Flying

October 8, 2014
“This is business aviation at its best—so many people giving their time and talents to such a worthy cause.” —Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the NBAA. (Photos: Mark Phelps)
The Special Olympics Games have profoundly impacted millions of people. Aircraft owners and operators help make the events possible.
October 8, 2014
Some business jet travelers may save time door-to-door by using a helicopter, thereby upping their usage enough to justify  an ownership stake.
Fractional ownership, a well-known option for business jet travelers, can make sense for helicopter users as well.
September 23, 2014
You can get some major deals on Diamonds and Beechjets made before 1991, but there’s a reason for that.
You don’t find many airplanes that still count among best in class after four decades in the marketplace.
September 23, 2014
Have to land on 1,200 feet of gravel, an undulating field or a sloped hillside or corkscrew down into a small glacial lake? This is the airplane you need.
“Other airplanes in this category are like panel trucks. We like to think of ours as a Land Rover,” says Lynn Thomas, vice president of Quest Aircraft.
September 1, 2014
More airplane for less money. That has been the core of Embraer’s value proposition since it entered the corporate jet fray in 1999, and it has resonated with the market.
September 1, 2014
Deliveries are set to begin in 2017 on a model  our reviewer considers peerless.
September 1, 2014
Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft CEO
Rather than downplay the HondaJet’s unconventional look, with its over-the-wing engine mount (OTWEM), the manufacturer has chosen to embrace it. The new ad campaign features a series of clever images that suggest the frontal shape of the developmental jet, with appropriately positive connotations. Knowing the history of the HondaJet’s development, I love it.
September 1, 2014
Surf Air offers unlimited San Francisco/Los Angeles flights. (Photo courtesy of Surf Air)
The airspace between traditional business jet access models (charter, fractional ownership and jet cards) and first-class airline travel has been active lately, even if there’s not much to show for it. But while some would-be per-seat charter providers and fledgling “flight club” programs appear to be in a holding pattern, one alternative operator in California has quickly taken off: Surf Air, which offers more than a dozen scheduled daily flights between off-the-hub airports in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
August 14, 2014
Photo: Flexjet
Notable Fractional Programs
August 14, 2014
Ameco Beijing
Global deliveries of turbine business airplanes increased 7.2 percent in this year’s first quarter over the first quarter of 2013, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. The jump in deliveries will most likely mean a boost to business at centers that perform aircraft completions and refurbishments and companies that provide interior components.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy