Business Jet Traveler

December 1, 2007
Learjet 35A
Since 1963, when William Lear's Model 23 Lear Jet had its first flight, manufacturers have turned out thousands of business jets. Most of them are still flying. They give the lie to many business, accounting and tax assumptions concerning the useful life of business jets.
October 1, 2007
When organizers cancelled last year's Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil, questions arose about the show's future. But the success of LABACE 2007, which ended a three-day run August 11, appeared to put those questions to rest.
October 1, 2007
Going once, going twice...sold! An Eclipse 500 very light jet was sold to hig
Already a symbol of a revolution in personal aircraft, Albuquerque-based very light jet maker Eclipse Aviation is setting out to change how people buy airplanes. Fulfilling a promise made seven years ago-long before the first Eclipse 500 rolled off the assembly line-the company recently put one of its early production aircraft on the Internet auction block, using technology from eBay.
October 1, 2007
Though he is no longer under the employ of a corporation, you can't really call Brian Barents retired. Being on the boards of five aviation companies-including serving as vice chairman of Aerion Corp., which is planning to develop the first supersonic business jet-keeps him almost as busy as when he was running other companies and was active in the Michigan and Kansas National Guards.
October 1, 2007
British environmental protesters targeted business aviation recently when they blockaded main entrances to two London-area airports. The demonstrations were an offshoot of a week-long protest at London Heathrow Airport.
October 1, 2007
Because of a budget compromise agreed upon by California's Senate in August, aircraft buyers in that state will again get a tax break that was taken away three years ago. That's when lawmakers changed the use-tax-liability test period, requiring out-of-state aircraft purchasers to keep their airplanes out of California for a year-rather than 90 days, the previous rule-to avoid the tax.
October 1, 2007
“Short of a complete global meltdown or another 9/11, I don’t see anything sl
Josh Mesinger is vice president of J. Mesinger Jet Sales, a Boulder, Colo. corporate jet brokerage and consulting firm founded by his father, Jay. The younger Mesinger joined the company eight years ago, after graduating from George Washington University.
October 1, 2007
For the fifth year in a row, Gulfstream received highest honors in the product-support survey of BJT sister publication Aviation International News.
October 1, 2007
Swiss-based aircraft operator PrivatAir is preparing for the full launch of its Select Membership block charter program late this year in the U.S. and expects to extend it to European customers in early 2008. PrivatAir has been quietly offering the program to some U.S. clients over the past two years, during which time it has refined pricing and the service structure.
October 1, 2007
Col. James Wolcott, operations group commander for the 89th Airlift Wing, sta
You've probably heard of or seen Air Force One-even if only in a movie or on TV-and know that it carries the President of the U.S. and his staff. But did you know that the Air Force also operates 15 other business jets that are used to transport high-profile government officials, including members of Congress?

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