Business Jet Traveler

September 1, 2014
Bixjet inventory keeps declining. So do prices.
September 1, 2014
Lush turf meets the sparkling sea at the Dominican Republic’s Corales Golf Club.
September 1, 2014
Deliveries are set to begin in 2017 on a model  our reviewer considers peerless.
September 1, 2014
More airplane for less money. That has been the core of Embraer’s value proposition since it entered the corporate jet fray in 1999, and it has resonated with the market.
September 1, 2014
To call the HM4 a watch is like saying an aircraft carrier is a boat. Of course the HM4—short for Horological Machine No. 4—tells time, but it is far more than a mere timepiece and ultimately reflects the creative genius of its creator, Maximilian Büsser, and his team at MB&F, the Swiss watchmaker.
September 1, 2014
Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft CEO
Rather than downplay the HondaJet’s unconventional look, with its over-the-wing engine mount (OTWEM), the manufacturer has chosen to embrace it. The new ad campaign features a series of clever images that suggest the frontal shape of the developmental jet, with appropriately positive connotations. Knowing the history of the HondaJet’s development, I love it.
September 1, 2014
One of the most pervasive myths about the taxation of business jets in the U.S. is that the owner isn’t entitled to any deductions unless more than 50 percent of the aircraft’s usage is in a trade or business. I hear this regularly from people who are contemplating a jet acquisition but worry that they won’t be able to take any tax deductions for it because less than half the usage will be business-related. Like many myths, this one contains a nugget of truth, as I’ll explain presently. But it’s incorrect to assume you can’t write off anything if your business use doesn’t exceed 50 percent.
September 1, 2014
Today’s business jets offer all the electronic “toys” you’ll find at home. Depending on your home, in fact, you might discover more gizmos to play with on the airplane these days.
September 1, 2014
Surf Air offers unlimited San Francisco/Los Angeles flights. (Photo courtesy of Surf Air)
The airspace between traditional business jet access models (charter, fractional ownership and jet cards) and first-class airline travel has been active lately, even if there’s not much to show for it. But while some would-be per-seat charter providers and fledgling “flight club” programs appear to be in a holding pattern, one alternative operator in California has quickly taken off: Surf Air, which offers more than a dozen scheduled daily flights between off-the-hub airports in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
September 1, 2014
(Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Stocks are arguably becoming expensive, bond yields remain down and cash investments are no better than money under the mattress.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy