Bizav Basics

February 1, 2009
Buying a corporate jet during times of worldwide financial turmoil might be considered by many to be one of the more outlandish business moves you can make. It could also prove to be one of the smartest.
February 1, 2009
Before a flight, buy that game cartridge your kids want. And don’t forget h
Imagining what it's like to take a private jet flight with your kids is easy. Just picture them hermetically sealed for a few hours in a space not much bigger than a walk-in closet. On the minus side of the experience: on most jets, it's cold turkey on texting and Internet access; skateboarding is definitely out; and there's probably no live television.
December 1, 2008
When evaluating a state’s aircraft taxes, don’t stop with the usual suspects.
Aircraft owners often take pleasure in contemplating federal aviation taxes. That's because much federal tax planning in this area focuses on deductions and thus on taxes the aircraft owner might save. Comparable deductions are frequently available for state tax purposes, but when the spotlight shines on state tax it usually illuminates how much the owner must pay.
December 1, 2008
You can minimize the possibility of turbulence by flying in early morning, wh
"Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."
October 1, 2008
Paris’ Grand Palais hosted the first-ever airshow in 1908. An entirely indoor
Business Jet Traveler published its inaugural issue in October 2003-just two months before the 100th anniversary of Orville and Wilber Wright's first powered flight.
August 1, 2008
Sometimes, pilots must make the transfer from wings to wheels briskly.
What Americans call "landing gear," the British call "undercarriage," which really is much more logical. That's because an airplane uses its wheels not just to land but also to take off, taxi and sit around in the hangar. Whatever you call it, the part of the aircraft that allows it to move around on the ground has several distinguishing characteristics.
August 1, 2008
A country’s aviation authority issues an aircraft’s registration “number,” al
Registering your aircraft in the U.S. is a seemingly minor paperwork item that you may not think about during the heady hunt for a business jet. But unless the registration is properly handled, that aircraft you buy might not be legal to fly.
August 1, 2008
Aviation policies vary from company to company, and some are much broader tha
With jet-A fuel costs reaching record highs, business aircraft owners and their flight departments are feeling a big pinch in their budgets. The good news is that they are receiving some relief from an unlikely source-aircraft-insurance companies. The aviation-insurance industry equivalent of a heavyweight title fight is in full swing, and the big winner is the aircraft owner.
July 1, 2008
"If I took a private jet to Boca, I could save a whole travel day on both ends." When a thought like this pops into your head, it can trigger a process that ends up as a thoroughly memorable experience-or one fraught with frustration. As with most things, the more time you spend in the beginning, the better you'll come out in the end.
July 1, 2008
A consultant’s first question is likely to be, “What’s the mission?”
You've decided to buy a jet. Maybe it was your most recent airline trip from hell that convinced you. Perhaps a growing business commitment increased the need for easy access to locations where even Southwest doesn't go. Or maybe you just want the freedom and excitement of private flying and would like to be able to keep your golf clubs and favorite sweater on the airplane.


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“You’re absolutely right—and you can’t stand up in your [expletive] Rolls-Royce, either.”

-William Lear, in the early '60s, replying to a man who complained that he couldn't stand up in the original Lear Jet