As goes the price of oil, so goes the civilian helicopter market. That's because a good portion of new-chopper production goes to satisfy demand from the offshore oil-and-gas industry, and the continued depressed price of crude has put a damper on things—and created the best buyer's market for new rotorcraft in nearly a decade. But which helicopter is right for you and your commute? Here are our finest-five picks.
BJT Covers Bizav for Barron's
Netjets spent the recession quietly consolidating its position as the world’s leading provider of private-jet services. If it were an airline measured by its 710-airplane fleet, NetJets would be the fourth-largest in the world. Bigger than Southwest, bigger than China Southern, bigger than Lufthansa.
France's Dassault Aviation - maker of the Falcon Jet line of corporate airplanes - is part of an $11 billion-in-revenue, family-controlled group of businesses that take the long view of their company and industry. It leans heavily on seven decades of designing and manufacturing renowned military jet fighters such as the Mirage and Rafale. For this reason, Dassault's approach to the market is very different from its peers', resulting in brilliantly engineered planes that deliver superior fuel efficiency and sport the latest technology - and are seriously fun to fly.
In our latest collaboration with Barron’s, BJT’s Mark Huber reports that the company’s new light jet is faster, quieter and roomier than the competition.
In our latest collaboration with Barron's, BJT's Mark Huber picks five of his favorite bizjets, from entry level to top of the line.
As other “alternative airlines” flounder, Surf Air flies the skies.
Among the no-nos: Smoking pot and videotaping other guests.
Lessons from the collapse of Avantair.
When the only thing that will do is your own home and office in the sky.
Save money by matching your machine to your mission.
““[Bill Gates] has been historically one of my best supporters…One of my favorite e-mails he ever sent me…I proposed this crazy project. And he sent back this two-line response: ‘This has got to be the craziest thing you’ve ever suggested. Please proceed.’” ”