Flying

November 21, 2013
If you are flying on Christmas Eve, the sky can be a magical place. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Anyone who endured airline travel over the Thanksgiving holiday last month can tell you that the best time for a visit to Grandma’s for a turkey dinner is also among the worst times to fly “the scheds.” (It didn’t help that Hanukah arrived early this year, starting on Thanksgiving Day.) Major airports strain to handle traffic loads during normal times, and when all those passengers want to get
November 21, 2013
German chemical company BASF manufactures an open-celled melamine foam acoustic material that can dramatically reduce noise levels in business jets and helicopters.
Acoustics experts are finding ways to make business jets quieter than ever. Racing through the lower stratosphere at Mach 0.85, pushed along by roaring jet engines and outfitted with pumps, actuator motors and fans, the business jet is naturally noisy.
November 21, 2013
At first blush, Cessna's M2 looked like a refreshed CJ1+, only with subtle winglets.
It may look like the CJ1, but there's a lot here that's new.
November 19, 2013
When it comes to matching aircraft with runways, size isn’t always the bottom line.
Which aircraft can use which airports? You might be surprised.
October 29, 2013
Learjet 23 (Courtesy of Flexjet)
Late in the day on Oct. 7, 1963, the first Learjet 23 took flight for the first time in Wichita, Kansas, just before the sun slipped below the prairie horizon. A local radio station reported that the Learjet was making its maiden flight, and people jumped in their cars to see the sight. The crowd cheered. Grown men cried.
October 4, 2013
You can pick up a good 10-year-old Bell 430  for less than $2 million. That’s a bargain.
It’s a capable machine that deserved to do better in the marketplace.
October 4, 2013
Avantair’s fleet consisted of Piaggio P.180 twin turboprops.
Shareowners weigh their options as Avantair folds. The demise of Avantair has undoubtedly caught your attention if you own or lease a fractional share, have a jet card or have put money on account for block charter. 
October 4, 2013
Executive aircraft like the SBJ are positioned between larger models from Boeing and Airbus and smaller, faster ones from Gulfstream and Bombardier.
Launched with much fanfare two years ago, this executive version of a Russian regional airliner may have a hard time gaining market acceptance.
September 25, 2013
“With the hush kits, I can land [a GIII] at the same Stage III noise-restricted airports that a GIV can,” notes one fan of the airplane. (Photo: Barry Ambrose)
Hush kits quiet the critics, while other upgrades add the latest bells and whistles. In this age of $7-a-gallon Jet A fuel, what would you call someone who buys a 12-­passenger airplane that burns more than 550 gallons an hour? Crazy? Masochistic? How about...smart? 

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““Corporate executives should be your core business . . . You need [account executives who are] comfortable with the kind of boardroom leaders that see Learjet as a tool, not a frivolous extravagance for movie stars and their pets.” ”

-Advertising executive Pete Campbell to a Learjet executive on the penultimate episode of TV's Mad Men series, set in 1970.