Business Jet Traveler

May 22, 2016
PHOTO: FOTOLIA
I once referred to New York’s LaGuardia Airport as aviation’s equivalent of the Black Hole of Calcutta, but several readers objected, on the ground that the comparison was unfair to the Black Hole.
May 22, 2016
BJT 5th Annual Book of Lists.
Welcome to BJT’s fifth annual Book of Lists, a treasure trove of useful, funny, entertaining, and occasionally amazing information and trivia.  See the Photo Gallery below for a glimpse at some of the people, places, and items featured in this year’s Book of Lists.
May 22, 2016
EvoLux founder Ray Leavitt says he wants to make it easier for you to book a helicopter seat. He has created computerized platforms that let you either reserve the entire helicopter or open up a helicopter you’ve booked to friends or the general public to cut your costs. Leavitt claims to have 200 helicopters enrolled in the system in major metropolitan areas, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Miami. His goal is to get enough helicopters and passengers in the sky to bring down the cost for both.
May 16, 2016
Taylor Guitars' Kurt Listug with the company's productivity-enhancing Gulfstream G450. PHOTO: JEFF BERLIN
Discussing ethical use of business jets with Taylor Guitars cofounders Kurt Listug and Bob Taylor for this issue’s cover story was refreshing. These are guys who really get it.
May 16, 2016
Tony Robbins and his Bombardier Global Express XRS.
Tony Robbins needs to perform at his peak when he’s leading seminars for thousands of people, which he does regularly all over the world. To help make this possible, the life and business strategist has been flying privately for over two decades. 
May 8, 2016
Burgundy barge truffle hunt
If dining well means knowing that the food you eat is fresh from local farms, woods, or waters, then dining better still means experiencing nature’s bounty firsthand—picking the ripe crops, discovering the wild ones, even diving to the ocean floor in pursuit of dinner. No wonder food travel is such a hot ticket and food lovers are flocking to a wide range of hotel- and resort-sponsored, uniquely personal culinary experiences.
May 8, 2016
You have room to move on an ACJ318.
Maybe your group is too big to fit in a large-cabin business jet, or perhaps you and your travel companions simply want more space than those aircraft provide. Either way, you may be a candidate to charter a so-called bizliner—an airliner model that has been reconfigured for private use. 
May 1, 2016
Like automobiles, business aircraft usually depreciate. But like high-end homes, they often gain value when owners make improvements. 
May 1, 2016
Photo courtesy of: Beautyandthebeastmalibu.com
The advantage of renting a private vacation property rather than a hotel room or suite are obvious: a luxury home can offer all of the comforts you could want, plus more privacy than hotels and resorts provide. 
May 1, 2016
Union League Golf Club hole 17
One of Philadelphia’s crown jewels is sporting a new gem. Actually, an old one, since what used to be Torresdale-Frankford Country Club dates to a 1921 design by Donald Ross. Today it’s part of the Union League, the prestigious downtown club founded in 1862 whose South Broad Street home offers a classic example of Second Empire architecture.

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“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”

-business aviation entrepreneur Nick Popovich