Business Jet Traveler

November 26, 2013
While buyers have held the upper hand for several years, we may now be witnessing a slight shift toward more equal power for buyers and sellers.
As inventories decline, a buyers' market may be fading.
November 26, 2013
(Photo: Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority)
No matter where you live, you're likely to feel a million miles from home here.
November 21, 2013
If you are flying on Christmas Eve, the sky can be a magical place. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Anyone who endured airline travel over the Thanksgiving holiday last month can tell you that the best time for a visit to Grandma’s for a turkey dinner is also among the worst times to fly “the scheds.” (It didn’t help that Hanukah arrived early this year, starting on Thanksgiving Day.) Major airports strain to handle traffic loads during normal times, and when all those passengers want to get
November 21, 2013
Illustration: John T. Lewis
Renewed consumer interest in jet cards has led to a wide assortment of new offerings.
November 21, 2013
German chemical company BASF manufactures an open-celled melamine foam acoustic material that can dramatically reduce noise levels in business jets and helicopters.
Acoustics experts are finding ways to make business jets quieter than ever. Racing through the lower stratosphere at Mach 0.85, pushed along by roaring jet engines and outfitted with pumps, actuator motors and fans, the business jet is naturally noisy.
November 21, 2013
If an employee travels on the company aircraft for personal purposes, the IRS treats the flight as a perquisite and the employee as a recipient of taxable income.
Calculating the cost of personal use is as complicated as it is important. When an employee takes a personal flight on his company’s aircraft, how do you calculate the trip’s cost or value? The answer depends on who’s asking the question and why.
November 21, 2013
At first blush, Cessna's M2 looked like a refreshed CJ1+, only with subtle winglets.
It may look like the CJ1, but there's a lot here that's new.
November 21, 2013
Architect Frank Gehry.  All photos by Chad Slattery except where noted.
One of architecture's greatest minds talks about why that field matters–and why business jets do, too.
November 19, 2013
When it comes to matching aircraft with runways, size isn’t always the bottom line.
Which aircraft can use which airports? You might be surprised.
November 12, 2013
All photos courtesy of A Passion for Grouse
Aldo Leopold, The famous 20th century wildlife biologist and conservationist, summed up perfectly the lure and lore of ruffed grouse: “There are two kinds of hunting. Ordinary hunting and ruffed-grouse hunting.” Leopold knew. He pioneered modern wildlife management in Wisconsin, where this beautiful bronze creature of the forest edge is known as the king of game birds. 

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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