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March 20, 2014
Illustration by John T. Lewis
“Within the next decade we’ll be flying people to Australia from New York in about two hours, developing spaceships that will cross continents outside the Earth’s atmosphere and then pop them back into the atmosphere. Then we’ll move on to much bigger commercial jets [traveling] at many times the speed of sound.”
March 3, 2014
The Honeymooners' 1955 cast
Some of my favorite new and old television series are available on disc, which means you can enjoy them in flight. This alphabetical list of 15 recommended DVD and Blu-ray sets includes something for everyone—comedies, dramas, cop shows, even a couple of documentaries. What they have in common is quality.
February 4, 2014
An AmSafe business jet safety belt
Some private flyers seem to want to remain “under the radar.” They like that they can avoid interaction with the general public by leaving and arriving via inconspicuous FBOs, and they travel on unmarked jets, sometimes with the protection of the National Business Aviation Association’s Blocked Aircraft Registration Request program.
January 24, 2014
Unless you hang your hat in Delaware or New Hampshire or live in one of the few countries that don’t assess sales tax, you probably hand money to the government almost every time you buy something. In many U.S.
January 2, 2014
Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), another infamous wise guy.
If you’re a journalist, it helps to know how to write. But sometimes, nothing matters more than doing your research.     
November 25, 2013
The Wright Brothers take off—only 66 years before Apollo 11.
Going, Going, Gone: Vanishing Americana, one of my favorite books, offers compelling evidence of how fast our world is being transformed. On page after page, we see products, services, vocations and styles that once seemed integral to daily life but have nearly or completely disappeared. Remember milkmen? Carbon paper? Phone booths? Drive-in movies?
September 24, 2013
"There's still a place for print," argues BJT's editor.
When my wife and I recently dropped off our son for his freshman year at Bard College, we had the pleasure of listening to a talk by the school’s extraordinary longtime president, Leon Botstein.
September 19, 2013
BJT's first cover, from October 2003
You need only glance at our first cover, from October 2003, to see how far Business Jet Traveler has come. We began as an outgrowth of Aviation International News, our company’s 41-year-old trade magazine, and in our early issues, seemed more like a clone than an offspring.
August 1, 2013
Billionaire Nicolas Berggruen owns a Gulfstream IV but not much else.
A little over a decade ago, my wife and I had at least some small chance of becoming rich beyond belief. We were among the first investors in a technology startup that had the potential to be as revolutionary and widely adopted as the iPhone or iPad, and with even greater revenue.
June 19, 2013
I’ve always been one to deliberate carefully before spending money, but I might not have labeled myself an obsessive shopper until the day, several years ago, when I went looking for a new kitchen faucet.

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