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November 19, 2013
When it comes to matching aircraft with runways, size isn’t always the bottom line.
Which aircraft can use which airports? You might be surprised.
August 5, 2013
Travel$ense accounts for hours lost by airline  passengers when ­traveling to and from their airports, time spent in security lines, time lost due to ­canceled flights and more. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Sophisticated software can tell you which makes the most sense on a flight-by-flight basis.
May 14, 2013
When are you ready for your own jet?  (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
When is it time to buy your own jet? Part of the answer involves tax numbers, depreciation data, return on investment projections and the like; but if those are the sorts of factors you’re pondering right now, you should put down this article and pick up some of the many BJT features that address such concerns in detail.
March 20, 2013
The flip side of flying
The recent movie Flight stars Denzel Washington as a flawed-hero airline pilot. The film has drawn some criticism among aviation types for depicting an airliner flying upside down.
February 26, 2013
The trips you can’t forget
If you’ve been flying privately for a while, you can probably name a few missions that stand out as being particularly memorable. Maybe it was a whirlwind business trip when you packed a lot of important–and profitable–visits into very little time. Or perhaps it was an impromptu ski trip you dialed up just because your favorite resort was reporting fresh powder.
January 23, 2013
Seating arrangements
When you board a private jet, where should you sit? The question may seem silly, until you pick the wrong seat someday. No, I’m not talking about being “safer near the tail,” or any of the other nuggets of flying safety wisdom that have passed through the ages. It has more to do with making a prudent choice based on etiquette–social or corporate.
November 13, 2012
Could a computer replace your pilot? Probably not anytime soon.
“Those jets just about land themselves, don’t they?”
August 7, 2012
Going public about flying private
Years ago, I flew my small airplane to visit my sister. She was shooting photos at a three-day equestrian event at a friend’s private horse farm. When it came time for me to leave, she asked the host’s son if he could drive me back to the airport. When he said, “What time’s your flight?” I paused, smiled and replied, “Whenever I get there, I guess.
April 20, 2012
Why ‘NextGen’ matters
The congressional logjam blocking long-term FAA funding in the U.S. appears to be broken. Perhaps the FAA can finally move ahead with the much-heralded “next generation” air-traffic-control program known as NextGen.
February 1, 2012
Taxing Situations
What if there were no airlines? It may sound crazy, but now-retired rogue aeronautical engineer Burt Rutan once speculated that, someday, people might look back and say, "For a short period in history, people traveled en masse in giant airplanes called 'airliners.' They only used a very few crowded runways, and traveling to and from the airports often took longer than the flight itself." In Rutan's version of the future, we would further develop the general aviation infrastructure such that people could fly on light airplanes to and from the thousands of small airports near their homes and destinations.

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“They have to make their own decisions, but I just hope I compete with them. I get to work while they get to stand in line at the airport. ”

-Mark Cuban, referring to executives who, fearing negative public perception, don’t fly privately.