Business Jet Traveler » August 2008

August 1, 2008
Eagle Point is underrated as a golf club and has some  of the best year-round
Things are simple at the Tom Fazio-designed Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C. Forget about tee times, swimming pool or tennis. The par-72 core routing is unencumbered by housing or development. The private club is readily walkable and has a fine caddie program.
August 1, 2008
In the same week in June, several airlines announced they would be grounding airplanes, reducing capacity and eliminating jobs, mainly because of soaring fuel prices. Meanwhile, the Stanford Transportation Group, a San Francisco-based consulting firm, reported the results of its biennial analysis of premium passenger activity in the U.S. airline and business aviation markets.
August 1, 2008
Entrepreneur Tony Fox hefts a copy of Sam Williams’ revolutionary WR19-3 turb
VLJ technology centers on a new generation of engines and avionics that can give little jets very big jet capability and good fuel economy at reduced weights. At 400 mph at 41,000 feet, a typical twin-engine VLJ burns less than 100 gallons per hour. Fully loaded, all of these airplanes weigh less, sometimes a lot less, than 10,000 pounds.
August 1, 2008
Landmark Aviation has added Jimsair Aviation Services to its FBO network, giving it a total of 42 facilities in the U.S., Canada and Western Europe. The deal also included an air charter service formerly operated by Jimsair, as well as Lindy Premier Inflight Catering, located on the FBO premises and also previously under Jimsair management.
August 1, 2008
Some owners want to change the registration "numbers" (which include letters) on an
August 1, 2008
The FAA has provided grant money to fund a hotline-(888) 759-3581-where charter operators can report "suspected illegal commercial activity." The National Air Transportation Association will administer the program.
August 1, 2008
Britain's all-business-class carrier Silverjet ceased operations in May, becoming the third such airline to collapse within six months. MAXjet launched service in November 2005 and ceased operations in December 2007. Eos, which began service a month before MAXjet, lased just four months longer, filing for bankruptcy in April 2008.
August 1, 2008
Senator McCain’s Boeing 737 (top) has been configured to  recall his old camp
Back before the Iowa primary, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain spent lots of time rolling around that state on campaign buses. But with the clock ticking toward election day and much bigger terrain to cover, both candidates have long since turned mostly to business jet travel.
August 1, 2008
Charter volume is dropping significantly in some markets, according to charter industry insiders. Recent increases in the size of the business aviation fleet are contributing to this problem, said William Quinn Jr., chairman of Aviation Management Systems in Portsmouth, N.H.
August 1, 2008
Cleveland-based fractional provider Flight Options has named Kenn Ricci chairman. Mike Silvestro, meanwhile, becomes CEO, replacing S. Michael Scheeringa. Additional management changes at the company are anticipated, according to industry sources.Ricci returns to Flight Options 10 years after founding the company and six years after selling it to Raytheon Corp.

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““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”

-—actor and comedian Ricky Gervais