Commentary

August 1, 2011
Most of the time, business aviation makes air travel painless and trouble-free. That's what you're paying for and that's why you love it.
July 6, 2011
President Obama had barely concluded his June 29 press conference when my e-mail box began filling up with responses from the general-aviation industry. The National Business Aviation Association expressed “dismay” and announced that it was sending a “strongly worded” letter to the President about his remarks, which it said “reflect a total lack of understanding” of the field.
July 1, 2011
Our fourth annual Buyers' Guide has arrived. We've packed its pages with everything you need to know to be a smart business aviation consumer in this slow-to-recover economy, including the latest information on new aircraft models, financing, insurance, catering, completions, cabin electronics, FBOs and more.
May 31, 2011
Oliver Wendell Holmes  said, “Controversy equalizes fools and wise men–and the fools know it.”  When we first began working on our Donald Trump feature, it was many months and many circuses ago.
April 15, 2011
As you've probably read, NetJets chairman and CEO David Sokol resigned abruptly from that company and parent firm Berkshire Hathaway on March 28, after questions arose about his purchase of stock in a firm that Berkshire subsequently offered to buy.
April 1, 2011
Here in the eastern U.S., we experienced an unusually harsh winter, with record snowfall and bitter temperatures. The airlines cancelled or delayed thousands of flights and even announced preemptive cancellations in anticipation of storms. As if we needed another reason to love flying privately.
February 1, 2011
The new year brings with it some good news for all of us in the business aviation arena.
December 1, 2010
Editor Stephen Pope
I've heard so many people comparing Wichita with Detroit lately that I've started to wonder whether maybe, this time, the talk is true.
October 1, 2010
It's no coincidence that the first "business" airplanes took to the skies just as the era of the modern airliner arrived. Progress in engine technology and aerodynamics (resulting in faster speeds and longer range) made it possible by the mid-1930s for airlines to carry more passengers farther and in less time.
August 1, 2010
I wouldn't normally comment about something I saw in an advertisement in this magazine, but the PlaneSense ad on page 65 in our 2010 Buyers' Guide hit too close to home to let pass without relating a recent tale of airline-travel-induced woe.

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““CEOs go to their vacation homes just after companies report favorable news, and CEOs return to headquarters right before subsequent news is released. More good news is released when CEOs are back at work, and CEOs appear not to leave headquarters at all if a firm has adverse news to disclose. When CEOs are away from the office, stock prices behave quietly with sharply lower volatility. Volatility increases immediately when CEOs return to work.” —David Yermack, a New York University finance professor, whose recently released study shows a correlation between when CEOs take their private jets on vacation and movements in their companies’ stock price ”

-David Yermack