Business Jet Traveler

August 1, 2007
What you'll pay for air charter varies not only by aircraft but by region. Here are the average per-hour rates for popular aircraft nationally and in the Northwest U.S., now and a year ago. Look for price data for other parts of the country in future issues.
August 1, 2007
When you dine aboard a business jet, you expect a meal that's as first-class as the flight. But delivering gourmet food isn't as easy at 41,000 feet as it is on Earth. Just how do in-flight catering companies overcome the many obstacles they face and serve up dishes that rival what leading restaurants have to offer?
August 1, 2007
It is your responsibility as a passenger to ensure that the preflight safety
All takeoffs are optional but all landings are mandatory. It's one of those clever dark-humor catchphrases that permeate aviation and it speaks an unerring truth. Once you break ground and clear the security of the runway, you've left behind the one option that absolutely guarantees you will not have an airplane crash today.
August 1, 2007
For those who remember where they were when Neil Armstrong and his crew took the ultimate business flight, it might be hard to believe NASA's Apollo program is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. In the Shadow of the Moon, which opens throughout the U.S. on September 7, marks that anniversary by taking a look back at one of the 20th Century's crowning achievements.
August 1, 2007
Because of "a number of accidents," prior to which the pilots had failed to reveal substance or alcohol dependency during medical evaluations, the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that the FAA require pilots to submit full arrest and court records to medical examiners, including details such as blood alcohol content and behavior at the time of the offense.
August 1, 2007
First, some good news: aircraft ownership, while expensive, offers many tax benefits. A business jet may generate, say, $2 million of out-of-pocket costs annually, but if all of those costs are deductible against taxable income, your after-tax out-of-pocket costs might be only $1.2 million.
August 1, 2007
The AdamJet A700 has the largest cabin available in a VLJ.
Adam Aircraft may have taken the first very light jet order from the People's Republic of China. The Denver-based manufacturer announced receipt of a firm order for 50 AdamJet A700 twin-boom VLJs from Hainan Zhong Hang Tai General Aviation Airlines, the China-based operating entity of Ameritech Aerospace.
July 1, 2007
Don't leave home without it-not if you want simple, guaranteed access to a business jet at a reasonable hourly rate. That's the pitch that has driven the rapid growth of jet card programs. Almost a dozen national companies, including the major fractional and charter fleet providers, now offer these cards. Numerous smaller charter companies also provide jet cards.
June 1, 2007
Cascades Hole No. 15 and Clubhouse
Our series on America's best golf courses continues with a look at three of the best classic fairways in the southeast U.S., as determined by Golfweek magazine's handpicked panel of 385 course raters. The raters, who are students of architecture, attend national workshops and each evaluate 15 to 20 courses per year.
June 1, 2007
Everyone agrees that age, and the experience that goes with it, are good thin
Alone, in their 50-seat commercial jet, the two young pilots decided to see what [the Bombardier CRJ200] could do," reported The New York Times in an article titled, "Just Before Dying, a Thrill at 41,000 Feet." The article described how the pilots took the aircraft up to its altitude limit of 41,000 feet.

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“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