Flying

August 1, 2008
Sometimes, pilots must make the transfer from wings to wheels briskly.
What Americans call "landing gear," the British call "undercarriage," which really is much more logical. That's because an airplane uses its wheels not just to land but also to take off, taxi and sit around in the hangar. Whatever you call it, the part of the aircraft that allows it to move around on the ground has several distinguishing characteristics.
July 1, 2008
Charter brokers and even some management companies don't have "operational co
When you buy a seat on a commercial flight, the choice of airline can matter less than the departure and arrival times. But when you book a charter flight, picking the operator is the most important decision you can make. The wrong choice can cost you lots of time and money, or even create safety risks.
July 1, 2008
Some completion centers have software that generates 3-D views and allows you
Just a few years ago, customers had fewer options in outfitting their aircraft. But the consumerization of business aviation and technological innovations have resulted in a huge range of choices in furnishings and entertainment and communication equipment.
June 20, 2008
Do you have a favorite in-flight meal or caterer you’d like to see featured h
The Dish: Roasted farm-fresh New England veal tenderloin coated in a crust of puree of fennel, garlic and sage. The veal is centered with steamed Maine lobster served with cognac butter.
June 1, 2008
As I noted in my February/March column, the salesperson for your fractional provider will do his best to convince you that everyone signs the same simple contract and that the terms are "just boilerplate." In fact, as I explained, those terms require careful consideration because they govern your rights and obligations with respect to what likely will be a multimillion-dollar investment--and th
June 1, 2008
"One customer showed us his rattlesnake boots and wanted his airplane done in
Nothing says luxury like leather. That's the gospel according to business jet interior designers and many of their customers. As a seat covering, leather wraps the passenger in butter-soft comfort. On bulkheads and sidewalls, leather softens the shine of exotic wood veneers and polished metals. Instead of screaming "money," the cabin softly whispers "success."
June 1, 2008
The most famous of all World War II "bomber" jackets is the A-2 Charlton Hest
I stopped paying serious attention to fashion years ago. But just out of curiosity, I do check with younger colleagues every now and then to see whether my Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses are in or out of style. I'm told they're in again. That makes at least six cycles since I bought them. By the time you read this, it could be seven.
June 1, 2008
You won’t confuse the prince’s airbus a380 cabin with airline coach class. It
Have you ever looked around a corporate jet and wished you had more room? Room perhaps to transport not only your closest advisers but also dozens of staff members, in a space the size of a large home? That's what private customers for Airbus' mammoth A380 will have.
June 1, 2008
The Dish: Salad Niзoise, featuring seared ahi tuna on a bed of butter lettuce, surrounded by steamed red potatoes, cooked and refreshed green beans, tomatoes and a boiled egg. The dish is topped off by capers and kalamata olives and a dressing prepared from white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, pepper, garlic crushed with salt and extra virgin olive oil.
June 1, 2008
For those who go straight from business jet to boardroom-not to mention those whose aircraft are greeted on the ramp by paparazzi-looking good when you land means a lot.

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