Business Jet Traveler » April 2009

April 1, 2009
Avantair, which bills itself as "the only publicly traded, standalone fractional operator," is now offering "The Axis Club" membership program for a one-time fee, which starts at $75,000. Members "can access blocks of [25] flight hours at a locked-in rate with no restrictions on travel days," said Avantair senior executive vice president Matthew Doyle.
April 1, 2009
Though Suze Orman proclaims her whole life "fabulous," her early years bore little resemblance to the world she inhabits now. In Berkeley, Calif., when she was in her 20s, she slept in her Ford Econoline van for two months while working for a tree service. Then she spent six years as a waitress, earning about $400 a month.
April 1, 2009
The Air Culinaire chain of business aviation caterers has announced a partnership with the nationwide Morton's Restaurant Group that will allow customers in 12 of its 14 U.S. markets to order from Morton's menu of steaks, as well as seafood, appetizers and more.
April 1, 2009
Composites don’t make much difference in weight but enable more efficient man
When Bombardier Aerospace launched its newest from-the-ground-up midsize Learjet-now named the Learjet 85-the company's chief designers made two key decisions. The first, not announced until well after the launch, was that the structure-including wings, fuselage and tail-would be made of composite materials instead of the traditional aluminum used for most business jets.
April 1, 2009
A line in President Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2010 has put general aviation lobbyists on high alert: "the budget proposes repealing some aviation excise taxes and replacing these taxes with direct user charges."
April 1, 2009
Protecting the finish is just one of many reasons to put a roof over an aircr
Anyone who has owned an airplane knows that finding the right place to keep it is no small task. In fact, the job is likely much more involved than first-time buyers ever imagine when they begin to consider aircraft ownership. Obtaining financing, finding insurance, hiring a crew, arranging maintenance-even redoing the interior and paint job-are likely all high on their list of things to do.
April 1, 2009
Revenues at FlightSafety International increased last year, but declined at NetJets, according to Berkshire Hathaway, which owns both companies but does
April 1, 2009
To create a clean and spacious look, the Phenom employs upscale automotive-st
Until now, Cessna's Citation Mustang "entry level" twinjet was seen as the unequivocal best of breed. While the Mustang is a fine airplane, its market dominance was not particularly difficult as every other competitor failed to gain FAA certification, slid into bankruptcy, or both.
April 1, 2009
In aviation's early years, accidents occurred much more frequently than they
To appreciate how safe air travel has become, it's helpful to realize how risky it once was and to understand how rules and regulations have evolved to address that problem.
April 1, 2009
As the new century's first decade winds down, we are "connected" in flight as never before. At 41,000 feet, we can exchange e-mails and text messages, watch satellite TV and instantly access all the resources on the Internet.

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