Business Jet Traveler » October 2012

November 13, 2012
Giving Back
BJT readers–who represent one of the highest-net-worth magazine audiences anywhere–clearly have the means to contribute to a better world. But what’s the best way to do that? It’s not always easy to determine which charities are most reputable and efficient and which will make the best use of your donations. As such, we’ve decided to spotlight one deserving organization per issue.
November 13, 2012
Could a computer replace your pilot? Probably not anytime soon.
“Those jets just about land themselves, don’t they?”
November 13, 2012
Jennifer Leach English with daughter Araceli.
By the time we first discussed putting Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh on the cover of this magazine, I had already been a steady customer of the company for five years and knew all about its astonishing service standards.
November 13, 2012
Tony Gemignani's award-winning pizza
Tony Gemignani–an 11-time winner of the World Pizza Championship competition–is a genius when it comes to the presentation of pizza in its many styles.
October 23, 2012
PlaneSense CEO George Antoniadis
You don’t have to spend much time with George Antoniadis to figure out why he has achieved success with PlaneSense, the fractional-aircraft-share company he founded in 1996. Granted, he was probably in the right place at the right time with the right airplane, the economical Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop.
October 18, 2012
Fishing the flats in tropical Los Roques
Eighty miles off the Venezuela coast, the little jet dipped its wing, giving me a stunning view in the February sunshine of a place called Los Roques: three great igneous rock formations surrounded by brilliant blue water, green mangrove strips and thousands of shimmering white sandbars.
October 16, 2012
Hawker Beechcraft Premier I
In 2006, Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) introduced the Premier IA to near-universal acclaim: Here was a composite-fuselage light jet that could be flown single-pilot at speeds up to 450 knots with a near-standup cabin with room for six to seven passengers and a range of nearly 1,500 nautical miles, depending on load.
October 11, 2012
California's Monterey Coast Photo Credit:  Don Douglas
“The greatest meeting of land and water in the world” is how landscape artist Francis McComas described Point Lobos, just south of Carmel, Calif. Many would agree.
October 3, 2012
Gulfstream G650
Production models of Gulfstream’s new, near-supersonic flagship G650–which received FAA certification on September 7–have been rolling off the assembly line and winging their way to completion centers. The manufacturer expects to have the $64.5 million, 7,000-nautical-mile-range bizjet into the hands of customers before the end of this year.
September 25, 2012
Zappo's Tony Hsieh, Photo:  Ryan Weber
To begin to understand the grand experiment that is Tony Hsieh’s life, read two books. One is his own Delivering Happiness, a Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose, which explains not only how he built Zappos and his previous company but also his philosophy of over-the-top customer service. (The book debuted at No.
 

Quote/Unquote

“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”

-business aviation entrepreneur Nick Popovich