Business Jet Traveler » October 2010

October 1, 2010
“We couldn’t operate without the airplanes.”
WE'VE WATCHED CEOS SLINK AWAY RATHER than defend their aircraft and waited to hear from executives willing to go on record about the benefits of business aviation.
October 1, 2010
Kimberly-Clark operated the iconic douglas DC-3.
Over the years, more than a few all-business-class airlines have tried to lure customers who might otherwise opt for private aviation. What we haven't often seen is a corporate flight department trying to morph itself into an airline with the same goal in mind. But that has happened at least once. 
October 1, 2010
Why would anyone need a BBJ 3? I got the answer a few years ago while touring
PLANETARIUM CEILINGS, gold-plated bidets and Louis XIV interiors may have fallen out of fashion for new Boeing Business Jets in this economy, but you can sum up the latest version of this private uber barge in one word: more. 
October 1, 2010
Today I dusted off a book that I've had for 45 years: Air Navigation, Department of the Air Force. Flipping through the book-which was a gift from an Air Force navigator, the father of one of my Cub Scout buddies-always stirs up memories. One concerns the time my buddy, Richie, and I submitted unsolicited pencil-sketch proposals for fighter jets to the Kennedy Administration.
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.

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“Let me be straight with you. What I'd rather have is an airplane. We just had a third kid. I don't like flying commercial. I like to take my family to Hawaii. When I go east, I'd like to have pilots I know. ”