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
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.
February 1, 2009
Egyptian movie star Yousef Mansour has bought a Phoenix CRJ and plans to prominently feature the large-cabin jet in his next series of films. The aircraft is a 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional airliner that has been extensively converted by Dubai-based Project Phoenix into a long-range executive jet that can seat 12 passengers.
February 1, 2009
Central South Dakota includes some of the most inviting
habitats in the worl
On a bright October morning, I climb aboard a small bus with a group of happy hunters dressed in various configurations of fluorescent orange. In the center aisle are vertical gun racks where the jovial friends have placed their finely crafted shotguns. On the floor between the racks are large Tupperware tubs filled with hundreds of shotgun shells-red for 12-gauge, yellow for 20.
February 1, 2009
You’ll have an uphill battle trying to convince the IRS that you need a Globa
What do a business jet and a stamp collection have in common? According to the Internal Revenue Service, both may be hobbies. If the IRS considers your aircraft a hobby, you won't be able to write off all the related expenses for tax purposes.
February 1, 2009
The Dish: Lobster Popcorn with Lemon Butter Lobster and popcorn both improve with butter, and when you combine all three ingredients, you're on the road to culinary heaven. This labor-intensive dish starts with boiled lobster, which is shocked in an ice bath after cooking. Then the tail is sliced into bite-size medallions.
February 1, 2009
When your aircraft is in the air, even if you’re not on it, you have exposure
As the economy has suffered historic setbacks, an old four-letter word has come to the fore in our business vernacular: risk. Just as you seek to better understand the risk of your portfolio investments, you should consider the risk that goes with your fractional jet ownership.
February 1, 2009
With a top speed of more than 17,000 miles per hour, NASA's space shuttles make even the fastest business jets seem slow by comparison-and soon you'll be able to buy one. Better hang onto your airplane, though: When NASA sells its three remaining shuttles-Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour-following their planned 2010 retirement, the craft will be for display purposes only.
February 1, 2009
The AAIR system includes a seatbelt airbag; an electronics module about the s
"It has never made sense to me that people who wouldn't consider driving in a car without airbags will get in an aircraft that doesn't have them," said Bill Hagan, president of Phoenix-based AmSafe Aviation. According to Hagan, airbags on airplanes can significantly increase passenger safety in accidents that occur during taxiing, takeoff and landing.
February 1, 2009
Lights! Camera! Airplanes! The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, will present its second annual Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation March 12 to 15.

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