Special Reports

April 1, 2010
Nan Kramer, a Honeywell flight attendant, surveys the devastation in Port-au-
Two massive earthquakes in two months. Hundreds of thousands dead, millions displaced. The responses to the twin tragedies in Haiti and Chile were unprecedented from a humanitarian-aid perspective, including the first-ever large-scale coordinated effort to bring supplies directly to earthquake survivors aboard business jets. The world has never seen anything quite like it.  
February 1, 2010
Even though your jet may be hibernating, don’t try to skimp on costs by negle
The recession's lingering effects may prompt you to consider storing your aircraft until conditions improve. That can make sense if you need to slash your flying costs yet don't want to sell your airplane while prices are depressed.
December 1, 2009
AMERICA'S ECONOMIC DOWNTURN has dealt a crippling blow to the fractional-share industry. Rapidly declining used-aircraft prices and fewer flying hours over the past year have forced fractional operators to defer aircraft deliveries, cut staff and explore new ways to keep flying.
December 1, 2009
Business aviation would be nowhere if it weren't for the pioneers who jump-started aeronautical development in the first part of the last century. The Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh and the early air racers who squeezed every ounce of available technology into what were then state-of-the-art airplanes all deserve much credit.
November 30, 2009
Thanks to the recession, prices of private aircraft are down 25 percent or more. This, of course, spells bargains for private-jet travelers intent on stayingaloft. In his special article for this week's Barron's Penta supplement, which targets people with $5 million or more in assets, Business Jet Traveler's Jeff Burger explores ways you can save.
September 1, 2009
Barry LaBov (above) says his marketing communications firm is based in a city
To many people, the words "private jet" conjure up images of wealthy socialites sipping champagne from crystal flutes while reposed in supple leather seats. The reality, however, is usually far from this romanticized ideal, as legions of workaday business jet travelers can attest.
September 1, 2009
Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)
Senators Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback-both Kansas Republicans who have held their jobs since 1996-sent a letter to President Obama earlier this year [see box] to express concern over what they called "misguided and reckless statements and policy suggestions affecting the general aviation industry." In separate interviews, we recently asked both senators about the letter and the President.
April 1, 2009
“How do they spend their time when they’re waiting for a flight? Do they play
You might think that the recession and resultant glut of pilots would be a good thing if you're in hiring mode, and in a sense it is because it means you'll have plenty of applicants. But that can be bad news, too, because a large field of candidates can be tough to sift through.
February 1, 2009
Airlines were never designed for turn-on-a-dime flexibility and never will be
Sitting behind a long table in front of Congress in November, the CEOs of Detroit's Big Three automakers had barely begun pleading for a taxpayer bailout when they hit an unexpected snag. (Full article PDF)
February 1, 2009
Ultra-long-term aircraft financing has proved challenging for lenders. A lot
The worldwide financial malaise that arose out of the subprime mortgage mess has finally infected business aviation. The industry initially appeared immune to the tightening of the credit markets, which seemed to encourage a "flight to quality" by lenders, straight to the nearest general aviation airport.

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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