Business Jet Traveler » October 2009

October 1, 2009
While business aircraft flight hours are down from last year, industry safety has increased disproportionately, according to business aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates. In the first half of the year, the U.S. business airplane fleet experienced 13 accidents, down from 34 in the same period last year, a 62-percent drop.
October 1, 2009
The European Aviation Safety Agency will extend discussion of the most contentious points arising from its proposed new rules for aircraft operations and has indicated that it could permit greater flexibility for business aviation on issues such as flight and duty-time limitations.
October 1, 2009
Dassault Aviation logged $1.28 billion in Falcon sales in the first half of the year, down from $1.56 billion in the same period last year after order cancellations far exceeded sales. Thus, Dassault's consolidated orders for the first six months equaled negative $1.5 billion, compared with $3.4 billion in the year-ago period.
October 1, 2009
Open-sided dining areas overlook a lagoon where elephants lumber through the
While Africa brims with unspoiled landscapes written in big, bold strokes, Botswana's Okavango Delta proves especially dazzling. The 6,000-square-mile Delta is formed by the mighty Okavango, "the river that never finds the sea," which roars down from neighboring Angola and spills out into the sands of the perpetually barren Kalahari Desert.
October 1, 2009
“If you drive, you get there at like six in the morning, but it’s only a 55-m
You might never have heard Mick Jones' name, but if you've spent any time near a radio since the late 1970s, you've probably heard plenty of his music. Because the founder and guitarist of the rock group Foreigner rarely sings lead vocals and also because the band touts its brand name rather than its individual members, the UK native has never become particularly well known in his own right.
October 1, 2009
Your provider would be much happier to keep you on the ledger with a share in
Scaling back doesn't have to mean giving up the benefits of private aviation and settling on airline travel.
October 1, 2009
I recently was invited to the Los Angeles Dodgers' Sports Camp, or "fantasy camp" as some call it. Unlike most of the events I attend, this one was unique in that I was the only aircraft broker present. At lunchtime-after we'd spent the morning trying to look our best hacking at the fastballs and changeups that zipped our way-we were asked to recount our business experiences.
October 1, 2009
The reasons behind Richard Santulli's sudden departure from NetJets have been the subject of speculation for weeks. Sources tell us he was forced out for failing to move aggressively enough to stem financial losses at the fractional-ownership giant. Others say he fell out of favor after rejecting calls to let go of senior managers who'd worked alongside him for years.
October 1, 2009
Three reasons explain why the Hawker 700s produced between 1977 and 1984 rema
Introduced in 1977, the hawker 700 has endured  thanks to its durability, spacious stand-up cabin and bargain prices. You can pick one up on the used market for as little as $1 million. spend a little extra on paint, a new interior, a cockpit makeover and a maintenance service plan, and your airplane will be hard to distinguish from a brand-new Hawker 900XP selling for $14 million.
October 1, 2009
Only 25 miles from dassault’s main aircraft factory in France is its world-cl
When I asked Stephan Gabart, my host at Château St. Jacques Calon, a vineyard-turned-B&B just outside Saint-Émilion, France, for help finding the Château Dassault winery, he had to confess he'd never heard of the place. "Let me check," he said, leaving me by the pool and returning after a few minutes with a hand-drawn map. "What do you know," he said, "it's only two miles from here."

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“[New billionaires in fast-growing countries] have to buy longer-range airplanes. If you’re flying from Mongolia to Nigeria, it’s either a three-day journey flying commercial or a nine-hour flight on your jet.”

-Steve Varsano