Business Jet Traveler

November 13, 2012
Tony Gemignani's award-winning pizza
Tony Gemignani–an 11-time winner of the World Pizza Championship competition–is a genius when it comes to the presentation of pizza in its many styles.
October 23, 2012
PlaneSense CEO George Antoniadis
You don’t have to spend much time with George Antoniadis to figure out why he has achieved success with PlaneSense, the fractional-aircraft-share company he founded in 1996. Granted, he was probably in the right place at the right time with the right airplane, the economical Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop.
October 18, 2012
Fishing the flats in tropical Los Roques
Eighty miles off the Venezuela coast, the little jet dipped its wing, giving me a stunning view in the February sunshine of a place called Los Roques: three great igneous rock formations surrounded by brilliant blue water, green mangrove strips and thousands of shimmering white sandbars.
October 16, 2012
Hawker Beechcraft Premier I
In 2006, Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) introduced the Premier IA to near-universal acclaim: Here was a composite-fuselage light jet that could be flown single-pilot at speeds up to 450 knots with a near-standup cabin with room for six to seven passengers and a range of nearly 1,500 nautical miles, depending on load.
October 11, 2012
California's Monterey Coast Photo Credit:  Don Douglas
“The greatest meeting of land and water in the world” is how landscape artist Francis McComas described Point Lobos, just south of Carmel, Calif. Many would agree.
October 8, 2012
Learjet 85 Unveiled at Intrepid Museum in New York City Photo Credit:  Jason Tinacci
Flexjet and Bombardier showcased the new Learjet 85 aircraft at an invitation-only event at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City on October 3.
October 3, 2012
Gulfstream G650
Production models of Gulfstream’s new, near-supersonic flagship G650–which received FAA certification on September 7–have been rolling off the assembly line and winging their way to completion centers. The manufacturer expects to have the $64.5 million, 7,000-nautical-mile-range bizjet into the hands of customers before the end of this year.
September 25, 2012
Zappo's Tony Hsieh, Photo:  Ryan Weber
To begin to understand the grand experiment that is Tony Hsieh’s life, read two books. One is his own Delivering Happiness, a Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose, which explains not only how he built Zappos and his previous company but also his philosophy of over-the-top customer service. (The book debuted at No.
September 20, 2012
Range Rover Evoque (photo: Nigel Moll)
On the inside, Range Rover’s new, brand-bolstering Evoque is surprisingly spacious in the seating department and capable in performance, despite its four-cylinder engine and modest footprint (16 inches shorter and more than 1,600 pounds lighter than a Range Rover Sport). The interior trim is worthy of the marque, too, but the vehicle’s hatchback area offers limited baggage space.
September 11, 2012
Piaggio Avanti
Its futuristic lines seduce, its rate of climb and speed exhilarate and its operating economics spell savings. The Piaggio Avanti vastly outperforms all other turboprops and noses past some light jets. It’s a 400-knot rocket with a near stand-up cabin that has the cross section of a midsize jet. There’s comfortable seating for six passengers aft of the cockpit and the airplane has a seats-full range of 980 nautical miles. Fly with two fewer passengers and range increases to 1,300 nautical miles. Considering that the design of this twin-engine turboprop pusher is 30 years old, this is nothing short of amazing. The fact that barely 200 are flying after all these years is perplexing.

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