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October 1, 2011
If the super computers that some blame for Wall Street’s recent wild swings were used to trade aircraft, it’s likely they would be programmed to buy right now. But aircraft purchases and sales still occur the old-fashioned way, which can involve deal-stalling high emotions and conflicting personalities.
October 1, 2011
One of the first things you hear about when you begin using business aviation in the U.S. is the mysterious but important distinction between Part 91 and Part 135 operations. Many people still think about the difference in simplistic terms: Part 91–good; Part 135–bad. The facts are considerably more complicated.
August 1, 2011
Activity in the preowned market continues unabated, yet at a measured pace. In fact, inventory levels are now about where they were in October 2008 (and climbing for almost a year), when the calamity on Wall Street reverberated around the globe and dealt a devastating and unprecedented blow to the new and used aircraft business.
August 1, 2011
Chartering your own aircraft can help you save on sales and use taxes and, in
You wouldn't think of buying a house and then renting it to yourself. Why would you ever want to charter your own aircraft?
July 1, 2011
Adding more ­passengers can sometimes make travel by business jet even less e
What does it really cost to fly privately and how do those expenses compare with the price of airline travel? BJT computed the roundtrip cost of a New York-to-Paris trip for four passengers via airline first class and via a wholly owned and chartered Gulfstream 550.
July 1, 2011
Veteran business jet users and first-time buyers alike have snapped up outsta
One of the first consequences of the 2008 Wall Street meltdown was the overnight disappearance of capital. At the time, many aircraft lenders still proclaimed that they were "ready to do deals," but often they lacked the financial horsepower to deliver on that promise.
July 1, 2011
When BJT's 2010 Buyers' Guide appeared a year ago, all signs suggested a shift toward an aviation insurance market characterized by increasing premiums, restricted coverage availability and more rigid underwriting criteria.
June 1, 2011
The Federal Aviation Administration recently changed the rules that determine when executives may pay for flights on their company aircraft.
May 31, 2011
Spring has sprung and the preowned aircraft business is still germinating. A slow and orderly recovery continues its linear track to the lowest inventory levels since the market peaked in the fourth quarter of 2008.
April 13, 2011
Gulfstream Aerospace has acquired a 253,000-sq-ft building in Savannah, Ga., to house its growing research and development program.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy