Flying

October 1, 2007
When French airframer EADS Socata unveiled a souped-up version of its venerable TBM 700 single-engine turboprop in 2005, it billed the aircraft as the "anti-very light jet." Indeed, the TBM 850 will carry more payload, fly farther and typically complete a 500-mile trip about as quickly as a twinjet VLJ. It will also burn only about half the fuel and climb like a rocket.
October 1, 2007
When Gulfstream purchased Galaxy Aerospace in 2001 for $330 million, the deal was sort of the aviation equivalent of the reality television show Flip This House. With an eye to quick profit, an investor on the show snaps up a distressed property he thinks needs only new paint, then discovers the place is infested with termites and has a rotting roof. Whoops.
August 1, 2007
The fractional aircraft business is fascinating, in part because it is founded upon several myths, partial-truths and artificial constructs that are both pleasing for owners and profitable for providers. In many ways, fractional flying is more akin to using an executive airline than to owning a whole aircraft.
August 1, 2007
Luis Mercado works on the wooden side-ledge, repairing minor scratches and bu
With new business jet delivery slots stretching out as far as 2015 and acquisition costs hitting the high side of $40 million, a growing number of buyers are foregoing factory-fresh models in favor of refurbished used airplanes at a fraction of the cost.
August 1, 2007
It is your responsibility as a passenger to ensure that the preflight safety
All takeoffs are optional but all landings are mandatory. It's one of those clever dark-humor catchphrases that permeate aviation and it speaks an unerring truth. Once you break ground and clear the security of the runway, you've left behind the one option that absolutely guarantees you will not have an airplane crash today.
August 1, 2007
Jets.com-an online charter broker that allows customers to bid on flights-has bestowed its latest Circle of Excellence awards on eight charter operators, based solely on surveys its customers complete after each flight. Survey criteria included condition and cleanliness of the aircraft, amenities, crew performance, luggage handling and flight readiness.
August 1, 2007
Do you have a favorite in-flight meal or caterer you’d like to see featured h
The Dish: Filet of Minnesota walleye pike encrusted in pumpernickel, served on a bed of cranberry, wild rice with mixed fresh greens and rustic bread.The Caterer: Atiki's Flight Catering, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago, (888) 856-7884, www.atikiscatering.com.
August 1, 2007
The Hawker 4000 features a 100-cubic-foot baggage compartment, a comfortable
More than a decade after the super-midsize Hawker 4000 was announced, Hawker Beechcraft (née Raytheon Aircraft) is preparing to deliver the first copy of the business jet later this year.
August 1, 2007
“We don’t see the VLJ as a substitution for other forms of flying. It’s a rep
A couple of years from now, will you be zipping around between meetings on one of the new very light jets? Assuming you already fly privately, the answer is probably no, according to many of the panelists at the recent Business Models for VLJs and Light Jets, a sold-out two-day conference in West Palm Beach, Fla.
August 1, 2007
“They’re real workhorses,” said one owner.
The Citation V/Ultra is perhaps the best example of Cessna's well-honed ability to continually evolve a time-tested airframe into a market-leading workhorse. Based on the wildly popular Citation II, which entered production in 1977, the Ultra adds a slightly stretched fuselage, a plush interior, a more efficient high-speed wing, more powerful engines and updated avionics.

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