Business Jet Traveler

April 1, 2007
In an ideal world, you'd have it all-a Wi-Fi Internet connection, e-mail access on your BlackBerry, four bars of signal strength on your cellphone and 200 channels of satellite television on a big, flat high-definition screen, all from the comfort of your seat in the cabin. In short, you'd have technologies that would make your time in the air more like your time on the ground.
April 1, 2007
With enough power, you can make a barn door fly.
Ask a pilot what keeps an airplane in the sky and he'll most likely talk about the forces of lift, thrust, gravity and drag; power-to-weight ratios; and possibly "airfoils"-the word used to describe the wings' shape. Or maybe he'll answer simply, "Your credit card." Either way, it's not much comfort when you're eight miles above terra firma with no visible means of support.
April 1, 2007
“I’m very engaged, but I try to avoid bungee jumping into other managers’ bus
If 10 years ago you had peeked into the cockpit of almost any business aircraft or airliner in the world, you would have seen a large, boxy flight bag holding several thick leather binders with the words "Jeppesen Airway Manual" embossed on the cover.
April 1, 2007
Edwards’ and May’s 1971 Cessna Citation 500 boasts terrain-warning and global
While the average car winds up on the junk heap after about 13 years, the typical business jet has a much longer lifespan. In fact, at least a few are still flying after more than 40 years (see box below). One vintage jet we found is owned by Rick Edwards and Louis May of Little Rock, Ark., who are business partners and have been friends since childhood.
April 1, 2007
"I haven’t seen a bowling alley in an ACJ yet, but I’m sure the day is coming
Airbus followed Boeing into the prepackaged "bizliner" market in 1997. That's when it announced the Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ), a then $35 million executive version of its A319 airliner. At first, ACJ sales were sluggish, while Boeing initially did well with its 737 airliner variant. Today, Boeing has sold more than 100 of its Boeing Business Jets (BBJs).
April 1, 2007
Bombardier has revamped its Skyjet International block charter program, unveiling the new Jet Member card. The company claims its terms make the program the most flexible block charter offering in the market.
April 1, 2007
Eclipse Aviation is going through painful times. In March, the builder of the $1.6 million Eclipse 500 very light jet announced it had to change avionics suppliers. Separately, Eclipse Aviation and United Airlines "mutually agreed to terminate their pilot training program," according to the manager of training development for United's flight training division.
April 1, 2007
Boeing Business Jets has introduced design proposals for an executive/VIP version of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The size of the cabin-nearly 19 feet wide and 118 feet long-makes it possible to create "a beautiful environment...whether you are looking for a flying palace or a business office in the sky," said Boeing Business Jets president Steven Hill.
April 1, 2007
Those business negotiations have taken an unexpected twist and you need to be in some far-off country as soon as possible. Arranging a flight? No problem. Packing? Piece of cake. Renewing your passport or getting a visa from a foreign government in a hurry? Here you might need help. This is where the services of a passport expediter can be invaluable.
April 1, 2007
They don't come to market wearing a scarlet "A." But some business jets have a past that can make potential buyers view them as damaged goods-and greatly reduce their resale value. Their flaws, in the eyes of shoppers, may include relatively high airframe time, corrosion, foreign ownership, missing or incomplete logs and damage history.

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“You are so motivated to make sure the trip goes smoothly, because you know that the organs of these two kids are now going to save the lives of more than just a handful of other kids.”