Flying

October 1, 2010
From the dictionary: "intangible:...that which cannot be easily defined, formulated or grasped." When it comes to assessing much of the value in flying privately, that term is dead on. True, there are software programs like Travel$ense from the National Business Aviation Association that can help make a strong financial case for business aviation.
October 1, 2010
Why would anyone need a BBJ 3? I got the answer a few years ago while touring
PLANETARIUM CEILINGS, gold-plated bidets and Louis XIV interiors may have fallen out of fashion for new Boeing Business Jets in this economy, but you can sum up the latest version of this private uber barge in one word: more. 
August 1, 2010
The Phenom 300 boasts a sustained 4,000-foot-per-minute climb rate.
Embraer entered the light jet market in 2005, promising more for less, and the $8.14 million Phenom 300 delivers. It's fast, has long legs and sports a well-equipped, comfortable cabin with an array of options typically found only in airplanes costing millions more. The Phenom 300 was certified late last year.
August 1, 2010
A fully loaded GIV weighs 73,000 pounds, and 29,000 of that is fuel.
Applying the language of golf, the Gulfstream IV is a solid par performer. It's a no-drama player that hits straight down the middle, avoids the hazards and posts consistent scores.  
August 1, 2010
Leasing might make sense if you can't take advantage of the tax-depreciation
You've analyzed numerous variables, including where, when and how often you fly. You've determined that a fractional share makes sense for you and figured out which aircraft model best suits your needs. You've even picked a fractional provider. Time to call the company, sign the paperwork and break out the margaritas?
August 1, 2010
A handful of operators own their fleets and can set whatever prices they want
Say for a moment that you own an aircraft rather than simply fly on those you charter. Given the direct operating costs and all the other expenses of ownership, how much would you charge a stranger to use your airplane?
August 1, 2010
If you’re unsure, ask flight attendants about the safety training they’ve rec
How would you respond to an in-flight emergency? If your answer involves seeking help from flight attendants, that's not surprising. Passengers typically consider them to be the cabin safety go-to people.
August 1, 2010
First-time charter customers often come back for more, as they find that the
Even though I'm a pilot, I still love loading up the car and hitting the highway for a far-off vacation destination. Some of my most relaxing moments have been behind the wheel, with Woody Guthrie's "ribbon of highway" stretched out ahead of the hood ornament.
July 1, 2010
The $7.065 million Premier II is Hawker Beechcraft's follow-on to the Premier
The people who build airplanes believe better times are coming. So do many analysts, who predict that aircraft sales will gain momentum by the middle of next year. When that happens, manufacturers will be ready because they have continued to fund research and development of new airplanes.
July 1, 2010
You end up with nearly the equivalent of a new $53.25 million Global Express
At a time when the business aviation industry is showing signs of recovery, you may be wondering whether it makes more sense to update a used airplane or buy a brand new one from a manufacturer. Some brokers, analysts and consultants say you're now often better off putting money into a good used aircraft-one you buy or one you already own-than opting for a factory-fresh model.

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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