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August 1, 2010
First-time charter customers often come back for more, as they find that the
Even though I'm a pilot, I still love loading up the car and hitting the highway for a far-off vacation destination. Some of my most relaxing moments have been behind the wheel, with Woody Guthrie's "ribbon of highway" stretched out ahead of the hood ornament.
June 1, 2010
Irony is a funny thing. Sometimes "ha ha" funny, and other times just weird. Occasionally it's both.
April 1, 2010
Every chip, relay, servo and processor must prove beyond a glimmer of doubt t
When it comes to reliability, there's a fundamental difference between the aviation field and just about every other walk of life. Nowhere is the chasm more visible than when you compare aviation's safety culture with what goes on in the computer industry. I know.
February 1, 2010
A news story cross-referenced the flight records of corporate jets with regis
Is your jet a business too? Or is it part of the executive compensation package? Among people who never fly privately, probably 99 out of 100 would view it only as the latter. We inside the industry, meanwhile, tend to acknowledge only the former-to a fault.
December 1, 2009
AVIATION LEGEND JIMMY DOOLITTLE made the first "blind" landing in September 1929, a little more than 80 years ago. He used an experimental Sperry gyroscope to serve as his artificial horizon and then-revolutionary radio beacons to home in on the runway.
October 1, 2009
Your provider would be much happier to keep you on the ledger with a share in
Scaling back doesn't have to mean giving up the benefits of private aviation and settling on airline travel.
September 1, 2009
Some parts must be periodically replaced, regardless of the number of times t
It's understandable that no equivalent to your local auto-parts store exists for business jets. Aircraft maintenance records must be documented scrupulously, and the pedigree of every nut, bolt and washer has to be recorded for possible FAA review. So, when it comes time to replace a fuel pump or engine mount-or even a tire-it makes a difference where the part comes from.
June 1, 2009
The control tower at the airport on California’s Catalina Island.
Much has been written recently by defenders of business aviation about the 5,000 airports accessible to our aircraft in the U.S. That compares with the estimated 500 that accept airline service and the approximately 70 airports that handle the vast majority of airline flights.
April 1, 2009
Lavatories on some large jets rival those in high-end homes.
Lavatories on corporate and privately owned airplanes run the gamut from none at all to luxuriously appointed throne rooms fit for royalty. If you take nothing else away from this little essay, please remember: When flying on an unfamiliar airplane, you need to ask ahead of time what facilities, if any, will be available. Then plan your meal and drink schedule accordingly.
February 1, 2009
Before a flight, buy that game cartridge your kids want. And don’t forget h
Imagining what it's like to take a private jet flight with your kids is easy. Just picture them hermetically sealed for a few hours in a space not much bigger than a walk-in closet. On the minus side of the experience: on most jets, it's cold turkey on texting and Internet access; skateboarding is definitely out; and there's probably no live television.

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