Business Jet Traveler » April 2009

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."
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.
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
Composites don’t make much difference in weight but enable more efficient man
When Bombardier Aerospace launched its newest from-the-ground-up midsize Learjet-now named the Learjet 85-the company's chief designers made two key decisions. The first, not announced until well after the launch, was that the structure-including wings, fuselage and tail-would be made of composite materials instead of the traditional aluminum used for most business jets.
April 1, 2009
A line in President Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2010 has put general aviation lobbyists on high alert: "the budget proposes repealing some aviation excise taxes and replacing these taxes with direct user charges."
April 1, 2009
Protecting the finish is just one of many reasons to put a roof over an aircr
Anyone who has owned an airplane knows that finding the right place to keep it is no small task. In fact, the job is likely much more involved than first-time buyers ever imagine when they begin to consider aircraft ownership. Obtaining financing, finding insurance, hiring a crew, arranging maintenance-even redoing the interior and paint job-are likely all high on their list of things to do.

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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