Business Jet Traveler

January 25, 2015
Recent developments in weather radar have significantly improved safety, and also improved efficiency in flight planning and avoiding turbulence. (Photo: Mark Phelps)
Knowing with confidence and precision where bad weather is makes for more than just safer flying.
January 25, 2015
Tourists often overlook Chennai, but it’s India’s fourth-largest city, the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu and a great jumping-off point for exploring the area’s impressive Hindu temples. (Photo: Fotolia)
‘‘Incredible India” is a phrase originally developed as a tagline to advertise the country’s magnificent hotels, tourist sites and natural beauty—the phrase caught on because it is so apt.
January 21, 2015
When you’re choosing a business jet, we can’t think of a better source than the pilots who operate these aircraft every day. (Photo: Fotolia)
When you’re choosing a business jet to charter or buy, there’s a lot to consider, including cabin ­comfort and size, in-flight entertainment, speed, range, safety features, baggage space and more.
January 20, 2015
Travelers are growing more comfortable with online booking. One company sold a BBJ flight on  its app for half a million dollars. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Several online charter portals have launched recently, giving you the option to arrange trips via the Web instead of picking up the phone.
January 20, 2015
Even fractional shareowners can find themselves acting as indirect air carriers. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Some charter brokers have become overly creative in the methods they use to stimulate business, running afoul of Department of Transportation requirements in the process.
January 20, 2015
A good financial adviser can add significantly to your wealth. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
A good adviser can add significantly to your wealth through smart, sophisticated planning and investing.
January 18, 2015
Perched on its gear, it sits high off the ground with a menacing rake that oozes speed and taunts you at the same time. (Photo Courtesy of Piedmont Aircraft)
I pushed the power levers forward. Both engines came to life and I was quickly jammed back into my seat. In a blink we were at 120 knots—jet speed. I heaved the control yoke toward me, climbed out of Milwaukee into the starless black night and headed out over the wintry waters of Lake Michigan.
January 12, 2015
The BBJ Max 9 will offer a 6,255-nautical-mile range, a 16.2 percent jump from the BBJ3.
Upgrades to popular BBJs deliver more range, better performance.
January 12, 2015
In Oregon’s lush, green Willamette Valley, black and white winter truffles grow among the roots of young Douglas firs. (Photo courtesy of Oregon Truffle Festival)
European varieties of this delicacy command astronomical prices, but some foodies rave about the less-expensive, easier-to-find ones in Oregon. 
December 19, 2014
Weener, whose term on the NTSB expires at the end of 2015, maintains that corporate aviation safety is “very good and getting better.”  (Photo: NTSB)
Earl Weener is one of three active pilots on the National Transportation Safety Board.

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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