Business Jet Traveler

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.
March 1, 2007
A 30-degree navigational error was immediately corrected after a passenger tu
Is it safe to use cellphones and other personal electronics on airplanes? It depends on whom you ask, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say that the cacophony of electronic "noise" emitted by portable devices brought onboard by passengers indeed can cause dangerous interference with navigation sensors in the cockpit.
February 1, 2007
Like a train pulling out of the station, preowned-aircraft sales chugged at the start of 2006 but gathered speed as the year unfolded. By the fourth quarter, it was full steam ahead and now the sales surge looks poised to roll well down the tracks of the new year.
February 1, 2007
On March 1, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Aphis) rules take effect. The rules will eliminate the exemption from inspections for fruits and vegetables imported from Canada, and implement a $70.25 inspection fee for aircraft (including on-demand charter flights) entering the U.S. from Canada. There will also be a $5-per-passenger fee.
February 1, 2007
Even the vintage prop airplanes from the post-war era have begun to give the
Exactly how do you suppose the imminent arrival of very light jets will change the aviation landscape? We've heard opinions from an army of analysts, but history makes clear the hazards of paying too much heed to "expert" prognostication.
February 1, 2007
Occupants of private aircraft flying into Miami for Super Bowl XLI on February 4 need to keep important security changes in mind. The FAA is expected to issue a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) that will cover a 30-nautical-mile radius from Dolphin Stadium and that will be effective from at least two hours before the game until two or more hours after it.
February 1, 2007
Raytheon’s Hawker 4000 has received FAA certification.
Raytheon's Hawker 4000 has won FAA certification. It took a little more than 10 years, but in a booming market, the company now has orders for 74 of the aircraft, including 50 from fractional operator NetJets. Of the 24 others, three quarters are going to buyers outside the U.S. The $20 million twinjet has a range of 2,777 nm with a typical payload of six passengers and baggage.
February 1, 2007
What you'll pay for air charter varies not only by aircraft type and model but by region. Here are the average per-hour rates for popular aircraft nationally and in the Southeast U.S., now and a year ago. Look for price data for other parts of the country in future issues.
February 1, 2007
The IRS has classified the Corporate Angel Network, the nonprofit organization that provides free air transportation for cancer patients using empty seats on corporate aircraft, as a "public charity." The classification, which is retroactive to Jan.
February 1, 2007
Timmy (not his real name) is a four-year-old cancer patient. He cannot fly commercially due to his condition. But he must travel several times a year for treatment between his California home and Duke University Hospital in Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

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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