Business Jet Traveler

February 1, 2007
Raytheon’s Hawker 4000 has received FAA certification.
Raytheon's Hawker 4000 has won FAA certification. It took a little more than 10 years, but in a booming market, the company now has orders for 74 of the aircraft, including 50 from fractional operator NetJets. Of the 24 others, three quarters are going to buyers outside the U.S. The $20 million twinjet has a range of 2,777 nm with a typical payload of six passengers and baggage.
February 1, 2007
What you'll pay for air charter varies not only by aircraft type and model but by region. Here are the average per-hour rates for popular aircraft nationally and in the Southeast U.S., now and a year ago. Look for price data for other parts of the country in future issues.
February 1, 2007
The IRS has classified the Corporate Angel Network, the nonprofit organization that provides free air transportation for cancer patients using empty seats on corporate aircraft, as a "public charity." The classification, which is retroactive to Jan.
February 1, 2007
Timmy (not his real name) is a four-year-old cancer patient. He cannot fly commercially due to his condition. But he must travel several times a year for treatment between his California home and Duke University Hospital in Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
February 1, 2007
Longer loans have led buyers to seek more fixed-rate financing.
The current climate for business aviation financing is not what you might expect. In today's market, you may have to wait three or more years for delivery of a brand-new aircraft. Meanwhile, inventories of many pre-owned models are lower than they've been in several years. With so few aircraft for sale, the financing business must be struggling, right? Wrong.
February 1, 2007
"The only reason I got a driver's license was so I could get to the airport," said Robert G. "Bob" Watkins, who has been piloting his own aircraft for 46 years.
February 1, 2007
Put a gourmet kitchen in your house and a real estate agent will be able to give you a good idea of what you'll get back from your investment when the property sells. But what about upgrading the galley in your GIV? Or refurbishing the interior of a Citation III?
December 2, 2006
Business jets were involved in 18 nonfatal and three fatal accidents during the first nine months of 2006, compared with 16 nonfatal and one fatal accident in the same period last year. Despite the increase in fatal accidents, the number of deaths remained the same, at eight persons, according to safety analyst Robert E. Breiling of Boca Raton, Fla.
December 1, 2006
New World Jet Corporation describes its recently introduced 91Plus program as a turnkey solution for companies dealing with reimbursements for personal and entertainment use of corporate aircraft. New World CEO Bruce McNelly noted that a variety of governmental agencies now closely monitor such corporate aircraft use and many companies require executives to pay for any personal use.
December 1, 2006
"I scrawled a note to my wife. It said that because of our love I was able to
As I write this on what happens to be my 60th birthday, I am unceasingly aware that my astonishing luck to be alive today coincided with the horrible fate of 154 people who plunged to their deaths on September 29.

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“"Many years ago, our company founder, Al Conklin, sold a new twin-engine business aircraft to a very successful entrepreneur. He had established a bit of a rapport with the individual and, after the sale, asked him straight out, 'How can you justify the cost of this airplane?' His reply? 'What is the cost of a divorce?'"–David Wyndham, president, Conklin & de Decker”

-David Wyndham