Business Jet Traveler » October 2009

October 1, 2009
I recently was invited to the Los Angeles Dodgers' Sports Camp, or "fantasy camp" as some call it. Unlike most of the events I attend, this one was unique in that I was the only aircraft broker present. At lunchtime-after we'd spent the morning trying to look our best hacking at the fastballs and changeups that zipped our way-we were asked to recount our business experiences.
October 1, 2009
The reasons behind Richard Santulli's sudden departure from NetJets have been the subject of speculation for weeks. Sources tell us he was forced out for failing to move aggressively enough to stem financial losses at the fractional-ownership giant. Others say he fell out of favor after rejecting calls to let go of senior managers who'd worked alongside him for years.
October 1, 2009
Three reasons explain why the Hawker 700s produced between 1977 and 1984 rema
Introduced in 1977, the hawker 700 has endured  thanks to its durability, spacious stand-up cabin and bargain prices. You can pick one up on the used market for as little as $1 million. spend a little extra on paint, a new interior, a cockpit makeover and a maintenance service plan, and your airplane will be hard to distinguish from a brand-new Hawker 900XP selling for $14 million.
October 1, 2009
Only 25 miles from dassault’s main aircraft factory in France is its world-cl
When I asked Stephan Gabart, my host at Château St. Jacques Calon, a vineyard-turned-B&B just outside Saint-Émilion, France, for help finding the Château Dassault winery, he had to confess he'd never heard of the place. "Let me check," he said, leaving me by the pool and returning after a few minutes with a hand-drawn map. "What do you know," he said, "it's only two miles from here."
October 1, 2009
“After crossing the bridge from Hong Kong, I called my wife and said, ‘Honey,
Jim Sexton quit college after about a week because he wanted to create his own entrepreneurial future. "I have a knack for designing and picking things that people will buy," he said.
October 1, 2009
The Dish: Egg Soufflé Had enough of the same old scrambled eggs for breakfast? Consider the egg soufflé from South Florida-based caterer Silver Lining. Executive chefs Andrew Whiteman and James Donato came up with the recipe. They combine shrimp, sautéed mixed vegetables, creamy boursin cheese, a bit of nutty asiago and beaten egg with heavy cream and seasonings.
October 1, 2009
Hole No. 18
IT'S TOO COLD UP HERE to be a hotbed of golf. But Northland Country Club, on the western shore of Lake Superior, 150 miles above Minneapolis-St. Paul, is a gateway to the fabulous recreation area of the state's Boundary Waters region. Outdoor sports abound-not just hunting, fishing and boating, but also golf, at least during the five-month respite from winter.
October 1, 2009
"Do you realize more people have been to outer space," sputtered my friend Dave, "than have driven that car?" Of all of the reactions I got when word leaked out I'd be testing the brand-new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, his was my favorite. Dave's observation was closer to the truth than he realized.
October 1, 2009
If you've thought about selling your aircraft, you have lots of company. This is a buyer's market-and a fast-changing one. "A Falcon 2000EX might be worth $22 million until a similar serial number appears for sale for $20 million and sells for $17.5 million, altering the entire market," commented one broker.
October 1, 2009
While some are turning to biofuels as the energy source to keep future wings aloft, the team behind the newly unveiled Solar Impulse believes it can use sunlight to power their airplane-day and night. The unusual craft features solar-panel-covered wings as wide as those on a Boeing 747, but it weighs only as much as a typical car.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy