Special Reports

August 1, 2011
While plenty of companies used private lift in the first half of the last century, business aviation really took off after World War II, thanks to the availability of inexpensive former military aircraft and out-of-work pilots and the development of purpose-built jets like the Sabreliner and Lockheed Jetstar.
July 1, 2011
if they can, operators will charge as much for an empty leg as for a chartere
Is economizing the new normal? Certainly not for all users of business aviation. But evidence from several quarters suggests that many private-aircraft travelers, including experienced owners who fly frequently, are placing cost higher on their list of considerations.
July 1, 2011
Aircraft Guide
As soon as its first owner departs from the manufacturer’s delivery center, a new airplane technically become used (or pre-owned). For various reasons, however, 10 years after an aircraft’s production date is generally considered the milestone separating “newer” used business aircraft from “older” ones.
June 1, 2011
For Mike, a part-owner of a mid-size jet, the moment of truth came when the company that insured the aircraft started sending requests for payment. The problem was, he and his partners had already prepaid for their insurance through JetDirect Aviation, the firm that managed the aircraft and made it available for charters.
May 31, 2011
President-elect John F. Kennedy enters his airplane, the Caroline, at Palm Be
Before Joe Kennedy bought a Convair CV-240 for his boy Jack in 1959, the iconic image of a presidential candidate on the stump was set on the back of a train.
April 13, 2011
Major industry groups are expressing their displeasure with key sections of the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) governing helicopter EMS operations.
October 1, 2010
Remember the CEOs from Chrysler, Ford and GM who flew on business jets to Washington to testify before a Congressional committee in the fall of 2008? Pressed to explain their use of corporate aircraft, they all looked and sounded as if they'd been caught doing something wrong.
October 1, 2010
Supporters of business aviation often point out that there are more than 5,000 airports in the U.S. that are accessible by general aviation aircraft. But that figure includes everything from large international airline hubs to tiny grass strips.
October 1, 2010
“We couldn’t operate without the airplanes.”
WE'VE WATCHED CEOS SLINK AWAY RATHER than defend their aircraft and waited to hear from executives willing to go on record about the benefits of business aviation.
October 1, 2010
Kimberly-Clark operated the iconic douglas DC-3.
Over the years, more than a few all-business-class airlines have tried to lure customers who might otherwise opt for private aviation. What we haven't often seen is a corporate flight department trying to morph itself into an airline with the same goal in mind. But that has happened at least once. 

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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