Some people tried to convince Charles Lindbergh that he shouldn’t attempt his 1927 New York-to-Paris flight in an airplane with only one engine. His response was that two engines would double his odds of having an engine failure. In the graveyard humor of pilots, the saying goes, “The second engine will take you directly to the scene of the accident.” So Lucky Lindy chose a single Wright J5 Whirlwind to power the Spirit of St. Louis, and the rest is history.
Business Jet Traveler » June 2014
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In 1924, Clyde Cessna and Walter Beech started the Travel Air Manufacturing Company in Wichita, Kansas. Within four years it was the largest maker of commercial airplanes in the U.S. Cessna left to start his own company in 1927 and Beech did likewise in 1932, forming what we now know as Beechcraft.
June 24, 2014
There aren’t many small towns that exude the culture and elegance of an urbane city. Perhaps that’s why people flock to downtown Naples, on the Gulf Coast of southwest Florida. Fifth Avenue there is rightly famous for its bistros, high-end clothing and jewelry shops and casually upscale lifestyle. Yet the area’s appeal is also because of what lies immediately beyond and around it: a golf-rich region, with low-lying courses set against a backdrop of untouched native habitats and wetland preserves.
June 22, 2014
What’s the worst thing that can happen to your business jet? You might think the answer is an accident resulting in total loss, but it’s not. If a hangar roof collapses and destroys your aircraft, your insurance should enable you to replace it. On the other hand, if the airplane is only damaged in the incident, the insurer may opt to repair it, leaving you with a jet that operates just fine but has (gasp) damage history.
June 6, 2014
Step right up and take advantage of the four-engine fire sale.
June 6, 2014
Are there one or two items you've found indispensable to have on hand while traveling? We posed that question to some globetrotters. Here's what they told us.
May 23, 2014
Dublin’s Chapter One, now in its 22nd year, offers an excellent example of modern Irish cookery. Chef and co-owner Ross Lewis and his staff will make you feel comfortable whether you’re a tourist, a local shop clerk or a certain internationally famous Irish rock star who’s known to frequent the place.
May 23, 2014
BJT readers—who represent one of the highest-net-worth magazine audiences anywhere—clearly have the means to contribute to a better world. To help you do that, we’re spotlighting one deserving organization per issue.
May 16, 2014
When you’re evaluating the state of the used-aircraft market, you need to look at more than the percentage of the worldwide fleet that’s currently for sale. You have to investigate availability in a variety of geographical areas and model-year ranges.
May 16, 2014
During the 1960s, when Sean Gallagher was 16, his mother took him fishing for steelhead on the Skagit River in northern Washington State, on the Canadian border. In the young Gallagher—now a retired teacher living in the shadow of Mount Rainier—the experience ignited a passionate pursuit of the giant sea-run rainbow trout.
“I have an obligation to get you to your destination. You have an obligation to pay. What else is there? We don't need 24 pages of legalese.”
-VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr, on the company's unusually brief, easy-to-understand contracts
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