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July 27, 2015
Paul Anka at piano
he 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.
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.

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“Time is our most precious commodity, and there are conveniences that wealth brings to essentially get you more time. —retired Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, explaining why he commutes via private jet from his Seattle home to watch games of the Los Angeles Clippers, the basketball team he bought last year for $2 billion. ”

-retired Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer