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April 1, 2011
“I was astonished at how much paperwork was involved to [buy my jet]. I had t
Until a few months ago, I had somehow overlooked Stuart Woods and his nearly four-dozen novels and two nonfiction books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists. But then while browsing in a library, I noticed the cover of Loitering with Intent and picked up the book.
February 1, 2011
Terry Vance said he simply couldn’t take care of business if he had to rely o
"Screw it, let's ride" was the ­position Harley-Davidson took when the economy tanked. So said ex-motorcycle drag racer and ­business jet owner Terry Vance, who thinks the cure for general aviation lethargy could be a page out of the motorcycle company's marketing playbook.
February 1, 2011
“I have flown in the Legacy, And wow, Embraer is doing an incredible job. I’m
The deep growl of an Audi R8 sidling into the parking lot beside a runway accompanied Helio Castroneves's arrival for our interview at South Florida's Palm Beach County Airport. Turns out the Audi is just one of a stable of hot cars that the three-time Indy 500-winning racecar driver has free access to, thanks to his relationship with car-share club Miami Drive.
December 1, 2010
“I would like to do something different and record an album with many kinds o
International piano sensation Lang Lang grew up on a Chinese air force base where his father played in the military band. He doesn't remember much about the airplanes there, but he does recall watching American television cartoons, with their animation often mated to classical music, and credits them for his desire to learn piano.
October 1, 2010
"Once you have sipped the sweet nectar of freedom, you don't go back. If I had to fly commercial and could stay in the suite in the top of a hotel or take a private plane and stay in just a room, I'd say, 'Give me the plane.' The airport experience is an on­going, deteriorating horror story." --political consultant James Carville  
September 15, 2010
“Hearing my name announced as Olympic ­champion every night is extremely surr
If you enjoyed watching Evan Lysacek skate his way to a gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, then you may also be one of the millions who tuned in to ABC TV's Dancing with the Stars last spring to see him compete for the mirror-ball trophy.
August 1, 2010
“Life would be dull without obstacles. You’d never learn anything, you’d neve
Pianist and composer Herbie Hancock-who ranks among the most influential jazz musicians of the last hundred years-is a bouncy and jovial free spirit. At age 70, he seems as excited about his new Apple iPad as he is about his latest album, The Imagine Project (which is also available as a video).
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August 1, 2010
When he introduces himself in a hangar at TWC Aviation in Van Nuys, Calif., film and television director and producer McG is so friendly and engaging that you can't help wishing he were a neighbor who might come over for the occasional beer or Monday Night Football get-together. 
June 1, 2010
Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban claims he can type 50 words a minute on his BlackBerry. He uses e-mail for nearly all his business correspondence, saying it keeps him in constant contact with the people who need to reach him and is far more efficient than picking up the phone.
April 12, 2010
Photo by Bill Bernstein
Cliff Robertson told us that he began acting as a way to avoid work. "I learned in third grade that if you volunteer for that stupid class play where they extol the virtues of vegetables and somebody plays the carrot and somebody else plays the bad food, you won't have to stay after school and clean the erasers," he said. "It was a way to avoid stuff you didn't want to do.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy