Flying

January 27, 2015
The VIP version will seat eight to 12 and incorporate all the entertainment, information and high-speed-connectivity equipment that you can find on the latest private jets. (Photo: Mariano Rosales)
The 525 Relentless is Bell Helicopter's most ambitious project in years and its largest civil helicopter ever.
January 25, 2015
Recent developments in weather radar have significantly improved safety, and also improved efficiency in flight planning and avoiding turbulence. (Photo: Mark Phelps)
Knowing with confidence and precision where bad weather is makes for more than just safer flying.
January 21, 2015
When you’re choosing a business jet, we can’t think of a better source than the pilots who operate these aircraft every day. (Photo: Fotolia)
When you’re choosing a business jet to charter or buy, there’s a lot to consider, including cabin ­comfort and size, in-flight entertainment, speed, range, safety features, baggage space and more.
January 20, 2015
Travelers are growing more comfortable with online booking. One company sold a BBJ flight on  its app for half a million dollars. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Several online charter portals have launched recently, giving you the option to arrange trips via the Web instead of picking up the phone.
January 18, 2015
Perched on its gear, it sits high off the ground with a menacing rake that oozes speed and taunts you at the same time. (Photo Courtesy of Piedmont Aircraft)
I pushed the power levers forward. Both engines came to life and I was quickly jammed back into my seat. In a blink we were at 120 knots—jet speed. I heaved the control yoke toward me, climbed out of Milwaukee into the starless black night and headed out over the wintry waters of Lake Michigan.
January 12, 2015
The BBJ Max 9 will offer a 6,255-nautical-mile range, a 16.2 percent jump from the BBJ3.
Upgrades to popular BBJs deliver more range, better performance.
December 17, 2014
NetJets chairman and CEO Jordan Hansell (Photo: Bill Bernstein)
NetJets has planned since at least 2012 to expand into mainland China.
October 8, 2014
“This is business aviation at its best—so many people giving their time and talents to such a worthy cause.” —Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the NBAA. (Photos: Mark Phelps)
The Special Olympics Games have profoundly impacted millions of people. Aircraft owners and operators help make the events possible.
October 8, 2014
Some business jet travelers may save time door-to-door by using a helicopter, thereby upping their usage enough to justify  an ownership stake.
Fractional ownership, a well-known option for business jet travelers, can make sense for helicopter users as well.
September 23, 2014
You can get some major deals on Diamonds and Beechjets made before 1991, but there’s a reason for that.
You don’t find many airplanes that still count among best in class after four decades in the marketplace.

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