Business Jet Traveler » February 2009

February 1, 2009
Brazilian manufacturer Embraer delivered its first Phenom 100 very light jet on December 31 at the company's Sao Jose dos Campos headquarters. The five-passenger twinjet was then flown to the U.S. by new owners James and Elizabeth Frost of Houston. The couple are pilots who successfully completed the Phenom 100 training syllabus and who plan to use the Phenom for business and family travel.
February 1, 2009
More than a dozen companies are involved in converting regional jets to execu
Even when economic times were good, regional airliners reconfigured for executive/VIP use were a bargain, offering a large-cabin equivalent of a Bombardier Global XRS or a Gulfstream G550 at a fifth of the cost.
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
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
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
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
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.

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