Business Jet Traveler » February 2009

February 1, 2009
With a top speed of more than 17,000 miles per hour, NASA's space shuttles make even the fastest business jets seem slow by comparison-and soon you'll be able to buy one. Better hang onto your airplane, though: When NASA sells its three remaining shuttles-Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour-following their planned 2010 retirement, the craft will be for display purposes only.
February 1, 2009
Brian Foley Associates has completed its 10-year Business Aviation Market Brief & 10-year Jet Forecast and the news isn't good. "Virtually any start-up air taxi, charter or fractional program will be extremely challenged by the current economic environment," according to the Sparta, N.J. firm.
February 1, 2009
The AAIR system includes a seatbelt airbag; an electronics module about the s
"It has never made sense to me that people who wouldn't consider driving in a car without airbags will get in an aircraft that doesn't have them," said Bill Hagan, president of Phoenix-based AmSafe Aviation. According to Hagan, airbags on airplanes can significantly increase passenger safety in accidents that occur during taxiing, takeoff and landing.
February 1, 2009
Lights! Camera! Airplanes! The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, will present its second annual Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation March 12 to 15.
February 1, 2009
Organizers are making final preparations for the 3rd Cannes International General Aviation Exhibition, scheduled for April 30 through May 2. The show is one in a string of star-studded events on the French Côte d'Azur that includes the Cannes International Film Festival.
February 1, 2009
Lovely beaches, lush gardens, steep ravines and jagged mountains all draw you
The Hawaiian island of Kauai has a well-earned reputation for rugged beauty and relative isolation from the mainstream tourist trade. Golf fans came to know it from 1994 through 2006, when the PGA Grand Slam of Golf was held each fall on the windswept fairways of Poipu Bay Golf Course, along the island's south shore.
February 1, 2009
Buying a corporate jet during times of worldwide financial turmoil might be considered by many to be one of the more outlandish business moves you can make. It could also prove to be one of the smartest.
February 1, 2009
Thanks partly to MD’s proprietary no tail rotor (NOTAR) technology, the 902 c
More than 20 years after it was conceived, the MD 902 Explorer is coming into its own as a fast and comfortable light twin-engine turbine helicopter that performs exceptionally well in hot temperatures and high altitudes.
February 1, 2009
When Chip Ganassi was five, his father gave him and his cousins a number of go-karts he had confiscated from the owner of a go-kart track who had failed to pay his bill after the elder Ganassi had paved the track. That early experience led the young Ganassi to high school dirt-bike motocross contests, motorcycle racing and, eventually, professional auto racing.
February 1, 2009
By not defending the attributes of corporate aviation, the not-so-big three Detroit automakers dealt a blow to executive travel and corporate flight departments. They did further damage during their subsequent road trip to Capitol Hill, which came across as an admission of guilt. [See 'Defending your Jet']

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