Business Jet Traveler » August 2008

August 1, 2008
Business jet accidents in the first six months of this year remained the same as during the first half of last year, while the turboprop segment saw a significant increase, according to statistics released by Robert E. Breiling Associates. Part 135 jet operations improved, with 10 accidents in the first half of last year shrinking to four thus far this year.
August 1, 2008
Relaxing on the golf course is only one attraction of the inaugural Golf and Wine Academy, which will be held October 16 through 19 in California's Livermore Valley, a 45-minute drive from San Francisco.
August 1, 2008
Aviation policies vary from company to company, and some are much broader tha
With jet-A fuel costs reaching record highs, business aircraft owners and their flight departments are feeling a big pinch in their budgets. The good news is that they are receiving some relief from an unlikely source-aircraft-insurance companies. The aviation-insurance industry equivalent of a heavyweight title fight is in full swing, and the big winner is the aircraft owner.
August 1, 2008
A futuristic-looking boeing 747 interior by Edese Doret industrial design con
Customer expectations are the driving force in any aircraft interior design, and it seems the bigger the airplane, the greater the expectations. And there's no shortage of designers who can think as big as necessary.
August 1, 2008
One company lacked a mid-size jet that fit the bill. Another wouldn’t fly to
To determine the best fractional investment, the first thing you have to do is consider your travel profile--including where you fly, how long your trips are, how many passengers you carry, how much luggage you take, what aircraft you prefer and, of course, how much you are willing to spend. Analyzing this information, you can often come up with a single, best solution.
August 1, 2008
“I've never been driven by money. Living a big lifestyle for me has never bee
Gordon ("Butch") Stewart had a comfortable middle-class childhood on Jamaica's Honeymoon Bay, so his story doesn't qualify as a rags-to-riches tale. But he most certainly went "to riches."
August 1, 2008
Just because your aircraft can fly nonstop doesn’t mean that you can.
Before booking my first charter flight in 2001, I visited industry Web sites, drove to the airport to sit in some airplanes, got advice from a reputable broker and read through a pile of operators' brochures and guides. I felt as well prepared as any new customer could be.
August 1, 2008
The tax treatment of many aircraft expenses isn’t obvious. Some costs, especi
When a company buys jet fuel for a business flight, the fuel will be consumed immediately. So the cost is tax deductible as an ordinary expense in the current period. Most expenses of owning and operating a business jet are like that-they can be deducted currently and thus offset taxes on current business income.
August 1, 2008
The challenge faced by Eclipse Aviation reminds me of the old joke: "How can you wind up with a million dollars by investing in aviation? Start with two million."
August 1, 2008
What you'll pay for air charter varies not only by aircraft type and model but by region. Here are the average per-hour rates for popular aircraft nationally and in the North Central U.S., now and a year ago. Look for price data for other parts of the country in future issues.

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“"Many years ago, our company founder, Al Conklin, sold a new twin-engine business aircraft to a very successful entrepreneur. He had established a bit of a rapport with the individual and, after the sale, asked him straight out, 'How can you justify the cost of this airplane?' His reply? 'What is the cost of a divorce?'"–David Wyndham, president, Conklin & de Decker”

-David Wyndham