Business Jet Traveler » April 2009

April 1, 2009
“Some charter brokers aren’t even familiar with basic aviation regulations an
One of the easiest ways to book a charter flight is through a broker. Charter brokers often have access to hundreds of aircraft and can offer services such as catering and ground transportation that small charter operators aren't able to provide. The downside, however, is that of the hundreds of brokers in existence, no two have the same safety standards or business ethics.
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
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
You'll find lots of fishing, canoeing, and kayaking possibilities on the Jame
On your approach to Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, you'll gaze down on one of America's most historic landscapes, where gardens, vineyards and venerable country estates dot rolling hills and woodlands. On one hilltop, you'll spot an elegant, white-domed Palladian villa that mysteriously arrived from northern Italy and materialized here in the hills of central Virginia.
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.
April 1, 2009
The S 240 is exactly what a Lotus has always been: a four-cylinder bare-bones
Returning a seriously good car to its lender at the conclusion of an evaluation brings a mixture of relief that it has survived a week on New York metro-area roads unscathed and regret that the loan is up. The Lotus Exige S 240 is the first loaner I've returned with more relief than regret, and that's a reflection on its preferred habitat rather than a verdict on the machine.
April 1, 2009
Although Eclipse Aviation, maker of the Eclipse 500 very light jet, is undergoing Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy proceedings, the judge in the case has yet to set
April 1, 2009
The Zepplin NT is flying on four continents and has carried more than 85,000
I hear a faint hum as the Zeppelin NT, flying low over Friedrichshafen, Germany, slips ghostlike in and out of my view through the tree line. Now it's in the clear, looking majestic and stately, a true throwback to the 1930s.
April 1, 2009
Honeywell's annual market forecast for civil turbine-powered helicopters released in late February predicts flat to slightly increased deliveries in the next five years compared with the previous five, but there are caveats aplenty. The forecast calls for deliveries to remain near 2008 levels this year before declining in 2010.
April 1, 2009
Do you have a favorite in-flight meal or caterer you’d like to see featured h
The Dish: Nigiri Maki Chef Galine at Chefs de France on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten begins making this tantalizing Japanese platter by rolling sushi rice between his palms. Then he drapes the sushi with a thin slice of squid, octopus or eel and binds it together with a strip of nori, or edible seaweed.

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