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February 22, 2015
“Many people who buy an aircraft get disillusioned by the cost of ownership. If you are going  to fly less than 250 to 300 hours a year, you should charter instead.” (Photo: David McIntosh)
ExecuJet Aviation chairman Niall Olver pioneered business aviation’s global migration, but he still believes the industry has plenty of room for improvement.
January 26, 2015
Coppola uses his Daher-Socata TBM 850 for flights within California. (Photo: Chad Keig)
Acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola talks about filmmaking and flying.
December 19, 2014
Weener, whose term on the NTSB expires at the end of 2015, maintains that corporate aviation safety is “very good and getting better.”  (Photo: NTSB)
Earl Weener is one of three active pilots on the National Transportation Safety Board.
December 18, 2014
Harry Connick, Jr. (Photo: Matthias Vriens-Mcgrath)
The multifaceted entertainer discusses his career, his business jet travel and his efforts to aid New Orleans musicians in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
September 19, 2014
Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote (Photo: Bill Bernstein)
When Honeywell International appointed Dave Cote as CEO and chairman in 2002, the world was in recession and the company was in dire straits. But Cote, whose hardscrabble New Hampshire childhood is well documented, was used to turning things around.
September 6, 2014
(Photo: Bill Bernstein)
Barbara Barrett, CEO of Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch luxury resort, wears a cowboy hat but also many other hats: former U.S. ambassador to Finland, attorney, graduate school president, pilot, horsewoman, adventurer and astronaut.
August 11, 2014
Madeleine Gilad, co-owner and chief pilot of Projet Aviation (Photo: Bill Bernstein)
Madeleine “Maddy” Gilad is the lead pilot for cable TV pioneer and resorts owner Sheila Johnson.
August 7, 2014
Patti Squire (Photo: Tammy Kita)
Few women own and run aircraft charter and management companies. How Patti Squire joined their ranks is a story of luck, family, tragedy, good business sense, employee loyalty and perseverance.
August 6, 2014
Sheila Johnson inside her Gulfstream GIV-SP (Photo: BIll Bernstein)
Salamanders are powerful animals that, legend has it, can walk through fire and come out unscathed. Sounds alot like Salamander Hotels & Resorts CEO Sheila Johnson, who has been a resilient warrior her entire life.
May 15, 2014
"We have so much unhappiness in the world," says David Copperfield, "and people need to dream and be transported. Music does that, movies do that, and magic does that." (Photo: Courtesy of David Copperfield)
Magician David Copperfield is the highest-grossing solo entertainer in history, with upwards of $4 billion in ticket sales. In collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola, he performed Dreams & Nightmares in 1996, which still retains the Broadway record for most tickets sold in a week. He has won 21 Emmy Awards and holds 11 Guinness World Records. His chiseled face adorns postage stamps in six countries.

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““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”

-—actor and comedian Ricky Gervais