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February 1, 2011
“Fractional is slightly more than 50 percent of our business,” said Citationa
Not long ago, the idea of selling fractional shares in business jets looked like a winner. Industry pioneer NetJets-which Warren Buffett had acquired for Berkshire Hathaway in 1998-appeared prosperous, and so did the several other companies that had formed to take advantage of the business model.
February 1, 2011
While the King Air 250’s performance is impressive, you can enhance it even f
Hawker Beechcraft took the wraps off its latest 200 series King Air last October. Deliveries of the King Air 250 turboprop will begin later this year.
February 1, 2011
Deciphering a charter bill isn’t easy. Some simply list a total amount due.
You examine your bill at restaurants and scrutinize charges before checking out of a hotel, but how savvy are you about auditing your air charter invoice? Unfortunately, deciphering a charter bill isn't easy: no standard charter invoice exists, some simply list a total amount due, and even when charges are broken out, they can be opaque. 
February 1, 2011
The tone of some Web posts sounded like the language grandparents hear from y
Last july and august, nascar internet discussion boards swirled and smoked like a winning car churning victory donuts after a race. Jack Roush had just wrecked his jet (N6JR)-his second serious crash flying "little" airplanes. The auto-racing legend and founder of Roush Fenway Racing walked away from this one-staggered, actually-bloodied, blinded in one eye and with several cracked bones.
December 1, 2010
For terrorists and other criminals, there must be few targets more inviting than high-net-worth individuals who fly privately. Which countries are safe? "None," according to Edward L. Lee II, author of Staying Safe Abroad: Traveling, Working and Living in a Post-9/11 World. Lee knows what he's talking about, having spent 30 years with the U.S.
December 1, 2010
All major cabin systems in the G250 are redundant so that no single-point fai
Gulfstream acquired the super-midsize G200 when it bought Galaxy Aerospace in 2001. The aircraft offered a unique value because its ovoid fuselage actually allows for more headroom than a full-size Gulfstream GIV (with a tube that is only two inches narrower), seating for eight to 10 passengers, true transcontinental range, a 45,000-foot ceiling and a top speed of Mach 0.85.
December 1, 2010
Providers generally charge a minimum of 60 minutes per flight. So If all your
If you're new to the world of fractional shares, you may well be confused about how these deals work and about the terminology you're hearing. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions. How did the fractional-share concept get started?
December 1, 2010
The Learjet 31 honored both pocket-rocket legacy and the Spartan cabin spir
When Bill Lear created the Learjet in the early 1960s, he envisioned a small, fast and ­simple airplane, a concept the marketplace embraced. His 20-series and the slightly elongated 30-series ­aircraft that followed sold briskly for more than 20 years, until long after he had left the company.
November 1, 2010
Sociologists talk about how societies throughout history have had varying tolerance for ­disparities of wealth. That is, the degree to which the ­economic gap can expand before the unwashed masses rise up and take down the well-scrubbed wealthy few. Think Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution.
October 1, 2010
ALL TRANSPORTATION METHODS INVOLVE some risk, but corporate/executive business jets enjoy a stellar safety record, with only one fatal accident since 2007. That's according to statistics on U.S.-registered aircraft from Robert E. Breiling Associates, an aviation-safety research firm.

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