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June 12, 2016
Warren Buffett, chairman/CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns NetJets.
I  once kept Warren Buffett waiting for me for half an hour. OK, it wasn’t just me. I was among a group of business aviation journalists who were delayed en route to an important PR event.
May 16, 2016
Taylor Guitars' Kurt Listug with the company's productivity-enhancing Gulfstream G450. PHOTO: JEFF BERLIN
Discussing ethical use of business jets with Taylor Guitars cofounders Kurt Listug and Bob Taylor for this issue’s cover story was refreshing. These are guys who really get it.
February 28, 2016
people sitting at FBO
As a BJT reader, you’re undoubtedly aware that folks who fly privately can usually use separate terminals—known as FBOs—to board and disembark from their aircraft.
January 3, 2016
Photo: Fotolia
Business aviation and privacy go hand in hand for good reasons, says our columnist. Some people in the general aviation industry object to the term “private flying,” on the theory that it suggests to the general public that we must have something nefarious to hide. I understand the concern, though I’ve never thought of it that way, any more than I’ve thought “private property” signs in a driveway implied the people living there were up to no good.
October 2, 2015
Illustration of jet with passengers.
Turns out the group were just six miles up when three of their members wrote their 1966 hit “Eight Miles High.” Here’s why the song title lifted them higher.
July 27, 2015
True airspeed indicator
My friend Hugh has a highly developed scientific mind, and when he sees something about aviation that piques his interest, he often calls me for details. One question—“How fast is it?”—seems as if it ought to be pretty simple, but my answers often leave him frustrated. How can speed be so complicated?
July 19, 2015
Though it failed commercially, the Starship paved the way for more advanced composite aircraft.
These days, everyone in the aviation field talks about composite aircraft. Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is made mostly of carbon fiber composites, and the percentage of composite content in new business jet designs is on the rise. Over time, carbon fiber may, indeed, replace metal as the material of choice for aircraft. But how did we get here?
May 12, 2015
Pilot and copilot in a business jet cabin.
There’s new talk of eliminating copilots. Bad idea, says our columnist.
March 22, 2015
When Coppola asked for a paint-free airplane, it wasn’t as simple for Daher-Socata as just skipping the paint shop. (Photo: Chad Keig)
Today, few airplanes fly “naked.” Francis Ford Coppola’s TBM 850 is one that does.
January 25, 2015
Recent developments in weather radar have significantly improved safety, and also improved efficiency in flight planning and avoiding turbulence. (Photo: Mark Phelps)
Knowing with confidence and precision where bad weather is makes for more than just safer flying.

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“The president of the company and I often fly together because we have such a hard time finding enough time in the office. We’ll say ‘save that for the trip.’ ”

-iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman