Business Jet Traveler

March 18, 2013
Stars in the Sky
In today’s world, it’s less unusual for a top celebrity to own a jet than to fly commercially. That was far from the case only a few decades ago, however. Here’s a look at some of the luminaries who pioneered the use of private aviation.
March 18, 2013
When it comes to power, performance and comfort in a used super-midsize, Bombardier’s Challenger 300 stands alone. Not that there hasn’t been competition.
March 18, 2013
If two optional side-facing divans are installed opposite one another in the Legacy 500, when extended they provide a single bed about six feet wide.
Creating a more comfortable cabin is a never-ending goal for the builders of business and private jets and their suppliers. Seats have been redesigned so the passenger no longer slides forward when they’re reclined. Carpet makers have created new designs in blends of silk and wool that entice the passenger to walk barefoot.
March 18, 2013
Eclipse Aerospace’s Eclipse 550
Bringing a soiled brand back to life is never easy—particularly with airplanes. You can count the successful revivals on one hand, most notably Bombardier’s triumph with Learjet. Now, with Sikorsky’s help, Eclipse Aerospace is poised to join this elite fraternity. Production of the Eclipse 550 is scheduled to start this summer.
March 15, 2013
C.J. Wilson
Some say the age of the Renaissance man is over, but if a modern definition exists for such a person, then Christopher John “C.J.” Wilson makes a fine fit.
March 15, 2013
Set in the hills above the historic and enchanting Brazilian town of Tiradentes in the southern portion of the state of Minas Gerais, Yum Yum is a charming little indoor/outdoor restaurant serving simple yet delectable fare. This unpretentious spot is widely known for its version of one of Brazil’s favorite comfort foods, coxinha (pronounced co-sheena).
March 14, 2013
I have always maintained that the best people on our team–those who bring the most creativity and fresh ideas to the table–are the ones who have varied and passionate interests outside the office. Unfortunately, sometimes it seems that the world (or at least the workplace) conspires against us being able to develop such interests.
February 26, 2013
Exit Strategy
Trip-protection insurance is popular with airline passengers who worry that a change in plans could mean forfeiture of airfare, prepaid accommodations and other upfront travel costs. Many air charter customers could benefit even more from such coverage, due to the amount of money at stake. Charter operators typically assess cancellation penalties that escalate as departure times approach.
February 26, 2013
The Xojet difference
Xojet is on a tear. Launched in January 2006 with a small staff and a few airplanes, the company now employs more than 350 people and operates 47 super-midsize business jets out of Brisbane, Calif.
February 26, 2013
The industry is already subject to substantial regulation. A Forbes 400 client purchasing an airplane recently faced the kind of scrutiny normally reserved for convicted felons. (Illustration by John Lewis)
Having emerged battered and bruised from the 2008 recession, aircraft lenders face fresh challenges. While worldwide economic woes linger like a bad cold that won’t go away, these lenders can expect accounting and regulatory changes that may have a significant impact on their business.

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“You want to make sure with a race in which you'll be flying home with other drivers that you don't crash into them. It's happened before, and it can make for a little bit of a tense situation.”