Flying

August 22, 2016
Mark Bonfigli appreciates the LED mood lighting on his GV.
When you spend lots of time in business jets, you inevitably come to treasure certain technological solutions that make the airborne life more pleasant and productive. We asked five frequent fliers to tell us about their favorite on-board gear.
August 14, 2016
Dassault Falcon 900DX
Almost 30 years after it first entered service, the Dassault Falcon 900 series remains in a class by itself; from its three-engine layout to its advanced computer design to its construction using lightweight alloys and composites, it is truly peerless.
August 8, 2016
Cirrus’s Vision SF50
Nine years ago I stood in a Cirrus Aircraft hangar in Duluth, Minnesota and witnessed the unveiling of what was then reportedly the slowest single-engine private jet you could buy.
August 8, 2016
Gulfstream Aerospace
Aircraft Manufactures
July 20, 2016
ILLUSTRATION: JOHN T. LEWIS
Figuring out how to own and operate a business jet can be frustrating for owners and their professional advisers. In the U.S., they need to pay attention to four principal objectives:
July 18, 2016
An aircraft operated by NetJets, which pioneered the fractional field and remains the largest share provider. Photo: Barry Ambrose
Recent constriction in the fractional space and changes within the remaining programs are stacking the deck against shareowners, curbing rights, and cutting once-standard benefits, contend a pair of consultants who represent share buyers.
July 10, 2016
PHOTO: CY CYR
Professionals of all stripes, from your physician to the pilots you fly with, undergo regular retraining, buffing their skills and learning new procedures that improve operations.
July 6, 2016
  Hourly maintenance plans for airframes, engines, and avionics have become a regular and often expected part of aircraft ownership. In exchange for a fee paid for each operating hour (and sometimes fixed fees as well), plan providers agree to cover certain or all scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, thereby bringing cost and performance surety to operations.
July 5, 2016
ILLUSTRATION: JOHN T. LEWIS
From your vantage point in the cabin, do you feel most comfortable with a military-trained crew at the helm? Or does it make little difference to you where the front-seat occupants of your business jet cut their aeronautical teeth?
July 5, 2016
PHOTO: HONDAJET
The views from a private jet can make for a sublime experience. You really do get the feeling of having “joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds” and “chased the shouting wind,” to quote Royal Canadian Air Force pilot John Gillespie Magee Jr.’s stirring 1941 sonnet, “High Flight.”

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“You want to make sure with a race in which you'll be flying home with other drivers that you don't crash into them. It's happened before, and it can make for a little bit of a tense situation.”