Business Jet Traveler » April 2010

April 5, 2010
You know the economy is improving when private jets return to the skies. And that's exactly what is happening now. Encouraged by rising profits and the diminished likelihood of a double-dip recession, some corporations and high-net-worth highfliers who had idled their jets through the downturn are venturing back into business aviation.
April 1, 2010
The biggest dilemma guests face at the Resort at Pelican Hill is making sure they don't get diverted from golf. With 36 holes designed by Tom Fazio, there's enough there along the Pacific Ocean 45 miles south of downtown Los Angeles to hold the interest of the most discerning golf traveler.
April 1, 2010
Members looking for travel mates to share costs can post prospective flights
Conceptually, it makes sense: share the expenses of a flight among unrelated fellow travelers and slash the cost of charter. But flight sharing, or per-seat charter, has proved difficult to translate into a workable model for travelers or charter entities. Witness the 2008 demise of DayJet, the Florida-based air-taxi startup.
April 1, 2010
An old west feeling still pervades the city. A cowboy hat is considered sensi
Tucsonans are generally too polite to say this, but they consider their city to be the anti-Phoenix.
April 1, 2010
The last time we put something other than a celebrity on the cover of a regular issue was just over a year ago, when we ran photos of Detroit's embattled auto CEOs testifying before Congress [February/March 2009 issue].
April 1, 2010
Every chip, relay, servo and processor must prove beyond a glimmer of doubt t
When it comes to reliability, there's a fundamental difference between the aviation field and just about every other walk of life. Nowhere is the chasm more visible than when you compare aviation's safety culture with what goes on in the computer industry. I know.
April 1, 2010
--Donald Trump, who gets around on his own Boeing 727 jumbo jet (which he put up for sale in November, reportedly so he could upgrade to a more efficient model)
April 1, 2010
Nan Kramer, a Honeywell flight attendant, surveys the devastation in Port-au-
Two massive earthquakes in two months. Hundreds of thousands dead, millions displaced. The responses to the twin tragedies in Haiti and Chile were unprecedented from a humanitarian-aid perspective, including the first-ever large-scale coordinated effort to bring supplies directly to earthquake survivors aboard business jets. The world has never seen anything quite like it.  
April 1, 2010
An aircraft starts to deteriorate as soon as it leaves the factory. Parts wear out and corrosion sneaks into hard-to-reach corners. Expensive engine components tick off their allowed lifetime operating cycles and hours each time you fly. There's only one way to combat this entropy, preserve airworthiness and maximize safety, and that is by performing maintenance.
April 1, 2010
This design philosophy means not only lower fuel burns but impressive potenti
Gulfstream's G650, which the company will start delivering in 2012, will be the world's fastest and longest range business jet. Its tall and wide-bodied cabin-the largest in the company's fleet-will boast the latest in comfort and convenience features.

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