““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
Flight Safety Is Improving
While business aircraft flight hours are down from last year, industry safety has increased disproportionately, according to business aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates. In the first half of the year, the U.S. business airplane fleet experienced 13 accidents, down from 34 in the same period last year, a 62-percent drop. Fatal accidents declined from 10 in the first six months of last year to three in the first half of 2009.