Business Jet Traveler

June 1, 2007
Smoke rises from burning incense at the Hua Ting Buddhist Temple in the Weste
Thanks at least partly to Asia's explosive economic growth, its once-mysterious lands are now jet-close and high-rise-familiar. That's good news if you want to do business there, but it makes your search a bit tougher if you're in the market for an exotic getaway.
June 1, 2007
Chris Bangle’s reinterpretations of the classic BMW form in recent years have
Convertibles get a bad rap from some diehard sports-car purists who dismiss them as semi-serious boulevard cruisers a notch down from where they should be with the rigidity of a hardtop. When the man from BMW said the M6 to be delivered for this evaluation would be a convertible, my sense of anticipation encountered a mild downdraft.
June 1, 2007
Resale prices for Model 45s are climbing.
Bombardier's Learjet 45 is a study in contrasts. It is a breakthrough aircraft that had a troubled and lengthy gestation period, and its operators have a strong love-hate relationship with the airplane and its product support.
June 1, 2007
The author, Thomas R. Pero,  holds a six-pound trout.
You'll find brook trout in countless alder-lined beaver bogs and tumbling canopy-forest brooks along the spine of the Appalachians, throughout the New England backwoods and over to Michigan's sandy upper peninsula. All of them are delicate and tiny.
June 1, 2007
Hawker Beechcraft offers the SPD SmartGlass window as a retrofit for its King
The so-called "smart" window isn't really smart, but it may well offer a smart alternative to cabin windows with manually or electrically operated shades. With the touch of a button, the "smart" window goes from clear to opaque and back-or anywhere in between.
June 1, 2007
The Meadows Restaurant
No knock on onboard catering, but your flights likely bring you near some of the nation's premier on-the-ground dining spots. Why not try some of them? The 10 restaurants discussed here have been critically acclaimed for their food, service and ambiance. Plus, they're all close to general aviation airports-most within one mile.
June 1, 2007
R. Randall PadfieldEditor
As I read Jeff Wieand's Taxes, Laws and Finance column, "Your Gray-haired Pilot", I realized that had I not left the cockpit for a writing career in the 1990s, I would now be that pilot, gray hair and all.
June 1, 2007
Fractional owners opt out of their contracts early for many reasons. You may have sold an out-of-town business and so charter or a jet card may better serve your reduced needs. Maybe you're flying  more than you expected and it makes sense for you to purchase a whole aircraft.
June 1, 2007
Cascades Hole No. 15 and Clubhouse
Our series on America's best golf courses continues with a look at three of the best classic fairways in the southeast U.S., as determined by Golfweek magazine's handpicked panel of 385 course raters. The raters, who are students of architecture, attend national workshops and each evaluate 15 to 20 courses per year.
June 1, 2007
Everyone agrees that age, and the experience that goes with it, are good thin
Alone, in their 50-seat commercial jet, the two young pilots decided to see what [the Bombardier CRJ200] could do," reported The New York Times in an article titled, "Just Before Dying, a Thrill at 41,000 Feet." The article described how the pilots took the aircraft up to its altitude limit of 41,000 feet.

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“I have an obligation to get you to your destination. You have an obligation to pay. What else is there? We don't need 24 pages of legalese.”

-VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr, on the company's unusually brief, easy-to-understand contracts