Business Jet Traveler » December 2007

December 1, 2007
One pilot described the Bell 206 JetRanger as “bulletproof,” adding, “They ju
Every day, a fleet of more than 600 helicopters transports 10,000 passengers to and from thousands of oil and natural gas rigs and platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. For the better part of the last four decades, one helicopter model has dominated that fleet: the five-seat Bell JetRanger.
December 1, 2007
Signature Flight Support has opened its newly renovated facility at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. Formerly known as "Le Terminal," the upgraded operation includes passenger lounges with panoramic airport views, separate work and rest areas for crews, a private bar, dedicated concierge service and a private car park.
December 1, 2007
In 1873, when Jules Verne wrote his famous novel about a race around the world, completing the journey in 80 days seemed impossible to many. Now, of course, you can make the trip a whole lot faster.
December 1, 2007
Don't expect charter-flight Web sites to offer the kind of one-stop booking you get with the airlines on Orbitz, Expedia and Travelocity. Nonetheless, many such sites now provide tools and data that make planning and arranging an air charter flight easy.
December 1, 2007
Cessna CEO Jack Pelton (left) inks a big deal with XOJet CEO Paul Touw.
XOJet-a provider of business jet ownership, leasing and on-demand travel solutions-is expanding its fleet of Cessna Citation Xs. The company, which expects to own 17 of the Citations by the end of this year, has ordered 30 more of the high-speed, super-midsize jets, which are valued at a total in excess of $600 million.
December 1, 2007
Brookside Country Club Hole No. 15
Our series on America's best golf courses continues with a look at three of the best classic fairways in the north central U.S., as determined by Golfweek magazine's handpicked panel of 450 course raters. The raters, who are students of architecture, attend national workshops and each evaluate 15 to 20 courses per year.
December 1, 2007
The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the Ford Shelby GT500 Cobra
A neighbor of mine counts a late-model six-speed Corvette coupe among his household's half dozen cars and nine motorcycles. When I remarked to him that the Shelby GT500 seemed to be attracting more come-hither glances from women than the Z06, he didn't miss a beat: "You been cruising around trailer parks?" The loyalty these cars generate is as fierce now as it was back in the good old days.
December 1, 2007
The Nineteenth Hour
Chandelle Winery-which specializes in California wines in bottles that feature aviation art-is marking the 80th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's epic flight from New York to Paris with specially adorned 2004 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon and 2005 Chardonnay. The wines will be available only until the end of this year.
December 1, 2007
We had just sat down in cozy alpine hut No. 6 on the snowy, remote slopes of Lech, Austria, when our private ski instructor, Max Weissengruber, ordered a round of peach schnapps-which he insisted was de rigueur at 11 a.m. "Life is not only about maximum profit," he said with his signature Austrian dogmatism. "It's about quality."
December 1, 2007
European brown trout, introduced to the crystalline waters of New Zealand in 1868, have thrived in this country, which is roughly the size of California. Wild populations have created what many well-traveled fly fishers believe are the finest river trout fisheries in the world today. These trout are large. They are beautiful. They are also some of the most difficult to catch.

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