Business Jet Traveler » December 2008

December 1, 2008
A UK charter operator is offering free in-flight beauty therapy and massages to help customers relieve the stress of the current financial crisis and to arrive at their destination in better shape.
December 1, 2008
On paper, the Hawker 1000A looked like a winner. But after six years and anemic sales, Raytheon walked away from the program with only 52 built, even though it had orders for dozens more. "There must be a reason for this," I hear you say.
December 1, 2008
When you land in a foreign country, should you rent a car or stay in passenger mode and hire a driver? That may depend partly on where you are. The American Automobile Association reports that road accidents cause an estimated 1.17 million deaths per year worldwide-and that 70 percent of them occur in developing countries.
December 1, 2008
-Fletcher Aldredge, publisher of the Vref Aircraft Value Reference, whose data shows larger declines in price for light jets in recent quarters than for any other market segment. Source: Architectural Digest
December 1, 2008
Often the crew is busiest when things appear to be the quietest.
Tempted to stroll up to the cockpit for a chat with the pilots and the view from the front office? Depending on what's going on up there, that may not be such a great idea. While pilots love to talk about what they love, passenger access to the cockpit comes with some restrictions for safety reasons.
December 1, 2008
Truth is, ice is no more or less safe for consumption than the water from whi
Some of the same folks who insist on bottled water in flight think nothing of dropping into it a couple of ice cubes plucked from the machine in the hotel hallway. The tendency is to assume that the ice is a solid form of potable water.
December 1, 2008
Pickens addresses a town hall meeting on energy independence in Topeka, Kan.,
"I try to live by one simple rule," said T. Boone Pickens. "Work eight hours and sleep eight hours, and make sure they are not the same eight hours." He chuckled and then added, "But I have to tell you, I'm not doing so well these days following that rule. I need a hell of a lot more than eight hours to get in all the work I need to do."
December 1, 2008
Travelers Aviation is introducing nonowned aircraft liability coverage, which provides hull and liability protection for companies that rent or charter fixed- or rotor-wing aircraft. Also new are quota share endorsements, which allow Travelers to share risk with other insurers.
December 1, 2008
You can minimize the possibility of turbulence by flying in early morning, wh
"Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."
December 1, 2008
When evaluating a state’s aircraft taxes, don’t stop with the usual suspects.
Aircraft owners often take pleasure in contemplating federal aviation taxes. That's because much federal tax planning in this area focuses on deductions and thus on taxes the aircraft owner might save. Comparable deductions are frequently available for state tax purposes, but when the spotlight shines on state tax it usually illuminates how much the owner must pay.

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-Noreena Hertz, author of Eyes Wide Open: How To Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World