Business Jet Traveler » February 2009

February 1, 2009
Dominica’s mountains soar toward 5,000 feet, and the ground is so emerald it
An abrupt turn of the steering wheel maneuvered the Jeep off the narrow rutted road. The driver jumped out, grabbed his machete, ran to the nearby trees and hacked down a few mangos. The man sliced through golden skin, revealing fiery orange flesh, so juicy it oozed down his sinewy arms. "Fruit of the island," he said, offering the pieces to his passengers.
February 1, 2009
Charter/management company Avjet has moved into a new "green" hangar at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif. The facility, Hangar 25, is the first hangar to be certified at the platinum level by the U.S. Green Building Council, under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green-building rating system.
February 1, 2009
Executive AirShare-the only fractional aircraft ownership provider in North America to offer Embraer's Phenom 100 and 300 very light jets-has announced its fractional pricing structure for the Phenom 100. Embraer began deliveries on December 31 and the first of the five-passenger twinjets is expected to go into service with Executive AirShare in March of this year.
February 1, 2009
The Department of Homeland Security's new rule that requires general aviation pilots to file passenger names and other information with government officials before crossing a U.S. border took effect December 18, though compliance isn't mandatory until May 18.
February 1, 2009
U.S. Helicopter hoped to resume flights from New York's Wall Street heliport before this issue went to press, according to a spokesman for the company.
February 1, 2009
Schubach Aviation, which operates 21 aircraft, has introduced a jet card membership program.
February 1, 2009
Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.), who presided over the impeachment of President Clinton, will be Secretary of Transportation in President Barack Obama's administration and the second Republican selected for his cabinet.
February 1, 2009
Virgin Charter, an online charter aircraft booking resource, is now accessible through GetThere.com, a Web-based procurement center logging some 10 million travel bookings annually. By accessing Virgin Charter Marketplace through GetThere, users can receive multiple quotes from hundreds of operators throughout the U.S.
February 1, 2009
Seven FBOs have left the Million Air franchise system and switched to a new brand name, Odyssey Aviation, having joined in a marketing partnership with the Odyssey Aviation Bahamas FBO at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau. Odyssey Bahamas also used to be a Million Air franchisee.
February 1, 2009
With the economy worsening and the media focusing on the cost of private jet operation, many executives are looking for ways to reduce their travel expenses. If you're not quite ready to trade private jet efficiency for the hassles of commercial aviation, sharing charter flights could be the answer.

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“[New billionaires in fast-growing countries] have to buy longer-range airplanes. If you’re flying from Mongolia to Nigeria, it’s either a three-day journey flying commercial or a nine-hour flight on your jet.”

-Steve Varsano