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April 8, 2014
Airbus EC155B1 helicopter in flight.
Here's why the model sold poorly—and why you might want to buy it.
March 5, 2014
A complete gut job on an airliner or a refurbishment of a used VIP 757 would ring the register at about $28 million to $35 million, airplane included.
I remember when I first saw a Boeing 757: While boarding one in 1983. I was struck by the highly cambered wings; the tall landing gear; the nose, which recalled a Lockheed Constellation; and the pair of big, high-ratio bypass engines, which seemed to produce a gentle hum as opposed to a whine. This was elegance and efficiency in motion mated to a comfortable cabin with plenty of headroom.
February 24, 2014
Gulfstream G150 on the ramp at sunset
Gas up and go—far—in this rugged, speedy model.
October 4, 2013
You can pick up a good 10-year-old Bell 430  for less than $2 million. That’s a bargain.
It’s a capable machine that deserved to do better in the marketplace.
September 25, 2013
“With the hush kits, I can land [a GIII] at the same Stage III noise-restricted airports that a GIV can,” notes one fan of the airplane. (Photo: Barry Ambrose)
Hush kits quiet the critics, while other upgrades add the latest bells and whistles. In this age of $7-a-gallon Jet A fuel, what would you call someone who buys a 12-­passenger airplane that burns more than 550 gallons an hour? Crazy? Masochistic? How about...smart? 
June 28, 2013
Residual Value
If you’re shopping for an aircraft, paying attention to residual-value projections could save you a small fortune.
May 15, 2013
Dassault Falcon’s Falcon 900EX
More than a decade ago, I was standing on a ramp at a California airport with an investment banker and his Dassault Falcon 900. Between incessant taps on his Blackberry, he was discussing the airplane and how he used it.
March 18, 2013
When it comes to power, performance and comfort in a used super-midsize, Bombardier’s Challenger 300 stands alone. Not that there hasn’t been competition.
January 30, 2013
King Air B200
Hawker Beechcraft, which filed for bankruptcy protection last May, is now expected to shed its jet lines before emerging with its crown jewels intact: its line of King Air twin turboprops. Some 7,000 remain in service, making it the most ubiquitous business aircraft of all time. Of those 7,000, nearly one third are 200 series.
December 4, 2012
Dassault Falcon 10/100
In the late 1960s–long before speedsters such as the Hawker Beechcraft Premier I, SyberJet SJ30 and Cessna Citation X were a glimmer in some engineer’s eye–Dassault gave the world a flying bullet: the Falcon 10.

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