Business Jet Traveler » December 2007

December 1, 2007
The Nineteenth Hour
Chandelle Winery-which specializes in California wines in bottles that feature aviation art-is marking the 80th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's epic flight from New York to Paris with specially adorned 2004 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon and 2005 Chardonnay. The wines will be available only until the end of this year.
December 1, 2007
We had just sat down in cozy alpine hut No. 6 on the snowy, remote slopes of Lech, Austria, when our private ski instructor, Max Weissengruber, ordered a round of peach schnapps-which he insisted was de rigueur at 11 a.m. "Life is not only about maximum profit," he said with his signature Austrian dogmatism. "It's about quality."
December 1, 2007
The plate block with an inverted Jenny will cost you $3 million.
Manned flight in powered aircraft was only 15 years old when the idea of carrying mail in airplanes seemed doable to the bureaucrats in Washington. The airplane's success during the Great War in Europe-still ongoing- showed a promise of peacetime applications. So it happened on May 1, 1918, that the U.S.
December 1, 2007
One of the premier events for car aficionados, the Palm Beach [Fla.] Cavallino Classic, takes place January 22 to 27 at the Breakers Hotel in that city. Ferrari owners will find much to see and do, including a track meet; a touring rally with vintage and classic Ferraris; and-the high point of the show-the Concorso d'Eleganza, which will feature more than 100 classic cars.
December 1, 2007
Bombardier's next Learjet will be bigger and faster than any of its forebears, the company has announced. The 10-seat, stand-up-cabin Learjet NXT will fill the market gap between the midsize Learjet 60XR and super-midsize Challenger 300.
December 1, 2007
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, 2007
A Hummer donated by General Motors provides ground transportation for veteran
The Veterans Airlift Command (www.veteransairlift.org) is looking for a few good pilots-and airplanes. The mission: help convalescing servicemen and women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan with their recovery.
December 1, 2007
Despite "challenges" in assembly of the first Boeing 787 prototype that have forced delay of the first flight and certification by at least six months, Boeing Business Jets does not expect to have to reschedule delivery dates for executive models of the jetliner. Boeing claims to have firm orders for nine executive 787s, two of which will go to an unidentified leasing company.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy