Business Jet Traveler » August 2008

August 1, 2008
Charter volume is dropping significantly in some markets, according to charter industry insiders. Recent increases in the size of the business aviation fleet are contributing to this problem, said William Quinn Jr., chairman of Aviation Management Systems in Portsmouth, N.H.
August 1, 2008
Cleveland-based fractional provider Flight Options has named Kenn Ricci chairman. Mike Silvestro, meanwhile, becomes CEO, replacing S. Michael Scheeringa. Additional management changes at the company are anticipated, according to industry sources.Ricci returns to Flight Options 10 years after founding the company and six years after selling it to Raytheon Corp.
August 1, 2008
The new Thunderpack lets you take off like James Bond.
In the memorable opening sequence from the 1965 James Bond thriller Thunderball, the suave superspy escapes danger with a rocket backpack, glibly commenting, "No well-dressed man should be without one." Now, for roughly $100,000, you can have your very own 007-caliber flying machine.
August 1, 2008
"The fundamentals don't support the price of oil," according to Wesley Earl, national sales manager of Tampa, Fla.-based Hiller Group, which distributes Chevron and Texaco fuel to more than 350 FBOs. Factors inflating prices include the dwindling number of refineries, especially for jet-A; geopolitical issues; lack of an effective U.S. energy policy; and the low value of the U.S.
August 1, 2008
First-quarter figures from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association show no signs that the business aviation industry is yet feeling the impact of a sagging U.S. economy. The 297 jets delivered in the first quarter of 2008 represent a 41-percent increase over the 211 deliveries for the same period in 2007, according to the Washington, D.C.-based association.
August 1, 2008
Sydney Pollack
Legendary film director Sydney Pollack, who died of cancer on May 26 at age 73, was the subject of a December 2005 cover story in Business Jet Traveler. Pollack-whose credits include The Way We Were, Tootsie and the seven-Oscar-winning Out of Africa-wound up in our pages because he owned a Cessna Citation X and ostensibly loved flying privately as much as he loved moviemaking.
August 1, 2008
The FAA has responded to a query about the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, which changed the law with respect to what candidates for federal
August 1, 2008
Business jet accidents in the first six months of this year remained the same as during the first half of last year, while the turboprop segment saw a significant increase, according to statistics released by Robert E. Breiling Associates. Part 135 jet operations improved, with 10 accidents in the first half of last year shrinking to four thus far this year.
August 1, 2008
Relaxing on the golf course is only one attraction of the inaugural Golf and Wine Academy, which will be held October 16 through 19 in California's Livermore Valley, a 45-minute drive from San Francisco.
August 1, 2008
Aviation policies vary from company to company, and some are much broader tha
With jet-A fuel costs reaching record highs, business aircraft owners and their flight departments are feeling a big pinch in their budgets. The good news is that they are receiving some relief from an unlikely source-aircraft-insurance companies. The aviation-insurance industry equivalent of a heavyweight title fight is in full swing, and the big winner is the aircraft owner.

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