Business Jet Traveler

April 1, 2008
Business aviation accidents and incidents declined from 60 in 2006 to 56 in 2007, but fatal accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets and turboprops increased to 18 from 17, according to the latest annual report by aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.
April 1, 2008
Ferry fees have always been part of fractional flying. Now, however, some fractional providers have made changes to their programs that substantially reduce-if not eliminate-the fees for their owners. As a result, these owners enjoy expanded ferry-fee-free travel horizons, and the other fractional providers' may find they need to respond in kind.
April 1, 2008
What you'll pay for air charter varies not only by aircraft type and model but by region. Here are the average per-hour rates for popular aircraft nationally and in the Southeast U.S., now and a year ago. Look for price data for other parts of the country in future issues.
February 1, 2008
The first stone of taxation has been dropped into the lake of fractional ownership and the ripples are likely to spread. Last August, Senate Bill (SB) 87 was signed into law in California, creating a system for assessing property tax on fractionally owned aircraft for the first time in the U.S.
February 1, 2008
Dassault Aviation announced last year at the National Business Aviation Association Convention that it has launched the development of a super-midsize Falcon business jet, code-named SMS (for super-midsize). The aircraft will have fly-by-wire flight controls, an advanced glass cockpit and new Rolls-Royce engines in the 10,000-pound-thrust range.
February 1, 2008
In December, NetJets pilots voted overwhelmingly in support of a major amendment and five-year extension to their collective bargaining agreement with NetJets Aviation. The pilots are represented by Teamsters Local 1108.
February 1, 2008
The FAA's scrutiny of Part 135 operational control has spurred an interest in operational control of Part 91 business jets.
February 1, 2008
Boating and fishing enthusiasts will find plenty to interest them at the Savannah International Boat Show, to be held February 29 to March 2 at the Savannah [Ga.] International Trade and Convention Center.
February 1, 2008
The position of the propellers on the MU-2 means that passengers will notice
Over the years, Mitsubishi's MU-2 has attracted a good deal of attention, much of it negative, as the airplane has developed-perhaps unfairly-a reputation for crashing. Often ignored in these instances, however, is the pilot: flying the airplane requires the same discipline and professionalism as flying a high-performance jet.
February 1, 2008
The Eurofighter Typhoon and the Bugatti Veyron at the start of the “ultimate”
When the British television series Top Gear decided to create the definitive airplane vs. automobile race, host Richard Hammond got behind the wheel of what is arguably the world's fastest street car-the 1,001-horsepower Bugatti Veyron.

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“You’re absolutely right—and you can’t stand up in your [expletive] Rolls-Royce, either.”

-William Lear, in the early '60s, replying to a man who complained that he couldn't stand up in the original Lear Jet