Business Jet Traveler » February 2010

December 1, 2010
The Learjet 31 honored both pocket-rocket legacy and the Spartan cabin spir
When Bill Lear created the Learjet in the early 1960s, he envisioned a small, fast and ­simple airplane, a concept the marketplace embraced. His 20-series and the slightly elongated 30-series ­aircraft that followed sold briskly for more than 20 years, until long after he had left the company.
February 1, 2010
If your management company has control of the aircraft, the IRS could charge
Managing a multimillion-dollar aircraft isn't just another chore, it's a full-scale business-a business many owners want help with. "We're overwhelmed right now," said Scott Phillips, whose company, Jet 1 Charter, provides management and charter services in Naples, Fla.
February 1, 2010
Has there ever been a better time to be a charter customer? Rates have declined significantly and aircraft  availability is unfettered. Yet some charter operators are advising regular customers that now is the time to consider buying an aircraft, and more charter users are seeking acquisition advice on their own, according to some charter companies.
February 1, 2010
Three key figures in the banking industry's attempt to rebound from the financial crisis missed a much-hyped 11 a.m. meeting at the White House on December 15 when their flights were canceled because of fog at Washington National Airport.
February 1, 2010
“It’s as if you book a hotel and have no idea what you are getting except a b
Remember Victor Kiam-the man who liked Remington electric razors so much he bought the company? Well, you might say VistaJet chairman Thomas Flohr is Kiam's alter ego-he disliked an industry so much that he started a company to try to fix it. The industry in question is business jet charter.
February 1, 2010
Even though your jet may be hibernating, don’t try to skimp on costs by negle
The recession's lingering effects may prompt you to consider storing your aircraft until conditions improve. That can make sense if you need to slash your flying costs yet don't want to sell your airplane while prices are depressed.
February 1, 2010
One glance out your window at Florida's Jules Undersea Lodge should be enough
To reach most hotels you simply fly or drive there, but to get to Jules Undersea Lodge you'll also need scuba gear. Located at the bottom of a lagoon in Key Largo, Fla., the freestanding resort sits at a depth of 21 feet and is monitored 24 hours a day from a nearby "surface control center."
February 1, 2010
We all have plenty of operators to choose from when we need to book a charter flight. I stay loyal to the ones that do the best overall job for me. I might not fly with them often, but when I need an airplane in their part of the country, they're the ones I call.
February 1, 2010
Do you have a favorite in-flight meal or caterer you’d like to see featured h
The Dish: Breakfast Struddle Gourmet Airfare in Detroit has reinvented the venerable apple struddle. The caterer's signature "breakfast struddle" features beaten eggs with cheese and cream and a touch of orange juice for color. To that the chef adds spicy sausage or bacon, or mixed vegetables for non-carnivores.
February 1, 2010
Guests–including the Astors, Vanderbilts and Rockefellers–stayed for a month
Indians, soldiers and ghosts of Camelot have docked on her marshy shores. Early 20th century millionaires built castles and commanding women protected their estates. The history of Cumberland Island reads like steamy, romantic fiction. Now its mansions stand in ruin, with wild horses as their guests. But that doesn't mean there's nothing left to see or do here-far from it.

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“You’re absolutely right—and you can’t stand up in your [expletive] Rolls-Royce, either.”

-William Lear, in the early '60s, replying to a man who complained that he couldn't stand up in the original Lear Jet