Business Jet Traveler » August 2009

September 1, 2009
The Hangar 10 aviation-services complex at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Mo., has opened. The operation is currently housed in temporary quarters on 10 acres at the northwest end of the airport, but ground was broken last January on a 91,000-square-foot facility that will include an executive terminal with a fitness center, pilot overnight rooms and other amenities.
September 1, 2009
Miami-based Air Platinum Club, which began operating in July, offers its members flight time on club-owned Gulfstream GIV-SPs. The club provides flights within the continental U.S. and between Paris and major U.S. cities. Members also have access to the club's 50-foot yacht, exotic sports cars and beachfront condo, all of which are in the Miami area.
September 1, 2009
France-based Dassault is working to have ready for entry into service in 2020 technologies that would reduce fuel consumption by 40 percent compared with fuel burn from current-production Falcons. Among other things, Dassault is considering an all-electric system architecture-eliminating pneumatic and hydraulic systems-that uses smaller power generators.
September 1, 2009
Avantair, the only publicly traded, standalone fractional operator, has announced financial results for the first quarter of 2009. Revenues totaled $34.7 million, a 16-percent gain over the same quarter last year. During the quarter, the company said, it recorded a "substantial" increase in hours flown and added a 52nd aircraft to its fleet.
September 1, 2009
JetSuite is acting as a broker for Phenom 100 flights operated by Solana Beach, Calif.-based Air by Jet. Air by Jet is the second operator to begin using Embraer's Phenom 100 for charter; Kansas City-based Executive AirShare made the first Phenom 100 charter flight in April. JetSuite has ordered 50 Phenom 100s and has options on 50 more. It plans to take delivery of seven this year.
September 1, 2009
Sertig, a hamlet near Davos. In the backround are Mt. Plattenfluh and Mt. Hoc
Switzerland is a paradox. It features breathtakingly pristine mountain, glacier and lake scenery alongside splendidly engineered craftsmanship, as evidenced by its watchmakers and prompt trains. A microcosm of Europe, it includes regions where you'll hear the languages of Germany, France and Italy, and discover the food, architecture and lifestyles of all those countries.
September 1, 2009
XOJet has announced what it claims is a first-of-its-kind national network of simply priced, fixed-rate charter flights on more than 15,000 dedicated routes. The rates, which start at $12,000, cover travel on an XOJet Citation X, which seats up to eight passengers; ground transportation in the departure and arrival cities; standard catering; and unlimited in-flight worldwide phone calls.
September 1, 2009
With 50 percent more instruments in the bandstand, the Aston’s noise is as di
Your smileage may differ, but in the eyes and ears of this beholder, no car packs quite the visual and sonic punch of the Aston Martin DBS. From its wide crouch, broad haunches and wraparound tail lights to the subtle flares, flows, channels and curves downwind from its hallmark pinched-corner grille, the DBS is a riveting spectacle from any angle.
September 1, 2009
I decided to post news updates from this year's Paris Air Show using the microblogging site Twitter, just as an experiment in online social networking.
September 1, 2009
Aerion reports that it is close to picking a manufacturing partner to lead development and production of its supersonic business jet. According to the Reno, Nev. company, it will then work with the manufacturer to confirm the Mach 1.6 jet's performance, costs and market. Aerion anticipates that the $80 million jet could be certified by late 2015.

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