Business Jet Traveler » April 2008

April 1, 2008
“My philosophy is don’t let your losses impact your long-range direction an
James Dolan made news in the Pittsburgh business press in 1996 when he left a successful position as president and CEO of Federated Services Co., a subsidiary of Federated Investors, after 20 years with the well-established investment manager. To outsiders, it appeared to be a dream job.
April 1, 2008
Remoteness used to be a liability with golf. Now, with Ballyneal in the Color
A casual flyover of Colorado's northeast corner would suggest dead flat land. But two brothers who grew up here, Jim and Rupert O'Neal, knew of some anomalous terrain just south of the small farming town of Holyoke. Called the Chop Hills, this three-square-mile bubbling up of the land features dunes evocative of coastal Ireland.
April 1, 2008
To find out more about Branson's latest brand, we spoke with the man who founded it and oversees its day-to-day operations. What were you doing before this project came along? I spent most of my career in the technology business and about three years ago was introduced to private aviation.As a passenger?
April 1, 2008
Runway at Ambergris Cay is 5,700 feet long.
The Turks and Caicos Sporting Club at Ambergris Cay has completed a 100-foot-wide, 5,700-foot-long runway, which it claims is the Caribbean's longest lighted, paved private airstrip. An adjacent facility houses customs and immigration services. The airstrip operates from sunrise to sunset and after dark by prior arrangement.
April 1, 2008
More than 12 percent of operators failed a safety check
A growing number of travelers are turning to chartered aircraft as reports of airline delays, canceled flights and deteriorating service become routine. Combined with the advent of per-seat purchase options and block-membership programs, aircraft charter has emerged as an cost-effective alternative to other means of travel for many people.
April 1, 2008
Cuna de Vida, a new brand of luxury resort, has announced the start of construction of Del Rey Airport, which it said will be the world's first full-service, private international airport. It will be located on Isla Del Rey in the archipelago of Las Perlas in Panama and will accommodate aircraft as large as the Boeing Business Jet.
April 1, 2008
The school calendar generally drives peak charter times.
If you fly often via business jet charter, you know that the peak travel days sprinkled throughout the calendar can mean a limited choice of aircraft as well as price increases. But a little planning can go a long way toward minimizing both drawbacks.
April 1, 2008
The FAA has issued a Special Federal Aviation Regulation that mandates pilot training in the Mitsubishi MU-2. The move came more than two years after the agency completed its latest evaluation of the aircraft's relatively high accident rate, which has nevertheless fallen in recent years below rates for other popular turboprops such as the Cessna 441 and Turbo Commander.
April 1, 2008
New owners “don’t always want their shiny airplane in the hands of stranger
After BJT quoted Long Island, N.Y. businessman Michael Pascucci's claim that his flights on his three aircraft are "free" based on the offset revenue he earns from their charter, we received feedback from readers questioning whether this is truly possible.
April 1, 2008
During a House aviation subcommittee hearing in February, DOT Inspector General Calvin Scovel noted that aviation stakeholders are expressing growing concern about the rise in the number of severe runway incidents.

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“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”

-business aviation entrepreneur Nick Popovich