Buyers' Guide

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.
July 1, 2008
Very light jet. Super-midsize. Ultra-long-range. These are just some of the names that manufacturers, analysts and aviation journalists use to try to pigeonhole business jets into market niches. But with so much fragmentation in the field and a blurring of traditional lines, such attempts at classification are becoming harder than ever.
January 7, 2008
Using a ”marketplace” is a great way to save money. Brokers might also be abl
Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline, Travelocity and other Web sites have made booking airline flights online incredibly easy. By comparison, just finding legitimatebusiness jet charter Web sites can be tough. A recent Google search for "private jet charter," for example, listed 185,000 Web sites (in all of 0.22 seconds).
January 7, 2008
“The jet card is like buying wine by the glass. If all you want is a glass, i
Tired of the hassles of commercial air travel-or perhaps of the responsibilities of owning an aircraft? Maybe it's time to play the jet card. Jet cards provide guaranteed access to flight time aboard private aircraft without the "deadhead" or repositioning fees associated with charter, and without the huge upfront investment or long-term commitment that go with jet ownership.
January 7, 2008
Fuel charges now substantially affect the cost of fractional flying
Fractional ownership became popular in the 1990s and now is a staple on the private air travel menu of options. With fractional, you purchase a partial interest in an aircraft that an aviation company operates. Along with other owners, you have the right to use any comparable aircraft in the company's fleet, on demand, for a predetermined number of hours each year.

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“"Many years ago, our company founder, Al Conklin, sold a new twin-engine business aircraft to a very successful entrepreneur. He had established a bit of a rapport with the individual and, after the sale, asked him straight out, 'How can you justify the cost of this airplane?' His reply? 'What is the cost of a divorce?'"–David Wyndham, president, Conklin & de Decker”

-David Wyndham