Flying

July 9, 2014
Daher-Socata TBM 850
Here’s a look at the world’s leading business jet manufacturers and their current and upcoming models.
July 9, 2014
Business aircraft passengers are constantly seeking the latest in cabin electronics from smart phone charging stations to in-flight connectivity. (Photo: Innotech Aviation)
A business aircraft cabin wouldn’t be complete without a full range of electronics, with the most important for many passengers being Wi-Fi capability, to download presentations and documents, access e-mail and conduct Internet research.
July 9, 2014
Food offerings from business aviation caterers mirror those found at top gourmet restaurants, but simpler fare such as burgers and sandwiches are also common. (Photo: Cunningham Photo Artists/Chef Charles Catering)
Food and beverages on private aircraft are a far cry from what you’ll find on most airline flights. Bizav caterers offer an array of delectable delights—everything from smoked Scottish salmon and tamarind honey lamb kabobs to mint and cucumber gazpacho, burgers with cognac sauce and raspberry pecan chicken salad.
July 2, 2014
In the 1960s, McDonnell Douglas designed an unusual small jet, the four-engine Model 119. Though it received a provisional type certification, it never went into production.
Some people tried to convince Charles Lindbergh that he shouldn’t attempt his 1927 New York-to-Paris flight in an airplane with only one engine. His response was that two engines would double his odds of having an engine failure. In the graveyard humor of pilots, the saying goes, “The second engine will take you directly to the scene of the accident.” So Lucky Lindy chose a single Wright J5 Whirlwind to power the Spirit of St. Louis, and the rest is history.
June 29, 2014
The Cessna Caravan is now being marketed under the Textron Aviation umbrella, which includes Cessna and Beechcraft products.
In 1924, Clyde Cessna and Walter Beech started the Travel Air Manufacturing Company in Wichita, Kansas. Within four years it was the largest maker of commercial airplanes in the U.S. Cessna left to start his own company in 1927 and Beech did likewise in 1932, forming what we now know as Beechcraft.
June 6, 2014
A340s will never return to robust resale prices,  but for those who want a truly insane discount, time may be running out.
Step right up and take advantage of the four-engine fire sale.
May 15, 2014
Cessna Sovereign+
The emperor has new clothes. Cessna’s latest incarnation of its midsize Sovereign fits advanced technology and improved interior design into a fuselage tube cross section introduced by the Citation III back in 1979.
April 16, 2014
Although Dassault Falcon Jet’s current line of business jets satisfies the needs of buyers who want large, wide cabins, there is no Falcon Jet that flies as far as the ultra-long range Gulfstream G650 or upcoming Bombardier Global jets.
April 13, 2014
Many repeat customers learn to love the view out the big window up front. And it's not just pilot wannabees. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Hopscotch Air, a small charter operator that uses five-seat single-engine Cirrus light airplanes, just celebrated its fifth anniversary, a notable accomplishment in this economy. The company—which focuses on short flights, primarily within a 300-mile radius of New York City—serves destinations throughout New England and as far south and west as Washington, D.C., and most of Ohio.
April 9, 2014
Cessna Citation M2
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“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”

-business aviation entrepreneur Nick Popovich