.m. and is a delight to swim in during sunrise. The sun is usually doing something interesting and it plays against a set of floor-to-ceiling windows and columns for a magnificent effect. Good for swimming, too: long and straight.

12. London County Hall Marriott

This used to be a public pool, connected to the actual London County Hall on the bank of the Thames next to the Eye, so it’s large and long. But it sometimes gets stiflingly hot in summer. Opens 5:30 am.

13. Hotel Intercontinental, Chicago

A stunning, old-fashioned pool that used to be an athletic club; the pool area looks more like a temple than a gym, with inlaid stone and balconies.

14. Four Seasons, Budapest

The pool is rather narrow (two lanes) but it is raised from the floor like a bathtub and under a skylight on the hotel’s top floor. It’s beautiful and luxurious as long as you are the only one swimming. 

Esther DysonWherever she finds herself in the world, technology investor and commentator Dyson tries to begin each day with a swim. An interview with her appeared in our October/November 2011 issue.

10 of the World’s
Most Unusual Restaurants

1. Harvey Washbangers, College Station, Texas

Eat, drink...and wash your clothes in the restaurant’s laundromat.

2. Bian Bian Man Wu Fan Tang, Beijing

Sit on a toilet seat, eat from a toilet-shaped bowl and see rows of urinals hanging from the wall. Maybe not the place for a romantic date.

3. Titanic Theatre Restaurant, Melbourne, Australia

Recreates the experience of dining on the doomed ocean liner right up until the end, when “survival is guaranteed.”

4. The Third Floor, Bangkok, Thailand

Meals are based on your blood type.

5. Conflict Kitchen, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Takeout restaurant serves cuisine only from countries with which the U.S. is in conflict.

6. Ka-Tron Flying Chicken, Bangkok, Thailand

BBQ chickens are set on fire, catapulted through the air and caught by a waiter riding a unicycle.

7. Dark Waiter, Copenhagen, Denmark

Dine in complete darkness, with service by blind or visually impaired waiters. You’ll be in the dark about the food too, as menus aren’t revealed beforehand.

8. Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant, Sister Bay, Wis.

Goats graze on the sod roof.

9. Bawabet Dimashq (Damascus Gate), Damascus, Syria

The world’s largest restaurant is twice the size of New York’s Madison Square Garden, seats 6,014 and employs more than 1,500.

10. Solo Per Due, Vacone, Italy

The self-proclaimed “world’s smallest restaurant” has just one table for two.

8 Albums Lang Lang
Listens to While Traveling

1. Horowitz in Moscow, Vladimir Horowitz

It was the first masterwork I listened to, when I was a kid.

2. Thriller, Michael Jackson

I listened to it in the 1990s, when I was a teenager.

3. The 3 Tenors in Concert 1994, José Carreras,
Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti

My favorite opera CD.

4. Liszt: My Piano Hero, Lang Lang

My most recent CD, which is dedicated to my music idol.

5. Abbey Road, The Beatles

My favorite rock and roll CD. It relates to my childhood.

6. The Imagine Project, Herbie Hancock

My favorite jazz CD.

7. Rubinstein Plays Chopin, Arthur Rubinstein

I learned a lot of Chopin from this masterwork.

8. Dragon Songs, Lang Lang

My first Chinese album.

An interview with pianist Lang was the cover story in our December 2010/January 2011 issue.

10 Business Aircraft That Flopped

1. McDonnell Douglas Model 119/220

This cool-looking four-engine jet (circa 1959) was quite a performer for its time, with a fast cruise speed, 44,000-foot ceiling and nearly 2,400-mile range, but no market at the price.

2. Cessna CH-1 Skyhook

The first helicopter to land on Pike’s Peak and the first-ever helicopter IFR certified. It could have been a major player in today’s rotorcraft market, but Cessna inexplicably gave up after building 50.

3. Foxjet 600

Never more than a marketing effort, the tiny, appealing Foxjet keeps reappearing but will never fly because development costs could never be recouped.

4. Adam A700

What could go wrong with this all-composite twin-engine VLJ? Excessive manufacturing and certification costs and limited range.

5. Lear Fan 2100

A twin-engine turboprop with a long driveshaft spinning a single pusher propeller, the Lear Fan finally flew on “Dec. 32, 1980,” (actually Jan. 1, 1981, but the company needed to meet contractual obligations). Sadly, Lear ran out of money.

6. Gulfstream Peregrine

This early-80s single-engine jet garnered 27 orders, but was cancelled due to certification issues.

7. Soloy Pathfinder

A highly modified Cessna Caravan with two turbine engines driving a single propeller, this jet was super-safe but overwhelmingly costly to certify and the market just wasn’t big enough.

8. Cessna Columbus

A large-cabin effort launched as the recession took hold, now in mothballs and likely never to be resurrected.

9. PiperJet Altaire

Two hundred orders weren’t enough to convince Piper’s owners to invest up to $200 million to bring this single-engine jet into production.

10. Beech Starship

This twin turboprop looks space age, but never performed well enough to be a contender. Roughly 50 were built, but most languished unsold in Wichita hangars until the company destroyed most and gave the rest to museums. A handful still fly.

6 Incredible Private Island Getaways

1. Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

Sir Richard Branson’s private paradise, where up to 26 guests stay in uber-luxe Balinese villas, ­savor five-star cuisine and enjoy activities ­ranging from swimming in the infinity pool to zooming on a personal submarine.

2. Petit St. Vincent

A 115-acre island surrounded by two miles of perfect beaches features 22 charming cottages and villas. Full spa services and two superb restaurants.

3. Cayo Espanto, Belize

This island, on the world’s second-largest coral barrier reef, has just six villas, including one over the water. Award-winning cuisine, fishing, diving and beachcombing.

4. Little Palm Island, Florida Keys

Unique because you can drive there (via the Overseas Highway through the Keys), this island offers 30 suites. Restaurant features terrific Cuban/French cuisine and one of Florida’s largest wine lists.

5. Jumby Bay Resort, Antigua

Two miles offshore, this resort on a 300-acre island has 40 suites and 11 villas with private plunge pools. Fine dining in two restaurants finishes a day of snorkeling, biking, tennis, croquet or just loafing.

6. Musha Cay, Bahamas

Magician David Copperfield’s island offers more than 40 pristine beaches, gourmet cuisine and five guest houses from which to snorkel, sail and fish.

4 Memorable Aviation Salespeople

1. William P. Lear (1902-1978)

The developer of the Learjet, the first popular business jet, also invented eight-track audiotape, a state-of-the-art technology at the time.

2. James B. Taylor III (1921-2003)

Taylor spurred the launch of three iconic business jet lines: Dassault’s Falcon series, Cessna’s Citation line (he picked the Citation moniker) and the Bombardier Challenger (which began as the LearStar 600).

3. Borge Boeskov (1935-2004)

Credited with launching the Boeing Business Jet version of the venerable 737, Boeskov was lauded as “the best salesman that Boeing ever had” by Aviation Partners founder Joe Clark.

4. Sam Williams (1921-2009)

Though he was an engineer, Williams recognized the value of marketing and jump-started many an engine sale with mockups and prototypes of space-age Williams-powered light jets.

5 Resorts with Private Airstrips

1. Sunriver Resort, Sunriver, Ore.

The 5,455-foot runway can handle a Falcon 2000. The resort features 63 holes of golf on four courses, ­including one by Robert Trent Jones; and the Sage Springs spa.

2. Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, Wis.

Besides a 4,100-foot paved runway, the resort offers two golf courses, a wellness spa, horseback riding and skiing.

3. Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa, Wallace, Nova Scotia

A 4,885-foot airstrip has Jet-Port services. The resort features a championship Graham Cooke course, a nine-hole short course and such other pursuits as sport ­shooting and fly fishing.

4. Horseshoe Bay Resort, Lake LBJ, Texas

A 7,000-acre resort with a 6,000-foot runway. Guests can choose from a Marriott, Paseo Villas or lakefront condos at The Waters, plus three Robert Trent Jones golf courses.

5. Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, Ga.

A 3,700-foot paved airstrip is on the grounds of this romantic hotel, which offers three 18-hole golf courses plus a nine-hole. Other activities range from croquet to cooking school.

10 First-Rate Business Aircraft,
according to Matt Thurber

1. Mitsubishi MU-2

Speedy and efficient, but make sure your pilot is
well trained, and often.

2. Sabreliner

The pioneering bizjet and still going strong after decades
of reliable service.

3. Learjet 25

Sure, the GE CJ610 engines are noisy and use lots of fuel, but dang does a Lear 25 climb like a homesick angel!

4. Gulfstream II

Progenitor of the big-cabin Gulfstreams, the latest being the bigger and ultra-long-range G650.

5. Dassault Falcon jets

Does beauty in the form of sleekly shaped aluminum matter? Dassault would say, “absolument!”

6. Pilatus PC-12

The ideal business hauler, a twin-turboprop cabin with single-engine efficiency and bladder-busting range

7. Cessna Citation X

Why not go fast? Isn’t that why you bought a jet?

8. Hawker 4000

The ideal combination of passenger comfort and pilot pleasure.

9. Embraer Phenom 100

Quiet, strong, quick – what a light jet should be.

10. Eclipse 500

Under new owners, finally becoming the personal jet that launched the very light jet revolution.

Thurber, a senior editor at Aviation International News, is a certified commercial pilot, flight instructor and aircraft mechanic.

5 Cosmetics Bobbi Brown Always Packs 

1. Extra-moisturizing balm

It keeps skin hydrated when you’re traveling on airplanes and contains SPF 25 to protect against the sun.

2. Pot rouge for lips and cheeks

Great ­double-duty product that can be used as blush to give your face an instant lift, and can also be used on the lips to polish off your look.

3. Mahogany eye shadow

It can be used as an eyeliner to add definition to the eyes, making them stand out, and it is also great to use to fill in your brows.

4. Concealer

It’s the secret of the universe, instantly making you look more awake. I don’t leave the house without it.

5. Mascara

Nothing opens up the eyes and makes them pop like mascara. You can wear just mascara with some lip color and look pulled together.

Brown, the founder and chief creative officer of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, was the cover subject in our August/September 2011 issue.

3 February Flights for the Record Books

1. Highest altitude in a business jet–51,131 feet

Record set Feb. 21, 1979 by astronaut Neil Armstrong in a Learjet 28.

2. Fastest around-the-world flight in a Gulfstream IV–36 hours, 8 minutes, 34 seconds

Record set February 1988 by Gulfstream Aerospace founder Allen Paulson.

3. Longest unrefueled flight by a jet–76 hours, 45 minutes

Record set February 2006 by Steve Fossett in single-engine, jet-powered Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer.

10 Best Places in the U.S.
to Live the Sporting Life
according to Thomas R. Pero

1. Anchorage, Alaska

2. Aspen, Colo.

3. Bozeman, Mont.

4. Hilton Head, S.C.

5. Jackson Hole, Wyo.

6. Key West, Fla.

7. Kona, Hi.

8. Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

9. Steamboat Springs, Colo.

10. Sun Valley, Idaho

Pero, who writes BJT’s Outdoor Adventures column, owns Seattle-based Wild River Press. He spent 16 years as editor of Trout magazine and founded Wild Steelhead & Salmon and Fish & Fly magazines.

10 Best Places to Fish and Hunt
according to Thomas R. Pero

1. South Africa

Best big-game hunting.

2. New Mexico

Best elk hunting.

3. Virgin Islands

Best marlin fishing.

4. South Dakota

Best pheasant hunting.

5. New Zealand

Best trout fishing.

6. Guatemala

Best sailfishing.

7. Alaska

Best salmon fishing.

8. Hawaii

Best saltwater fishing.

9. Saskatchewan, Canada

Best waterfowl hunting.

10. Argentina

Best wingshooting.

Pero, who writes BJT’s Outdoor Adventures column, owns Seattle-based Wild River Press. He spent 16 years as editor of Trout magazine and founded Wild Steelhead & Salmon and Fish & Fly magazines.

9 Tips for Taking Great Travel Photos, from Bill Bernstein

1. Travel with a laptop

So you can download your images for safekeeping.

2. Hire a guide

Not only can a guide translate for you, but he may know of interesting spots that tourists typically miss.

3. Always keep your camera with you

You never know when the perfect photo will appear.

4. Set your shutter speed to 1/500th of a second or faster

When photographing fast-moving birds or animals, this lets you freeze the motion and produce sharp images.

5. Pay attention to time of day

Because the sun can either make a photo great or get in the way. I use a free iPhone app called SkyView that shows me exactly where the sun will be at any time of the day.

6. Learn how to ask permission in their language

If you’ll want to shoot portraits of strangers.

7. Bring a wide-angle lens

For landscapes, I like to use a 24-70 mm one. Try to put an interesting element in the foreground of the shot so the viewer has a point of interest and focus.

8. Opt for a slightly telephoto lens

For portraits, I use a 70-200 mm one. Also, set your aperture to f/4, or close to the widest aperture on your lens. This will reduce the depth of field, causing the background to go out of focus and giving the photo a beautiful portraiture look.

9. Be aware of things that catch your eye

And that are unique to the place you’re visiting. These are the images that make great travel photographs.

Bernstein, whose website is, contributes regularly to BJT and has been a photographer for Sir Paul McCartney since 1989.

5 Favorite Cities of Nanci Griffith

1. Nashville, Tenn.

I live there and I love it. There’s so much talent and potential among the musicians, and we have great food, too.

2. Belfast, Northern Ireland

It’s the site of the annual Belfast Nashville Songwriter’s ­Festival, and I feel so at home among the people there.

3. Glasgow, Scotland

A beautiful, historical, sprawling city. I always find something new to love.

4. Ann Arbor, Mich.

It has lovely weather most of the year, and the Huron River is especially nice to visit.

5. Bethlehem, Pa.

I was there not long ago to play a show, and something about the history of that old town struck me. I wrote a song about it called “Bethlehem Steel”; it’s on my new album.

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Griffith released her 20th album, Intersection, in April.

9 of the World’s Most Unusual Hotels

1. Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

This hotel is entirely rebuilt each December from blocks of river ice that were harvested and stored the previous spring. The 17 guest suites are individually themed and decorated. Guests sleep snugly on ice beds under reindeer skins.

2. Hotel Costa Verde, Quepos, Costa Rica.

A retired Boeing 727 was hauled into the jungle and mounted on a base, giving occupants of its two wood-paneled suites a tree-canopy view of the ocean and surrounding rain forest. A shaded porch sits atop one of the airplane’s wings.

3. Jules Underwater Lodge, Key Largo, Fla.

Guests enter this former scientific research station by scuba diving three fathoms down to an airlock. A $1,400-per-couple one-night package includes a surf-and-turf dinner, but that’s not your only option as a local pizzeria has figured out a way to deliver.

4. Harbor Crane Hotel, Harlingen, Holland

Stay in a luxury suite installed in the heart of a 70-ton cargo lifter, which you can rotate for a panoramic view of the city and harbor.

5. Sala Silvermine, Västmanland, Sweden

Spend the night in a mine more than 500 feet underground, connected to the surface by ­intercom. The $600 charge includes a mine tour and breakfast.

6. Cappadocia Cave Resort & Spa, Uchisar, Turkey

This five-star resort, carved into a mountainside, offers stone-walled rooms, gourmet meals, Turkish baths and stunning views of the Cappadocia valleys.

7. Svinøy Lighthouse, Svinøy, Norway

The island of Svinøy is inhabited only when the hotel has customers. Guests arrive by helicopter and stay in buildings that have withstood countless savage storms. Prices include the services of your own private chef.

8. Martello Tower, Aldeburgh, England

Bed down in a former Napoleonic Era coastal fortress. Martello Tower was built to keep that dictator away from England’s shores and can now be rented for about $500 a night. Cannon-loading lessons aren’t included.

9. The Queen Mary, Long Beach, Calif.

The famous ocean liner maintains much of her ­grandeur despite being tethered to a pier for 45 years. Her luxurious accommodations have been updated with amenities such as large-screen TVs. You won’t see ocean in all directions but you won’t get seasick, either.

14 Best Travel Snacks,
according to Jennifer Leach English

1. Kind Bars

An “energy” bar that actually tastes good, with flavors such as macadamia & apricot and cranberry & almond.

2. FRS

I’ve been drinking this single-serve powdered drink mix in place of afternoon coffee for years. (Lo-cal orange is my favorite.) It gives you the alertness of a few espressos but without the jitters, dehydration or stained teeth.

3. Fage 2% Greek Yogurt with Honey

Dairy is tough to transport and keep fresh but this yogurt is worth the hassle. It tastes better than ice cream but has only 2.5 grams of fat and 12 grams of ­protein.

4. Thin Addictives

Excellent thin biscotti in 100-calorie packs.

5. Justin’s Nut Butter

Individual servings of all-natural peanut or almond butter that you can eat straight from the package.

6. Bumble Bee Sensations Seasoned Tuna
Medley with Crackers

I first discovered this in an airline snack box and although I was reticent at first, I realized you just can’t beat 18 grams of protein in one shot. Warning: the smell when you first crack the can is a little intense.

7. Clemetines

Clemetines smell good, are easy to transport and peel and are great for kids.

8. Sea’s Gift Seaweed Snacks

Paper-thin dried chips that come in single servings. The health benefits of sea vegetables are well documented and I’ve found seaweed to be an incredible source of energy.

9. Smarties

Better than M&Ms and you can’t beat the packaging.

10. Sugarless Gum

I like Trident White.

11. Tootsie Pops

Great for little kids (because they take a while to eat) and a good lo-calorie sweet fix for adults.

12. Lifesavers or Jolly Ranchers

Get them individually wrapped. Sugar-free versions are available.

13. Grether’s Pastilles

Available in small travel tins, these black currant pastilles are a delicious remedy for a dry mouth.

14. Three Musketeers Mint

Why hasn’t this candy bar gotten more press? Dark chocolate over mint nougat is delicious, satisfying and less than 200 calories for the full-size. Also available in bite-sized.

English, the editorial director of BJT, always seems to be
packing for another trip.

5 Best Luggage Products,
according to Jennifer Leach English

I tend to value form over function but have been forced to reexamine my priorities now that I’m the mother of a toddler. This luggage strikes a balance for me when I travel alone for business (often overseas and for long stretches) or with my 3-year-old.

1. Swiss Army Mobilizer 30

This suitcase is a miracle. It can fit clothes for two weeks, books and toiletries and still have room left over. Plus, it’s user-friendly in the airport and the wheels are flawless.

2. Longchamp Le Pliage

These bags are stylish, light and fold up into little envelopes.

3. Rioni Signature Large Luxury Tote

This bag clearly has been modeled after the Louis Vuitton Neverfull (which I have always thought is a great name) but is much more affordable and has several extra pockets and a much subtler design.

4. The Boston

Countless versions are available of this top-handle style handbag, including the Speedy from Louis Vuitton, the Forever Boston by Fendi and several from Gucci. Rioni and Kate Spade offer less-expensive versions. Look for a light fabric such as canvas and a padlock and key for security.

5. L.L. Bean Boat and Tote

For car trips, nothing beats this classic canvas tote for carting around files, toys, clothes, food, maybe even your child. Available in many sizes and fun colors.

English, the editorial director of BJT, always seems to be
packing for another trip.

4 Rules of Good Employee Relations,
according to David Neeleman

1. Treat everyone fairly.

2. Happy employees equal happy customers.

3. Maintain a work/life balance.

4. Practice "servant leadership."

(The CEO should be willing to do any work his employees do.)

7 Favorite Cities,
according to
David Neeleman

1. Rio

2. São Paulo

3. Salt Lake City

4. New York City

5. San Diego

6. Rome

7. Venice

JetBlue founder Neeleman, the cover subject in BJT’s April/May 2011 issue, co-owns JetSuite and is CEO of Azul Brazilian Airlines.

6 of the Longest-Range Business Jets

1. Gulfstream G650

7,000 nm

2. Gulfstream G550

6,490 nm

3. Gulfstream GV

6,250 nm

4. Boeing BBJ

6141 nm

5. Airbus Corporate Jetliner

6,100 nm

6. Bombardier Global Express XRS

6,055 nm

Source: Conklin & de Decker

5 of the Fastest Business Jets

1. Cessna Citation X

525 kt

2. Gulfstream G650

516 kt

3. Bombardier Global 5000

511 kt

4. Bombardier Global Express XRS

511 kt

5. Bombardier Global Express

505 kt

Speeds are maximum cruise. Source: Conklin & de Decker

3 of the Biggest-Cabin Business Jets

1. Boeing BBJ3

7,290 cu ft

2. Airbus A320 Prestige

6,825 cu ft

3. Boeing BBJ2

6,695 cu ft

Source: Conklin & de Decker

4 of the Least-Expensive Business Jets

1. Diamond D-Jet

$1.89 million

2. Eclipse 500

$2.15 million

3. PiperJet

$2.38 million

4. Embraer Phenom 100

$3.91 million

Source: Conklin & de Decker

5 Airport Codes for the
Texting Generation

1. LOL

Derby Field, Derby, Nev.

2. BFD

Bradford, Bradford, Pa.

3. BFF

Western Nebraska Regional, Scottsbluff, Neb.

4. IMO

Zemio, Central African Republic

5. OMG

Omega, Namibia

6 Great Destinations for Extreme-Weather Fans

1. Stormiest: Tofino, B.C., Canada

Tofino gets 100 inches of rain per year, waves exploding in 40-foot-high sea foam and frequent high winds. Stay at the Wickinnish Inn, where storm watching is a main event.

2. Coldest: Antarctica

The temperature here has dropped as low as -128.6 degrees F, but you can take Quark Expeditions’ well-heated ship, The Sea Spirit, where the only thing “open” is the bar.

3. Hottest: Death Valley, Calif.

Summer temperature here has hit 134 degrees F, almost hot enough to melt sand. Experience Death Valley at the Inn at Furnace Creek but not in summer.

4. Driest: Atacama Desert, northern Chile

The Atacama is the driest place on Earth, where rain has never been recorded. Rake it in at the Hotel de Larache or Tierra Atacama.

5. Wettest: Snowdonia, Wales

With 200+ inches of precipitation per year, you may want to pack a whole suitcase with umbrellas, raincoats and boots. Dry off at the Portmeirion Hotel or Castell Deudraeth.

6. Windiest: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Even on sunny summer days, the wind here can exceed 70 miles her hour. Feel its power, then relax at the Singular Patagonia or the Explora in Patagonia.

11 of the World’s
Most Pet-Friendly Hotels

1. Rome Cavalieri, Rome

Doggy meals–featuring tuna, game, rice, meat and soup–arrive on golden
trays in Gucci dog bowls at this Waldorf Astoria property. Dog-walking and pet-sitting services are available, and you can order a cashmere doggy jumper with your pet’s name in rhinestones.

2. Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, ­Switzerland

Coco Chanel’s pooch is buried in the cemetery of this hotel, which welcomes pets with pillowed baskets and water and food bowls. The chefs will prepare fresh fish.

3. Langdon Hall Country House Hotel
and Spa, Toronto

A note from the two resident Bernese Mountain Dogs welcomes your pet, who will enjoy a house-baked treat for good ­behavior and a private terrace.

4. Esperanza, An Auberge Resort, Cabo
San Lucas, Mexico

At this oceanfront resort, your dog or cat sleeps on a custom pet bed with Rivolta ­Carmignani Italian linens. There’s a pet ­room-service menu, and the hotel offers doggy toys, pet-walking services and dog massages.

5. Le Meurice, Paris

Your dog or cat receives a complimentary basket, custom-designed bowl with his or her name, a name tag, food menus and walking services.

6. Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

Your four-legged family member can be puttin’ on the Ritz with treats from the executive pastry chef, a Ritz-Carlton pet bed and bowl, pet sitters, dog walkers and dog masseurs on call.

7. Beverly Hills Hotel, Hollywood

Dogs are greeted by name and escorted to their rooms to enjoy custom-made beds, homemade food, water bowls, homemade doggie cookies (with their name in frosting) and a 24-hour dog-walking service–all part of the Canine Connoisseur Program.

8. Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley, Calif.

A doggy newsletter, Happy Tails, lists pet-friendly wineries, restaurants and hiking trails. Dogs receive a wine bottle filled with organic pet treats, a dog bed with velvet Rivolta Carmignani sheets, a doggy room-service menu and pet tags with the ranch’s name and phone number.

9. Little Nell Hotel, Aspen, Colo.

Pets can order dinner alongside their owners, prepared by the award-winning chef. There are Puppy Jet Lag Kits with custom doggy biscuits and an item from the pet menu. Pets receive ID tags with the hotel’s address and phone.

10. Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego, Calif.

Dog guests don doggy-board shorts or surfer bandanas and take surfing lessons (we kid you not) with Coronado Surfing Academy at Coronado’s Dog Beach. Starting at $389, the one-night package includes deluxe accommodations and a surf ’n’ turf doggy supper of beef tenderloin and salmon.

11. Ritz-Carlton (Central Park), New York

A Pampered Pooch Package includes a bone-shaped pillow, aromatherapy coat spritz treat-ments, home-baked treats and, in case of bad weather, the loan of a Burberry waterproof coat.

5 Biggest Investing Mistakes of
High-Net-Worth Individuals,
according to Lewis Altfest

1. Purchasing municipal bonds as a generic item instead of viewing selective purchases as possessing the potential for extra return.

2. Not looking at Roth IRA conversions properly.

3. Not incorporating the interplay of income tax, estate tax and the time value of money in estate-planning strategies.

4. Selling stocks after they have declined sharply instead of buying them at that time.

5. Not employing a fee-only wealth manager for investment decision-making.

Altfest, the CEO of Altfest Personal Wealth Management, has been named one of the country’s best financial advisers by both Money magazine and Barron’s.

3 of the Best Helicopters,
according to Mark Huber

1. Bell 206

The JetRanger is the most ubiquitous turbine single-engine helicopter in the world and has been the foundation for several follow-on and derivative military and civil aircraft. The 206 is legendary for pleasant flying characteristics and overall durability.

2. Sikorsky S-76

The fuselage dates back to the early 1970s, but the helicopter is still as sleek looking and fast as just about any other medium twin on the market. It remains the preferred ride for Fortune 100 executives.

3. AgustaWestland AW139

Large cabins, cavernous baggage holds and 460-nautical-mile range (seats full) have made these fast medium twins the darling of the offshore oil industry as well as a variety of VIP and parapublic users.

…And 3 of the Worst

1. The Shahed 276

Iran’s illegal copy of the Bell 206 is full of substandard parts of questionable origin from Chinese and Russian suppliers. Iran began marketing the helicopter in 2002 to a somewhat less than enthusiastic international audience.

2. The Westland 30

A forerunner of the AW139, this twin had its airworthiness certificate revoked in the U.S. and Britain due to structural and rotor-blade cracking issues and a tail-rotor gearbox that had the curious habit of eating itself. Most of the 40 produced ended up in India and today none of them are flying.

3. Bell 222

Bell’s first foray into the light twin executive market didn’t go particularly well. The original Lycoming LTS101 engines (now Honeywell) failed regularly, were underpowered and limited payload, while the twin main rotor-blade system made for a choppy ride.

Huber, who writes BJT’s new- and used-aircraft reviews, is a private pilot with experience in single-engine, multi-engine, turbine, amphibious, aerobatic and rotary-wing aircraft.

5 Destinations Best Seen from the Air

1. The Nasca Lines of Peru

Prehistoric artworks visible in their entirety only from the air.

2. Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Helicopter over the largest religious monument in the world and smaller temples entangled in jungle trees and roots.

3. Sunset helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon
and Hoover Dam

Fly over the dam and canyon, then land and explore. On the ride back, buzz the neon lights of Las Vegas’ strip.

4. Great Barrier Reef

"Flightsee" over pale turquoise water including an underwater garden, heart-shaped coral formation and 2,900 reefs and islands along the massive coast of Queensland, Australia.

5. Alpine Balloon Festival near Gstaad, Switzerland,
or Albuquerque, N.M

Ascend up, up and away and become part of the colorful hot-air-balloon festivals held annually.

6 Facts about Elvis Presley’s Private Jet

1. Presley bought his best-known airplane, a Convair 880, in 1975 for $899,702, and spent hundreds of thousands more on renovations, which included gold-plated seatbelts, suede chairs and 24-karat-gold-flecked sinks.

2. Presley named it for his daughter, Lisa Marie.

3. Its radio code name was "Hound Dog 1."

4. Presley rarely traveled during the day. It wasn’t unusual for him to call his flight crew at 2 a.m. and say he wanted to take off.

5. Presley made at least one flight from Memphis to Denver just to visit the restaurant that made his favorite peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. He also used the jet to transport his dog to a veterinary hospital.

6. The Convair remains on display at Graceland, along with Elvis’ smaller Lockheed Jet Star.

10 of the Best Hotel Chefs,
according to Margie Goldsmith

1. Toshiro Konishi, Mesa18, Miraflores Park
Hotel, Lima, Peru

Konishi whips up Japanese-Peruvian fusion at his new hotspot.

2. Patrick Guilbaud, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Merrion Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

The two-Michelin-starred chef serves contemporary Irish food with classical roots.

3. Ettore Bocchi, Mistral Ristorante Grand Hotel
Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy

This Michelin-starred chef is the Italian innovator of molecular cuisine.

4. Beau MacMillan, elements restaurant, Sanctuary
on Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Beau fuses seasonal American with California and Asian.

5. Michael Smith, Three Chimneys, Dun-vegan,
Isle of Skye, Scotland

Smith’s restaurant is known as “the French Laundry of Scotland.”

6. Wolfgang Puck, Wolfgang Puck, at Hotel
Bel-Air, Los Angeles

The legendary chef features modern Californian/European/ Mediterranean cuisine.

7. Ricardo Costa

The Yeatman Hotel & Wine Spa, Gaia, Portugal. This Michelin-starred chef pairs creative Portuguese cuisine with the finest local wines.

8. Dean Fearing

Fearing’s, Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. Don’t miss the maple/black peppercorn-soaked buffalo tenderloin from this “father of Southwestern cuisine.”

9. James Sommerlin

Crown restaurant, The Celtic Manor Resort. At the Michelin-starred Crown, Sommerlin creates combos such as Smoked Eel and Pig’s Trotter.

10. Michael Mina

Wit & Wisdom, Four Seasons, Baltimore, Md. James Beard Award-winning and Michelin-starred chef prepares masterpieces in an open kitchen with a wood fire.

Goldsmith has visited 118 countries and written about them all.

7 Memorable Wines Sampled
Recently by Bob Ecker

1. 2010 Kunde Sauvignon Blanc, Magnolia Lane, Sonoma Valley, Family Estate Series

$17. This light, zesty Sauvignon Blanc exhibits bright, tropical fruity notes and tickles both the nose and tongue. Blended with small amounts of Semillon and Viognier grapes, it is my new go-to SB.

2. 2008 Gary Farrell, Russian River
Selection, Chardonnay

$32. A bold and luscious Chardonnay from one of America’s top Pinot Noir ­producers.

3. 2008 Coup de Foudre Cuvee 37.2, Napa Valley

$90. This dark Pomeral-styled Merlot-Cabernet Franc blend comes from the makers of Amuse Bouche. Think you don’t like Merlot? Taste this.

4. 2010 Azur Rosé, California

$26. This rosé of Syrah offers a marriage between Provence and Napa Valley. Blended with Napa Valley and Sierra Foothills grapes, it bursts with delicate, dry fruit flavors. 

5. 2008 Dierberg Vineyard, Santa Maria
Valley, Pinot Noir

$42. A lovely, aromatic forest-floor style of Burgundian Pinot that thrives in California’s cooler Central Valley. You’ll love its spicy-berry earthiness.

6. 2008 Robert Biale Vineyards, Thomann Station Petite Sirah, Napa Valley

$51. This strong, penetrating Petite Sirah delivers a mouth full of mouthfeel. Try it with a succulent steak.

7. 2009 Rodney Strong Vineyards, Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

$15. An extraordinary Cabernet at an ordinary price, this wine wowed my fellow judges at the recent San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Ecker is a travel and restaurant writer and a wine judge.

10 of the Best Airplane Movies,
according to Kirby Harrison

1. Dark Blue World (2001)

Beautifully made and acted, with an incredible portrayal of pilots who fled to England after the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia and subsequently flew for the RAF.

2. Those Magnificent Men in their
Flying Machines

For those who love airplanes, there could hardly be a more rewarding movie than this British comedy.

3. Wings (1927)

This Academy Award-winning silent film features a very young Gary Cooper as an aviation cadet.

4. The Blue Max (1966)

An action-filled movie about a German fighter pilot during WWI, this stars George Peppard, James Mason and Ursula Andress.

5. The Aviator (2004)

A Martin Scorsese creation based loosely on the life of Howard Hughes that features fantastic flying scenes.

6. Battle of Britain (1969)

This film about the most decisive air battle in history incorporates the grandest collection of WWII airplanes ever gathered for a movie. Mostly forgettable acting, but the flying is incredible.

7. Night Flight (1933)

Based on the novel by French aviation pioneer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, this features Lionel and John Barrymore, Clark Gable and Helen Hayes.

8. Twelve O’Clock High (1949)

This winner of two Academy Awards tells the story of crews in the U.S. Army Eighth Air Force who flew daylight bombing missions against Nazi Germany and occupied France.

9. The Memphis Bell: A Story of a
Flying Fortress

A dramatic documentary produced by William Wyler, one of the so-called “Hollywood Colonels,” who joined the Air Force Film Unit to record action in WWII.

10. The High and the Mighty (1954)

Who could forget John Wayne slapping Robert Stack in that cockpit scene? This movie served as a template for Airport, Snakes on a Plane and other disaster films.

Frequent contributor Harrison, a senior editor at Aviation International News, spent seven years in naval aviation.

10 Movies to Not Watch While Flying

1. Snakes on a Plane (2006)

The title says it all.

2. Pushing Tin (1999)

Feuding air traffic controllers cause near misses.

3. The High & the Mighty (1954)

Engines fail and pilot loses his nerve.

4. Any movie with “airport” in the title (1970-79)

An endless disaster-thon.

5. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Con man pretends to be a pilot.

6. Flight of the Phoenix (1965/2004)

Plane crashes; crew glues it together.

7. Con Air (1997)

Felons seize airplane, destroy Las Vegas in crash.

8. No Highway in the Sky (1951)

Aircraft engineer predicts metal fatigue.

9. Die Hard 2 (1990)

Terrorists hold airport hostage; airplanes run low on fuel.

10. Passenger 57 (1992)

Terrorists hijack airliner, leading to in-flight shoot-outs.

8 States Where You Can Buy a Business Jet with Little or No Sales Tax, according to Jeff Wieand

1. Connecticut

2. Massachusetts

3. Montana

4. Oregon

5. New Hampshire

6. North Carolina

7. South Carolina

8. Rhode Island

BJT columnist Wieand is a member of the National Business Aviation ­Association’s Tax Committee.

3 Best Helicopters for Use with a Yacht

1. Eurocopter EC135

Twin engines for reliability, small footprint for helipads and seating for five to siz passengers on large yachts.

2. McDonnell-Douglas 500e

A three-passenger with short blades for clearance on small yachts. The Notar model has no tail rotor for increased safety.

3. Robinson R44

Piston-engined for three passengers plus pilot, it fits small yachts with its loaded weight of 2,500 pounds.

5 Great Charter Yachts for
Families with Children

1. Passion

Since the owner has kids, this 173-footer has an air-hockey table, a 300-game video arcade, a Slurpee machine and even a chocolate fountain.

2. Island Time

The captain of this 110-foot yacht stages “adventure tours” for kids, with shelling and snorkeling and sea-life info that becomes fodder for trivia contests at dinner.

3. Da Bubba

Kids on this 100-footer discover a bottle on the beach, complete with a treasure map that leads to a chest full of chocolate doubloons.

4. Sequel P

With an inflatable bouncy castle ­and a fleet of water toys, kids are almost too tired to enjoy the outdoor cinema under the stars.

5. Natita

This 216-foot yacht has a swimming pool with shallow areas for kids, a crew of 18 that enjoys youngsters and a media room stocked with children’s videos.

5 Best Charter Yachts

1. Excellence V

Soon to enter service as a replacement for Excellence III, this 200-foot yacht has Captain Ray Shore, who has raised the bar for charter service with these aptly named vessels.

2. Slipstream

Exquisite interiors by Andrew Winch, a silver-service crew, great water toys and seven staterooms mark this 196-footer.

3. Whisper

Appealing to sailors, this Dutch 116-foot sloop is a delight under sail, with a separate guest cockpit and four staterooms.

4. Anjilis

The owner of this 161-foot motoryacht adds to the onboard delights by offering free pickups in his Hawker jet for Caribbean charters.

5. Lady Linda

Just launched by Trinity Yachts, this 187-footer has five staterooms, a helicopter pad, a grand piano and every possible water toy, including a 35-foot sportfisher.

5 Little-known Bizjet-Friendly
Charter Destinations

1. Florida

The west coast of Florida is a wonderful cruising area. The Keys have marinas and quiet anchorages and the locals speak your ­language. Mostly.

2. Alaska

Meet your yacht at dozens of harbors with airstrips, mix your drinks with centuries-old glacial ice and see a veritable zoo of wildlife.

3. Anguilla

Everyone does St. Barts, but this nearby island is quiet and pretty, with plenty to see and do.

4. Costa Rica

This is prime sportfishing territory (marlin and sailfish abound) but there are beautiful bays and luxury resorts, too.

5. Bahamas

Good airports and hundreds of islands to explore. They’re more accessible, thanks to the new breed of shallow-draft ­charter yachts.

Caswell spent three decades as editor of Yachting Magazine and Sea Magazine. An author of six books about yachting, he hosted the Marine Voyager boating series on the Speed Channel cable network and has appeared on Oprah! as an expert on yachting.

7 of the World’s
Most Challenging Runways

1. Lin Zhi (LZY) in Tibet

Airplanes must fly through the narrow and winding Yarlung Tsangpo River valley, which is surrounded by mountains over 13,000 feet and typically enveloped by clouds and fog. According to meteorological data, there are just 100 airworthy days each year.

2. Gibraltar (GIB)

In addition to the famous Rock and the sea at both ends, the airport ­runway is bisected by a busy four-lane highway. Police simply stop traffic for takeoffs and landings.

3. Courchevel, France (CVF)

Affectionately known as the ski slope, the 1,700-foot runway features an 18.5 percent grade. Pilots need a special permit to land and there is no go-around procedure.

4. Eagle Vail, Colo. (EGE)

Tricky because of surrounding mountains, snow, wind and altitude of 6,540 feet. Takeoff is the most challenging for pilots due to the need for an extremely precise takeoff pattern through the mountains.

5. Princess Juliana, Sint Maarten (SXM)

The airport is famous for its short runway, only 2,400 meters, yet heavy jets land daily. Incoming airplanes approaching the island have to fly extremely low, passing only 10-20 meters over tourists relaxing on Maho Beach. The departure presents more difficulties than the approach, with a turn required to avoid mountains.

6. Saba, Netherlands Antilles (SAB)

Saba is widely regarded as having the world’s shortest commercially serviceable runway–1,300 feet at the edge of the ocean. The airport also suffers from crosswinds and cliffs on both ends, leaving no margin for error. No jet aircraft.

7. Tenzing-Hillary, Nepal (LUA)

Accessible only to helicopters and small, fixed-wing, short-takeoff-and-landing aircraft, the 1,729-foot runway here is at an elevation of 9,383 feet. There is a mountain at one end and a sheer drop at the other.

7 Cars in Nigel Moll’s Dream Garage

1. Bugatti Veyron

Tough to choose between the 1,200-hp ($2.9 million) and 1,001-hp ($2.1 million) models, but decide you must. Everything else on the road is an underpowered economy car.

2. Ferrari 458 Spider

For those who dismiss a Veyron, muttering “Get real,” this mid-rear-engine folding-hardtop is all the supercar you need. The eight-cylinder soundtrack alone is worth the quarter-million dollars.

3. Rolls-Royce Phantom

As Costanza Sr. yelled in Seinfeld, “Serenity now! Serenity now!” The car for when you want to stop the world and get off but still have someplace else to be. Sublime locomotion.

4. BMW M3

This car is consistently so darn good, every new edition just keeps raising the top of BMW’s game. A close second in the Bavarian stable for its bare-bones grins: 1 Series M Coupe.

5. Range Rover

For the post-Mayan apocalypse, clamber over society’s detritus in supercharged style as you whisk the family to the security of the high ground.

6. Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins diesel dualie

The wife and kids can take the Range Rover. The dog and I will uproot the family manse and haul it to the high ground behind this $60,000 jet-fuel-swigging big rig.

7. 1973 Jaguar V12 E-Type roadster

Still the most beautiful sports car ever built, with nary a square inch of bodywork that isn’t curved, and the only car on this list actually in my garage. Some assembly still required.

Moll, the editor of BJT sister publication Aviation International News, is in the driver’s seat for this magazine’s Low-level Flying department.

12 James Bond-Piloted Aircraft,
noted by Joseph Darlington

1. Lockheed VC-140B

Was super-spy James Bond also a pilot? He first grabs the controls of an airplane in Goldfinger. When a loose Smith & Wesson causes the cabin to depressurize, he races into the cockpit of this Lockheed, which is already in a steep nosedive. He wrestles with the controls to no avail, then parachutes to safety with his companion just before the airplane plunges into the ocean.

2. Meyers 200A

In You Only Live Twice, Bond faces a familiar situation, but this time, it’s his female companion who sabotages the airplane, courtesy of a smoke grenade disguised as a lipstick. Bond manages to reach the yoke of the Meyers 200A, only to crash-land the aircraft just before it explodes. It’s unclear whether the crash resulted from damage, or because Bond just couldn’t fly.

3. Cessna 172

Roger Moore’s Bond doesn’t do much better when he visits The Bleeker Flying School in Live and Let Die. It looks as if he is attempting an airborne escape as he jumps into a Cessna 172 with student pilot Mrs. Bell. But the Cessna never gets off the ground and the airplane takes a severe beating, as do Mrs. Bell’s nerves.

4. Republic RC-3 Seabee

In The Man with the Golden Gun, Bond flies a Republic RC-3 Seabee solo through the spectacular cliffs of Thailand’s Phang Na Bay for a showdown with the high-priced assassin Scaramanga, proving once and for all that he knows his way around the controls of an airplane.

5. Bell 206 JetRanger

In For Your Eyes Only, an arch-villain does in the pilot of a Bell 206, ­forcing Bond–who has been a passenger–to perform some aerial acrobatics outside the helicopter while making his way to the controls. Having recaptured the aircraft, he demonstrates amazing piloting skills by apprehending the villain with the JetRanger’s landing skid.

6. Acrostar Jet

With the most appearances as James Bond, Roger Moore also has the most experiences behind the throttle. In the pre-title sequence of Octopussy, Bond uses an Acrostar Jet (I won’t mention where he keeps it hidden) to escape a heat-seeking missile and complete his mission.

7. Cessna 185

Never a stranger to airborne escapes, Timothy Dalton’s Bond uses a Cessna 185 seaplane to take off with $5 million of Sanchez’s drug money in License to Kill.

8. Lockheed Hercules

In The Living Daylights, 007 takes it up a notch. This time he escapes ­Afghanistan in the massive, four-engine Lock-heed Hercules.

9 & 10. Pilatus PC-6 and Cessna 172 Skyhawk

Right from the start, Pierce Brosnan’s Bond seems like a natural pilot. In Goldeneye, we see him flying a Pilatus PC-6, which he skydives into, to escape a chemical-weapons facility in Russia; and a Cessna 172 Skyhawk, which he flies to Cuba in search of the Goldeneye installation.

11. Soviet L39 Albatross

Leave it to ­Brosnan’s Bond to take his piloting skills to the extreme, as he commandeers a Soviet jet trainer aircraft to simultaneously destroy an ­international arms bazaar, dodge nuclear ­missiles in a dogfight and make a miraculous escape in Tomorrow Never Dies.

12. Douglas DC-3

When Daniel Craig takes over the role of Bond in Quantum of Solace, the character acquires a Douglas DC-3, but it’s not long before the airplane is under attack by enemy fighters. Bond and his female companion are forced to evacuate, sharing a single parachute. Judging by the title of the next Bond film, his luck with airplanes may not improve soon: the movie, due out this year, is called Skyfall.

BJT graphic and web designer Darlington is a Bond aficionado and the author of Being James Bond: Volume One.

6 of Stuart Woods’
Favorite Places to Land His Mustang

1. Key West, Fla.

2. Teterboro, N.J.

3. Bar Harbor, Maine

4. Santa Monica, Calif.

5. Santa Fe, N.M.

6. The late, lamented Meigs Field, Chicago

An interview with Woods, the author of more than 40 bestselling novels, appeared in BJT’s April/May 2011 issue.

5 Ways to Avoid Jet Lag,
according to Wilson S. Leach

1. Prepare yourself mentally

Jet lag is partly psychological. About two or three days before a trip, I start thinking about my destination and readying myself for the change.

2. Reset your watch

I can’t begin to tell you how foolish it is to have your watch set to the time at home. As aviation legend Chuck Yeager once said, the time is what it is where your feet are on the ground.

3. Sleep when you can

Grab all opportunities for shuteye, be it on an overnight flight or at the hotel for a few hours after arrival. Every little bit helps.

4. Exercise

Particularly on the day of arrival, take a long walk, jog or get on a treadmill at your hotel. Then shave and shower, and you’ll be ready for a night on the town.

5. Avoid prescription sleep aids

I take a Tylenol PM and an herbal sleep supplement that includes kava and melatonin during my meal on the flight over. I also have a few glasses of wine. The combination puts me out for six hours and I wake up fresh as a daisy, with no sleep hangover and no jet lag. Once I’m at my destination, I’ll take the sleep supplement with the Tylenol for the first two or three nights when I go to bed at a normal time, and I never have any problem with jet lag.

Leach is president and cofounder of AIN Publications, BJT’s parent company. A frequent world traveler, he recently made two trips to Asia (Singapore and Shanghai) within five weeks.

23 Good, Bad and Ugly Airplanes, according to Mark Huber

These subjective choices are based on seven years of writing reviews for this magazine and on hanging around airplanes since second grade. I’ve flown a few of these, ridden in most of them and talked to their crews, mechanics and owners. I limited the good and bad categories to aircraft that have been or were in production for more than a year. I applied less-stringent qualifications to the ugly category, which includes aircraft now or previously under development.

The Good

1. Dassault Falcon 2000

The first true super-midsize with a cavernous cabin, fuel-efficient engines and transcontinental range. It’s comfortable for passengers and fun to fly.

2. Gulfstream G450

A near-perfect combination of versatile performance, durability, advanced technology and passenger and crew comfort. The standard floor plans feature seating for 12-16 and forward or rear galleys, a forward crew lavatory and a main executive lavatory in the rear.

3. Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 750

This is the perfection of the 125 series Hawker–an extremely robust design that has endured for 50 years. The 750 doesn’t force operators to choose between full passenger seats and full fuel tanks–it allows for both. A heated, externally accessed baggage compartment holds 500 pounds. The 750, which is light enough to use on relatively short runways, has a range of 2,195 nautical miles.

4. Cessna Citation Mustang

Rugged, dependable, economical and easy to fly, with superior avionics, comprehensive pilot training and great product support.

5. Cessna Citation X

It can cruise at 49,000 feet at Mach 0.92. With the X, L.A. to New York became a four-hour trip, beating the competition by over an hour. The Citation X not only showed that speed sells, but that you could get that speed at a relatively modest price.

6. Boeing Business Jet

The first serial production entry in the “mine’s bigger” category, the BBJ is a modified 737 airliner outfitted with longer-range fuel tanks and winglets. It’s a great choice for those with big ideas and bigger wallets. Want a planetarium ceiling and a gold-plated bidet? No problem.

7. Hawker Beechcraft King Air 250

Many people consider the King Air 200 twin turboprop series to be the best airplane Beechcraft has ever built because of its ruggedness, cabin comfort and easy flying characteristics. This latest update of the series incorporates Raisbeck Engineering’s Ram Air Recovery System, BLR winglets and lighter and more efficient all-composite Hartzell propellers.

8. Cessna Model 208B Grand Caravan

This single-engine turboprop and its four-foot-shorter sibling, the Model 675 Caravan, have been around for decades. It combines simple systems, a cavernous but unpressurized cabin and a robust design that has stood the test of time.

9. Bombardier Global XRS

Bizliners aside, this model ranks among the fastest, most comfortable long-range business jets. With the XRS you can travel up to 6,390 nautical miles unrefueled. Want to go from Teterboro to Tokyo nonstop in less than 12 hours? This is your ride.

10. Airbus A340 VVIP

When a 747 is too ostentatious but you still want a wide cabin, up to 9,000 nautical miles of range and four-engine reliability, this is a good choice. Saudi Prince Bandar used to park his at Dulles when he served in D.C.’s diplomatic corps. Made those weekend ski trips to his $135 million Aspen manse far less taxing. (Of course, he had to leave the A340 in Denver and finish the trip in a GIV–Aspen’s runway isn’t long enough for jumbo jets.)

Huber, who writes BJT’s new- and used-aircraft reviews, is a private pilot with experience in single-engine, multi-engine, turbine, amphibious, aerobatic and rotary-wing aircraft.

The Bad

1. Galaxy

Chicago’s Pritzker family partnered with Israel Aircraft Industries to develop this super-midsize aircraft on the cheap and it showed. After Gulfstream bought the program in 2001, and renamed it G200, the company had to fashion solutions to a myriad of problems: starter-generator failure, slow landing-gear actuators, jet fuel that vented into the aft equipment bay, bad wiring, malfunctioning flight controls and avionics displays as well as cabin fit, finish and function problems that included flickering lights, toilets with inadequate capacity, truly awful seats and an erratic ventilation system. These were addressed but the manufacturer couldn’t remedy the airplane’s biggest issues: wings that didn’t produce enough lift and engines with inadequate thrust. Finally, Gulfstream threw everything out save the standup fuselage and started over with the G280–the airplane Galaxy should have built in the first place.

2. Learjet 23

Here’s a clue: 27 of the 104 Learjet 23s made were destroyed in crashes. Bill Lear’s iconic bizjet proved too hot to handle for many pilots. Subsequent models were more user friendly.

3. Canadair Challenger 600

An underpowered, overweight runway pig. The original Avco Lycoming ALF 502L engines also had serious reliability issues. Bombardier acquired the state-owned Canadair in 1986 and markedly improved the 600, which served as the foundation of its popular regional jets and series of Global business aircraft.

4. Eclipse 500

The company wildly overpromised and under-delivered, burned through $1 billion between 1998 and 2008 and brought an incomplete airplane to market with a host of bugs before filing for bankruptcy. A new Sikorsky-backed manufacturer picked up the parts and pieces and is fixing the problems–for a price.

5. Learjet 55

Another example of what happens when you develop an airplane on the cheap. Before Bombardier rescued Learjet in 1990, it fielded 150 of these “midsize” jets that were fashioned from components of some of its smaller models and fitted with under-powered engines and lousy brakes.

6. Beechcraft Starship

Give a futuristic, game-changing aircraft design to corporate bureaucrats and overly cautious certification authorities and this is what you get: an airplane that is overweight, under-powered, and overpriced. Beech burned through an estimated $1 billion on this program and produced only 53 of the twin pusher turboprops. The company bought most of them back in 2003 and destroyed them.

Huber, who writes BJT’s new- and used-aircraft reviews, is a private pilot with experience in single-engine, multi-engine, turbine, amphibious, aerobatic and rotary-wing aircraft.

...And the Ugly

1. NAL Saras

During the last three decades, India’s attempt to develop a business-class turboprop, the twin-pusher NAL Saras, has been fraught with problems, delays, a high-profile crash, official inquiries and outright embarrassment. Not the least of it is the aircraft’s styling, courtesy of Russia’s Myasishchev.

2. IAI Westwind

Even people who fly and like this airplane think it’s ugly. “It looks like a bulldozer,” one Westwind pilot confessed to me. He’s not far off.

3. Hawker 700

Introduced in 1977, the Hawker 700 is a workhorse, but when it comes to ramp presence, well, let’s just say it’s aesthetically challenged. The windshield looks as if it was stolen from a 1930s DC-3. “It’s so ugly that only a mother could love it,” said a broker who specialized in the type.

4. PiperJet prototype

Before it underwent redesign, the prototype of the aborted single-engine jet featured an engine stuffed in the tail of an old M-class squared fuselage. The aesthetics made the airplane look seriously out of balance and screamed “cheap.”

5. Sabreliner 80

This attempt to morph the Sabreliner 65 into a stand-up cabin airplane resulted in a craft that appeared cartoonishly out of proportion.

6. Lockheed JetStar

This is a corporate jet design only the Pentagon could love. Strap four fuel-guzzling engines on the back. To feed them, insert a pair of auxiliary fuel tanks at mid-wing that make the airplane look as if it’s pregnant with torpedoes.

7. Adam A700

This is what happens when you try to morph a $1.2 million twin-boom push-pull piston twin into a $2.25 million very light jet. You burn through hundreds of millions of dollars and at the end of the day, the airplane is still ugly.

Huber, who writes BJT’s new- and used-aircraft reviews, is a private pilot with experience in single-engine, multi-engine, turbine, amphibious, aerobatic and rotary-wing aircraft.