Business Jet Traveler » August 2008

August 4, 2008
When it comes to pure climbing power, the Learjet 60 is hard to beat. This airplane doesn't just take off-it blasts off.
August 1, 2008
-Sandals Resorts owner Gordon "Butch" Stewart, in his Center Stage interview.
August 1, 2008
Salt Lake City, well known for its founding by Mormon pioneers in 1847 and as the home of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, gained the nickname "Crossroads of the West" after the "Golden Spike" symbolically completed the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, just north of the Great Salt Lake.
August 1, 2008
“If you get one airplane and you get other people using it to defray the cost
The NASDAQ crashed in March 2000, Shawn Jenkins recalled. "That June, my partner Mason Holland and I started Benefitfocus. It was an awkward time to start a software company," he said, with just a touch of irony.
August 1, 2008
Swiss-based Jet Aviation and Dubai-based charter operator Elite Jets have formed a partnership to provide aircraft management and charter services in the Middle East. Elite Jets will provide regional charter services to Jet Aviation customers in the Middle East, while Jet Aviation will offer line and unscheduled maintenance services to Elite's fleet of business aircraft.
August 1, 2008
For an elite band of thrill-seekers, heli-skiing is the ultimate adrenaline rush.
August 1, 2008
Hawker Beechcraft has a program well under way to produce the Premier II update to the Premier I that will climb faster, fly farther and faster, and carry a bigger payload, according to the company. The Premier II will feature new 3,050-pound-thrust Williams International engines and performance-enhancing winglets.
August 1, 2008
Castle & Cooke Aviation has opened an FBO at Honolulu International Airport. The former Circle Rainbow facility received a $5 million upgrade, with renovation of the lobby, 18,000-square-foot hangar and 60,000 square feet of office space. Castle & Cooke plans to offer jet-A and avgas service later this year on an expanded general aviation ramp on the island of Lanai.
August 1, 2008
Geiger Excavating has sued Eclipse Aviation, seeking refund of a $150,000 deposit for an Eclipse 500 VLJ, plus pre-judgment interest and the cost of taking the case to court. Jay Geiger, president of Geiger Excavating of Fort Wayne, Ind., signed a deposit agreement for the aircraft in October 2000.
August 1, 2008
Sometimes, pilots must make the transfer from wings to wheels briskly.
What Americans call "landing gear," the British call "undercarriage," which really is much more logical. That's because an airplane uses its wheels not just to land but also to take off, taxi and sit around in the hangar. Whatever you call it, the part of the aircraft that allows it to move around on the ground has several distinguishing characteristics.

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“[New billionaires in fast-growing countries] have to buy longer-range airplanes. If you’re flying from Mongolia to Nigeria, it’s either a three-day journey flying commercial or a nine-hour flight on your jet.”

-Steve Varsano