Business Jet Traveler » August 2008

August 1, 2008
Entrepreneur Tony Fox hefts a copy of Sam Williams’ revolutionary WR19-3 turb
VLJ technology centers on a new generation of engines and avionics that can give little jets very big jet capability and good fuel economy at reduced weights. At 400 mph at 41,000 feet, a typical twin-engine VLJ burns less than 100 gallons per hour. Fully loaded, all of these airplanes weigh less, sometimes a lot less, than 10,000 pounds.
August 1, 2008
Landmark Aviation has added Jimsair Aviation Services to its FBO network, giving it a total of 42 facilities in the U.S., Canada and Western Europe. The deal also included an air charter service formerly operated by Jimsair, as well as Lindy Premier Inflight Catering, located on the FBO premises and also previously under Jimsair management.
August 1, 2008
Senator McCain’s Boeing 737 (top) has been configured to  recall his old camp
Back before the Iowa primary, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain spent lots of time rolling around that state on campaign buses. But with the clock ticking toward election day and much bigger terrain to cover, both candidates have long since turned mostly to business jet travel.
August 1, 2008
The FAA has provided grant money to fund a hotline-(888) 759-3581-where charter operators can report "suspected illegal commercial activity." The National Air Transportation Association will administer the program.
August 1, 2008
Britain's all-business-class carrier Silverjet ceased operations in May, becoming the third such airline to collapse within six months. MAXjet launched service in November 2005 and ceased operations in December 2007. Eos, which began service a month before MAXjet, lased just four months longer, filing for bankruptcy in April 2008.
August 1, 2008
Do you have a favorite in-flight meal or caterer you’d like to see featured h
The Dish: Tortilla Soup. Seasoned chicken stock is the foundation of this Southwestern staple, to which executive chef Emiliano Ramirez adds sautéed celery, carrots, yellow and green squash and fire-roasted tomatoes. Next come strips of chicken breast that Ramirez has grilled separately.
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.

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“Let me be straight with you. What I'd rather have is an airplane. We just had a third kid. I don't like flying commercial. I like to take my family to Hawaii. When I go east, I'd like to have pilots I know. ”