Business Jet Traveler » October 2011

October 1, 2011
Carrying extra fuel may save money but never saves fuel and always hampers pe
Although business aircraft account for just 2 percent of aviation carbon emissions and .04 percent of manmade emissions, pressure on private jet operators to mitigate the effects of their impact on the environment remains high. The Jan. 1, 2012 deadline for U.S.
October 1, 2011
Try conducting a conversation without headsets and you’ll end up passing note
High-performance piston aircraft don't like operating much above 18,000 feet and to get them to do so you have to outfit them with temperamental accessories such as superchargers, turbochargers and intercoolers that are prone to break, shorten an engine's useful life or both.
October 1, 2011
Ester Dyson
After reading Esther Dyson's résumé, you might conjure up a Type A executive juggling urgent phone calls behind a massive desk. Dyson, after all, has spent decades–and earned millions–advising, buying and selling companies and shares of companies.
October 1, 2011
If the super computers that some blame for Wall Street’s recent wild swings were used to trade aircraft, it’s likely they would be programmed to buy right now. But aircraft purchases and sales still occur the old-fashioned way, which can involve deal-stalling high emotions and conflicting personalities.
October 1, 2011
If your idea of vacationing in Hawaii includes staying in a Honolulu high-rise and roaming through the "lifestyle" shops lining the Waikiki Beach Walk, allow me to suggest an alternate vision: exploring an entrancing island called Lãna’i, only 20 minutes from the glitz and the gaggle.
October 1, 2011
Each of the major companies in the fractional-share business claims to be number one at something, the point being that it is the smartest choice for you. We investigated some of these claims–all of which we found on the providers' Web sites–to see how well they stand up to scrutiny.
October 1, 2011
One of the first things you hear about when you begin using business aviation in the U.S. is the mysterious but important distinction between Part 91 and Part 135 operations. Many people still think about the difference in simplistic terms: Part 91–good; Part 135–bad. The facts are considerably more complicated.
October 1, 2011
A slow connection that pretty much limits you to e-mail qualifies as Wi-Fi. M
You can get it at the coffee shop, on your smartphone, even in coach on an airliner. So why is it so difficult to get Wi-Fi on the jet you charter? One reason is that most chartered aircraft still lack broadband access.
October 1, 2011
Why hurry dinner when a cozy Basque bistro sends out piping hot escargots swi
Even many of the world's savviest travelers have yet to discover pristine Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, two sleepy but thoroughly enchanting islands 15 miles south of Newfoundland. They swirl in fog and mystery and boast the anomaly of being France's last foothold in North America.
October 1, 2011
Charts, operating manuals and maintenance data that used to weigh up to 80 po
As the PC half of a mixed marriage, I usually don't pay attention to Apple products. So I was nonplussed to find myself harrumphing along with so many others after the debut of the iPad in April of last year. "Doesn't do anything any other tablet can't do," I thought.

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“I have an obligation to get you to your destination. You have an obligation to pay. What else is there? We don't need 24 pages of legalese.”

-VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr, on the company's unusually brief, easy-to-understand contracts