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
Thinking about making your aircraft available for charitable flights? Before you do, be sure you understand the relevant FAA and IRS rules. If you don't, you might wind up needing almost as much help as the charity.
December 1, 2006
-NetJets CEO Richard T. Santulli, in The New York Times
December 1, 2006
Rockwell Collins will be able to continue providing satellite broadband network service to its eXchange business aircraft customers. The move comes thanks to a deal with Arinc that will bring eXchange into the SkyLink satellite network.
December 1, 2006
You want to watch what you want, when you want to watch it. That's why you have televisions in the living room, home theater, bedroom, kitchen, exercise room and den, and maybe even the garage and bathroom-not to mention TiVo and DVD players-and why networks are putting some shows on their Web sites.
December 1, 2006
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 Northeast U.S., now and a year ago. Look for price data for other parts of the country in future issues.
December 1, 2006
When you arrive on an airline flight into Washington, D.C.'s Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the seats on the left side of the aisle provide the best views of the city, especially during early April when the Tidal Basin is abloom with cherry blossoms.
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
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."

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