Flying

February 1, 2012
Dassault’s Falcon 2000s
I first wrote about the Falcon 2000 for this magazine in 2006, for our “Used Jet Review” department. Back then, I liked the airplane for its cavernous cabin, good fuel economy, great range, pleasant flying qualities and strong resale value.
February 1, 2012
The threat of "carmageddon" gridlock during Los Angeles' freeway closure this past summer drew media attention to helicopter charter, as some locals forsook the road for rotor to reach the airport.
February 1, 2012
The Bell 407 reminds me of a Mercedes Sprinter van. It's a vehicle with amazing versatility that can be used for virtually any mission: ambulance, cargo, law enforcement, firefighting, military scout and gunship, offshore oil support, utility and, of course, executive transport.
February 1, 2012
Can NetJets Europe defy the doubters?
Fractional aircraft ownership is a great American entrepreneurial idea that arguably hasn't traveled well. Fifteen years after its main proponent, NetJets, brought the concept to Europe, that company remains the only one to have achieved any lasting traction in the international markets that supposedly have a massive appetite for business aviation.
February 1, 2012
Taxing Situations
What if there were no airlines? It may sound crazy, but now-retired rogue aeronautical engineer Burt Rutan once speculated that, someday, people might look back and say, "For a short period in history, people traveled en masse in giant airplanes called 'airliners.' They only used a very few crowded runways, and traveling to and from the airports often took longer than the flight itself." In Rutan's version of the future, we would further develop the general aviation infrastructure such that people could fly on light airplanes to and from the thousands of small airports near their homes and destinations.
January 26, 2012
Charter Operator Donates to Help Animals
San-Diego charter firm Schubach Aviation ended its yearlong “One Cent Per Mile” fundraising campaign for orphaned animals by donating $10,160 to Helen Woodward Animal Center, which is also located in San Diego. Schubach began the campaign in January of last year, promising to donate one cent for every mile flown by its 15 aircraft through the end of 2011.
January 26, 2012
Lufthansa Private Jet Coming To North America
Lufthansa announced January 23 that it will introduce its Lufthansa Private Jet service to the North American market on February 1. The service–which the company already offers in Europe in conjunction with NetJets Europe–will connect 21 North American cities served by Lufthansa and Swiss airlines.
January 26, 2012
Martha Stewart Creates Menus for Charter Operator
Martha Stewart is now flying charter through Farmingdale, N.Y.-based Talon Air and she appears in a lengthy video featured on the private aviation services' company website. Stewart created breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes that will be prepared by Talon Air chefs and served onboard with recommended wine pairings.
January 19, 2012
Inside an XOJet GV
San Francisco-based XOJet experienced 30 percent year-over-year growth in flight hours in 2011. By comparison, the private aviation industry overall experienced 5 percent growth, according to the FAA.
January 19, 2012
Hawker 850XP
Business aircraft flying activity in the U.S. fell 2.2 percent in December, compared with the same month a year ago, according to data from aviation services company Argus. While Part 91 (corporate) flying increased 2.1 percent compared with December 2010, fractional and charter flights declined 3.6 and 8.4 percent respectively.

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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