Business Jet Traveler

August 1, 2011
A friend once recounted his story of a jump-seat ride aboard an Aeroflot airlines Tu-154 during the 1980s. After the Russian trijet had reached cruise altitude, the flight crew broke out a bottle of sherry and began celebrating, because they had managed to survive another takeoff in an airplane not known for its reliability.
August 1, 2011
Sometimes several ­airplanes will converge on the airport nearest the donor’s
After the injured first officer stumbled out of the Cessna Citation that crash-landed at Birmingham [England] Airport last November, he explained to the first firefighter on the scene that the wreckage contained a donated organ, according to BBC News.
June 1, 2011
You can say this for Donald Trump: He’s still standing. In fact, he’s flying–and getting ready to trade up from his gold-plated but aging Boeing 727-100 jet, which has two conference rooms, a master bedroom and seating for 24. His new ride: a Boeing 757-200 that’s about twice as big.
June 1, 2011
Rather than having individual customers bring their airplanes in for revampin
The protagonist in the 1970s American television show The Six Million Dollar Man was an injured astronaut who’d had various mangled body parts replaced with bionic ones that gave him superhuman abilities. All of this is recounted in the show’s opening credits, while the narrator enthusiastically intones, “We can make him better than he was before.
June 1, 2011
There are probably as many reasons to fly privately as there are private flyers. But you can subdivide the species into types, to a degree. Of course, the characteristics may overlap, but here are three examples:
June 1, 2011
Adam Scott
Australian golfer Adam Scott–the subject of BJT's October/November 2008 cover story–tied for second place in the 2011 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., in April. This was his best finish ever in a major championship event.
June 1, 2011
Located 80 miles north of Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Winnebago, largely blue-collar Oshkosh is perhaps best known as the home base for companies that make military trucks and dungarees.
June 1, 2011
Ever begin a weeklong hotel stay by discovering that you’ve packed just three pairs of sox? Worse, have you ever reached for your cell phone–or passport–in an airport, only to realize it’s on your desk back home?
June 1, 2011
Charter brokers are sometimes treated like the Rodney Dangerfields of the business aviation world. They don’t get the respect typically accorded to the operators they work with–the companies that control or own the aircraft you use when you charter a flight.
June 1, 2011
Redwood, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Canyon–these are all truly great American national parks where I've been privileged to hike, fish, paddle, sleep, swim and revel. But there's one more that almost never gets mentioned in the same breath: Olympic National Park. It should be.

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“You want to make sure with a race in which you'll be flying home with other drivers that you don't crash into them. It's happened before, and it can make for a little bit of a tense situation.”