Flying

August 1, 2011
Business meetings these days often seem to have as much to do with technology as with human interaction. Out come the BlackBerries, iPhones, iPads and laptops. Before the gavel even drops, there is a flurry of flying fingers as attendees make Internet connections and check e-mails and text messages.
August 1, 2011
A friend once recounted his story of a jump-seat ride aboard an Aeroflot airlines Tu-154 during the 1980s. After the Russian trijet had reached cruise altitude, the flight crew broke out a bottle of sherry and began celebrating, because they had managed to survive another takeoff in an airplane not known for its reliability.
July 1, 2011
Cessna • Citation Ten
Industry insiders and analysts believe the business and private jet industry will witness a resurgence in 2011 as a global economic recovery continues. Of course, if you toss into the mix more political unrest in the Middle East, the rising price of oil and European Union member nation bailouts, things could get a bit dicey.
July 1, 2011
You’re not likely to feel cramped in a Boeing 747-8 master suite. This propos
Not long ago, a chief pilot would be assigned the job of managing the cabin completion of a new aircraft or riding herd on the refurbishment of a used one. Those days are fast becoming a memory, gone the way of wooden propellers, fabric-covered wings and open cockpits.
June 1, 2011
Rather than having individual customers bring their airplanes in for revampin
The protagonist in the 1970s American television show The Six Million Dollar Man was an injured astronaut who’d had various mangled body parts replaced with bionic ones that gave him superhuman abilities. All of this is recounted in the show’s opening credits, while the narrator enthusiastically intones, “We can make him better than he was before.
June 1, 2011
There are probably as many reasons to fly privately as there are private flyers. But you can subdivide the species into types, to a degree. Of course, the characteristics may overlap, but here are three examples:
June 1, 2011
Ever begin a weeklong hotel stay by discovering that you’ve packed just three pairs of sox? Worse, have you ever reached for your cell phone–or passport–in an airport, only to realize it’s on your desk back home?
June 1, 2011
Charter brokers are sometimes treated like the Rodney Dangerfields of the business aviation world. They don’t get the respect typically accorded to the operators they work with–the companies that control or own the aircraft you use when you charter a flight.
June 1, 2011
Two days after the second turbine-powered Robinson R66 made its first flight in 2009, Robinson Helicopter CEO Frank Robinson still had little good to say about small turbine-powered helicopters.
June 1, 2011
Small operators don’t have as many resources as the big-four providers to hel
You're probably familiar with the four operators that dominate the fractional-jet-share business: CitationAir, Flexjet, Flight Options and–the biggest of the big, with more than half the market–NetJets. But if you're shopping for a share, those aren't your only choices.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy