Business Jet Traveler

September 20, 2015
Bombardier Challenger 300
The large number of new aircraft entering service in the next few quarters heralds further downward pressure on preowned-airplane prices.
September 17, 2015
Jet held up in maintenance (Photo: Fotolia)
A new insurance policy offers owners and operators of charter aircraft protection from loss of income should mechanical issues cancel or terminate flights. Typically the charter customer gets all the sympathy when these events occur, as the broker and/or operator scramble to find a replacement aircraft. But if you’re the owner or operator of the grounded airplane, the cancelled flight could cost you thousands of dollars.
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.
September 13, 2015
Wickenburg, Arizona, population 6,500, still looks much like the gold-mining town it was in the 1800s. It sits somewhere between faux and retro, 70 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert. Prospecting for precious metals takes a curious combination of nerve and deep pockets. The same could be said these days for golf course development, especially when it entails an extensive real estate component. The impetus to build Wickenburg Ranch came from two veterans of the Arizona golf development scene, though this is the first time that William Brownlee and Wendell Pickett have dared to co-design a golf course and undertake an entire project on their own.
September 13, 2015
New business jets have become more efficient and environment-friendly in recent years, weighing less, burning less fuel and doing so more cleanly. But what about your airplane’s nest? What can you do to make your hangar “go green”? Many of today’s corporate aircraft hangars seem like throwbacks to World War II. They’re metal sheets riveted onto steel frames spanning a concrete slab, with precious little insulation. Illumination comes from harsh, electricity-sucking metal halide, mercury or sodium vapor, or fluorescent lights, and giant gas space heaters hang from the rafters. Want cooling? Buy a couple of big ceiling fans or open the door. These structures often are leaky energy drains and can be unpleasant places to work.
September 13, 2015
People boarding a aircraft
If you saw the final episode of Mad Men in May you’ll recall where the characters stood as the 1970s began: most were basically in the same rut, in a rapidly changing world. But one of them, at least, wound up with a new job, a leg up on the future and access to a business jet. Prominently, there was lost soul Don Draper, gazing tragically out to sea from a spiritual retreat on the California coast, sourly intoning “om om” with doe-eyed hippies while, evidently, he dreamt up nothing more groovy than a Coca-Cola commercial. Back on the East Coast, there was Don’s whiny ex-wife Betty dying of lung cancer; and that rascal Roger winding up with the ill-tempered Marie, mother of the mercurial Megan, Don’s other ex-wife. Stan and Peggy, now a couple, were still creating ads at McCann-Erickson.
September 7, 2015
(illustration: John Lewis)
Business aviation is regulated and watched by an alphabet soup of government agencies—FAA, IRS, DOT, SEC, state authorities and others—that don’t see eye-to-eye on key issues. A January 2015 federal District Court decision illuminates an excellent example: the disagreement between the IRS and FAA over who is providing transportation to whom.
September 1, 2015
Hands sprinkling nuts on food
Charter operators, in concert with catering companies and select restaurants, are enhancing their food service to distinguish themselves in a competitive marketplace and meet customers’ growing expectations. “We see catering not as an additional cost someone will have to pay, but as another way we can encapsulate our brand and positively affect the customer experience,” says Ian Moore, chief commercial officer at VistaJet, an international charter service that operates Bombardier Challenger and Global jets. VistaJet recently announced that customers who sign up for at least 100 flight hours annually for three years will receive gourmet meals from leading restaurants at no extra charge.
September 1, 2015
Writer Gemma Price enjoys Myanmar.
BJT’s travel writers seem to barely unpack before they’re off again to another far-flung destination; and over the years, they’ve been just about everywhere. We wondered which places rank as the all-time favorites for such seasoned travelers—so we asked. Here’s what they told us.
August 31, 2015
Airforce One
The U.S. Air Force has tapped Boeing to supply a trio of 747-8 quad-engine jumbo jets to serve as the official presidential aircraft, aka Air Force One, at a cost of more than $1.6 billion.




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