“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”
Matt Thurber Wins NBAA Gold Wing Award
Regular BJT contributor Matt Thurber is the winner of this year's Gold Wing Award for reporting excellence from the National Business Aviation Association. The award recognizes Thurber's "Saving Lives, One Flight at a Time," which appeared in BJT's August/September 2011 issue. The story focused on the key role that chartered aircraft and their operators play in the delivery of human organs that are desperately needed for transplants. This is the 19th major journalism award won by BJT, its staff and its contributors since 2005. Moreover, Business Jet Traveler has now won the NBAA's Gold Wing Award three out of the last four years. BJT’s sister publication AIN won the fourth, so our company is four for four in a competition that is open to all trade and consumer publications, online media and radio and TV outlets in the U.S. Past winners have included the New York Times, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal. Thurber is a senior editor at our sister publication Aviation International News. He also edits our domestic aviation convention publications. In addition to all this work, he somehow finds time to write extensively for BJT. In 2012 alone, he has produced excellent interviews with Zappos' Tony Hsieh, tennis star Novak Djokovic, Industry Insiders Chris Holifield and Dan Schwinn, the Discovery Channel's John Hendricks and moonwalker Buzz Aldrin.