Business Jet Traveler’s Toolbox

Essential reading for anyone just getting started in bizav.

September 7, 2015
(illustration: John Lewis)
Business aviation is regulated and watched by an alphabet soup of government agencies—FAA, IRS, DOT, SEC, state authorities and others—that don’t see eye-to-eye on key issues. A January 2015 federal District Court decision illuminates an excellent example: the disagreement between the IRS and FAA over who is providing transportation to whom.
August 20, 2015
The latest products for your aircraft can mean faster Internet connections…and clean dinnerware.
August 20, 2015
Bombardier Challenger 605
As soon as its 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. 
August 16, 2015
AirFlite Aviation Services
Fixed-base operations (aka FBOs) deliver essential business aviation services such as fueling, deicing and aircraft shelter, as well as waiting areas for passengers and crew. Some FBOs also feature audiovisual-equipped conference rooms, business centers, snacks and concierge services, while many provide pilots and crews with flight-planning facilities; rooms for resting, showering and movie watching; and courtesy cars.
August 16, 2015
wall of video monitors
About 89 percent of preowned-aircraft buyers and sellers work with brokers, according to Amstat, a business aviation market research firm. The question is, why don’t the other 11 percent? Without professional representation, you’ll likely get less than you could have when selling and pay more than you should have when buying. Not using a broker could cost you many times whatever you’d save by not paying his commission.
August 16, 2015
Bombardier Global 6000
Prices have been coming down on preowned jets, so it may be worth investing in your own aircraft if you’re flying often enough with a jet card or fractional-share program.
July 29, 2015
Photo: Delta Private Jets
Delta Air Lines has taken significant steps toward introducing its elite airline fliers to the convenience and privacy of business jets. The carrier will now offer a business jet upgrade program for its “Medallion” frequent fliers (those who fly more than 25,000 miles annually on the airline).
July 26, 2015
A charter or fractional provider's insurance can cause problems for customers. (Illustration: John Lewis)
If you’re a charter customer or fractional owner, your net worth may well exceed that of your flight provider. That would make you the deep pocket with the most to lose in an accident, yet you have no role in selecting the provider’s insurer or drafting its coverage terms. So how can you protect yourself? By performing the most dreaded task in all of aviation—reading the insurance policy—and by keeping these tips in mind:
July 19, 2015
Travelers who want to fly privately but can’t or don’t want to opt for full aircraft ownership have typically enjoyed three options: charter, jet cards and fractional shares. Choosing among them can be challenging, and now you have other alternatives to ponder as well, including lease arrangements, membership clubs and purchase-support programs. Let’s look at the pros and cons of each of these options.
July 13, 2015
Falcon 5X
Here comes the widest conventional bizjet cabin in the sky. Dassault revealed its long-anticipated large-cabin twin, the 5X, in late 2013.




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