Commentary

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.
February 28, 2016
Jennifer Leach English
“Request for Christmas flight home for fallen airman’s wife, child, and sister.”
November 29, 2015
Illustration: Fotolia
Thousands of Business Jet Traveler’s subscribers are CEOs or in other senior positions at corporations, nonprofits and political organizations that deal with the public. If you’re in such a role, perhaps you’d be interested in some of the reasons why at least one member of that public (aka me) is running low on Excedrin.
November 12, 2015
Jennifer Leach English (Photo: Ian Whelan)
John Paul DeJoria is as well known for his philanthropy as he is for selling shampoo. In his BJT interview with Cynthia Bowman (see page 14), the cofounder of the Paul Mitchell hair-care-products line tells a moving story about his mother teaching him and his brother early on that “success unshared is failure.” DeJoria learned the lesson well and today works with many charitable organizations, including his own JP’s Peace, Love and Happiness Foundation.
September 16, 2015
Jennifer Leach English (Photo: Michael S. Barr)
Bob Pittman, who runs America’s largest radio network, told me during our interview for this issue that he actually demands mistakes in the workplace. I believe him.
August 13, 2015
Richard Branson opening spread
BJT has won more editorial awards, bringing our total since 2005 to 32.
July 27, 2015
people on static
I’m delighted to report that this issue introduces two new columnists to Business Jet Traveler. You’re probably already familiar with Joe Sharkey, a BJT contributor since 2005, whose New York Times business travel column has reached millions of readers every week for the past 16 years. Joe was on assignment for us in 2006 when the Embraer Legacy 600 he was riding on collided with a Brazilian airliner and had to make an emergency landing in the Amazon. (Read his harrowing account of the accident here.) Joe’s first bimonthly column for BJT concerns the end of the Mad Men era and the beginning of the business jet age.
July 7, 2015
Illustration: John T. Lewis
I’ve heard all sorts of schemes for managing employees and increasing their productivity. Forget the fads and quick fixes.
July 1, 2015
Jennifer Leach English
It’s fitting that on June 3, right in the middle of production for our eighth annual BJT Buyers’ Guide, I had the privilege of traveling to Washington, D.C., to watch Gulfstream accept the prestigious Robert J. Collier trophy for its development of the G650 large-cabin, long-range business jet. The U.S. National Aeronautic Association presents the award annually to those who have made “the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency and safety of air or space vehicles.”
June 16, 2015
Jennifer Leach English (Photo: Max Gough)
I felt particularly high-spirited during a recent lunch with new friends but didn’t realize why until later: this was the first time in ages that I’d been part of a political discussion that remained respectful and thoughtful even though everyone disagreed on almost every hot-button issue. Nobody got emotional, nobody shouted and nobody got attacked.

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“ While it may be tempting to use broad generalizations about the way business aircraft are most often used in America today, let’s not neglect the importance of business aviation as a crucial competitive asset to companies, an economic driver and lifeline to communities large and small. ”

-Ed Bolen, President of the National Business Aviation Association