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
Jet Aviation, based in Basel, Switzerland, has contracted with internationally known designer Philippe Starck to fashion an executive/VIP interior for a customer's Airbus A330-200. The cabin will be fitted with a master bedroom and dressing room, lounge, conference/dining room and private salon. An aft section will be configured in business class and equipped with a galley.
December 1, 2006
The second prototype of the eight-passenger Grob SPn light jet crashed shortly after takoff from the company's airfield in Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Germany, on November 29, killing the chief test pilot, who was the sole occupant. The airplane had logged 28 hours since its first flight on September 29.
December 1, 2006
The Middle East Business Aviation conference and exhibition, scheduled for January 31 and February 1 in Dubai, is shaping up well, according to organizers.
December 1, 2006
Fractional ownership firm European Business Jets (EBJ) plans to expand its fleet through the addition of an aircraft management division. The company, based 70 miles north of London at Cambridge Airport, is also considering adding new airplane types, including very light jets such as Embraer's Phenom 100 and the HondaJet.
December 1, 2006
Business aviation, long exempt from the government security rules applied to airlines, will begin finding things different, and perhaps more onerous, at certain European airports.
December 1, 2006
Is fractional ownership right for you? Or would a jet-card program, a block-charter card program, on-demand charter or maybe even whole-aircraft ownership better suit your needs?
December 1, 2006
A clear understanding of the partnership between aircraft owner and managemen
Chartering out your jet when you don't need it can seem like a no-lose proposition. It's certainly not earning you any money sitting in a hangar. On the contrary. So why not put it to work to help defray your ownership costs? You may well want to do just that, but not before you've carefully weighed the pros and cons.
December 1, 2006
I said, “I’m gonna get me a private jet. If I had my own airplane, I’d be out
The quintessential self-made man, Michael Harrah launched his career with nothing but competitive zeal and a carpenter's toolkit. About 35 years later, he is the sole owner of Caribou Industries, which has built and managed restaurants, high-rise offices, hotels, golf courses, shopping malls, convention centers and other properties throughout the western U.S.
December 1, 2006
Challenger 604
After a two-year buying spree, business jet sales in 2006 reverted to a more typical cyclical pattern. Overall, sales remained strong, but the year was characterized by ups and downs. We witnessed a lackluster first quarter, followed by a buoyant second quarter and a summer slowdown.

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“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”

-business aviation entrepreneur Nick Popovich