People

June 1, 2008
Some people have aviation in their DNA. Stanley Stub Hubbard got it from his father, Stanley Eugene Hubbard, who took up flying in 1916, started a few marginally successful airlines, opened an airport in Louisville, Ky., and helped organize the Metropolitan Airport Commission in 1943. By then he had already established himself in radio-and had passed on the flying bug to his son.
June 1, 2008
When Benjamin Murray decided 11 years ago to enroll in a flight school and get his private pilot's license, he didn't give much thought to where that interest might lead him. By his own admission, he lacked the patience to continue flying and soon gave up his pilot-in-command time, but the business aspect of aviation still fascinated him.
April 1, 2008
“i suppose my most common dream is being able to flap my hands and fly.”
"I predict that you will either go to prison or become a millionaire." Those were the parting words to Richard Branson from the headmaster at England's Stowe School, when Branson left the institution at age 16.
April 1, 2008
“My philosophy is don’t let your losses impact your long-range direction an
James Dolan made news in the Pittsburgh business press in 1996 when he left a successful position as president and CEO of Federated Services Co., a subsidiary of Federated Investors, after 20 years with the well-established investment manager. To outsiders, it appeared to be a dream job.
April 1, 2008
The number-one competitor to fractional is two guys getting together and buyi
Paul Touw had barely finished high school when his entrepreneurial spirit started paying dividends. Enrolled at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., and short on tuition funds, he noticed that the physics department lacked good lab books.
April 1, 2008
To find out more about Branson's latest brand, we spoke with the man who founded it and oversees its day-to-day operations. What were you doing before this project came along? I spent most of my career in the technology business and about three years ago was introduced to private aviation.As a passenger?
February 1, 2008
XOJet CEO Paul Touw, commenting on air-taxi VLJ operations
February 1, 2008
"Once you have sipped the sweet nectar of freedom, you don't go back" to airl
James Carville's Web site calls him "America's best-known political consultant," and it's hard to argue with that claim.
February 1, 2008
Randall Greene
Following in the footsteps of a successful father is rarely easy, particularly when it involves a business founded by the father. Randall Greene, now chairman, president and CEO of Safe Flight Instrument Corp., faces this challenge. His father, Leonard Greene, started the company in 1946.
February 1, 2008
“Most people flying private would pay a 20-percent premium for the benefits f
"I started when I was six," said Michael Scheeringa, when asked how he wound up in aviation. "I grew up in Phoenix, and when I was in grade school, I used to take the city bus to the airport and watch airplanes take off and land, and count passengers. At that point, I thought I'd want to build airports."

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