Commentary

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.
July 1, 2010
Recently released industry forecasts and surveys suggest that interest in business jet travel is on the rise again as fliers revert to their natural consumerist tendencies. Improving economic conditions have yet to translate into an increase in aircraft orders, but the cancellations and deferments that characterized much of 2009 appear to have abated.
June 1, 2010
Nobody knows for sure what Iceland's temperamental Eyjafjallajökull volcano will do next. But the lack of a coordinated response to the ash cloud by air traffic control officials-and the ensuing lengthy shutdowns of air travel across Europe this spring-clearly needs to be remedied. The question is how?
April 1, 2010
The last time we put something other than a celebrity on the cover of a regular issue was just over a year ago, when we ran photos of Detroit's embattled auto CEOs testifying before Congress [February/March 2009 issue].
February 1, 2010
Three key figures in the banking industry's attempt to rebound from the financial crisis missed a much-hyped 11 a.m. meeting at the White House on December 15 when their flights were canceled because of fog at Washington National Airport.
December 1, 2009
TOM BUFFENBARGER heads the powerful International Machinists union, which has more than 90,000 members who work in the aerospace industry. He says he'll be watching President Obama's State of the Union address in January, and is hoping to hear an eight-word phrase he says is long overdue: "Business aviation is vital to America's economic recovery."

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“I have an obligation to get you to your destination. You have an obligation to pay. What else is there? We don't need 24 pages of legalese.”

-VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr, on the company's unusually brief, easy-to-understand contracts