Business Jet Traveler » June 2008

June 1, 2008
Around the second week in June, schools of northern pike suddenly appear in the sandy-bottom shallows of tea-colored Wollaston Lake in northeastern Saskatchewan. These are lean, gold-green creatures with dark, inset eyes imbedded in long, fierce snouts sheathing multiple rows of sharp, sinister teeth. They are sunning themselves.
June 1, 2008
Parked in a vast grassland in central Africa, you watch one of nature's most incredible spectacles: the so-called "Great Migration" of two million wildebeests, zebras and gazelles on their annual 1,800-mile search for water and green pastures. From your safari vehicle, you see the animals crossing the savannah, sometimes ambling in single file, sometimes galloping madly through a dusty cloud.
June 1, 2008
People get into private air travel in many ways, and that's one of the things that makes this business so interesting.
June 1, 2008
Many business jet charter operators these days are opting to focus on a single aircraft type. The Eclipse 500 has received much publicity because high-profile businesses, such as Boca Raton, Fla.-based DayJet and Concord, Mass.-based Linear Air, have recently launched air-taxi services with that model. But an increasing number of operators are now focusing on another aircraft: the Cirrus SR22.
June 1, 2008
  Thinking about flying privately in Europe? If you've been using business jets mostly just in North America, you should anticipate some differences.
June 1, 2008
Golf here takes place in its own realm, unencumbered by home sites.
Florida's west coast has lots of real estate but few real golf clubs. Since 2006, however, it has had the Concession, a Jack Nicklaus- and Tony Jacklin-designed course that made its debut this year on Golfweek's Best Modern Courses list. Concession placed 45th on the list on the strength of its natural setting and its commitment to the game's enduring values.
June 1, 2008
Golfers will fly to the Travelers Championship on a chartered Boeing 757.
To attract top-tier golfers to smaller tournaments scheduled around major PGA competitions, tour organizers have taken to offering free aircraft charters for the players. For the Travelers Championship to be held in June immediately after the U.S. Open, for example, tournament officials have chartered a Boeing 757 to whisk golfers and their guests from San Diego to Hartford, Conn.
June 1, 2008
The cost of buying an aircraft is rivaled only by the expense of maintaining it. If someone gave me a Gulfstream G550 for Christmas, I'd have to sell it immediately because just the expense of hangaring and insuring the aircraft, let alone flying it, would far exceed what I can afford. No wonder many people want to figure out a way to share the cost of business jets.
June 1, 2008
The Dish: Salad Niзoise, featuring seared ahi tuna on a bed of butter lettuce, surrounded by steamed red potatoes, cooked and refreshed green beans, tomatoes and a boiled egg. The dish is topped off by capers and kalamata olives and a dressing prepared from white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, pepper, garlic crushed with salt and extra virgin olive oil.
June 1, 2008
"One customer showed us his rattlesnake boots and wanted his airplane done in
Nothing says luxury like leather. That's the gospel according to business jet interior designers and many of their customers. As a seat covering, leather wraps the passenger in butter-soft comfort. On bulkheads and sidewalls, leather softens the shine of exotic wood veneers and polished metals. Instead of screaming "money," the cabin softly whispers "success."

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