Business Jet Traveler

March 8, 2016
Jennifer Leach English (center) with BJT’s onsite logistics manager Philip Scarano and associate publisher Nancy O’Brien at the NBAA Regional Forum in West Palm Beach.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a company that appreciates the value of private lift more than Taylor Guitars. Kurt Listug and Bob Taylor started the business in 1974 by making and selling one instrument at a time while living on tight budgets, but as sales took off, so did they: they began to use charter flights to visit customers and suppliers and later purchased a Hawker 850XP. Last year—with their annual revenues exceeding $100 million—they moved up to a Gulfstream G450, which they now fly more than 400 hours annually.
March 6, 2016
Wade Eyerly
The cofounder of California’s all-you-can-fly Surf Air has launched a similar operation in the Northeast and plans to test the concept in other markets, both domestic and international.
March 6, 2016
The Langhe wine region in Piedmont, in northwest Italy, is famous for Barolo and Barbaresco—complex, brick-hued reds made from the late-ripening Nebbiolo vines planted in the area’s clay-rich soil.
February 28, 2016
Jennifer Leach English
“Request for Christmas flight home for fallen airman’s wife, child, and sister.”
February 28, 2016
people sitting at FBO
As a BJT reader, you’re undoubtedly aware that folks who fly privately can usually use separate terminals—known as FBOs—to board and disembark from their aircraft.
February 28, 2016
Thinking about investing in companies that further causes you believe in—or at least making sure your stocks, bonds, and mutual funds don’t help causes to which you object? If so, you may be wondering whether a so-called socially responsible portfolio can yield attractive returns. The short answer is that it can, but finding the right investments can be tricky.
February 21, 2016
Pop star Katy Perry
Year after year, business jet travelers flock to major sporting and arts-world events such as the Sundance Film Festival, the Super Bowl, the Academy Awards, the Indianapolis 500, and the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament.
February 14, 2016
airplane
When I was 10 my dad bought a Cessna 182. When you’re that age, any airplane is cool, but the Cessna was pretty much a Buick with wings. While I enjoyed the flights we took in it and hanging out at the airport, the aircraft picture that ended up on my bedroom wall was of an Aerostar. This futuristic-looking mid-wing piston twin oozed cool factor.
February 14, 2016
golf course
Out here in the deep frontier of Montana, there’s a clear sense of where you are. Wide open spaces. Rugged, mountainous terrain. Deep lakes. Crystalline skies. This is a world that seems custom made for skiing, hunting, fishing and golf.
February 7, 2016
With the possible exception of nuclear-power plants, aviation is the most highly regulated industry I can think of. Laws and rules apply to every aspect of business flights, from where and when you can land to whether and how much you can pay for a flight. As a result, most everyone who works in business aviation exhibits an impressive awareness of legal requirements.

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