Flying

April 1, 2010
This is the story of a great single-engine turboprop built in France that in part was born in Kerrville, Texas. As you might expect from the lineage, it is sleek, fast and rugged.
April 1, 2010
When the Boeing Business Jet made its debut in 1997, the manufacturer suggested that customers would put about $5 million to $7 million into the interior. Instead, the company discovered that owners were investing as much as $17 million to get everything they wanted, even if that meant adding weight and reducing the airplane's range.
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.
February 1, 2010
Do you have a favorite in-flight meal or caterer you’d like to see featured h
The Dish: Breakfast Struddle Gourmet Airfare in Detroit has reinvented the venerable apple struddle. The caterer's signature "breakfast struddle" features beaten eggs with cheese and cream and a touch of orange juice for color. To that the chef adds spicy sausage or bacon, or mixed vegetables for non-carnivores.
February 1, 2010
The Bell 429 has inherited some systems and parts from earlier Bell helicopte
You need good reasons to travel by helicopter. Compared with an airplane of similar size, a helicopter costs more to buy, lease, rent, charter and operate. So why bother with one?
February 1, 2010
This small-cabin (light) jet has lower per-mile direct operating costs than contemporary models such as the dassault falcon 10 and learjet 35A, and the acquisition cost is only 20 percent of what you'd pay for a similarly performing very light jet. Plus, you can tweak a citation i to the point where it even outperforms many new aircraft costing millions more.
February 1, 2010
If you want to fly on designated “peak travel days,” you have to give your pr
A chief selling point of fractional flying is its simplicity. Unlike charter customers, you don't have to bother with shopping for a flight; and unlike full owners, you don't have to worry about maintenance, storage and hiring crews. The fractional provider takes care of all that.
February 1, 2010
Has there ever been a better time to be a charter customer? Rates have declined significantly and aircraft  availability is unfettered. Yet some charter operators are advising regular customers that now is the time to consider buying an aircraft, and more charter users are seeking acquisition advice on their own, according to some charter companies.
February 1, 2010
We all have plenty of operators to choose from when we need to book a charter flight. I stay loyal to the ones that do the best overall job for me. I might not fly with them often, but when I need an airplane in their part of the country, they're the ones I call.

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