Flying

January 22, 2017
Owning and operating a Gulfstream G450 can cost $9,500 to $15,500 an hour or even more, depending on the depreciation method and the number of hours flown. Yet you can charter a fairly new one for about $5,600 an hour.
What’s the true cost of your charter flight? Not the figure on the invoice, but the actual total of operating and prorated fixed costs for your time aboard the aircraft? Exact numbers are hard to come by, but if you’re a heavy charter user, there’s evidence you’re getting a bigger subsidy than a corn farmer does.
December 11, 2016
cartoon of a man afraid to fly
Some people who believe they have flight phobia (sometimes called aviophobia) might actually be suffering more from claustrophobia. Their fear is not so much of flying but rather of being confined in a small space for several hours with no possibility of escape. For someone with tendencies toward this anxiety, the relatively small cabins of most business jets could be problematic. 
November 20, 2016
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft’s SportJet is specially designed for sports-team transport. The cabin includes medical and IT solutions to reduce jet lag, hypoxia, dehydration, stress on the body, and aerophobia.
Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company hopes it has a sporting chance of attracting customers to a forthcoming variant of its Superjet SSJ100 airliner. Called the SportJet and scheduled for certification in 2018, the aircraft will target professional and amateur athletic teams’ charter flights. That’s a $600 million-per-year global market, according to the manufacturer.
October 23, 2016
Aerion AS2
The road to a supersonic business jet has been excruciatingly slow, and most who have taken a stab at developing one over the last four decades have either folded, used the venture to secure government research grants, or relegated it to the back burner in favor of more economically expedient projects.
October 16, 2016
Credi: Ucumari Photography
Planning a trip to Antarctica, northern Scandinavia, or anywhere that promises frigid temperatures? If you dress in layers and pack the right gear, you can remain warm and comfortable throughout your visit.
October 2, 2016
People boarding a business jet.
A record-breaking 1,285 BJT subscribers responded to our 2016 Readers’ Choice survey—a 26 percent increase from last year. As promised, we have made a contribution on behalf of those subscribers to Corporate Angel Network, which arranges free flights on business aircraft to treatment centers for cancer patients and their families.
September 19, 2016
PHOTO: HONDAJET
The views from a private jet can make for a sublime experience. You really do get the feeling of having “joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds” and “chased the shouting wind,” to quote Royal Canadian Air Force pilot John Gillespie Magee Jr.’s stirring 1941 sonnet, “High Flight.”
September 18, 2016
An aircraft operated by NetJets, which pioneered the fractional field and remains the largest share provider. Photo: Barry Ambrose
Recent constriction in the fractional space and changes within the remaining programs are stacking the deck against shareowners, curbing rights, and cutting once-standard benefits, contend a pair of consultants who represent share buyers.
August 28, 2016
Hourly maintenance plans for airframes, engines, and avionics have become a regular and often expected part of aircraft ownership. In exchange for a fee paid for each operating hour (and sometimes fixed fees as well), plan providers agree to cover certain or all scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, thereby bringing cost and performance surety to operations.
August 22, 2016
Mark Bonfigli appreciates the LED mood lighting on his GV.
When you spend lots of time in business jets, you inevitably come to treasure certain technological solutions that make the airborne life more pleasant and productive. We asked five frequent fliers to tell us about their favorite on-board gear.

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