Business Jet Traveler

October 1, 2008
General Dynamics, owner of Gulfstream Aerospace, has agreed to pay about $2.25 billion to buy Zurich-based Jet Aviation from the Permira Funds private equity group. Permira bought the company in 2005 for an undisclosed sum that was said to be about $700 million. Subject to antitrust legal approval, General Dynamics' acquisition of Jet Aviation should be complete by year-end.
October 1, 2008
What you'll pay for air charter varies not only by aircraft type and model 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 4, 2008
When it comes to pure climbing power, the Learjet 60 is hard to beat. This airplane doesn't just take off-it blasts off.
August 1, 2008
-Sandals Resorts owner Gordon "Butch" Stewart, in his Center Stage interview.
August 1, 2008
“If you get one airplane and you get other people using it to defray the cost
The NASDAQ crashed in March 2000, Shawn Jenkins recalled. "That June, my partner Mason Holland and I started Benefitfocus. It was an awkward time to start a software company," he said, with just a touch of irony.
August 1, 2008
Swiss-based Jet Aviation and Dubai-based charter operator Elite Jets have formed a partnership to provide aircraft management and charter services in the Middle East. Elite Jets will provide regional charter services to Jet Aviation customers in the Middle East, while Jet Aviation will offer line and unscheduled maintenance services to Elite's fleet of business aircraft.
August 1, 2008
Salt Lake City, well known for its founding by Mormon pioneers in 1847 and as the home of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, gained the nickname "Crossroads of the West" after the "Golden Spike" symbolically completed the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, just north of the Great Salt Lake.
August 1, 2008
Hawker Beechcraft has a program well under way to produce the Premier II update to the Premier I that will climb faster, fly farther and faster, and carry a bigger payload, according to the company. The Premier II will feature new 3,050-pound-thrust Williams International engines and performance-enhancing winglets.
August 1, 2008
Castle & Cooke Aviation has opened an FBO at Honolulu International Airport. The former Circle Rainbow facility received a $5 million upgrade, with renovation of the lobby, 18,000-square-foot hangar and 60,000 square feet of office space. Castle & Cooke plans to offer jet-A and avgas service later this year on an expanded general aviation ramp on the island of Lanai.
August 1, 2008
For an elite band of thrill-seekers, heli-skiing is the ultimate adrenaline rush. "We change people's lives," said Mike Olson, one of the three owners of Wasatch Powderbirds (www.powderbird.com), one of the nation's premier heli-skiing tour operators. "Anyone who does this has a sense of adventure that we respect."

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