Business Jet Traveler » December 2008

December 1, 2008
Where were you last Super Bowl Sunday? I was wading across a tropical tidal flat in the Caribbean Sea, up to my knees in warm, sparkling clear saltwater.
December 1, 2008
Yves Rossy flew over the English Channel with a wing that he steers by moving
You've probably heard of very light jets-the diminutive personal aircraft commonly known as VLJs-but how about NAJs (No Airplane Jets)? Swiss pilot Yves Rossy recently flew across the English Channel with what was basically a jet-propelled hang glider strapped to his back.
December 1, 2008
In recent years, it seemed there were five buyers for every aircraft. Now it
The general population may think jet owners are insulated from economic downturns, but the growing fleet of used aircraft suggests otherwise. Since the beginning of the year, available used inventory has risen considerably.
December 1, 2008
Beyond 3000 rpm, the GT roars like a bear that took a large-caliber bullet to
The best thing that could have happened to Rolls-Royce and Bentley did happen about a decade ago, when Vickers offloaded these once-revered but faded brands to BMW and VW, respectively. Now a Roller is a Roller again, a shamelessly magnificent execution of automotive opulence and serenity.
December 1, 2008
If you collect classic cars or just enjoy viewing them, mark your calendar for January 11 to 18. That's when Barrett-Jackson will host its 38th annual car collector show in Scottsdale, Ariz. Last year's event drew a remarkable attendance-280,000 people.
December 1, 2008
The first Hawker 4000 to be delivered to a customer--cigarette wholesaler Gary Hall--was seized along with other assets in October by the U.S. government as part of a 43-count federal fraud indictment. According to the U.S.
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
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
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.

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“You’re absolutely right—and you can’t stand up in your [expletive] Rolls-Royce, either.”

-William Lear, in the early '60s, replying to a man who complained that he couldn't stand up in the original Lear Jet