Business Jet Traveler » June 2010

June 1, 2010
As the used aircraft market's recovery continues, global issues are surfacing that could temper buyers' enthusiasm. Remember a couple of years ago, when we heard so much about the fast-rising BRIC countries-Brazil, Russia, India and China? Today the focus has shifted to the PIIGS-Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain, all of which have fairly weak economies and high debt.
June 1, 2010
“You are going to spend a whole lot more to find another airplane with its ra
I've heard private jets described in many ways over the years, but this was a first. "It works really good as a canoe," joked Dale Printy, director of technical services for Worthington Aviation, the company charged with product support for the Westwind series of business aircraft.
June 1, 2010
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A BIG AIRLINE tries running a business jet charter and management subsidiary? In the case of Delta AirElite, what might at first seem like a prescription for disaster turns out to be a near-perfect elixir of airline value blended with the exceptional service and efficiency of private jet travel.
June 1, 2010
When searching for a specific aircraft tail number, it's easy to conclude that all the good ones are taken. The folks who operate the FAA registry in Oklahoma City, however, think they've found a way to make many of these "unavailable" registration numbers magically accessible to the rest of us.
June 1, 2010
One site sends out e-mails twice weekly to registrants who want to stay abrea
It's one of the most visited destinations in the air charter world: the Web. But finding the best ways to take advantage of it has challenged charter providers and customers since the start of the dot-com revolution. Virgin Charter's idea for a one-stop online booking portal closed down almost as quickly as it popped up.
June 1, 2010
Kenn Ricci, who founded Flight Options and left the company in 2003, returned
When industry observers speculate about the future of the four biggest fractional-jet-share providers, the company that often prompts the most discussion is Flight Options. That's because it has arguably undergone more change than its competitors while also lacking the protection afforded by being under a large corporate umbrella.
June 1, 2010
This location and topography create nature's perfect cocktail shaker as cold
Find a wild and unspoiled corner of the world's largest ocean, where thousands of distinct populations of salmon pass by as if on parade from May through September, and you have discovered an angler's idea of perfection.
June 1, 2010
“The [rulemaking] process worked,” said a Transportation Security Administrat
Taking the business aviation world by surprise in October 2008, the Transportation Security Administration proposed regulations that would have subjected private jet travelers to an airline-like security experience.
June 1, 2010
The FAA doesn't require child-restraint systems, but it recommends them. So d
So you're taking the family on vacation in your jet. You'll belt the two-year-old into his own seat and Mom will hold the newborn in her lap. They'll be as safe as can be, right? Maybe not.
June 1, 2010
The noises are savage, visceral, sure to incense people who don’t really like
There's likely no finer V8 engine in car showrooms today than the 6.2-liter monster that propels the AMG version of Mercedes' newest E-class. The rising snarls and staccato twitches of the tach will curl the hairs on the back of your neck. It can drop-kick your rump down the highway with a savagery that the four-door body barely hints at.

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