Flying

May 13, 2013
Learjet 70/75
The latest generation of “little Lears” represents a big departure from what Bill Lear envisioned when he started his iconic company 50 years ago. The original Learjet 23 forced passengers to trade comfort for speed in a cramped cabin with few amenities and limited range. My, how times have changed.
May 10, 2013
A memorable taste of Britain
A ballotine is boned and flattened poultry, stuffed with ground meat and other ingredients. The dish doesn’t get any tastier than the version concocted by Bon Soirée owner/chef Derek Freeman.
April 1, 2013
The ATC tower at Danbury Airport in Connecticut, which is scheduled to close on May 5. (photo: John McCarth
Expect the possibility of delays at airports you use, starting April 7.
March 25, 2013
Jets for the long haul
The changing face of global commerce is rerouting flight plans. “Many companies are using large-cabin, long-range business jets to provide nonstop access to overseas markets, especially Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa,” said Ed Bolen, the National Business Aviation Association’s CEO.
March 20, 2013
The flip side of flying
The recent movie Flight stars Denzel Washington as a flawed-hero airline pilot. The film has drawn some criticism among aviation types for depicting an airliner flying upside down.
March 20, 2013
Avantair’s bargain proposition
It’s no secret that the fractional aircraft industry has limped along during the Great Recession and following anemic recovery period, but one provider—Clearwater, Florida-based Avantair—has seemed to defy gravity.
March 18, 2013
When it comes to power, performance and comfort in a used super-midsize, Bombardier’s Challenger 300 stands alone. Not that there hasn’t been competition.
March 18, 2013
If two optional side-facing divans are installed opposite one another in the Legacy 500, when extended they provide a single bed about six feet wide.
Creating a more comfortable cabin is a never-ending goal for the builders of business and private jets and their suppliers. Seats have been redesigned so the passenger no longer slides forward when they’re reclined. Carpet makers have created new designs in blends of silk and wool that entice the passenger to walk barefoot.
March 18, 2013
Eclipse Aerospace’s Eclipse 550
Bringing a soiled brand back to life is never easy—particularly with airplanes. You can count the successful revivals on one hand, most notably Bombardier’s triumph with Learjet. Now, with Sikorsky’s help, Eclipse Aerospace is poised to join this elite fraternity. Production of the Eclipse 550 is scheduled to start this summer.
February 26, 2013
Exit Strategy
Trip-protection insurance is popular with airline passengers who worry that a change in plans could mean forfeiture of airfare, prepaid accommodations and other upfront travel costs. Many air charter customers could benefit even more from such coverage, due to the amount of money at stake. Charter operators typically assess cancellation penalties that escalate as departure times approach.

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“[New billionaires in fast-growing countries] have to buy longer-range airplanes. If you’re flying from Mongolia to Nigeria, it’s either a three-day journey flying commercial or a nine-hour flight on your jet.”

-Steve Varsano