Business Jet Traveler

September 1, 2014
Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft CEO
Rather than downplay the HondaJet’s unconventional look, with its over-the-wing engine mount (OTWEM), the manufacturer has chosen to embrace it. The new ad campaign features a series of clever images that suggest the frontal shape of the developmental jet, with appropriately positive connotations. Knowing the history of the HondaJet’s development, I love it.
September 1, 2014
One of the most pervasive myths about the taxation of business jets in the U.S. is that the owner isn’t entitled to any deductions unless more than 50 percent of the aircraft’s usage is in a trade or business. I hear this regularly from people who are contemplating a jet acquisition but worry that they won’t be able to take any tax deductions for it because less than half the usage will be business-related. Like many myths, this one contains a nugget of truth, as I’ll explain presently. But it’s incorrect to assume you can’t write off anything if your business use doesn’t exceed 50 percent.
September 1, 2014
Today’s business jets offer all the electronic “toys” you’ll find at home. Depending on your home, in fact, you might discover more gizmos to play with on the airplane these days.
September 1, 2014
Surf Air offers unlimited San Francisco/Los Angeles flights. (Photo courtesy of Surf Air)
The airspace between traditional business jet access models (charter, fractional ownership and jet cards) and first-class airline travel has been active lately, even if there’s not much to show for it. But while some would-be per-seat charter providers and fledgling “flight club” programs appear to be in a holding pattern, one alternative operator in California has quickly taken off: Surf Air, which offers more than a dozen scheduled daily flights between off-the-hub airports in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
September 1, 2014
(Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Stocks are arguably becoming expensive, bond yields remain down and cash investments are no better than money under the mattress.
August 14, 2014
Mention that you’re going to the Balearic Islands and you might get a quizzical look, as the archipelago’s four largest islands are better known by their individual names. Most famous is Mallorca (or Majorca, if you choose the Spanish rather than the Catalan spelling). The others are Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera. They are all part of Spain and lie in the Mediterranean Sea, between the Spanish mainland and Africa.
August 14, 2014
It’s almost heaven—and the state is so big that you could spend years exploring it. Here’s where to start.
August 11, 2014
Madeleine Gilad, co-owner and chief pilot of Projet Aviation (Photo: Bill Bernstein)
Madeleine “Maddy” Gilad is the lead pilot for cable TV pioneer and resorts owner Sheila Johnson.
August 7, 2014
Patti Squire (Photo: Tammy Kita)
Few women own and run aircraft charter and management companies. How Patti Squire joined their ranks is a story of luck, family, tragedy, good business sense, employee loyalty and perseverance.
August 6, 2014
Sheila Johnson inside her Gulfstream GIV-SP (Photo: BIll Bernstein)
Salamanders are powerful animals that, legend has it, can walk through fire and come out unscathed. Sounds alot like Salamander Hotels & Resorts CEO Sheila Johnson, who has been a resilient warrior her entire life.

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