Flying

February 25, 2013
Eurocopter EC145T2
The robust Eurocopter EC145 light/medium-twin helicopter, which has long been popular with EMS operators and the military (see box), is increasingly being ordered for executive transport.
February 25, 2013
Preparing to ditch
It was his third try, and the first two hadn’t gone well. The man was seated in a bus-like facsimile of an airplane cabin suspended above what looked like an Olympic-size swimming pool. At the command of the leader of the exercise, the big blue “fuselage” plunged into the water and slowly turned upside-down.
February 8, 2013
Climb aboard–so to speak
While most aircraft completion and refurbishment centers these days can provide clients with a one-dimensional, computer-generated virtual cabin walk-through in various design phases, some centers now offer much more advanced 3-D virtual interiors. Others are creating real, full-scale mockups that let customers literally enter a replica of the cabin.
January 30, 2013
King Air B200
Hawker Beechcraft, which filed for bankruptcy protection last May, is now expected to shed its jet lines before emerging with its crown jewels intact: its line of King Air twin turboprops. Some 7,000 remain in service, making it the most ubiquitous business aircraft of all time. Of those 7,000, nearly one third are 200 series.
January 28, 2013
Haute Cuisine: A Magical Paella
Paella had its Western origin in Spain around the 10th century, when Moorish Muslims occupied much of the Iberian Peninsula and brought with them the cuisine of their native North Africa. There are probably as many paella recipes today as there are chefs who make the dish, according to Amina Halim, owner and founder of JetFinity, a San Francisco-based business aviation caterer.
January 23, 2013
Seating arrangements
When you board a private jet, where should you sit? The question may seem silly, until you pick the wrong seat someday. No, I’m not talking about being “safer near the tail,” or any of the other nuggets of flying safety wisdom that have passed through the ages. It has more to do with making a prudent choice based on etiquette–social or corporate.
December 11, 2012
VistaJet has placed a firm order for 56 Bombardier Global aircraft, with options for up to another 86. At $7.8 billion, the deal represents the largest single transaction in the history of business aviation.
December 5, 2012
Chartering out your jet
Perhaps you own a business jet and have been thinking about making it available for charter. That’s not always a great idea (see below) but if it makes sense for you, it can offer a rather painless way to recoup some operating costs. Here’s how to proceed.
December 5, 2012
Can you really fly privately for airline prices?
You’ve probably seen ads and articles that suggest you can fly privately for prices that rival first-class airline fares and even coach prices. Last year, for example, Forbes headlined a story “How to Fly Private Jets at Airline Prices,” while The New York Times ran “Try a Private Jet, at Public Prices.”
December 4, 2012
Dassault Falcon 10/100
In the late 1960s–long before speedsters such as the Hawker Beechcraft Premier I, SyberJet SJ30 and Cessna Citation X were a glimmer in some engineer’s eye–Dassault gave the world a flying bullet: the Falcon 10.

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-VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr, on the company's unusually brief, easy-to-understand contracts