Flying

April 13, 2014
Many repeat customers learn to love the view out the big window up front. And it's not just pilot wannabees. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Hopscotch Air, a small charter operator that uses five-seat single-engine Cirrus light airplanes, just celebrated its fifth anniversary, a notable accomplishment in this economy. The company—which focuses on short flights, primarily within a 300-mile radius of New York City—serves destinations throughout New England and as far south and west as Washington, D.C., and most of Ohio.
April 9, 2014
Cessna Citation M2
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April 8, 2014
Airbus EC155B1 helicopter in flight.
Here's why the model sold poorly—and why you might want to buy it.
April 7, 2014
Flight attendants prepare and serve gourmet meals, help passengers navigate entertainment systems and provide life-saving help in an emergency. (Photo: TWC Aviation)
You may never charter a business jet that requires a flight attendant. No chartered aircraft with 19 or fewer passenger seats needs one, according to U.S Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency regulations.
March 18, 2014
Bombardier Challenger 350
Though its predecessor has been a formidable competitor in the super-midsize market, this new model offers even more.
March 5, 2014
A complete gut job on an airliner or a refurbishment of a used VIP 757 would ring the register at about $28 million to $35 million, airplane included.
I remember when I first saw a Boeing 757: While boarding one in 1983. I was struck by the highly cambered wings; the tall landing gear; the nose, which recalled a Lockheed Constellation; and the pair of big, high-ratio bypass engines, which seemed to produce a gentle hum as opposed to a whine. This was elegance and efficiency in motion mated to a comfortable cabin with plenty of headroom.
March 4, 2014
TSA Prohibited Items Bin.
In the decade since 9/11, many new guidelines and rules have been applied to business aviation flights. More could be on the way.
March 4, 2014
A recent CNBC news item noted that Formula One racing tycoon Bernie Ecclestone “flipped” his new G650 just weeks after he took delivery. An Asian industrialist who didn’t want to wait out Gulfstream’s order backlog for the popular new model bought it for $72 million—$7.5 million more than the list price.
February 24, 2014
Gulfstream G150 on the ramp at sunset
Gas up and go—far—in this rugged, speedy model.
February 17, 2014
Agusta AW169
For decades, the Sikorsky S-76 has been the gold standard in corporate helicopters. With more than 800 sold since its introduction in 1979, the model combines futuristic styling with a large cabin, speed and solid all-weather capabilities.

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“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”

-business aviation entrepreneur Nick Popovich