Business Jet Traveler » December 2006

December 2, 2006
Business jets were involved in 18 nonfatal and three fatal accidents during the first nine months of 2006, compared with 16 nonfatal and one fatal accident in the same period last year. Despite the increase in fatal accidents, the number of deaths remained the same, at eight persons, according to safety analyst Robert E. Breiling of Boca Raton, Fla.
December 1, 2006
Lloyd Geist, chief pilot for Jet Management Inc., was standing nearby in an airport terminal when another business jet pilot dropped off his rental car. A customer service rep told the other pilot he'd have to pay $4.75 per gallon to refill the vehicle's gas tank. "That's OK," he told her. "It's not my money."
December 1, 2006
Think you've caught some spirited fish before? Think again. Consider the Pacific sailfish. On a fly. Not a real fly, of course-or more precisely, a whimsy of fluff on a hook posing as a natural insect-but rather a 10-inch-long gob of chicken feathers dyed hot pink and lashed to a miniature harpoon.
December 1, 2006
“Because three of the major fractional providers are owned by manufacturers,
To become a smarter consumer of business aviation services, believes consultant Michael Riegel, you probably don't need more information- you simply need to better understand and analyze the information you already have. "There's plenty of data," Riegel explained. "It's the interpretation of that data that's lacking.
December 1, 2006
In the late 1960s, NASA was looking around for an aircraft that would do a good job of training astronauts to practice space shuttle landings. The agency selected the Gulfstream GII, and that says a lot about the airplane.
December 1, 2006
Winter flying might be considered better or worse than summer flying, dependi
For private jet travelers intent on satisfying their own "urge for going," winter flights south often begin with a quick, cold dash from the limo or terminal across a wind-blown, icy ramp to a toasty preheated cabin. The rest of the flight passes in climate-controlled comfort until you emerge-relaxed and refreshed-to take on the sun.
December 1, 2006
According to Embraer, buyers of its Legacy 600 business jets can now use the Multi Service Aviation Affinity Card at airports worldwide to pay for fuel, maintenance, catering, landing fees and other charges. The Brazilian manufacturer has also announced that U.S. Bancorp's U.S.
December 1, 2006
Verizon Airfone has notified customers that it will continue to provide Teledyne Control MagnaStar users with air/ground communications through at least Dec. 31, 2007. Verizon will also accept new service agreements with the understanding that they may end on that date.
December 1, 2006
The 70-year-old Piper Aircraft has begun a new era, launching the six-seat, single-engine PiperJet, carrying a price tag of approximately $2.19 million. The move adds another entrant into the very light jet market.
December 1, 2006
At the National Business Aviation Association convention in October, Cessna introduced the latest member of its Citation family, the CJ4. The Wichita, Kan. manufacturer claims it is a clean-sheet design rather than a derivative of past Citation CJs.

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