Business Jet Traveler

August 1, 2007
It’s an understatement to call this aviation hub busy, but business jet trave
Look at an air map of the Los Angeles Basin and you'll see that this is a busy place. But flying into the area is the only way to fully gauge the airspace's complexity and congestion. The volume of disparate aircraft sharing altitudes, approaches and runways is immense.
August 1, 2007
What you'll pay for air charter varies not only by aircraft but by region. Here are the average per-hour rates for popular aircraft nationally and in the Northwest U.S., now and a year ago. Look for price data for other parts of the country in future issues.
August 1, 2007
When you dine aboard a business jet, you expect a meal that's as first-class as the flight. But delivering gourmet food isn't as easy at 41,000 feet as it is on Earth. Just how do in-flight catering companies overcome the many obstacles they face and serve up dishes that rival what leading restaurants have to offer?
August 1, 2007
During the golden weeks of late September and early October, few places offer a greater fly-fishing spectacle than the short tidal rivers on the edge of the Bering Glacier, an ice field larger than Rhode Island. These rivers are packed with coho salmon-silvers, as Alaskans call them.
July 1, 2007
Don't leave home without it-not if you want simple, guaranteed access to a business jet at a reasonable hourly rate. That's the pitch that has driven the rapid growth of jet card programs. Almost a dozen national companies, including the major fractional and charter fleet providers, now offer these cards. Numerous smaller charter companies also provide jet cards.
June 1, 2007
Resale prices for Model 45s are climbing.
Bombardier's Learjet 45 is a study in contrasts. It is a breakthrough aircraft that had a troubled and lengthy gestation period, and its operators have a strong love-hate relationship with the airplane and its product support.
June 1, 2007
The author, Thomas R. Pero,  holds a six-pound trout.
You'll find brook trout in countless alder-lined beaver bogs and tumbling canopy-forest brooks along the spine of the Appalachians, throughout the New England backwoods and over to Michigan's sandy upper peninsula. All of them are delicate and tiny.
June 1, 2007
Hawker Beechcraft offers the SPD SmartGlass window as a retrofit for its King
The so-called "smart" window isn't really smart, but it may well offer a smart alternative to cabin windows with manually or electrically operated shades. With the touch of a button, the "smart" window goes from clear to opaque and back-or anywhere in between.
June 1, 2007
The Meadows Restaurant
No knock on onboard catering, but your flights likely bring you near some of the nation's premier on-the-ground dining spots. Why not try some of them? The 10 restaurants discussed here have been critically acclaimed for their food, service and ambiance. Plus, they're all close to general aviation airports-most within one mile.
June 1, 2007
R. Randall PadfieldEditor
As I read Jeff Wieand's Taxes, Laws and Finance column, "Your Gray-haired Pilot", I realized that had I not left the cockpit for a writing career in the 1990s, I would now be that pilot, gray hair and all.

Pages

 

Quote/Unquote

““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”

-—actor and comedian Ricky Gervais