Business Jet Traveler » April 2009

June 1, 2009
This car can turn into an airplane as quickly as Clark Kent changes clothes.
The Transition "roadable" aircraft-which can be converted from a car to an airplane or vice versa in less than 30 seconds-made its debut flight on March 5. The trip aloft was the first of several exercises in which the vehicle will be flown only over a runway, according to manufacturer Terrafugia, a Woburn, Mass. startup firm.
June 1, 2009
A citation bravo costs far less to operate than a global 5000, a potential pr
One seemingly enticing opportunity for business jet owners presented by the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) is the interchange agreement. The rule lets you "interchange" your jet with someone else's, allowing you, in the FAA's words, "to augment or more fully utilize" your aircraft.
June 1, 2009
CitationShares, Cessna's fractional ownership, membership card and aircraft management services division, has announced a three-year, 100-percent residual-value guarantee on new purchases of preowned shares. The guarantee applies to one-sixteenth shares (50 hours a year of flying time) or larger and may be exercised in months 13 through 36 of the contract.
June 1, 2009
Manufacturers delivered 191 business jets in the first quarter of this year, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. The figure represents a large decline from the record-setting 297 deliveries in the same period last year. In the turboprop segment, first-quarter deliveries rose slightly from 85 last year to 87 in 2009.
June 1, 2009
PremiAir helicopter service has announced the London Heliport Shuttle to provide transportation between London Heliport in Battersea and the UK's business aviation airports. According to the company, the launch recognizes that "some 40 percent of PremiAir's helicopter traffic now connects with private jet arrivals into UK airports."
April 7, 2009
Listen to Suze Orman's entire interview with Business Jet Traveler's Jeff Burger, as recorded at the CNBC studio in New Jersey. The audio file includes considerable material that we didn't have room for in the published article.
April 1, 2009
Business aviation has been taking it on the chin ever since Congress began pummeling the Big Three auto CEOs in December. Now any company that has taken bailout money is fair game for similar direct hits, if there is even a hint that it might be using business aviation to make itself more efficient. Citigroup unintentionally grabbed the spotlight with its order for a Dassault Falcon 7X.
April 1, 2009
People below look up and wave. Houses appear and shrink. Far above the trees,
You don't need the daring verve of Richard Branson to feel the exhilaration of being lifted into the sky by balloon. In the winter of 1991, you may recall, Sir Richard and Per Lindstrand completed the longest all-time flight in a hot-air balloon by navigating their Virgin Pacific Flyer 4,767 miles from Japan to Canada via the North Pacific jet stream.
April 1, 2009
Lavatories on some large jets rival those in high-end homes.
Lavatories on corporate and privately owned airplanes run the gamut from none at all to luxuriously appointed throne rooms fit for royalty. If you take nothing else away from this little essay, please remember: When flying on an unfamiliar airplane, you need to ask ahead of time what facilities, if any, will be available. Then plan your meal and drink schedule accordingly.
April 1, 2009
Before feeling sorry for fractional owners, those who own whole aircraft shou
Nobody likes a tax audit. Even Internal Revenue Service agents would probably rather go fishing.

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