Business Jet Traveler

April 13, 2014
Many repeat customers learn to love the view out the big window up front. And it's not just pilot wannabees. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Hopscotch Air, a small charter operator that uses five-seat single-engine Cirrus light airplanes, just celebrated its fifth anniversary, a notable accomplishment in this economy. The company—which focuses on short flights, primarily within a 300-mile radius of New York City—serves destinations throughout New England and as far south and west as Washington, D.C., and most of Ohio.
April 8, 2014
Airbus EC155B1 helicopter in flight.
Here's why the model sold poorly—and why you might want to buy it.
April 7, 2014
Flight attendants prepare and serve gourmet meals, help passengers navigate entertainment systems and provide life-saving help in an emergency. (Photo: TWC Aviation)
You may never charter a business jet that requires a flight attendant. No chartered aircraft with 19 or fewer passenger seats needs one, according to U.S Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency regulations.
March 26, 2014
Piaf Restaurant
Housed inside the lovely Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Resort, just north of Puerto Vallarta, Piaf Restaurant presents French fare with a nod to fresh Mexican ingredients in a stunner setting.
March 26, 2014
The advantages of bonus depreciation are often over estimated, especially if an aircraft's availability for super-accelerated tax write-offs drives up the price.  (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
To start writing off your newly acquired jet for tax purposes in the U.S. you have to do more than buy it; you have to “place it in service” in your business. In recent years, the availability of “bonus” depreciation has only upped the ante on satisfying this Internal Revenue Service requirement.
March 25, 2014
Las Brumas Grill & Cafe, San Salvador, El Salvador
Last year, several of our favorite travel writers reported on the finest little-known hotels and resorts they'd discovered ("11 Great Hotels and Resorts You've Probably Never Heard Of," February/March 2013). Now it's mealtime.
March 24, 2014
“There is virtually nothing I am doing now that I would have anticipated. So much of life is serendipity.” (Photo: Bill Bernstein)
Jordan Hansell became chairman and CEO of NetJets in 2011, just two years after coming onboard as chief administrative officer and general counsel. Under his direction, the fractional-share provider launched Signature Series, a program whose goal is to refresh and unify the fleet with custom-designed cabins.
March 24, 2014
Miles and Louie Mesinger of Mesinger Jet Sales are both participating in the MAF Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
BJT readers—who represent one of the highest-net-worth magazine-audiences anywhere—clearly have the means to contribute to a better world. To help you do that, we’re spotlighting one deserving organization per issue.
March 20, 2014
Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters
Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters, the latest book from BJT editor Jeff Burger, has jus
March 18, 2014
Bombardier Challenger 350
Though its predecessor has been a formidable competitor in the super-midsize market, this new model offers even more.

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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