Buyers' Guide » 2012

August 23, 2012
How to buy an airplane
Think of buying an airplane as an exercise akin to building a house or purchasing an old one.
August 7, 2012
Is flying privately an economically sound idea or is it just a wonderful way to travel? The answer depends a lot on your circumstances, but consider the following cost comparisons for two hypothetical trips by car, airliner and private aircraft. The numbers explain why, even in a down economy, the opportunities offered by business aviation remain attractive.
August 7, 2012
Should you buy a jet card?
Jet cards, introduced just over a decade ago as bait for fractional-ownership programs, are now the access option of choice for many business aviation users. The cards are even finding a place in the wallets of numerous aircraft owners and dedicated charter customers.
August 7, 2012
Navigating the Charter Market
The last decade’s boom days for fractional shares and jet cards made traditional air charter seem almost old-fashioned–and unreliable, as the charter fleet was often busy meeting overflow demand from fractional and card programs. Then the economy tanked and the upfront and hourly costs of those programs rendered them less appealing than charter to many flyers. In the few years since, innovations such as one-way pricing and guaranteed access have made charter look even more attractive.
August 2, 2012
At a glance: The major aircraft manufacturers
Despite the challenges facing business aircraft manufacturers, their offerings continue to grow, with many models scheduled to come online in the next few years and continuing innovation in design, features and functionality.
July 25, 2012
If you aren’t a pilot, some of the aviation-related terms you encounter may seem confusing. Here’s a glossary to help assure that when you hear words and acronyms from industry people, you’ll nod with understanding instead of pausing with puzzlement.
July 25, 2012
Business Aviation Caterers
The recession has slightly thinned the ranks of caterers that exclusively serve business aviation customers. But that is not altogether a bad thing. Those that have survived–more than 150 worldwide–have become more efficient and learned to listen more carefully to their clients. And the cuisine is better than ever.
July 25, 2012
Cabin electronics manufacturers
No matter where you are–in a subway under New York, in a remote village in Africa or on a G550 hurtling through thin air at 51,000 feet–you want to be connected. We can’t guarantee anything about the subway or the African village, but staying in touch while on a business jet has never been easier.
July 25, 2012
Completion and refurbishment centers
It has been a long recession but independent completion and refurbishment centers are starting a slow return to profitability. Some semblance of a backlog suggests that the recovery, if not rapid, will at least continue.
July 25, 2012
As soon as the first owner departs from the manufacturer’s delivery center, a new airplane technically becomes used (or preowned). For various reasons, however, 10 years after an aircraft’s final production date is generally considered the milestone separating “newer” used business aircraft from “older” ones.

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