Business Jet Traveler

February 1, 2012
Dassault’s Falcon 2000s
I first wrote about the Falcon 2000 for this magazine in 2006, for our “Used Jet Review” department. Back then, I liked the airplane for its cavernous cabin, good fuel economy, great range, pleasant flying qualities and strong resale value.
February 1, 2012
In these days of sluggish economic recovery and historically low interest rates, the biggest competition for those offering business jet financing is a four-letter word: cash. Those who still have the resources to buy aircraft often prefer to pay cash rather than finance, for the simple reason that they now have few other attractive places to put their money.
February 1, 2012
The threat of "carmageddon" gridlock during Los Angeles' freeway closure this past summer drew media attention to helicopter charter, as some locals forsook the road for rotor to reach the airport.
February 1, 2012
The Bell 407 reminds me of a Mercedes Sprinter van. It's a vehicle with amazing versatility that can be used for virtually any mission: ambulance, cargo, law enforcement, firefighting, military scout and gunship, offshore oil support, utility and, of course, executive transport.
January 31, 2012
Two Star Generals
Nearly three years ago, many were writing off General Motors for dead. They would have been right had the U.S. government not decided that the company–or more correctly, its huge workforce and the employees of all the suppliers that depended on it–was too big to fail.
January 24, 2012
I've hunted wild ducks, grouse, pheasants and other game birds with varying levels of enthusiasm for 40 years. But I had never seen anything like this: two resplendent four-foot-tall adult male wild turkeys, all bronze and black and iridescent, galloping on stilt-like legs across a cattle pasture the size of two football fields.
December 2, 2011
Ferrari 458 Spider
If there is such a thing as an Everyman's Ferrari, you're looking at it. The newly introduced 458 Spider caters to a segment whose taste for open-air driving can carry the stigma of lesser machinery hampered with the weight penalty and compromised structural rigidity of a vanishing roof.
December 2, 2011
Embraer's Legacy 500
Embraer's Legacy 500 and its shorter-haul, smaller sibling, the Legacy 450, are the latest entries in Embraer's burgeoning book of business jet offerings, which range from the entry-level Phenom 100 to the uber barge Lineage 1000.
December 1, 2011
"We like to keep a low profile for our jet use." I can't tell you how many times I've heard variations on that line since I arrived at Business Jet Traveler in 2004. It has been a constant challenge to find business jet owners and passengers willing to be profiled in our pages and companies that will go on the record about their use of private aviation.
December 1, 2011
Preowned aircraft annual report
Considering what 2011 served up in terms of worldwide calamity–from government overthrows to devastating natural disasters to a global debt crisis–it's a wonder anyone had the confidence and wherewithal to buy a corporate jet. Yet the year saw a continuation of 2010's resurgence of buyer activity. This mild but sustained trend is providing a sense of relief for many sellers.

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Quote/Unquote

“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”

-business aviation entrepreneur Nick Popovich