Flying

April 1, 2007
“We found that customers want greater simplicity in contract terms and more t
While the major fractional providers are still selling plenty of business-jet shares, recent reports indicate that they're also repurchasing existing shares at a rapid rate. As a result, net growth (sales minus repurchases) is at the lowest level in years.
April 1, 2007
With enough power, you can make a barn door fly.
Ask a pilot what keeps an airplane in the sky and he'll most likely talk about the forces of lift, thrust, gravity and drag; power-to-weight ratios; and possibly "airfoils"-the word used to describe the wings' shape. Or maybe he'll answer simply, "Your credit card." Either way, it's not much comfort when you're eight miles above terra firma with no visible means of support.
March 1, 2007
A 30-degree navigational error was immediately corrected after a passenger tu
Is it safe to use cellphones and other personal electronics on airplanes? It depends on whom you ask, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say that the cacophony of electronic "noise" emitted by portable devices brought onboard by passengers indeed can cause dangerous interference with navigation sensors in the cockpit.
February 1, 2007
Timmy (not his real name) is a four-year-old cancer patient. He cannot fly commercially due to his condition. But he must travel several times a year for treatment between his California home and Duke University Hospital in Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
February 1, 2007
The 5000’s smartly crafted seats and tables beg the question: Why hasn’t anyo
Bombardier aimed its Global 5000 directly at the Gulfstream 450 and Falcon 900EX market. From a cabin-comfort point of view, it is right on target.
February 1, 2007
The early days were a little less than noble for Wyvern, the Palmyra, N.J.-based charter auditing firm. The company took its name from a mythical, winged dragon that was said to be so large it preyed upon elephants.
February 1, 2007
Put a gourmet kitchen in your house and a real estate agent will be able to give you a good idea of what you'll get back from your investment when the property sells. But what about upgrading the galley in your GIV? Or refurbishing the interior of a Citation III?
February 1, 2007
The Cheyenne’s relative lack of popularity means it can be had at bargain pri
Piper Aircraft designed the twin turboprop PA-42 Cheyenne III to go head-to-head with Beechcraft's ubiquitous King Air. And on paper, it looked like a winner: cheaper and faster than the Beechcraft, the Cheyenne was also easier to maintain.
February 1, 2007
Hand-sewn with silk accents, the carpet features images of alligators, sea tu
When you spend millions for an airplane, its carpet shouldn't look like the nondescript shag rug in your grandmother's living room.
February 1, 2007
Business jet pilots dedicate themselves to safety, but also to delivering passengers to their destinations on time. Occasionally, the latter goal interferes with the former and the folks in the cockpit take risks you might view as, well, overly risky.

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““CEOs go to their vacation homes just after companies report favorable news, and CEOs return to headquarters right before subsequent news is released. More good news is released when CEOs are back at work, and CEOs appear not to leave headquarters at all if a firm has adverse news to disclose. When CEOs are away from the office, stock prices behave quietly with sharply lower volatility. Volatility increases immediately when CEOs return to work.” —David Yermack, a New York University finance professor, whose recently released study shows a correlation between when CEOs take their private jets on vacation and movements in their companies’ stock price ”

-David Yermack