Business Jet Traveler

March 13, 2016
Classroom after renovation
Affluent travelers have already explored London, Paris, and Rome; played golf on Scottish links; learned how to make pasta in Italy; and watched penguins waddle in Antarctica. Now many have moved beyond sun tanning and sightseeing. They want to continue to enjoy travel but also to use their skills and resources to benefit the places they visit.  
March 13, 2016
view of city
“Watch out—there’s a lot of money here,” says my guide, Merab, with a smile. “You will get very rich.” In the former Soviet of republic of Georgia, when you walk through cow dung, you supposedly become wealthy. I sidestep the muck and continue behind Merab up a steep, rocky trail, past the small village of Gergeti. The odor is foul.
March 9, 2016
credit: John Lewis
Maybe you’re an aircraft owner who’d like to offer transportation to a political candidate you support. Or perhaps you’re a candidate who wants to grab a ride on a friend’s business jet. Either way, you’d be well advised to do some homework first, regarding the federal and state rules that apply to such flights. 
March 8, 2016
On May 31, 2014, a Gulfstream IV crashed after an aborted takeoff at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts. It overran the runway, hitting approach lights and an antenna before stopping in a ravine outside the airport’s perimeter. A post-impact fire killed all seven people on board: the two pilots, a flight attendant, and four passengers.
March 8, 2016
Bob Taylor (left) and Kurt Listug, shown here in 1985, launched their guitar-building business more than 40 years ago.
The careers of Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, who cofounded Taylor Guitars in 1974, make for a saga that can appeal to opposite poles of the socio-political spectrum. To capitalists, their success exemplifies the potential of a free-enterprise system. At the same time, it underscores the hippie mantra that “doing your own thing” will enable you to achieve fulfillment far beyond monetary wealth.
March 8, 2016
The World Bank describes the living conditions of families who come to Cambodian Children’s Fund for support as “absolute poverty.” Hollywood executive Scott Neeson founded the group in 2004 after he witnessed children scavenging at a burning garbage dump near Phnom Penh. He subsequently resigned from his job to devote himself to CCF, whose multi-tiered and comprehensive program focuses on six core areas: education, leadership, community outreach, healthcare, childcare, and vocational training.
March 8, 2016
Jennifer Leach English (center) with BJT’s onsite logistics manager Philip Scarano and associate publisher Nancy O’Brien at the NBAA Regional Forum in West Palm Beach.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a company that appreciates the value of private lift more than Taylor Guitars. Kurt Listug and Bob Taylor started the business in 1974 by making and selling one instrument at a time while living on tight budgets, but as sales took off, so did they: they began to use charter flights to visit customers and suppliers and later purchased a Hawker 850XP. Last year—with their annual revenues exceeding $100 million—they moved up to a Gulfstream G450, which they now fly more than 400 hours annually.
March 6, 2016
Wade Eyerly
The cofounder of California’s all-you-can-fly Surf Air has launched a similar operation in the Northeast and plans to test the concept in other markets, both domestic and international.
March 6, 2016
The Langhe wine region in Piedmont, in northwest Italy, is famous for Barolo and Barbaresco—complex, brick-hued reds made from the late-ripening Nebbiolo vines planted in the area’s clay-rich soil.
February 28, 2016
Jennifer Leach English
“Request for Christmas flight home for fallen airman’s wife, child, and sister.”

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