Business Jet Traveler

June 30, 2015
As a charitable trust grows, its annuity will grow. (Illustration: John Lewis)
Are you facing the enviable task of trying to make a huge capital gain disappear legally? Well, if charitable giving is also on your to-do list, you should consider a charitable remainder trust.
June 29, 2015
Helicopters have been assisting in rescue efforts in the aftermath of Nepal's earthquake.
Some of the helicopter pilots who participated in the recent Nepal earthquake rescue effort have been trained in an innovative recovery technique taught by Air Zermatt CEO and pilot Gerold Biner.
June 22, 2015
Jet cards have their benefits, including consistent service and guaranteed aircraft access. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Growth could literally be in the cards for the bizav industry. Sentient Jet, which claims 4,000 jet card customers, reports 35 percent sales growth for 2014, while card purchases at Delta Private Jets set records last year and card hours flown in NetJets’ Marquis program saw double-digit growth.
June 22, 2015
A suite at Dubai's Burg-Al-Arab hotel might cost $24,000 a night.
You know things are out of control when the Burg-Al-Arab starts to seem like a bargain. The Dubai hotel, designed in the shape of a sail billowing over Jumeirah Beach, has long been considered the model of ultra-luxury for those who desire an over-the-top lodging experience. If you really want to impress your in-laws, you can book the Burg-Al-Arab’s marble-and-gold-filled Royal Suite, which comes complete with a dining room for 12, a library, a cinema room and a team of butlers to cater to your every whim. The tab: approximately $24,000 a night.
June 14, 2015
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The Galapagos Islands, some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, rank among the world’s most distinctive and abundant wildlife destinations. Roughly 9,000 species live here and in surrounding waters. The mostly uninhabited isles are like a natural-history museum, except the animals aren’t stuffed—they’re wild. Exploring the Galapagos, I often felt as if I was walking in an exotic zoo without cages.
June 14, 2015
Cessna's CJ3 offers long-range and a spacious cabin.
Cessna’s entire line of Citation CJ light jets has remained popular over the years. Offering varying degrees of stretch of the same diameter fuselage, the models share certain characteristics. But talk to CJ owners and it quickly becomes apparent that one variant stands out above its siblings as the perfect combination of range, performance and operating economics: the seven- to nine-passenger CJ3, which first entered service in 2004.
June 7, 2015
Ziplining provides stunning views in all seasons. (Photo: The Gorge Zipline)
In any season, few Appalachian vistas can rival the views from the mile-high Blue Ridge Parkway, which connects Virginia’s Shenandoah highlands with North Carolina’s Great Smokies. When I visited, the freshly unfurled leaves of oaks and maples were green. The flowering tulip poplars appeared yellowish-green. Pollen fluff floated on air through the slanting sun. In the distance, bluish layers of the mountainsides were festooned with flowering white dogwood and blooming pink redbud.
June 1, 2015
Dassault revealed the $45 million Falcon 5X in late 2013. The first aircraft will fly this year and certification is likely in 2017.
Lots of products boast of being the biggest and most advanced, but Dassault’s new large-cabin 5X twinjet really delivers on those claims. Among other things, it changes the standard for cabin comfort, aircraft performance and ease of maintenance. And it provides an impressive template for follow-on aircraft.
May 25, 2015
Chris Burch, founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital
He sold sweaters door-to-door to fellow students at Ithaca College. That turned out to be his first step on the road to becoming a billionaire.
May 15, 2015
A business jet.
What’s driving today’s faster depreciation rates?

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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.   ”