Business Jet Traveler » April 2009

April 1, 2009
For the first time in five years, worldwide deliveries of general aviation airplanes declined in 2008, dragged down by slumping piston deliveries, but business jet and turboprop shipments increased by double digits.
April 1, 2009
When House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank grilled bank CEOs in a recent televised hearing, I was surprised and even a little proud that my 10-year-old, Maddie, showed interest in the proceedings.
April 1, 2009
The GIII cemented Gulfstream's reputation as the leading business jet provider of the 1980s.
April 1, 2009
Hole No. 11
As you head south from downtown Denver, the number of office complexes, shopping malls and other real estate developments gradually declines. You begin to see raw land and get a glimpse of what the region used to look like. And then, on the far side of suburban Parker, you come to pasture land, barrancas, scrub oaks and ponderosa pines.
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.

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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