Business Jet Traveler » February 2014

March 26, 2014
Piaf Restaurant
Housed inside the lovely Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Resort, just north of Puerto Vallarta, Piaf Restaurant presents French fare with a nod to fresh Mexican ingredients in a stunner setting. Try Piaf’s simple yet elegant seared scallops with bacon beurre blanc and coriander or the puff pastry tartelette and duck confit over mushroom with champagne sauce. I also enjoyed the classic but not too garlicky bourguignonne escargots. On the heartier side, executive chef Claudio Hotter offered a perfect rack of French lamb marinated in Provence herbs and drizzled with foie gras sauce. For dessert, many items looked wonderful but I opted for the Grand Marnier chocolate soufflé adorned with hazelnuts and white chocolate. So decadent. This is a supremely refined space; glass sculptures accent its majestic marble floors and its walls of mauve, dark woods and black soothe the eye. Everything is spotless and impeccably designed, and the view of the gorgeous Bay of Banderas doesn’t hurt. Piaf at Grand Velas is a major find, and it welcomes anyone, not just resort guests. If you’re in the area, don’t miss it. —Bob Ecker
March 5, 2014
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Business jet finance has settled into a predictable—and more sustainable—groove after the mad scramble of 2007 and the deafening silence of
March 4, 2014
Two NetJets pilots walking out to their airplane.
Hindsight is 20/20—and in the fractional-share business, foresight may at best be about 20/1,000. In a market like today’s and with a rapidly evolving product like fractional, even the most seasoned insiders seem to lack a clear sense of what’s next. 
March 4, 2014
Customers exiting a limousine and immediately boarding their private business jet.
Last Fall, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled proposed rules for enhancing protection for air charter customers. Since then, several influential charter brokers have gone on record as saying the proposals don’t go far enough—even though brokers are the primary targets of those rules.
March 4, 2014
TSA Prohibited Items Bin.
In the decade since 9/11, many new guidelines and rules have been applied to business aviation flights. More could be on the way.
March 4, 2014
A recent CNBC news item noted that Formula One racing tycoon Bernie Ecclestone “flipped” his new G650 just weeks after he took delivery. An Asian industrialist who didn’t want to wait out Gulfstream’s order backlog for the popular new model bought it for $72 million—$7.5 million more than the list price.
February 24, 2014
Dogsledding in Yellowstone National Park.
To witness world-class dogsled racing, you don’t have to fly all the way to frigid Fairbanks to watch the Alaska Open North American Championship or stand at the crowded finish of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous.
February 24, 2014
Gulfstream G150 on the ramp at sunset
Gas up and go—far—in this rugged, speedy model.
February 19, 2014
American Express Centurion Card
In exchange for annual fees of up to $7,500, they offer benefits that even ultra-high-net-worth customers are likely to appreciate.
February 17, 2014
Agusta AW169
For decades, the Sikorsky S-76 has been the gold standard in corporate helicopters. With more than 800 sold since its introduction in 1979, the model combines futuristic styling with a large cabin, speed and solid all-weather capabilities.

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