Business Jet Traveler

February 8, 2013
Climb aboard–so to speak
While most aircraft completion and refurbishment centers these days can provide clients with a one-dimensional, computer-generated virtual cabin walk-through in various design phases, some centers now offer much more advanced 3-D virtual interiors. Others are creating real, full-scale mockups that let customers literally enter a replica of the cabin.
February 7, 2013
Oregon’s Mount Bachelor
The New York Times recently pointed to the Cascade Mountains as the beneficiary of 110 inches of precipitation during March and April each year, declaring Stevens Pass “a prime place for spring skiing.” Well, some years. Other years, what falls is rain. The snow gets slushy. I know. It’s my neck of the woods. I live an easy two hours’ drive from Stevens.
February 7, 2013
Flexjet's Deanna White Photo Credit:  Bill Bernstein
Deanna White, the new president of Bombardier-owned fractional provider Flexjet, told us her company will continue to pursue what she called a “stealth wealth” clientele while offering customized solutions to clients’ private air travel needs. Doing so, she added, may require bringing more capital into the business from Bombardier or “some other facility.”
February 1, 2013
Burgundy is known for magnificent vineyards, hotels and dining, and you can enjoy all three at Relais & Chateau Bernard Loiseau, a five-diamond hotel with a three-star Michelin restaurant. Located in Saulier, less than an hour from everything in Burgundy, this property offers the perfect respite after a day of wine tasting.
February 1, 2013
Can’t find where you put that bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild? If your wine cellar has evolved from a source of delight into a disorganized source of frustration, it may be time to call Cellar Advisors. Representatives of the firm will arrive at your home anywhere in the world to organize your collection.
January 30, 2013
King Air B200
Hawker Beechcraft, which filed for bankruptcy protection last May, is now expected to shed its jet lines before emerging with its crown jewels intact: its line of King Air twin turboprops. Some 7,000 remain in service, making it the most ubiquitous business aircraft of all time. Of those 7,000, nearly one third are 200 series.
January 29, 2013
Kohler Company’s Herb Kohler, Jr.
Herb Kohler, Jr., the chairman and CEO of Kohler Company, likes to make good use of every minute. So when he learned that he’d be flying out of White Plains, N.Y., on the day I wanted to interview him, he suggested that we meet at the airport and have our talk in the air, en route to Teterboro [N.J.] Airport. He dropped me off there before flying home to Wisconsin.
January 28, 2013
Haute Cuisine: A Magical Paella
Paella had its Western origin in Spain around the 10th century, when Moorish Muslims occupied much of the Iberian Peninsula and brought with them the cuisine of their native North Africa. There are probably as many paella recipes today as there are chefs who make the dish, according to Amina Halim, owner and founder of JetFinity, a San Francisco-based business aviation caterer.
January 28, 2013
Oregon’s Oval Office
Ever wonder what it would be like to occupy the Oval Office? Now you can find out–sort of–without even having to campaign. In its new terminal, Rogue Valley International Airport in Medford, Ore., has created a replica of the president’s Oval Office, which it hopes to rent out to generate revenue.
January 28, 2013
Like to arrive on time and in style? Here are two innovative timepieces that should help you do both: 

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“You’re absolutely right—and you can’t stand up in your [expletive] Rolls-Royce, either.”

-William Lear, in the early '60s, replying to a man who complained that he couldn't stand up in the original Lear Jet