Commentary

August 8, 2012
I recently interviewed Kenn Ricci, the principal of Directional Aviation Capital, which owns Flight Options, Nextant Aerospace and Constant Aviation. When I asked him about his state of mind, he immediately replied, “I made a pact with myself in 2007 to never complain about anything ever again.”
July 31, 2012
A Wells Fargo stagecoach
These days, everybody complains about the airlines–rotten food, TSA hassles, cramped seating, long delays, lost luggage. And while private jet travelers are a decidedly happier lot, they’ve been known to offer the occasional gripe as well–the charter flight lacked sufficient baggage space, the catering service overcharged, the FBO disappointed.
June 27, 2012
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a slave to lists. I have to-do lists all over my apartment and all over my desk, and I rarely leave home to run any sort of errand without a list in hand. My current system involves taking a few minutes at the end of each day to reconcile all of my lists with one master list–and then I start over the next morning.
June 27, 2012
Real estate developer Mike Harrah
Recently, my wife and I attended a college-planning event at our son’s high school. It doesn’t seem all that long ago that Andre was 5 and we were taking notes at an orientation session for parents of new kindergarteners, but here we are. He’s 17 now and, with a little luck and a lot of our money, he’ll be heading off to college next year.
May 30, 2012
Here's how rock stars used to travel–or so it seemed.
My relationship with rock and roll—which began when I was in grade school and watching American Bandstand in the 1950s—deepened in the next decade as the music and I hit our teenage years. I started collecting records, attending lots of concerts and eventually writing about popular music for magazines and newspapers.
May 2, 2012
Talking to 35,633 People
Naturally, the editors of Business Jet Traveler hope that you’ll find every article we publish to be tailor-made for your needs. But of course that’s impossible: last time I checked, we had 35,633 subscribers and–beyond the fact that they presumably share an interest in business aviation–they’re all different.
April 20, 2012
It would not be a stretch to call this our innovation and imagination issue, but the more I think it over, the more I feel it is our tenacity issue.
April 5, 2012
Corporate Angel Network patient
EDITOR'S NOTE: This blog concerns a survey that has now been completed and closed. Results will appear in the October/November 2012 issue of Business Jet Traveler.
April 5, 2012
The 2012 Abace event in Shanghai revealed the promise of the Chinese market.
Last week in Shanghai marked the beginning of a new era in business aviation. It also represented a major expansion of AIN Publications’ continuing quest to serve the industry and those who employ it around the world.
April 5, 2012
Abace 2012 visitors line up to view a Cessna Grand Caravan on display. (Photo: Matt Thurber)
This year’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) has been a real eye-opener for a Westerner whose last visit to China was in 2003. Shanghai, where Abace 2012 is being held (it ends on March 29) at host airport Hongqiao International, is a beautiful and huge city.

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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”

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