Business Jet Traveler » August 2007

August 1, 2007
Bigger isn't always better, which is one reason many attendees like the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), which takes place in Switzerland each May. They see it as a scaled-down version of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention that is held annually in the U.S.
August 1, 2007
“They’re real workhorses,” said one owner.
The Citation V/Ultra is perhaps the best example of Cessna's well-honed ability to continually evolve a time-tested airframe into a market-leading workhorse. Based on the wildly popular Citation II, which entered production in 1977, the Ultra adds a slightly stretched fuselage, a plush interior, a more efficient high-speed wing, more powerful engines and updated avionics.
August 1, 2007
It’s an understatement to call this aviation hub busy, but business jet trave
Look at an air map of the Los Angeles Basin and you'll see that this is a busy place. But flying into the area is the only way to fully gauge the airspace's complexity and congestion. The volume of disparate aircraft sharing altitudes, approaches and runways is immense.
August 1, 2007
What you'll pay for air charter varies not only by aircraft but by region. Here are the average per-hour rates for popular aircraft nationally and in the Northwest U.S., now and a year ago. Look for price data for other parts of the country in future issues.
August 1, 2007
When you dine aboard a business jet, you expect a meal that's as first-class as the flight. But delivering gourmet food isn't as easy at 41,000 feet as it is on Earth. Just how do in-flight catering companies overcome the many obstacles they face and serve up dishes that rival what leading restaurants have to offer?
August 1, 2007
During the golden weeks of late September and early October, few places offer a greater fly-fishing spectacle than the short tidal rivers on the edge of the Bering Glacier, an ice field larger than Rhode Island. These rivers are packed with coho salmon-silvers, as Alaskans call them.
August 1, 2007
For those who remember where they were when Neil Armstrong and his crew took the ultimate business flight, it might be hard to believe NASA's Apollo program is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. In the Shadow of the Moon, which opens throughout the U.S. on September 7, marks that anniversary by taking a look back at one of the 20th Century's crowning achievements.
August 1, 2007
Because of "a number of accidents," prior to which the pilots had failed to reveal substance or alcohol dependency during medical evaluations, the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that the FAA require pilots to submit full arrest and court records to medical examiners, including details such as blood alcohol content and behavior at the time of the offense.
August 1, 2007
It is your responsibility as a passenger to ensure that the preflight safety
All takeoffs are optional but all landings are mandatory. It's one of those clever dark-humor catchphrases that permeate aviation and it speaks an unerring truth. Once you break ground and clear the security of the runway, you've left behind the one option that absolutely guarantees you will not have an airplane crash today.
August 1, 2007
First, some good news: aircraft ownership, while expensive, offers many tax benefits. A business jet may generate, say, $2 million of out-of-pocket costs annually, but if all of those costs are deductible against taxable income, your after-tax out-of-pocket costs might be only $1.2 million.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy