Flying

June 1, 2010
The CJ4’s peppy engines allow it to cruise at 453 knots and climb directly to
Cessna delivered the first Citation CJ4 (Model 525C) in April after wrapping up a rigorous flight-test program that included 1,000 sorties and more than 1,600 hours in the air since the airplane's first flight in May 2008.
June 1, 2010
“You are going to spend a whole lot more to find another airplane with its ra
I've heard private jets described in many ways over the years, but this was a first. "It works really good as a canoe," joked Dale Printy, director of technical services for Worthington Aviation, the company charged with product support for the Westwind series of business aircraft.
June 1, 2010
One site sends out e-mails twice weekly to registrants who want to stay abrea
It's one of the most visited destinations in the air charter world: the Web. But finding the best ways to take advantage of it has challenged charter providers and customers since the start of the dot-com revolution. Virgin Charter's idea for a one-stop online booking portal closed down almost as quickly as it popped up.
June 1, 2010
Kenn Ricci, who founded Flight Options and left the company in 2003, returned
When industry observers speculate about the future of the four biggest fractional-jet-share providers, the company that often prompts the most discussion is Flight Options. That's because it has arguably undergone more change than its competitors while also lacking the protection afforded by being under a large corporate umbrella.
June 1, 2010
The FAA doesn't require child-restraint systems, but it recommends them. So d
So you're taking the family on vacation in your jet. You'll belt the two-year-old into his own seat and Mom will hold the newborn in her lap. They'll be as safe as can be, right? Maybe not.
June 1, 2010
Irony is a funny thing. Sometimes "ha ha" funny, and other times just weird. Occasionally it's both.
April 1, 2010
One aircraft owner had been quoted a price of $400,000 to strip, prep and pai
Business jet cabin refurbishment can cost a bundle. Replacing the carpet in a Gulfstream IV can set an owner back as much as $35,000. Reupholstering a dozen passenger seats costs another $120,000. And a complete cabin makeover can run from $250,000 to more than $2 million.
April 1, 2010
Members looking for travel mates to share costs can post prospective flights
Conceptually, it makes sense: share the expenses of a flight among unrelated fellow travelers and slash the cost of charter. But flight sharing, or per-seat charter, has proved difficult to translate into a workable model for travelers or charter entities. Witness the 2008 demise of DayJet, the Florida-based air-taxi startup.
April 1, 2010
Every chip, relay, servo and processor must prove beyond a glimmer of doubt t
When it comes to reliability, there's a fundamental difference between the aviation field and just about every other walk of life. Nowhere is the chasm more visible than when you compare aviation's safety culture with what goes on in the computer industry. I know.
April 1, 2010
This design philosophy means not only lower fuel burns but impressive potenti
Gulfstream's G650, which the company will start delivering in 2012, will be the world's fastest and longest range business jet. Its tall and wide-bodied cabin-the largest in the company's fleet-will boast the latest in comfort and convenience features.

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“[New billionaires in fast-growing countries] have to buy longer-range airplanes. If you’re flying from Mongolia to Nigeria, it’s either a three-day journey flying commercial or a nine-hour flight on your jet.”

-Steve Varsano