““[Bill Gates] has been historically one of my best supporters…One of my favorite e-mails he ever sent me…I proposed this crazy project. And he sent back this two-line response: ‘This has got to be the craziest thing you’ve ever suggested. Please proceed.’” ”
NetJets, FlightSafety Flying High
Third-quarter pretax earnings at Berkshire Hathaway’s “other services” division, which includes FlightSafety International and NetJets, climbed 15 percent from the same quarter last year, to $281 million. The increase reflects stronger demand for pilot training at FlightSafety and, at Netjets, higher revenues, more favorable foreign currency exchange rates and slightly better operating margins. Berkshire noted that FlightSafety’s earnings rose primarily because of increased training demand in the business aviation and regional airline markets.