Buyers' Guide » 2008

August 1, 2008
A country’s aviation authority issues an aircraft’s registration “number,” al
Registering your aircraft in the U.S. is a seemingly minor paperwork item that you may not think about during the heady hunt for a business jet. But unless the registration is properly handled, that aircraft you buy might not be legal to fly.
July 1, 2008
The higher price of preowned aircraft may drive some buyers to consider model
After carefully analyzing your travel patterns, budget and a host of other factors, you've concluded that you need an aircraft. Now comes a decision that can be at least as tough: Should you buy new or used?
July 1, 2008
"Peeling the onion" is such an overused metaphor that I hesitate to repeat it here. But it suits private air travel so well that I simply can't resist.
July 1, 2008
When you tell your charter provider, fractional rep or chief pilot that you want to fly to Miami, don't be surprised if you land at Miami International Airport. After all, that's where you said you wanted to go.
July 1, 2008
"If I took a private jet to Boca, I could save a whole travel day on both ends." When a thought like this pops into your head, it can trigger a process that ends up as a thoroughly memorable experience-or one fraught with frustration. As with most things, the more time you spend in the beginning, the better you'll come out in the end.
July 1, 2008
The culinary bar has been raised substantially, and dining in a business jet today is often a memorable experience. Caterers are well aware that growing numbers of their customers are "foodies" who are more than just mouths to feed. And so they have stepped up every aspect of their business, from quality to presentation, and now offer a wide range of organic, ethnic and exotic dishes.
July 1, 2008
Charter brokers and even some management companies don't have "operational co
When you buy a seat on a commercial flight, the choice of airline can matter less than the departure and arrival times. But when you book a charter flight, picking the operator is the most important decision you can make. The wrong choice can cost you lots of time and money, or even create safety risks.
July 1, 2008
A consultant’s first question is likely to be, “What’s the mission?”
You've decided to buy a jet. Maybe it was your most recent airline trip from hell that convinced you. Perhaps a growing business commitment increased the need for easy access to locations where even Southwest doesn't go. Or maybe you just want the freedom and excitement of private flying and would like to be able to keep your golf clubs and favorite sweater on the airplane.
July 1, 2008
See attached PDF for Business Aircraft Manufacturers list.
July 1, 2008
Maintained properly, upgraded when required to comply with changing regulations, modified with more capable avionics in the cockpit, repainted outside, refurbished inside, and sometimes even equipped with newer, more powerful, energy-efficient engines, a business aircraft can fly safely and effectively for 30 or 40 years or more.

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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