Business Jet Traveler » August 2007

August 1, 2007
Because of "a number of accidents," prior to which the pilots had failed to reveal substance or alcohol dependency during medical evaluations, the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that the FAA require pilots to submit full arrest and court records to medical examiners, including details such as blood alcohol content and behavior at the time of the offense.
August 1, 2007
First, some good news: aircraft ownership, while expensive, offers many tax benefits. A business jet may generate, say, $2 million of out-of-pocket costs annually, but if all of those costs are deductible against taxable income, your after-tax out-of-pocket costs might be only $1.2 million.
August 1, 2007
The AdamJet A700 has the largest cabin available in a VLJ.
Adam Aircraft may have taken the first very light jet order from the People's Republic of China. The Denver-based manufacturer announced receipt of a firm order for 50 AdamJet A700 twin-boom VLJs from Hainan Zhong Hang Tai General Aviation Airlines, the China-based operating entity of Ameritech Aerospace.
August 1, 2007
On the ground, Banks’ Citation S/II doubles as a lounge chair.
Walter Banks grew up in the hotel business. When he was about two years old, his father bought and began managing the historic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, Va. Then in 1960, when Walter was 17, his dad sold that property and purchased Fort Lauderdale's Lago Mar Resort and Club.
August 1, 2007
Arinc Direct has integrated a global intelligence service into its portfolio of flight services for business jet operators. The intelligence data is being offered through iJET Intelligent Risk Systems, a worldwide provider of risk-management solutions and crisis-response services to major corporations.
August 1, 2007
The Hawker 4000 features a 100-cubic-foot baggage compartment, a comfortable
More than a decade after the super-midsize Hawker 4000 was announced, Hawker Beechcraft (née Raytheon Aircraft) is preparing to deliver the first copy of the business jet later this year.
August 1, 2007
Business jet travelers can touch down in the heart of wine country.
Summer days can be quite warm in northern California's inland valleys, even those that lie fairly near the coast. By evening, though, the warm, moist air is cooled by the bitterly cold Pacific Ocean, resulting in a thick bank of offshore fog.
August 1, 2007
Even as the FCC and FAA continue to find reasons not to approve in-flight use of personal cellphones, European authorities apparently have no such qualms. At the Paris Air Show in June, mobile telephony service provider OnAir announced that the European Aviation Safety Authority has certified the airborne GSM equipment that supports OnAir services for use on the Airbus A318.
August 1, 2007
A Brazilian court has indicted ExcelAire pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino for their alleged role in the mid-air collision of an Embraer Legacy and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 over the Amazon jungle last September 29. Joe Sharkey, a New York Times writer on assignment for this magazine, was a passenger aboard the business jet.
August 1, 2007
Airbus CEO John Leahy has confirmed that the company will be converting a giant A380 airliner to an executive/VIP role for an unnamed buyer. While there are unconfirmed reports about the buyer's identity, Leahy would say only that he is neither American nor European and the airplane would be for his personal use.

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