Business Jet Traveler » December 2009

December 1, 2009
AMERICA'S ECONOMIC DOWNTURN has dealt a crippling blow to the fractional-share industry. Rapidly declining used-aircraft prices and fewer flying hours over the past year have forced fractional operators to defer aircraft deliveries, cut staff and explore new ways to keep flying.
December 1, 2009
DETROIT FIGURED THIS OUT a long time ago. Take your basic family sedan, stick a hot motor under the hood and badge it with sporty-sounding initials like RT or SS and voilà: You sell more cars at higher prices.
December 1, 2009
Attorney Daryl M. Williams not only flies clients, trial witnesses and often a videographer and court reporter all over the western U.S. in a Cessna 421C that he pilots himself-he also trailblazed his own bit of aviation law.
December 1, 2009
Dassault stopped producing this twin-engine model more than two decades ago, but pilots still love it. it has great range and can climb 6,000 feet per minute.
December 1, 2009
If you own an aircraft and lease it out, can you be liable for damages caused when the lessee is operating it? The answer reminds me of a joke my securities law professor, Louis Loss, used to tell about a client wanting to hire a one-handed lawyer so the lawyer couldn't say: "Well, on the one hand...but on the other hand."
December 1, 2009
CitationShares becomes CitationAir
December 1, 2009
THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS in south-central Virginia provide a dramatic backdrop for an unusually expansive and luxurious new golf resort.
December 1, 2009
IS this A GOOD TIME to buy a fractional share? Or to sell the one you own? The answer, depending on your situation, could be yes to either question.
December 1, 2009
WHEN 2009 BEGAN, the preowned market was like a punch-drunk boxer trying to regain his footing. Down but not out throughout the year, the industry struggled to build strength and stability after absorbing an uppercut delivered by an economic near-catastrophe and then a barrage of power-of-the-pen jabs thrown by often-sensationalistic journalists.
December 1, 2009
"Empty legs," the so-called repositioning flights that have no passengers, represent a growing marketplace of bargain charter opportunities, and it's easy to see why. Many charter flights carry only crew because the aircraft is on its way to pick up travelers or going somewhere empty after dropping them off.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy