Business Jet Traveler

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
ExcelAire pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino were no-shows in São Paulo, Brazil, August 27 as court hearings began regarding the mid-air collision involving their Embraer Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737. The Legacy landed safely at a military field but the airliner crashed in the Amazon, killing all 154 people aboard and creating a national furor over aviation safety.
October 1, 2007
Three thousand kilometers from tidewater, a porpoise surfaces. Then a foot-long skinny slasher of a fish grabs the streamer fly you strip through water the color of Lapsong tea and shreds it. Sweat runs down your nose. The February sun blazes.
October 1, 2007
You have to feel sorry for the airlines. The industry is well past its Golden Years, whenever they were. Some say they were in the 1930s, others in the '50s or '60s. Certainly, these years, which always look better with hindsight, were before the days of deregulation, which began in 1978.
October 1, 2007
Activity in the second quarter of this year raised the order backlog at Hawker Beechcraft to a record $5.1 billion, roughly double what it was at this time last year. However, the purchase of Raytheon's aircraft division by GS Capital Partners and Onex Partners for $3.3 billion cash led to an operating loss of $36.6 million.
October 1, 2007
It can be difficult for the family on one side of a weather front, where the
In a recent discussion of sports with my British colleague Charles Alcock, he talked about England's historic admiration for what he described as the "gifted amateur." This was illustrated best in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire, the story of Harold Abrahams, the gold-medal winner in the 100-meter dash at the 1924 Olympics.
October 1, 2007
For those who feel a pang of envy while gazing up at the blimps hovering over major sporting events, Worldwide Aeros may have the cure. Harkening back to a form of passenger travel last seen in the 1930s, the California manufacturer best known for its airships and tethered balloons has released plans for a luxury "air yacht" to be called the Aeroscraft ML866.
August 1, 2007
Brig. Gen. Robin Olds as a colonel, preflighting his F-4C Phantom at Ubon Air
"Downhill skiing is the closest thing to flying a fighter that I know."
August 1, 2007
A scale mockup of a Boeing 787 interior drew attention at a Boeing Business J
The seventh European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, which took place in Geneva in May, broke all records, with attendance up 15 percent from the 2006 event to more than 11,000 and 354 exhibitors, an 18-percent increase. Orders inked at the show-firm and optional-had a total value of nearly $1.7 billion.
August 1, 2007
Signature Flight Support's new $13 million fixed-base operation (FBO) at Boston Logan International Airport is up and running. The two-story, 13,000-square-foot facility includes passenger and crew lounges, administrative offices and a private VIP center with separate street and ramp-side entrances for visiting dignitaries.

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“You want to make sure with a race in which you'll be flying home with other drivers that you don't crash into them. It's happened before, and it can make for a little bit of a tense situation.”