Business Jet Traveler

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.
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
-Canadian businessman Al Kroontje, on his first flight in his Sierra Stallion, a converted Citation 501SP with enhanced range and speed.
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
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.
February 1, 2007
Longer loans have led buyers to seek more fixed-rate financing.
The current climate for business aviation financing is not what you might expect. In today's market, you may have to wait three or more years for delivery of a brand-new aircraft. Meanwhile, inventories of many pre-owned models are lower than they've been in several years. With so few aircraft for sale, the financing business must be struggling, right? Wrong.
February 1, 2007
"The only reason I got a driver's license was so I could get to the airport," said Robert G. "Bob" Watkins, who has been piloting his own aircraft for 46 years.
February 1, 2007
Put a gourmet kitchen in your house and a real estate agent will be able to give you a good idea of what you'll get back from your investment when the property sells. But what about upgrading the galley in your GIV? Or refurbishing the interior of a Citation III?

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“[New billionaires in fast-growing countries] have to buy longer-range airplanes. If you’re flying from Mongolia to Nigeria, it’s either a three-day journey flying commercial or a nine-hour flight on your jet.”

-Steve Varsano