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April 1, 2007
Eclipse Aviation is going through painful times. In March, the builder of the $1.6 million Eclipse 500 very light jet announced it had to change avionics suppliers. Separately, Eclipse Aviation and United Airlines "mutually agreed to terminate their pilot training program," according to the manager of training development for United's flight training division.
February 1, 2007
Back when the management team of Aviation International News was developing the concept for this magazine in early 2003, it took us longer to zero in on the name, Business Jet Traveler, than it did to agree on the tagline, "maximizing your investment in private air transport." A publication's title is of prime importance, of course, and deserves much thought an
December 1, 2006
In the late afternoon of Friday, September 29, an airliner and a business jet-both at 37,000 feet and approaching each other at a combined closing speed of some 1,000 mph-collided over Brazil. Tragically, the pilots of the airliner, a Boeing 737-800, were unable to keep it flying after the collision because of damage to the leading edge of the airplane's left wing.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy