Business Jet Traveler

September 27, 2015
5th Annual Readers’ Choice Survey
More than a thousand subscribers responded to BJT’s  5th Annual Readers’ Choice Survey. Our thanks to all of you for taking the time to participate and helping us report on how well the industry is serving your needs.
September 27, 2015
The Amazing Kreskin is no fan of airlines
You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, and you don’t need a mind reader to know how miserable people are on commercial flights these days. “Oh my God! Please, I don’t even want to think about it,” says The Amazing Kreskin, a performer who is in fact described as a mind reader, when asked about airline travel.
September 20, 2015
Bombardier Challenger 300
The large number of new aircraft entering service in the next few quarters heralds further downward pressure on preowned-airplane prices.
September 16, 2015
Jennifer Leach English (Photo: Michael S. Barr)
Bob Pittman, who runs America’s largest radio network, told me during our interview for this issue that he actually demands mistakes in the workplace. I believe him.
September 16, 2015
BJT readers—who represent one of the highest-net-worth magazine audiences anywhere—clearly have the means to contribute to a better world. To help you do that, we’re spotlighting deserving organizations in every issue.
September 16, 2015
Cecil the Lion
BJT readers—who represent one of the highest-net-worth magazine audiences anywhere—clearly have the means to contribute to a better world. To help you do that, we’re spotlighting deserving organizations in every issue.
September 16, 2015
“The president of the company and I often fly together because we have such a hard time finding enough time  in the office. We’ll say ‘save that for the trip.’” (Photo: Michael S. Barr)
Bob Pittman’s resume testifies to his obsession with productivity. Perhaps best known for having led the team that founded MTV, he has also been CEO of AOL, Six Flags Theme Parks, Quantum Media, Century 21 Real Estate and Time Warner Enterprises; and COO of America Online and AOL Time Warner.
September 13, 2015
Landscape
Wickenburg, Arizona, population 6,500, still looks much like the gold-mining town it was in the 1800s. It sits somewhere between faux and retro, 70 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert. Prospecting for precious metals takes a curious combination of nerve and deep pockets. The same could be said these days for golf course development, especially when it entails an extensive real estate component. The impetus to build Wickenburg Ranch came from two veterans of the Arizona golf development scene, though this is the first time that William Brownlee and Wendell Pickett have dared to co-design a golf course and undertake an entire project on their own.
September 13, 2015
Hangar
New business jets have become more efficient and environment-friendly in recent years, weighing less, burning less fuel and doing so more cleanly. But what about your airplane’s nest? What can you do to make your hangar “go green”? Many of today’s corporate aircraft hangars seem like throwbacks to World War II. They’re metal sheets riveted onto steel frames spanning a concrete slab, with precious little insulation. Illumination comes from harsh, electricity-sucking metal halide, mercury or sodium vapor, or fluorescent lights, and giant gas space heaters hang from the rafters. Want cooling? Buy a couple of big ceiling fans or open the door. These structures often are leaky energy drains and can be unpleasant places to work.
September 13, 2015
People boarding a aircraft
If you saw the final episode of Mad Men in May you’ll recall where the characters stood as the 1970s began: most were basically in the same rut, in a rapidly changing world. But one of them, at least, wound up with a new job, a leg up on the future and access to a business jet. Prominently, there was lost soul Don Draper, gazing tragically out to sea from a spiritual retreat on the California coast, sourly intoning “om om” with doe-eyed hippies while, evidently, he dreamt up nothing more groovy than a Coca-Cola commercial. Back on the East Coast, there was Don’s whiny ex-wife Betty dying of lung cancer; and that rascal Roger winding up with the ill-tempered Marie, mother of the mercurial Megan, Don’s other ex-wife. Stan and Peggy, now a couple, were still creating ads at McCann-Erickson.

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