Business Jet Traveler

February 25, 2013
Eurocopter EC145T2
The robust Eurocopter EC145 light/medium-twin helicopter, which has long been popular with EMS operators and the military (see box), is increasingly being ordered for executive transport.
February 25, 2013
Preparing to ditch
It was his third try, and the first two hadn’t gone well. The man was seated in a bus-like facsimile of an airplane cabin suspended above what looked like an Olympic-size swimming pool. At the command of the leader of the exercise, the big blue “fuselage” plunged into the water and slowly turned upside-down.
February 25, 2013
Lilianfels, Blue Mountains, Australia
We asked three of our favorite travel writers to describe the finest little-known hotels and resorts they’ve discovered. Some are off the beaten path or new or do not advertise. Others are just plain obscure. All are certified great by our panel of globetrotters. Happy traveling.
February 21, 2013
Jordan's Petra
Dawn blew a gentle breeze through the entryway, but a few paces beyond, stillness prevailed. Unseen birds chirped wakeup calls and chalky dust stirred at my feet. I felt humbled as I trekked down the same path used by the Nabataeans, the people who prospered here 2,300 years ago.
February 8, 2013
Climb aboard–so to speak
While most aircraft completion and refurbishment centers these days can provide clients with a one-dimensional, computer-generated virtual cabin walk-through in various design phases, some centers now offer much more advanced 3-D virtual interiors. Others are creating real, full-scale mockups that let customers literally enter a replica of the cabin.
February 7, 2013
Oregon’s Mount Bachelor
The New York Times recently pointed to the Cascade Mountains as the beneficiary of 110 inches of precipitation during March and April each year, declaring Stevens Pass “a prime place for spring skiing.” Well, some years. Other years, what falls is rain. The snow gets slushy. I know. It’s my neck of the woods. I live an easy two hours’ drive from Stevens.
February 7, 2013
Flexjet's Deanna White Photo Credit:  Bill Bernstein
Deanna White, the new president of Bombardier-owned fractional provider Flexjet, told us her company will continue to pursue what she called a “stealth wealth” clientele while offering customized solutions to clients’ private air travel needs. Doing so, she added, may require bringing more capital into the business from Bombardier or “some other facility.”
February 1, 2013
Burgundy is known for magnificent vineyards, hotels and dining, and you can enjoy all three at Relais & Chateau Bernard Loiseau, a five-diamond hotel with a three-star Michelin restaurant. Located in Saulier, less than an hour from everything in Burgundy, this property offers the perfect respite after a day of wine tasting.
February 1, 2013
Can’t find where you put that bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild? If your wine cellar has evolved from a source of delight into a disorganized source of frustration, it may be time to call Cellar Advisors. Representatives of the firm will arrive at your home anywhere in the world to organize your collection.
January 30, 2013
King Air B200
Hawker Beechcraft, which filed for bankruptcy protection last May, is now expected to shed its jet lines before emerging with its crown jewels intact: its line of King Air twin turboprops. Some 7,000 remain in service, making it the most ubiquitous business aircraft of all time. Of those 7,000, nearly one third are 200 series.

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Quote/Unquote

“You’re absolutely right—and you can’t stand up in your [expletive] Rolls-Royce, either.”

-William Lear, in the early '60s, replying to a man who complained that he couldn't stand up in the original Lear Jet