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February 9, 2015
The airplane can comfortably transport four passengers across the continental U.S. and also is a favorite for transatlantic crossings.
The Bombardier Challenger 604 is a wide-bodied marathoner that offers lots of refurb options.
January 18, 2015
Perched on its gear, it sits high off the ground with a menacing rake that oozes speed and taunts you at the same time. (Photo Courtesy of Piedmont Aircraft)
I pushed the power levers forward. Both engines came to life and I was quickly jammed back into my seat. In a blink we were at 120 knots—jet speed. I heaved the control yoke toward me, climbed out of Milwaukee into the starless black night and headed out over the wintry waters of Lake Michigan.
September 23, 2014
You can get some major deals on Diamonds and Beechjets made before 1991, but there’s a reason for that.
You don’t find many airplanes that still count among best in class after four decades in the marketplace.
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.
April 8, 2014
Airbus EC155B1 helicopter in flight.
Here's why the model sold poorly—and why you might want to buy it.
March 5, 2014
A complete gut job on an airliner or a refurbishment of a used VIP 757 would ring the register at about $28 million to $35 million, airplane included.
I remember when I first saw a Boeing 757: While boarding one in 1983. I was struck by the highly cambered wings; the tall landing gear; the nose, which recalled a Lockheed Constellation; and the pair of big, high-ratio bypass engines, which seemed to produce a gentle hum as opposed to a whine. This was elegance and efficiency in motion mated to a comfortable cabin with plenty of headroom.
February 24, 2014
Gulfstream G150 on the ramp at sunset
Gas up and go—far—in this rugged, speedy model.
October 4, 2013
You can pick up a good 10-year-old Bell 430  for less than $2 million. That’s a bargain.
It’s a capable machine that deserved to do better in the marketplace.
September 25, 2013
“With the hush kits, I can land [a GIII] at the same Stage III noise-restricted airports that a GIV can,” notes one fan of the airplane. (Photo: Barry Ambrose)
Hush kits quiet the critics, while other upgrades add the latest bells and whistles. In this age of $7-a-gallon Jet A fuel, what would you call someone who buys a 12-­passenger airplane that burns more than 550 gallons an hour? Crazy? Masochistic? How about...smart? 
June 28, 2013
Residual Value
If you’re shopping for an aircraft, paying attention to residual-value projections could save you a small fortune.

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“Let me be straight with you. What I'd rather have is an airplane. We just had a third kid. I don't like flying commercial. I like to take my family to Hawaii. When I go east, I'd like to have pilots I know.   ”