Business Jet Traveler

April 1, 2008
The silver and gold treasure you're after isn't buried. It's swimming through
Looking for an extreme fishing adventure? Try this: fly to Paris, then on to Mahe, Seychelles. You're now 1,000 miles off the coast of Kenya. Next, take a charter flight to a group of coral islands called Farquar, 500 miles south of Mahe and closer to Madagascar.
April 1, 2008
What you'll pay for air charter varies not only by aircraft type and model but by region. Here are the average per-hour rates for popular aircraft nationally and in the Southeast U.S., now and a year ago. Look for price data for other parts of the country in future issues.
April 1, 2008
Business aviation accidents and incidents declined from 60 in 2006 to 56 in 2007, but fatal accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets and turboprops increased to 18 from 17, according to the latest annual report by aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.
April 1, 2008
Ferry fees have always been part of fractional flying. Now, however, some fractional providers have made changes to their programs that substantially reduce-if not eliminate-the fees for their owners. As a result, these owners enjoy expanded ferry-fee-free travel horizons, and the other fractional providers' may find they need to respond in kind.
April 1, 2008
The Cessna 525 CitationJet that crashed in West Gardiner, Maine, on February 1 was owned and flown by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeanette Symons, an instrument-rated private pilot. The crash killed Symons and her 10-year-old son.
April 1, 2008
Farnborough, UK-based business aircraft operations company Gama Holdings purchased PrivatAir Inc., the U.S. division of PrivatAir Group, in March for an undisclosed sum. Gama also bought 25 percent of Flight Services Group, which provides charter services to the former PrivatAir management clients in the U.S.
April 1, 2008
Eclipse has revamped its production line and doubled output, but it still tur
The very light jet industry wasn't exactly flying high last year. A major supplier told me last summer that he expected half of all VLJ makers to fold soon. By the end of 2007, he looked clairvoyant; first the Aviation Technology Group suspended work on the two-seat Javelin and then, early in 2008, after sputtering for almost two years, Adam Aircraft shut its doors.
February 1, 2008
Dassault Aviation announced last year at the National Business Aviation Association Convention that it has launched the development of a super-midsize Falcon business jet, code-named SMS (for super-midsize). The aircraft will have fly-by-wire flight controls, an advanced glass cockpit and new Rolls-Royce engines in the 10,000-pound-thrust range.
February 1, 2008
In December, NetJets pilots voted overwhelmingly in support of a major amendment and five-year extension to their collective bargaining agreement with NetJets Aviation. The pilots are represented by Teamsters Local 1108.
February 1, 2008
The FAA's scrutiny of Part 135 operational control has spurred an interest in operational control of Part 91 business jets.

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“ "While it may be tempting to use broad generalizations about the way business aircraft are most often used in America today, let’s not neglect the importance of business aviation as a crucial competitive asset to companies, an economic driver and lifeline to communities large and small." ”

-Ed Bolen, President of the National Business Aviation Association