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March 8, 2016
Jennifer Leach English (center) with BJT’s onsite logistics manager Philip Scarano and associate publisher Nancy O’Brien at the NBAA Regional Forum in West Palm Beach.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a company that appreciates the value of private lift more than Taylor Guitars. Kurt Listug and Bob Taylor started the business in 1974 by making and selling one instrument at a time while living on tight budgets, but as sales took off, so did they: they began to use charter flights to visit customers and suppliers and later purchased a Hawker 850XP. Last year—with their annual revenues exceeding $100 million—they moved up to a Gulfstream G450, which they now fly more than 400 hours annually.
February 28, 2016
Jennifer Leach English
“Request for Christmas flight home for fallen airman’s wife, child, and sister.”
November 12, 2015
Jennifer Leach English (Photo: Ian Whelan)
John Paul DeJoria is as well known for his philanthropy as he is for selling shampoo. In his BJT interview with Cynthia Bowman (see page 14), the cofounder of the Paul Mitchell hair-care-products line tells a moving story about his mother teaching him and his brother early on that “success unshared is failure.” DeJoria learned the lesson well and today works with many charitable organizations, including his own JP’s Peace, Love and Happiness Foundation.
September 16, 2015
Jennifer Leach English (Photo: Michael S. Barr)
Bob Pittman, who runs America’s largest radio network, told me during our interview for this issue that he actually demands mistakes in the workplace. I believe him.
July 1, 2015
Jennifer Leach English
It’s fitting that on June 3, right in the middle of production for our eighth annual BJT Buyers’ Guide, I had the privilege of traveling to Washington, D.C., to watch Gulfstream accept the prestigious Robert J. Collier trophy for its development of the G650 large-cabin, long-range business jet. The U.S. National Aeronautic Association presents the award annually to those who have made “the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency and safety of air or space vehicles.”
June 16, 2015
Jennifer Leach English (Photo: Max Gough)
I felt particularly high-spirited during a recent lunch with new friends but didn’t realize why until later: this was the first time in ages that I’d been part of a political discussion that remained respectful and thoughtful even though everyone disagreed on almost every hot-button issue. Nobody got emotional, nobody shouted and nobody got attacked.
December 17, 2014
Doctors without Borders, a charity featured in BJT's Giving Back column. (Photo: Kiell Gunner Beraas)
If you’d like to contribute more to charities, you may be wondering where your money would do the most good.
September 16, 2014
BJT Editorial Director Jennifer Leach English interviews Honeywell CEO Dave Cote. (Photo: Bill Bernstein)
After I interviewed Honeywell CEO Dave Cote for this issue’s cover story, he showed me around his Morristown, New Jersey office, which is a large, light-filled space crammed floor to ceiling with mementos of his years of travel across the globe.
July 8, 2014
Jennifer Leach English (Photo: Bill Bernstein)
You’d never call David Diehl “average,” but in many ways he epitomizes the average business jet traveler. Like most readers of this magazine, he regularly utilizes private aviation to maximize family time while simultaneously advancing a high-level career.
May 14, 2014
On the flight line at ABACE in Shanghai, where this year we once again published the  BJT Buyers’ Guide in Chinese. (Photo: Mona L. Brown)
David Copperfield has spent his life mastering unbelievable, otherworldly illusions that take people’s breath away, and that combined with international stardom can make you forget that he is, in fact, a human being like the rest of us. For me the most poignant moment in Margie Goldsmith’s interview with the magnificent illusionist comes when he tells her the story about his finger being severed during a botched rope trick. A surgeon reattached it, and it grew back. “That,” he says, “is magic.”

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““The charter industry needs to become much more efficient…We need to take a page from the airlines’ code-sharing agreements…Part 135 charter [operators] could review each other’s schedules, use each other’s airplanes.” ”