Business Jet Traveler

April 1, 2011
Amenities on one sailing yacht include 21-foot tenders for waterskiing or fis
Once upon a time, sailboats and powerboats represented two different worlds. Sailboats had little engines and big masts; were crewed by outdoorsy folks wearing yellow overcoats to stay dry; and had few amenities. Powerboats had large engines and no masts; were driven by people wearing golfing outfits; and featured such luxuries as air conditioning and blenders for pina coladas.
April 1, 2011
In a world of 14-hour nonstop flights that not only are possible but sometimes required, the need to arrive rested and refreshed is crucial.
April 1, 2011
If your aircraft isn’t delivered until 2012, you can still qualify for 50-per
In what is becoming an annual or ­semi-annual event, President Barack Obama signed a tax bill last December that extended "bonus" depreciation for purchases of new aircraft, including business jets. With each extension, the level of enthusiasm among aircraft buyers and manufacturers has dissipated to the point where new announcements are more soporific than stimulating.
April 1, 2011
Most of the used AW139s on the market aren’t in executive livery, so you may
You may be a VIP, but if you've flown on executive helicopters, you've likely had to sit knee-to-knee with other executives on perches better suited for horse jockeys. Even the slick Sikorsky S-76-in production since the 1970s and widely considered the gold standard for corporate rotorcraft-can seem a bit confining with six adult male passengers aboard.
April 1, 2011
Whether it's a buyers' or sellers' market really depends on what model aircraft you're talking about. Across-the-board price cuts for preowned jets continue to lure back buyers, but their tastes have been particular, pushing some model types to their lowest inventory levels in a couple of years while others remain highly available.
April 1, 2011
“I was astonished at how much paperwork was involved to [buy my jet]. I had t
Until a few months ago, I had somehow overlooked Stuart Woods and his nearly four-dozen novels and two nonfiction books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists. But then while browsing in a library, I noticed the cover of Loitering with Intent and picked up the book.
February 1, 2011
Terry Vance said he simply couldn’t take care of business if he had to rely o
"Screw it, let's ride" was the ­position Harley-Davidson took when the economy tanked. So said ex-motorcycle drag racer and ­business jet owner Terry Vance, who thinks the cure for general aviation lethargy could be a page out of the motorcycle company's marketing playbook.
February 1, 2011
"You want to make sure with a race in which you'll be flying home with other drivers that you don't crash into them. It's happened before, and it can make for a little bit of a tense situation." -Racecar driver Helio Castroneves
February 1, 2011
Here we were on horseback, approaching the sharp edge of a giant sand dune. I
We reached the top of the 300-foot-high sand dune that dominates the landscape on Bazaruto Island, stopping to let the warm Indian Ocean breeze wash over us and to take in stunning views of sapphire-blue water fanning out in every direction. Our horses stood still in the fading daylight, resting after a plodding ascent to the dune's summit.
February 1, 2011
If you're in the market for a new business aircraft, the time to buy could be now. The reason is the bipartisan Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010, which became law on December 17. The Act includes 100-percent expensing for tax purposes of investments in capital assets, such as business aircraft, purchased between Sept. 8, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2011.

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“You are so motivated to make sure the trip goes smoothly, because you know that the organs of these two kids are now going to save the lives of more than just a handful of other kids.”