Business Jet Traveler

June 1, 2007
A key advantage of owning an airplane is that it becomes an extension of your home. You can fill the cabin with all sorts of creature comforts, such as your daughter's favorite teddy bear or your son's video games. The cabin might also be host to one or more actual creatures, such as the prize Papillon dog your wife carries around in her large pink purse.
June 1, 2007
Do you have a favorite in-flight meal or caterer you’d like to see featured h
The Dish: Roasted garlic toast points with a Caribbean shrimp seviche and candied lime. The Caterer: Fivestar Gourmet, Detroit, (248) 666-3630, http://www.pentastaraviation.com/private-jet-catering.html
June 1, 2007
Aircraft services and systems integrator Emteq has received a contract from Hawker Beechcraft for installation of the New Berlin, Wis. firm's new FAA-certified seat heaters in the Wichita aircraft manufacturer's King Airs. Plans exist to introduce similar seat heaters into Hawker business jets, as well as Beechcraft Baron and Bonanza models, according to Emteq president Jerry Jendusa.
June 1, 2007
Basketball fans should circle July 15 on their calendars. That's when the WNBA All-Star game returns to the nation's capital. The game, the eighth in the league's 11-year history, pits some of the best and most popular players of the Eastern Conference against those in the Western Conference.
June 1, 2007
The Federal Communications Commission, still concerned about whether cellphone calls by aircraft passengers would interfere with the ground-based cell system, has dropped a longstanding proposal to relax the current ban. But this may not be the end of the story.
June 1, 2007
At a dinner party recently, the subject turned to private jets and someone asked, "If you could have any jet, which would you pick?" Someone else blurted out, "an F-16," and everyone laughed. If you think about it, an F-16 might well give you a decided advantage over business rivals, but it would likely also raise a few concerns.
April 1, 2007
A cushion system, such as that employed in the seats from Orego Aero, uses as
A comfortable business jet cabin is important, of course, but a comfortable seat in that cabin may be even more essential. After all, that's where you'll spend most of your time aloft.
April 1, 2007
A few years ago, I was surprised to receive a call from an analyst at UBS, the global financial services firm, who asked me general questions about the used-jet market. Since then, this analyst has broadened his research, and he now regularly polls the players in the field, including brokers and dealers.
April 1, 2007
The bar at the elegant Columbia Tower Club, which occupies the top two floors
Savvy business jet travelers well know and appreciate the speed, security, convenience and time-saving benefits of private air travel. But how can you prolong the experience after you arrive at your destination? Where can you arrange a discreet meeting with the chairman of the company you've been wooing as an investment partner?
April 1, 2007
Ride and Fly president John Garwood with a Beechjet charter and his own road
Few highways have achieved the popularity of U.S. Route 66, which for years led motorists from the frigid winters of Chicago south to St. Louis and then clear across the country to the warm breezes of Los Angeles. As Nat King Cole famously sang, "If you ever plan to motor west, travel my way, the highway that's the best/Get your kicks on Route 66."

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““CEOs go to their vacation homes just after companies report favorable news, and CEOs return to headquarters right before subsequent news is released. More good news is released when CEOs are back at work, and CEOs appear not to leave headquarters at all if a firm has adverse news to disclose. When CEOs are away from the office, stock prices behave quietly with sharply lower volatility. Volatility increases immediately when CEOs return to work.” —David Yermack, a New York University finance professor, whose recently released study shows a correlation between when CEOs take their private jets on vacation and movements in their companies’ stock price ”

-David Yermack