Business Jet Traveler » August 2010

McG
August 1, 2010
When he introduces himself in a hangar at TWC Aviation in Van Nuys, Calif., film and television director and producer McG is so friendly and engaging that you can't help wishing he were a neighbor who might come over for the occasional beer or Monday Night Football get-together. 
August 1, 2010
A fully loaded GIV weighs 73,000 pounds, and 29,000 of that is fuel.
Applying the language of golf, the Gulfstream IV is a solid par performer. It's a no-drama player that hits straight down the middle, avoids the hazards and posts consistent scores.  
August 1, 2010
Leasing might make sense if you can't take advantage of the tax-depreciation
You've analyzed numerous variables, including where, when and how often you fly. You've determined that a fractional share makes sense for you and figured out which aircraft model best suits your needs. You've even picked a fractional provider. Time to call the company, sign the paperwork and break out the margaritas?
August 1, 2010
Wall Streeters and other experts have been making a variety of persuasive but conflicting predictions about where the economy is headed. Will a recovery be shaped like a V? Or a U? Or perhaps a W? One expert even suggested an L-shaped condition, in which a nosedive would be followed by an indefinite period where we skid sideways along the bottom.
August 1, 2010
A handful of operators own their fleets and can set whatever prices they want
Say for a moment that you own an aircraft rather than simply fly on those you charter. Given the direct operating costs and all the other expenses of ownership, how much would you charge a stranger to use your airplane?
August 1, 2010
Opportunities to mitigate IRS or SEC difficulties by paying for non-business
One of the biggest challenges posed by FAA regulations is how to pay for a flight on a non-commercial aircraft.
August 1, 2010
Some Coloradans have spent years equipping themselves and pursuing elk on the
Wilderness hunting for big game is always exciting. When the prey is North American wapiti or elk, the experience is nothing short of exhilarating. 
August 1, 2010
"When I was telling people that I joined Piaggio," said John Bingham, "they would say, 'I didn't realize that you had gone to work in motor scooters.' I quickly understood that we needed to do something about the name of the company. So that is why we branded it 'Piaggio Aero.'"
August 1, 2010
Any trip can be more efficient at slower speeds, which also result in less we
Flying in business aircraft, whether small or large, is an expensive proposition. But a variety of methods can help you keep costs to a minimum while maximizing safety and efficiency. 
August 1, 2010
If you’re unsure, ask flight attendants about the safety training they’ve rec
How would you respond to an in-flight emergency? If your answer involves seeking help from flight attendants, that's not surprising. Passengers typically consider them to be the cabin safety go-to people.

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