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April 17, 2016
 Dan Drohan (Photo courtesy of Solairus Aviation)
Dan Drohan serves as chairman and CEO of Solairus Aviation, an aircraft-management and charter company he founded in 2008, just as the Great Recession began. Despite that bad timing, the firm has prospered and now has more than 100 aircraft in its managed fleet. 
March 8, 2016
Bob Taylor (left) and Kurt Listug, shown here in 1985, launched their guitar-building business more than 40 years ago.
The careers of Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, who cofounded Taylor Guitars in 1974, make for a saga that can appeal to opposite poles of the socio-political spectrum. To capitalists, their success exemplifies the potential of a free-enterprise system. At the same time, it underscores the hippie mantra that “doing your own thing” will enable you to achieve fulfillment far beyond monetary wealth.
March 6, 2016
Wade Eyerly
The cofounder of California’s all-you-can-fly Surf Air has launched a similar operation in the Northeast and plans to test the concept in other markets, both domestic and international.
January 20, 2016
Erin Andrews
The Fox Sports reporter and Dancing with the Stars cohost needs to be in three cities in a typical week. Business aviation makes that possible.
November 22, 2015
The cofounder of Paul Mitchell Systems, the hair-care products company, grew up poor and has been homeless twice. Today he’s a billionaire who owns three business jets.
September 16, 2015
“The president of the company and I often fly together because we have such a hard time finding enough time  in the office. We’ll say ‘save that for the trip.’” (Photo: Michael S. Barr)
Bob Pittman’s resume testifies to his obsession with productivity. Perhaps best known for having led the team that founded MTV, he has also been CEO of AOL, Six Flags Theme Parks, Quantum Media, Century 21 Real Estate and Time Warner Enterprises; and COO of America Online and AOL Time Warner.
July 27, 2015
Paul Anka at piano
The singer-songwriter—still going strong nearly 60 years after his first hit—discusses his craft, explains why he’ll never retire and recalls how a bizjet helped him fill a concert request from Vladimir Putin. Singer/songwriter Paul Anka admits that he may have been the unlikeliest of pop stars when he burst onto the musical stage in the 1950s. “I was short, stocky, had a big nose and was far from the mold of the matinee-idol type,” says the artist, who turned 74 in July. But what he may have lacked in looks, he made up in talent.
July 1, 2015
Chris Burch, founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital
He sold sweaters door-to-door to fellow students at Ithaca College. That turned out to be his first step on the road to becoming a billionaire.
March 27, 2015
“At first I thought flying privately was a luxury and I felt guilty. Then I realized how much more I can do in a week than I would if I had to fly commercially.”  (Photo: Cy Cyr)
Golf great Anika Sorenstam talks about the game’s future, flying privately and her new life as an entrepreneur.
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.

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