Flying

December 1, 2008
When you land in a foreign country, should you rent a car or stay in passenger mode and hire a driver? That may depend partly on where you are. The American Automobile Association reports that road accidents cause an estimated 1.17 million deaths per year worldwide-and that 70 percent of them occur in developing countries.
December 1, 2008
Truth is, ice is no more or less safe for consumption than the water from whi
Some of the same folks who insist on bottled water in flight think nothing of dropping into it a couple of ice cubes plucked from the machine in the hotel hallway. The tendency is to assume that the ice is a solid form of potable water.
December 1, 2008
You can minimize the possibility of turbulence by flying in early morning, wh
"Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."
October 1, 2008
Sales have been running far ahead of projections. Airbus took orders for 38 e
Charles Colburn, Boeing Business Jets/VIP director of marketing, was trying to explain the recent sales boom for his division's airliner-sized executive aircraft. "There's just been a tremendous rise in the number of billionaires," he said.
October 1, 2008
Loose lithium batteries require careful handling. They’ve been blamed for an
While no one will stop you from stowing batteries on your own aircraft, the U.S. Department of Transportation has banned all loose batteries from checked baggage on airline and charter flights for reasons that seem just as applicable to privately owned jets.
October 1, 2008
Airplanes come apart in midair for a variety of reasons. An errant pilot loses control or flies a model past its design limit, or unrepaired cracks and corrosion cause structure to fail. Fortunately, rigorous pilot training and aircraft maintenance standards make such events few and far between. Even rarer is the case when a design flaw brings down a relatively new airplane.
October 1, 2008
DayJet offers a sliding price scale based on passengers' flexibility about de
[Editor's note: On September 19, 2008, DayJet Services, LLC, discontinued its jet services and canceled all future flights, the result, the company said, of its "inability to arrange critical financing in the midst of the current global financial crisis." DayJet also said it was unable to honor customer reservations or issue refunds.]
October 1, 2008
When it comes to that little cabin behind the cabin, better known as the aircraft lavatory, the average passenger cares far more about whether it works than how it works.
October 1, 2008
Taking care of an airplane is a big job, which is why many owners turn it over to management companies. As part of the arrangement, these companies often charter out the aircraft. Most of their charter customers are legitimate business travelers, but the government is now warning business jet charter operators about a different type of clientele-drug smugglers.
October 1, 2008
Over time, cost certainty for owners has been substantially eliminated from t
Legendary golfer Ben Hogan once said that the secret to the game is "in the dirt." By that he meant the nitty gritty of digging into the details. This column usually focuses on the "dirt"-the details of fractional investments.

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