Flying

June 1, 2009
“Customers love the airplane,” said one operator of the Learjet 40XR. “It has
Cut two feet off the Learjet 45's fuselage, throw out two passenger seats, drain 100 gallons of fuel and this is what you get: a $9.46 million bullet that is sexy, leggy and fast. It's called the Learjet 40XR.
June 1, 2009
With its unpressurized cabin and relatively slow cruise speeds, this single-e
The Cessna Grand Caravan is what happens when you cross a Winnebago and a single-engine turboprop.
April 1, 2009
Do you have a favorite in-flight meal or caterer you’d like to see featured h
The Dish: Nigiri Maki Chef Galine at Chefs de France on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten begins making this tantalizing Japanese platter by rolling sushi rice between his palms. Then he drapes the sushi with a thin slice of squid, octopus or eel and binds it together with a strip of nori, or edible seaweed.
April 1, 2009
Composites don’t make much difference in weight but enable more efficient man
When Bombardier Aerospace launched its newest from-the-ground-up midsize Learjet-now named the Learjet 85-the company's chief designers made two key decisions. The first, not announced until well after the launch, was that the structure-including wings, fuselage and tail-would be made of composite materials instead of the traditional aluminum used for most business jets.
April 1, 2009
To create a clean and spacious look, the Phenom employs upscale automotive-st
Until now, Cessna's Citation Mustang "entry level" twinjet was seen as the unequivocal best of breed. While the Mustang is a fine airplane, its market dominance was not particularly difficult as every other competitor failed to gain FAA certification, slid into bankruptcy, or both.
April 1, 2009
As the new century's first decade winds down, we are "connected" in flight as never before. At 41,000 feet, we can exchange e-mails and text messages, watch satellite TV and instantly access all the resources on the Internet.
April 1, 2009
The GIII cemented Gulfstream's reputation as the leading business jet provider of the 1980s.
April 1, 2009
“Some charter brokers aren’t even familiar with basic aviation regulations an
One of the easiest ways to book a charter flight is through a broker. Charter brokers often have access to hundreds of aircraft and can offer services such as catering and ground transportation that small charter operators aren't able to provide. The downside, however, is that of the hundreds of brokers in existence, no two have the same safety standards or business ethics.
April 1, 2009
In aviation's early years, accidents occurred much more frequently than they
To appreciate how safe air travel has become, it's helpful to realize how risky it once was and to understand how rules and regulations have evolved to address that problem.
April 1, 2009
Lavatories on some large jets rival those in high-end homes.
Lavatories on corporate and privately owned airplanes run the gamut from none at all to luxuriously appointed throne rooms fit for royalty. If you take nothing else away from this little essay, please remember: When flying on an unfamiliar airplane, you need to ask ahead of time what facilities, if any, will be available. Then plan your meal and drink schedule accordingly.

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“You want to make sure with a race in which you'll be flying home with other drivers that you don't crash into them. It's happened before, and it can make for a little bit of a tense situation.”