Business Jet Traveler

October 1, 2007
Simply put, air charter is the front door for all things at the business aircraft level in general aviation. It precedes fractional ownership. It stimulates full aircraft ownership. The jet card programs couldn't exist without it. And for the manufacturers it represents a free "demo" program for their products.
October 1, 2007
When French airframer EADS Socata unveiled a souped-up version of its venerable TBM 700 single-engine turboprop in 2005, it billed the aircraft as the "anti-very light jet." Indeed, the TBM 850 will carry more payload, fly farther and typically complete a 500-mile trip about as quickly as a twinjet VLJ. It will also burn only about half the fuel and climb like a rocket.
October 1, 2007
When Gulfstream purchased Galaxy Aerospace in 2001 for $330 million, the deal was sort of the aviation equivalent of the reality television show Flip This House. With an eye to quick profit, an investor on the show snaps up a distressed property he thinks needs only new paint, then discovers the place is infested with termites and has a rotting roof. Whoops.
October 1, 2007
With the LS600hL, Lexus has given the hybrid propulsion system popularized by the Toyota Prius some serious muscle and cloaked it in luxury robes. The "h" stands for the hybrid V8/electric motor powerplant that drives all four wheels and the "L" is for long wheelbase, which describes the expansive but not quite Maybachian rear passenger area.
October 1, 2007
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Takeo Spikes believes flying privately is all
Brett Quigley had just finished a practice round for this year's Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National in Georgia when a little voice in his head prompted him to turn on his cellphone. He's awfully glad he did. Moments later, a friend called to tell Quigley to hurry home because his wife was going into labor.
October 1, 2007
"I've never had a day when we didn't catch lots of fish," said Brad Frankhouser, one of 20 fly-fishing guides at Spring Ridge Club in rural Spruce Creek, Pa. "Some days are tougher than others, but if people do what I suggest, they're going to have a great day."
October 1, 2007
Before you fly, take a moment to consider whether you risk spreading disease to fellow passengers-or vice versa. "People know tuberculosis, colds and flu are contagious," said Dr. David Streitwieser, medical director for MedAire's MedLink Service.
August 1, 2007
Arinc's new, slimmer Ku-band antenna design for its SKYLink satellite in-flight broadband service is now available. The original antenna, created for Gulfstream, allows a fit in a wider range of tail-mounted radomes on other aircraft, including the Dassault Falcon Jet line and Bombardier's Global and Challenger models.
August 1, 2007
“I literally go through my schedule at the end of each week,” Pino said, “and
The large lawn in front of the Sikorsky Aircraft headquarters building just north of the Merritt Parkway in Stratford, Conn., contains a not-unexpected windsock and helipad.
August 1, 2007
Rockwell Collins is buying Arinc's SKYLink broadband and plans to reintroduce it under its own eXchange brand. According to the agreement, Rockwell Collins will supply the airborne broadband hardware and after-sales support and Arinc will provide the Ku-band satellite service. Arinc will continue to handle SKYLink system sales and

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““The charter industry needs to become much more efficient…We need to take a page from the airlines’ code-sharing agreements…Part 135 charter [operators] could review each other’s schedules, use each other’s airplanes.” ”