Business Jet Traveler’s Toolbox

Essential reading for anyone just getting started in bizav.

September 1, 2014
Bixjet inventory keeps declining. So do prices.
September 1, 2014
One of the most pervasive myths about the taxation of business jets in the U.S. is that the owner isn’t entitled to any deductions unless more than 50 percent of the aircraft’s usage is in a trade or business. I hear this regularly from people who are contemplating a jet acquisition but worry that they won’t be able to take any tax deductions for it because less than half the usage will be business-related. Like many myths, this one contains a nugget of truth, as I’ll explain presently. But it’s incorrect to assume you can’t write off anything if your business use doesn’t exceed 50 percent.
September 1, 2014
Today’s business jets offer all the electronic “toys” you’ll find at home. Depending on your home, in fact, you might discover more gizmos to play with on the airplane these days.
September 1, 2014
Surf Air offers unlimited San Francisco/Los Angeles flights. (Photo courtesy of Surf Air)
The airspace between traditional business jet access models (charter, fractional ownership and jet cards) and first-class airline travel has been active lately, even if there’s not much to show for it. But while some would-be per-seat charter providers and fledgling “flight club” programs appear to be in a holding pattern, one alternative operator in California has quickly taken off: Surf Air, which offers more than a dozen scheduled daily flights between off-the-hub airports in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
August 14, 2014
Photo: Flexjet
Notable Fractional Programs
August 14, 2014
Ameco Beijing
Global deliveries of turbine business airplanes increased 7.2 percent in this year’s first quarter over the first quarter of 2013, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. The jump in deliveries will most likely mean a boost to business at centers that perform aircraft completions and refurbishments and companies that provide interior components.
August 14, 2014
XOJet offers and Elite Access program which guarantees access to the company's all Wi-Fi-equpped fleet.
Jet card options
August 10, 2014
Your aircraft represents a wonderful business tool but also one of your largest potential exposures to catastrophic loss—one that could wipe out what you have spent years building. The importance of properly insuring against such loss should be obvious. Here’s a look at the most critical coverage types and clauses.
August 5, 2014
Flaris LAR 01
New-jet programs come in two flavors: completely clean-sheet-of-paper designs and updates of existing models. This article deals strictly with the former. The category is well populated, but mostly with midsize and super-midsize jets—a reflection of continuing softness in the entry-level sector and the rarefication of the large-jet and bizliner field. Bombardier, Cessna and Embraer all have models under development in what can be called the greater middle market, the most attractive category for fractional programs and other fleet customers. The large-jet business is seeing some action, although less of it: new projects are under way at Bombardier and Dassault and the rumor mill is running full tilt regarding Gulfstream programs building on the larger-cabin cross-section introduced by the G650.
August 4, 2014
Happy Jet Illustration: John Lewis
When you’re buying a jet, months of work culminate the moment you sign the papers. You’re finished with research, analysis, due diligence and inspections. You’ve had the last of your consultations with brokers, attorneys, accountants, pilots and mechanics. The marathon has been run and now you can reap the rewards.

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“"How many leaders actively seek out and encourage views alien and at odds with their own? All too few...Who in your organization serves as your Challenger In Chief? Interrogating the choices you are considering making? Making you consider the uncontemplated, the unimaginable and that which contradicts or refutes your position? And also challenging you?"”

-Noreena Hertz, author of Eyes Wide Open: How To Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World