“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]. ”
BJT Around the World: John Travolta at EBACE 2013
We caught up with BJT cover subject John Travolta at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva. Travolta, a brand ambassador for the airframer, has been working as a test pilot to support its efforts to get the super-midsized Challenger 350 certified. The company has issued a video of a test flight that Travolta took in the model in the U.S.
“I felt like an astronaut,” he told the crowd at a packed Bombardier booth in Geneva. “We did full performance takeoffs and climbed straight to 41,000 feet. This aircraft is definitely going to break records. It’s like a homesick angel.”
Stressing that he hadn’t joined the Bombardier flight test crew as a PR stunt, Travolta called the Challenger “a really pilot-friendly airplane” and added, “I want one.” He also mentioned that his Hollywood friends frequently ask him for advice on the ins and outs of private aviation. We were happy to learn where he points them.
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