Business Jet Traveler

October 1, 2007
Col. James Wolcott, operations group commander for the 89th Airlift Wing, sta
You've probably heard of or seen Air Force One-even if only in a movie or on TV-and know that it carries the President of the U.S. and his staff. But did you know that the Air Force also operates 15 other business jets that are used to transport high-profile government officials, including members of Congress?
October 1, 2007
Cutter Aviation, a full-service fixed-based operator (FBO) at eight major Southwest airports, recently opened a $4.5 million corporate aircraft hangar at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The 50,000-square-foot, climate-controlled facility is divided into three units and, with 28-foot door height, can accommodate aircraft as large as the Global XRS.
October 1, 2007
Charter operator LyddAir has introduced Airshare, a fractional-ownership program offering pre-owned twin-engine piston and turboprop aircraft. At present, the fleet includes a pair of Piper PA31 Chieftains and a Beech Baron B58. The company, headquartered at Lydd Airport in southeastern England, is preparing to add a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200.
October 1, 2007
President Bush has signed the Improving America's Security Act of 2007, which includes provisions dealing with general aviation security. Among other things, the act directs the Transportation Security Administration to develop and implement a standardized threat-and-vulnerability-assessment program for general aviation airports.
October 1, 2007
Aircraft cabin pressure often receives blame for passenger discomfort, from mental and physical fatigue to nausea, headaches and malaise. And while some justification exists for such claims, the subject is complicated.
August 1, 2007
Business jet travelers can touch down in the heart of wine country.
Summer days can be quite warm in northern California's inland valleys, even those that lie fairly near the coast. By evening, though, the warm, moist air is cooled by the bitterly cold Pacific Ocean, resulting in a thick bank of offshore fog.
August 1, 2007
The Hawker 4000 features a 100-cubic-foot baggage compartment, a comfortable
More than a decade after the super-midsize Hawker 4000 was announced, Hawker Beechcraft (née Raytheon Aircraft) is preparing to deliver the first copy of the business jet later this year.
August 1, 2007
Even as the FCC and FAA continue to find reasons not to approve in-flight use of personal cellphones, European authorities apparently have no such qualms. At the Paris Air Show in June, mobile telephony service provider OnAir announced that the European Aviation Safety Authority has certified the airborne GSM equipment that supports OnAir services for use on the Airbus A318.
August 1, 2007
A Brazilian court has indicted ExcelAire pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino for their alleged role in the mid-air collision of an Embraer Legacy and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 over the Amazon jungle last September 29. Joe Sharkey, a New York Times writer on assignment for this magazine, was a passenger aboard the business jet.
August 1, 2007
Airbus CEO John Leahy has confirmed that the company will be converting a giant A380 airliner to an executive/VIP role for an unnamed buyer. While there are unconfirmed reports about the buyer's identity, Leahy would say only that he is neither American nor European and the airplane would be for his personal use.

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