Business Jet Traveler

October 1, 2007
ExcelAire pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino were no-shows in São Paulo, Brazil, August 27 as court hearings began regarding the mid-air collision involving their Embraer Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737. The Legacy landed safely at a military field but the airliner crashed in the Amazon, killing all 154 people aboard and creating a national furor over aviation safety.
October 1, 2007
Three thousand kilometers from tidewater, a porpoise surfaces. Then a foot-long skinny slasher of a fish grabs the streamer fly you strip through water the color of Lapsong tea and shreds it. Sweat runs down your nose. The February sun blazes.
October 1, 2007
It can be difficult for the family on one side of a weather front, where the
In a recent discussion of sports with my British colleague Charles Alcock, he talked about England's historic admiration for what he described as the "gifted amateur." This was illustrated best in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire, the story of Harold Abrahams, the gold-medal winner in the 100-meter dash at the 1924 Olympics.
October 1, 2007
For those who feel a pang of envy while gazing up at the blimps hovering over major sporting events, Worldwide Aeros may have the cure. Harkening back to a form of passenger travel last seen in the 1930s, the California manufacturer best known for its airships and tethered balloons has released plans for a luxury "air yacht" to be called the Aeroscraft ML866.
October 1, 2007
Activity in the second quarter of this year raised the order backlog at Hawker Beechcraft to a record $5.1 billion, roughly double what it was at this time last year. However, the purchase of Raytheon's aircraft division by GS Capital Partners and Onex Partners for $3.3 billion cash led to an operating loss of $36.6 million.
August 1, 2007
Brig. Gen. Robin Olds as a colonel, preflighting his F-4C Phantom at Ubon Air
"Downhill skiing is the closest thing to flying a fighter that I know."
August 1, 2007
A scale mockup of a Boeing 787 interior drew attention at a Boeing Business J
The seventh European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, which took place in Geneva in May, broke all records, with attendance up 15 percent from the 2006 event to more than 11,000 and 354 exhibitors, an 18-percent increase. Orders inked at the show-firm and optional-had a total value of nearly $1.7 billion.
August 1, 2007
Signature Flight Support's new $13 million fixed-base operation (FBO) at Boston Logan International Airport is up and running. The two-story, 13,000-square-foot facility includes passenger and crew lounges, administrative offices and a private VIP center with separate street and ramp-side entrances for visiting dignitaries.
August 1, 2007
Some parents are booking jets to fly their children to summer camp rather than sending them off by bus, according to two New York-basedair charter companies. Revolution Air assigned more than 20 aircraft to the task in June, and Blue Star Jets has reported making "more and more" such flights.
August 1, 2007
Nemacolin Falling Rock, a woodlands resort in the Laurel Mountains south of Pittsburgh, has been awarded AAA Five Diamond status, a designation held by fewer than 90 North American hotels and resorts.

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“[New billionaires in fast-growing countries] have to buy longer-range airplanes. If you’re flying from Mongolia to Nigeria, it’s either a three-day journey flying commercial or a nine-hour flight on your jet.”

-Steve Varsano