Business Jet Traveler » April 2011

April 1, 2011
Cessna improved its odds of market ­success by embracing the tried and true.
Four years ago, when I last wrote about the Cessna Citation Mustang entry-level twin jet, customer deliveries had just begun. Since then, more than 500 have been ordered and about 300 have been delivered. I've had a chance to log some simulator, cockpit and cabin time and talk to several happy Mustang owners.
April 1, 2011
Amenities on one sailing yacht include 21-foot tenders for waterskiing or fis
Once upon a time, sailboats and powerboats represented two different worlds. Sailboats had little engines and big masts; were crewed by outdoorsy folks wearing yellow overcoats to stay dry; and had few amenities. Powerboats had large engines and no masts; were driven by people wearing golfing outfits; and featured such luxuries as air conditioning and blenders for pina coladas.
April 1, 2011
In a world of 14-hour nonstop flights that not only are possible but sometimes required, the need to arrive rested and refreshed is crucial.
April 1, 2011
If your aircraft isn’t delivered until 2012, you can still qualify for 50-per
In what is becoming an annual or ­semi-annual event, President Barack Obama signed a tax bill last December that extended "bonus" depreciation for purchases of new aircraft, including business jets. With each extension, the level of enthusiasm among aircraft buyers and manufacturers has dissipated to the point where new announcements are more soporific than stimulating.
April 1, 2011
Most of the used AW139s on the market aren’t in executive livery, so you may
You may be a VIP, but if you've flown on executive helicopters, you've likely had to sit knee-to-knee with other executives on perches better suited for horse jockeys. Even the slick Sikorsky S-76-in production since the 1970s and widely considered the gold standard for corporate rotorcraft-can seem a bit confining with six adult male passengers aboard.
April 1, 2011
Whether it's a buyers' or sellers' market really depends on what model aircraft you're talking about. Across-the-board price cuts for preowned jets continue to lure back buyers, but their tastes have been particular, pushing some model types to their lowest inventory levels in a couple of years while others remain highly available.
April 1, 2011
“I was astonished at how much paperwork was involved to [buy my jet]. I had t
Until a few months ago, I had somehow overlooked Stuart Woods and his nearly four-dozen novels and two nonfiction books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists. But then while browsing in a library, I noticed the cover of Loitering with Intent and picked up the book.
April 1, 2011
It's a bit like playing golf in a fishbowl Or in downtown Hong Kong. But there is something compelling about a round or two at Turnberry Isle Miami. For here amid gleaming steel-and-glass residential high-rises 13 miles north of Miami Beach unfolds a lush, 36-hole layout that feels like a refuge or nest.
April 1, 2011
Rugged and refined, historic but New Age, northern New Mexico offers a colorful landscape and a lifestyle that tempts vacationers with a panoply of world-class golf, fashionable ski resorts, operas, fine-art galleries and handcrafted goods. The Land of Enchantment, nestled around the southern end of the Rockies, is as much a state of mind as a geographical region.
April 1, 2011
Here in the eastern U.S., we experienced an unusually harsh winter, with record snowfall and bitter temperatures. The airlines cancelled or delayed thousands of flights and even announced preemptive cancellations in anticipation of storms. As if we needed another reason to love flying privately.

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-William Lear, in the early '60s, replying to a man who complained that he couldn't stand up in the original Lear Jet