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
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
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
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
Schubach Aviation, which operates 21 aircraft, has introduced a jet card membership program.
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.
February 1, 2009
Editor's note: Cessna suspended development of the aircraft reviewed below in April 2009 and then formally cancelled the program in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 10, 2009.
February 1, 2009
With the acquisition of fixed-base operator Air American Fuel and Services at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Wash., Million Air has expanded its FBO chain to 26 facilities in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Grant County International is a designated port of entry and has a U.S.

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“"Many years ago, our company founder, Al Conklin, sold a new twin-engine business aircraft to a very successful entrepreneur. He had established a bit of a rapport with the individual and, after the sale, asked him straight out, 'How can you justify the cost of this airplane?' His reply? 'What is the cost of a divorce?'"–David Wyndham, president, Conklin & de Decker”

-David Wyndham