Business Jet Traveler

July 31, 2012
Novak Djokovic
Sitting in a Bombardier Learjet 45 at California’s Palm Desert Airport near Palm Springs, tennis champion Novak Djokovic outlined the approach that has kept him at the top of the game and made him a hero in his native Serbia.
July 20, 2012
Surviving a tax audit
As a big-ticket asset promising large potential tax adjustments, a business jet easily captures the attention of IRS auditors. Given the woefully complicated tax rules applicable to these aircraft, who can blame the IRS for seeking additional revenue opportunities in the flight department?
July 17, 2012
Airbus A320
Airbus began airline deliveries of its A320 twinjet in 1988. Today, more than 5,000 are in service and another 2,000-plus have been ordered. U.S. carriers flying the model include Delta, US Airways, United and JetBlue. Odds are, you’ve already been on one. Compared with the original Boeing 737, which was designed in the early 1960s, the A320 has a wider and taller cabin and a slicker wing. It also features digital fly-by-wire controls.
July 3, 2012
Could this method slash your flying costs?
Perhaps you like the idea of shared aircraft ownership but not the costs and flight-time limitations that accompany a contract with a fractional provider. If so, you may be a candidate for a deal in which two or more private parties agree among themselves to share an aircraft. Such an arrangement can give you access to a business jet almost on a par with whole ownership but at significant cost savings. No one knows for sure just how many shared jets are flying.
July 3, 2012
Pet peeves? Not if you follow these travel tips
Flying with your pet? You should start preparing for your trip well in advance to make sure it will be as snarl-free as possible, according to Alison Abramson Hasson, a veterinarian based in New York City and Westchester.
July 3, 2012
Sikorsky S-76D
Take a 35-year-old American helicopter design and farm out airframe production to the Czech Republic and the stabilator to Turkey. Add a new engine design from Canada and a sophisticated avionics system with key elements from France. Bring all this together for final assembly at a new facility in Pennsylvania. What could go wrong? A lot, actually.
June 27, 2012
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a slave to lists. I have to-do lists all over my apartment and all over my desk, and I rarely leave home to run any sort of errand without a list in hand. My current system involves taking a few minutes at the end of each day to reconcile all of my lists with one master list–and then I start over the next morning.
June 27, 2012
Dan Schwinn
After launching a successful high-tech startup–communication equipment manufacturer Shiva Corporation–Dan Schwinn turned his talents to fixing a glaring problem with the utility of small general aviation airplanes. The instrumentation available in the early 1990s on the typical single-engine aircraft was needlessly complicated, Schwinn felt. What aviation needed was a much simpler interface between the airplane and the pilot–something that presents information in a clear, easy-to-interpret manner and that promotes safety, rather than detracting from it.
June 26, 2012
Preowned aircraft prices and financing costs remain at historically low levels, and business jet manufacturers continue to offer incentives to boost sales. That’s changing the access equation for private fliers, leading some to forgo charter, jet cards or fractional shares in favor of buying an aircraft outright. 
May 3, 2012
Where the ‘Unsinkable’ Titanic Sank
Looking for something unusual to do this summer? How about exploring the remains of the Titanic from an Mir submersible vehicle at 12,500 feet below sea level? Fifteen-day excursions will begin July 12, July 27 and August 6 and will include lectures and a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking.

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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