““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
Up Front: June 2011
Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Controversy equalizes fools and wise men–and the fools know it.” When we first began working on our Donald Trump feature, it was many months and many circuses ago. Like most magazines, we plan our covers well in advance, and we had been keeping The Donald on a back burner while we waited for the right time to spotlight him and his participation in business aviation. For obvious reasons, it seemed the right time was now.
Discussion about Donald Trump can set an ordinary conversation ablaze. Every single person I’ve mentioned our upcoming cover to has lit up with a
range of emotions, and the reaction has always been passionate. Despite his sometimes-outlandish antics, Trump’s joie de vivre definitely has had an impact on American culture.
Just before we went to press, he announced that he will not be running for president in 2012. He does, however, still look forward to taking off in his plush new 757. We are thrilled to be able to give you all the details about the aircraft inside this issue.
By the way, many of you have mentioned editor Jeff Burger’s article in the April 4 edition of Barron’s and the feature in the May 23 Barron’s (Penta section) by Charlie Alcock, who is a frequent BJT contributor and international editor for our sister publication Aviation International News. We’re proud of our ongoing collaboration with this Dow Jones publication, which began in 2008, and are pleased that so many of you like the results.
If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to fill out our reader’s choice survey about flying privately. The form packaged with this issue makes it easy to participate, or, if you prefer, you can complete the survey online at www.BJTonline.com/survey. Then keep an eye out for our October/November 2011 issue, where we’ll publish the results. They’re likely to include some surprises and are bound to be useful to anyone who wants to maximize an investment in private air transportation.
Thank you from all of us for your readership, support and input.