Flying

August 1, 2007
In the years that I've written for Business Jet Traveler, I've discussed nearly everything that affects your choices as a charter user. There's at least one factor I haven't covered, though: the FBO or fixed-base operator, through whose lobby you pass to board your charter jet.
August 1, 2007
The fractional aircraft business is fascinating, in part because it is founded upon several myths, partial-truths and artificial constructs that are both pleasing for owners and profitable for providers. In many ways, fractional flying is more akin to using an executive airline than to owning a whole aircraft.
August 1, 2007
Luis Mercado works on the wooden side-ledge, repairing minor scratches and bu
With new business jet delivery slots stretching out as far as 2015 and acquisition costs hitting the high side of $40 million, a growing number of buyers are foregoing factory-fresh models in favor of refurbished used airplanes at a fraction of the cost.
June 1, 2007
Hawker Beechcraft offers the SPD SmartGlass window as a retrofit for its King
The so-called "smart" window isn't really smart, but it may well offer a smart alternative to cabin windows with manually or electrically operated shades. With the touch of a button, the "smart" window goes from clear to opaque and back-or anywhere in between.
June 1, 2007
Do you have a favorite in-flight meal or caterer you’d like to see featured h
The Dish: Roasted garlic toast points with a Caribbean shrimp seviche and candied lime. The Caterer: Fivestar Gourmet, Detroit, (248) 666-3630, http://www.pentastaraviation.com/private-jet-catering.html
June 1, 2007
Fractional owners opt out of their contracts early for many reasons. You may have sold an out-of-town business and so charter or a jet card may better serve your reduced needs. Maybe you're flying  more than you expected and it makes sense for you to purchase a whole aircraft.
June 1, 2007
What this means for you is that you have a reasonable chance of getting a dea
When I founded The Air Charter Guide in 1985, almost all charter companies expressed prices in dollars and cents per statute mile to the destination, with the operator's cost to return included. Operators found it easy to present prices that way. And passengers could look at any map, see the distance to their destination and calculate the cost.
June 1, 2007
A key advantage of owning an airplane is that it becomes an extension of your home. You can fill the cabin with all sorts of creature comforts, such as your daughter's favorite teddy bear or your son's video games. The cabin might also be host to one or more actual creatures, such as the prize Papillon dog your wife carries around in her large pink purse.
June 1, 2007
Using a reduced-oxygen breathing device, Donna Murdoch of Human Systems Solut
The oxygen mask drops from the ceiling. You know what to do because your pilots or flight attendant briefed you before takeoff. Give the lanyard a tug, place the mask over your mouth and breathe.
June 1, 2007
While few general aviation flights currently land or take off at Washington N
It took four years after the 9/11 attacks for the Department of Homeland Security to reopen Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to general aviation traffic. These days, though, flying a business jet into the heart of the nation's capital is easier than you might think.

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