Business Jet Traveler » October 2010

October 1, 2010
Some people call business airplanes time machines because they can dramatically reduce the number of hours and days it takes to travel from place to place. But flying privately does still require you to spend some time in transit. Here are eight ways to use that time more productively:
October 1, 2010
For most private fliers, the ability to drive to a nearby airport and board a waiting business jet affords sufficient convenience. But what if the nearest airport isn't all that near and you often need to take off on short notice, perhaps for places that are themselves not near airports? In that case, adding a heliport to your home could make sense.
October 1, 2010
It's no coincidence that the first "business" airplanes took to the skies just as the era of the modern airliner arrived. Progress in engine technology and aerodynamics (resulting in faster speeds and longer range) made it possible by the mid-1930s for airlines to carry more passengers farther and in less time.
October 1, 2010
“You’re not going to get up and walk around, but for a trip of one to two hou
Options at the low end of the charter market-single-engine turbine and piston aircraft as well as VLJs (very light jets)-are expanding. That's good news if you've been priced out of larger jets, want to upgrade an automobile or airline trip without busting the bank or are looking to save money on short flights or when traveling without a large group.
October 1, 2010
Do you own an Apple iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad? If so, you'll be glad to learn about the increasing number of apps that should be particularly useful to business jet travelers. Our sister publication, Aviation International News, has had an app for a while now, and BJT has just introduced one as well (see '
October 1, 2010
Unless you can buy one, don’t drive a 599. Going back to your daily mule (eve
"What exactly is the point of a $356,000 car?" It floors me when people ask that question.
October 1, 2010
The new
October 1, 2010
From the dictionary: "intangible:...that which cannot be easily defined, formulated or grasped." When it comes to assessing much of the value in flying privately, that term is dead on. True, there are software programs like Travel$ense from the National Business Aviation Association that can help make a strong financial case for business aviation.
October 1, 2010
Most business jet entertainment systems have long accommodated iPods, and the iPad is a natural addition, allowing travelers to bring their entertainment and even work content on board in a compact lightweight package.
October 1, 2010
We can leave Pittsburg [where our jets are based] and arrive at our destination quicker than we can get to the nearest commercial airport [which is two hours away].  --Ken Brock, CEO of Pittsburg, Kan.-based Names and Numbers

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