Flying

April 1, 2008
Eclipse has revamped its production line and doubled output, but it still tur
The very light jet industry wasn't exactly flying high last year. A major supplier told me last summer that he expected half of all VLJ makers to fold soon. By the end of 2007, he looked clairvoyant; first the Aviation Technology Group suspended work on the two-seat Javelin and then, early in 2008, after sputtering for almost two years, Adam Aircraft shut its doors.
April 1, 2008
As if getting sick abroad weren't bad enough, add to that the possibility of being quarantined or placed in isolation when you come home by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ("Quarantine" refers to the separation of people who have been exposed to an infectious disease and might be contagious. "Isolation" is the separation of people who already exhibit symptoms.)
April 1, 2008
The clean-sheet G650, shown here in an artist’s rendering, Still looks every
Ending protracted speculation about how it would address the aging fuselage cross section of its large-cabin business jets, Gulfstream Aerospace last month unveiled the G650. The model will topple the G550 from its perch as the biggest Gulfstream business jet when it enters service in the first half of 2012. (At least initially, however, the G650 will not replace the G550.)
April 1, 2008
Some sovereign operators fly their airplanes more than 1,000 hours per year.
Since being certified in 2004, this $17 million midsize jet has become one of Cessna's most popular models. One reason is that it can carry eight passengers almost 2,700 miles. Another is that it can take off and land on short runways. and then there's its intentionally simple suite of technologies, which helps minimize maintenance costs and down time.
February 1, 2008
Bombardier’s Learjet 60XR
The Learjet 60XR is Bombardier's latest iteration of a midsize model that has endured since the 1970s, the decade that gave rise to this category of business jet. Learjet's initial midsize entry was the Model 55.
February 1, 2008
The position of the propellers on the MU-2 means that passengers will notice
Over the years, Mitsubishi's MU-2 has attracted a good deal of attention, much of it negative, as the airplane has developed-perhaps unfairly-a reputation for crashing. Often ignored in these instances, however, is the pilot: flying the airplane requires the same discipline and professionalism as flying a high-performance jet.
February 1, 2008
There are significant differences among the major fractional programs, said o
The fractional share market "has passed its period of rapid growth," according to a report prepared by consulting firm Velocity Group for XOJet, a company that sells flight time in hourly increments. Fractional shareholder growth averaged 2.2 percent per year from 2003 to 2006, but the fractional share fleet actually shrunk a bit, according to Velocity.
February 1, 2008
One provision generally prohibits you from assigning your share, significantl
Black's Law Dictionary defines "boilerplate" in part as "standard language in a legal document." In fractional contracts, plenty of provisions appear to be just that, and the response from your salesperson when asked about such provisions is likely to be, "Oh, don't worry. That's just boilerplate."
February 1, 2008
There is a wealth of meaning to be found in volume, tone of voice, timing and
Digital text messaging might be the preferred communications medium of the future, but when it comes to air traffic control (ATC), pilots and their counterparts on the ground still need a live human voice at the other end of the earphones. Texting may be fine for many forms of messages aloft, and in fact, it has been widely used for years by airlines and many business-jet operators.
January 7, 2008
Using a ”marketplace” is a great way to save money. Brokers might also be abl
Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline, Travelocity and other Web sites have made booking airline flights online incredibly easy. By comparison, just finding legitimatebusiness jet charter Web sites can be tough. A recent Google search for "private jet charter," for example, listed 185,000 Web sites (in all of 0.22 seconds).

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“"Not everything can fly. We will not install a swimming pool or a fireplace. That is not possible."”

-Walter Heerdt of Lufthansa Technik