Business Jet Traveler

May 1, 2016
Photo: Mark Wagner
After five years of slow growth, preowned-market sales volume headed into negative territory last year. Aviation data service JetNet reports fewer retail transactions were conducted in 2015 than in 2014, the first such decrease since 2009. Last year, 2,458 preowned business jets were sold, says JetNet, versus 2,569 in 2014—a 4.3 percent decline.
May 1, 2016
Man pondering decision.
Fractional providers are refreshing their fleets, taking delivery of new models in the industry’s first major upgrade wave since the 2008 economic downturn.
April 24, 2016
credit: John Lewis
Our airliner was on final approach to New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport when a flight attendant decided to grab a mic and start warbling Willie Nelson’s country-western ballad “Crazy.” Not Nelson’s own smooth-as-pudding rendition of the song or the plaintive Patsy Cline version, but rather a caterwauling, off-pitch, screeching interpretation that, as the airplane descended, probably had most of the cats in North Jersey looking to the night sky with alarm.
April 24, 2016
Musée Rodin
Two of Paris’s historical museums, the Musée Rodin and the Musée de l’Homme, have recently reopened after major makeovers.
April 17, 2016
 Dan Drohan (Photo courtesy of Solairus Aviation)
Dan Drohan serves as chairman and CEO of Solairus Aviation, an aircraft-management and charter company he founded in 2008, just as the Great Recession began. Despite that bad timing, the firm has prospered and now has more than 100 aircraft in its managed fleet. 
April 13, 2016
As Gulfstream develops the G600 business jet, the company’s designers have been working to refine the cabin. The designers depend on feedback from customers and crew, and with the G600 they have used that feedback to help them develop a comfortable, ergonomically optimized space. The company provides
April 10, 2016
Cessna Citation VII
Virtually every category of aircraft has an entrant that does nothing particularly well. It’s not a worst in class, it’s not a best in class. It’s just…OK. And so it is with the Cessna Citation VII.
April 3, 2016
Vintage American cars are commonplace on  the streets of Havana. PHOTO: FOTOLIA
Often described as the most precious jewel in the Greater Antilles, Cuba has an allure that is hard to resist. For many, the island is “forbidden fruit” because most Americans couldn’t enter the country legally after the U.S. broke diplomatic relations and closed its embassy in 1961.
March 20, 2016
Manufacturers and writers often attach the word “revolutionary” to new aircraft, but the forthcoming AW609 tiltrotor from Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestland really deserves the label. The aircraft takes off and lands like a helicopter yet can achieve forward speeds of around 275 knots, on par with a fast turboprop airplane.
March 17, 2016
As soon as I slid over the side of the fiberglass flats fishing skiff into the knee-deep shallows of the Caribbean Sea, I knew I was in a special place.

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“I fly to work and I work to fly. ”

-country singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley