Business Jet Traveler

July 5, 2016
ILLUSTRATION: JOHN T. LEWIS
From your vantage point in the cabin, do you feel most comfortable with a military-trained crew at the helm? Or does it make little difference to you where the front-seat occupants of your business jet cut their aeronautical teeth?
July 3, 2016
Credit: Ian Whelan
A look at five of the most auspicious 2017-model luxury cars.
July 3, 2016
credit: John Lewis
A company tried to connect private pilots with prospective passengers, but the FAA nixed its plans.
June 26, 2016
The Napa Valley, California home of Chateau Montelena Winery, whose 1973 Chardonney bested its French counterparts. PHOTO: TONY DESANTIS
The clink of glasses was heard around the world on May 24, 1976, when California wines outranked respected French ones at the Paris Wine Tasting, often called the “Judgment of Paris.” The occasion fostered a rise in popularity of California wines and increased respect for their quality.
June 26, 2016
Core: New York
Comedian Groucho Marx famously once said that he didn’t want to belong to any club that would have him as a member, but he’s clearly in a minority. Many people who can afford to do so join one or more of the private city clubs that operate in most major metropolitan areas in the U.S. and around the world.
June 19, 2016
Illustration: John T. Lewis
When looking after your home and the people who work in it gets to be too much, hire a house manager. When you can no longer keep track of all your house managers, you may need an estate manager.
June 14, 2016
PHOTO: FOTOLIA
Apps for booking charter flights on smartphones and tablets continue to mature as accepted wisdom loses weight: it turns out that more and more convenience-minded customers are indeed willing to consummate five- and six-figure transactions without speaking to a human. 
June 12, 2016
PHOTO: FOTOLIA
It’s just after dawn on what promises to be a sunny South African summer day and I’m fueling up our 4x4 rental at a petrol station near the east-coast city of Durban. The attendant hands me a frosty bottle of Stoney ginger beer—so spicy that it makes my nose tingle—and asks where we’re heading.
June 12, 2016
Warren Buffett, chairman/CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns NetJets.
I  once kept Warren Buffett waiting for me for half an hour. OK, it wasn’t just me. I was among a group of business aviation journalists who were delayed en route to an important PR event.

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