Business Jet Traveler » August 2009

September 1, 2009
Much has changed since last fall, when the National Business Aviation Association held its 61st Annual Meeting and Convention in Orlando.
September 1, 2009
I must admit I've been treated royally during my stay here at Camp Ryabaga, above the Arctic Circle. In fact, I can't remember when I've been so pampered so far from home. Ten anglers fed by three chefs, looked after by four housekeepers, with five helicopter mechanics, a massage therapist and doctor on standby-30 staff altogether-evokes in one a blush of guilt. But one soon gets over it.
September 1, 2009
“You want to have a few delicacies, and that’s enough. The same with wine. It
When the effervescent Wolfgang Puck visits Spago, his signature restaurant in Beverly Hills, he often stops by each table to greet fans of his innovative "fusion" cuisine, which blends cooking styles and ingredients from various parts of the world.
September 1, 2009
Granted, President Obama's use of a private, albeit publicly owned, jet for a New York date night in May might have done more to fulfill a campaign promise to his wife than it did to support our industry. Still, it was a show of support.
September 1, 2009
A Falcon 900 needs more maintenance than a Twinjet, but burns less fuel than
A very good airplane is about to get better. The wide-cabin Falcon 900 trijet combines unequaled performance and versatility with a design that has remained popular since deliveries began in 1986. More than 400 are in service.
September 1, 2009
Providing aircraft at locations all over the U.S. on short notice is no small
Suze Orman didn't pause before answering when I asked whether she'd ever considered replacing her charter flights with a fractional jet share. "I think they're rip-offs," said the personal-finance guru, in an interview that appeared in our April/May 2009 issue.
September 1, 2009
There are times when leasing an aircraft makes more sense than buying one outright-including times like these. Leasing can offer several advantages over purchasing, and the turmoil currently rocking the global aircraft marketplace has only amplified these benefits. So how can you determine whether a lease is right for you? Consider these seven factors:
September 1, 2009
Boeing Business Jets has unveiled a 747-8 VIP cabin module that provides 807 square feet of extra floor space above the main deck. It can contain up to 16 berths or various seating options and increases total cabin space to 5,620 square feet.
September 1, 2009
“The flight department guys treat you much better if you show up in an airpla
Steve Taylor, the new president of Boeing Business Jets, grew up around airplanes. "My first airplane ride was in an Aero Commander at age a-month-and-a-half and I have kind of been in them ever since," he told me. "I was a kid who read airplane magazines front to back-your basic airplane geek."
September 1, 2009
Proposed federal legislation (H.R. 2454) intended to reduce CO2 emissions could seriously harm the business aviation industry, believes Bill de Decker, cofounder and president of the aviation-consulting firm Conklin & de Decker.

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