Business Jet Traveler

October 4, 2013
You can pick up a good 10-year-old Bell 430  for less than $2 million. That’s a bargain.
It’s a capable machine that deserved to do better in the marketplace.
October 4, 2013
Avantair’s fleet consisted of Piaggio P.180 twin turboprops.
Shareowners weigh their options as Avantair folds. The demise of Avantair has undoubtedly caught your attention if you own or lease a fractional share, have a jet card or have put money on account for block charter. 
October 4, 2013
Executive aircraft like the SBJ are positioned between larger models from Boeing and Airbus and smaller, faster ones from Gulfstream and Bombardier.
Launched with much fanfare two years ago, this executive version of a Russian regional airliner may have a hard time gaining market acceptance.
October 4, 2013
Dassault Falcon 7X
Reduced inventories of several models suggest that, after years of weakness, the used-jet market is finally turning around. Though it’s too soon to start celebrating, we’re seeing more and more signs of a turnaround in the market for used jets.
October 3, 2013
Direct Relief aids people affected by poverty, natural disaster and civil unrest.
BJT readers—who represent one of the highest-net-worth magazine audiences anywhere—clearly have the means to contribute to a better world. To help you do that, we’re spotlighting one deserving organization per issue.
October 3, 2013
Three south-of-the-border favorites (Photo:Svetlana Aleksandroff)
Mexican wine, while still a relatively small player on the world stage, boasts intense flavors and well-crafted vintages. Three prize-winning bottles to look for:
October 3, 2013
Cafe Chloe
Like a tiny slice of Paris set in San Diego’s up-and-coming East Village neighborhood, Cafe Chloe is a charming corner setting for both locals and visitors, some of whom stop by before or after a baseball game at nearby Petco Park.
October 2, 2013
“We were onstage at 11 p.m. in New York and then we were on set at 6 a.m. the next day in L.A. There was no way a commercial flight could [let us] do that.” (Photo: Ryan Reason)
Business jets are their magic carpet ride.
September 30, 2013
Jay Mesinger, CEO and president, Mesinger Jet Sales
We’ve witnessed many changes in the business aviation field since BJT began publishing 10 years ago. What needs to happen in the next decade and what will happen? We asked some seasoned observers to offer their thoughts and predictions.
September 25, 2013
“With the hush kits, I can land [a GIII] at the same Stage III noise-restricted airports that a GIV can,” notes one fan of the airplane. (Photo: Barry Ambrose)
Hush kits quiet the critics, while other upgrades add the latest bells and whistles. In this age of $7-a-gallon Jet A fuel, what would you call someone who buys a 12-­passenger airplane that burns more than 550 gallons an hour? Crazy? Masochistic? How about...smart? 

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy