Business Jet Traveler

November 26, 2013
Learning to Fly Helicopters by R. Randall Padfield
Ever wonder what it would be like to pilot a helicopter? Then pick up the new second edition of a book from former BJT editor-in-chief R. Randall Padfield, which employs a conversational style to demystify the art and science of helicopter flying.
November 26, 2013
Editorial Director Jennifer Leach English
The holiday season always causes some anxiety as I worry about getting appropriate presents for everyone on my list. This year, though, I compiled BJT’s annual gift guide, so I have more good ideas than usual.
November 26, 2013
Charter pilots typically say they don’t expect tips but always appreciate them.
Bizjet passengers often express confusion about when to give gratuities to pilots and crews. Here’s help. 
November 26, 2013
While buyers have held the upper hand for several years, we may now be witnessing a slight shift toward more equal power for buyers and sellers.
As inventories decline, a buyers' market may be fading.
November 26, 2013
(Photo: Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority)
No matter where you live, you're likely to feel a million miles from home here.
November 21, 2013
If you are flying on Christmas Eve, the sky can be a magical place. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Anyone who endured airline travel over the Thanksgiving holiday last month can tell you that the best time for a visit to Grandma’s for a turkey dinner is also among the worst times to fly “the scheds.” (It didn’t help that Hanukah arrived early this year, starting on Thanksgiving Day.) Major airports strain to handle traffic loads during normal times, and when all those passengers want to get
November 21, 2013
Illustration: John T. Lewis
Renewed consumer interest in jet cards has led to a wide assortment of new offerings.
November 21, 2013
German chemical company BASF manufactures an open-celled melamine foam acoustic material that can dramatically reduce noise levels in business jets and helicopters.
Acoustics experts are finding ways to make business jets quieter than ever. Racing through the lower stratosphere at Mach 0.85, pushed along by roaring jet engines and outfitted with pumps, actuator motors and fans, the business jet is naturally noisy.
November 21, 2013
If an employee travels on the company aircraft for personal purposes, the IRS treats the flight as a perquisite and the employee as a recipient of taxable income.
Calculating the cost of personal use is as complicated as it is important. When an employee takes a personal flight on his company’s aircraft, how do you calculate the trip’s cost or value? The answer depends on who’s asking the question and why.
November 21, 2013
At first blush, Cessna's M2 looked like a refreshed CJ1+, only with subtle winglets.
It may look like the CJ1, but there's a lot here that's new.

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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