Business Jet Traveler

August 1, 2007
Airbus CEO John Leahy has confirmed that the company will be converting a giant A380 airliner to an executive/VIP role for an unnamed buyer. While there are unconfirmed reports about the buyer's identity, Leahy would say only that he is neither American nor European and the airplane would be for his personal use.
August 1, 2007
“We don’t see the VLJ as a substitution for other forms of flying. It’s a rep
A couple of years from now, will you be zipping around between meetings on one of the new very light jets? Assuming you already fly privately, the answer is probably no, according to many of the panelists at the recent Business Models for VLJs and Light Jets, a sold-out two-day conference in West Palm Beach, Fla.
August 1, 2007
Flight data recorders, or “black boxes,” are actually bright yellow or orange
If your car is less than 10 years old, there might be a little computer buried somewhere inside that records events. If you're in a crash, the police, the insurance adjustor, or maybe even the National Transportation Safety Board will retrieve that computer, download its data and use it to figure out exactly what happened.
August 1, 2007
“I literally go through my schedule at the end of each week,” Pino said, “and
The large lawn in front of the Sikorsky Aircraft headquarters building just north of the Merritt Parkway in Stratford, Conn., contains a not-unexpected windsock and helipad.
August 1, 2007
Arinc's new, slimmer Ku-band antenna design for its SKYLink satellite in-flight broadband service is now available. The original antenna, created for Gulfstream, allows a fit in a wider range of tail-mounted radomes on other aircraft, including the Dassault Falcon Jet line and Bombardier's Global and Challenger models.
July 1, 2007
Don't leave home without it-not if you want simple, guaranteed access to a business jet at a reasonable hourly rate. That's the pitch that has driven the rapid growth of jet card programs. Almost a dozen national companies, including the major fractional and charter fleet providers, now offer these cards. Numerous smaller charter companies also provide jet cards.
June 1, 2007
Row 44, a Los Angeles company, has introduced a broadband Internet service that it says will allow air travelers in-flight to use their own Wi-Fi-compatible devices. The service will operate over existing high-capacity satellite systems.
June 1, 2007
It took less than a minute for a Sam’s Club customer shopping online to snap
Shoppers at Sam's Club, the warehouse chain owned by Wal-Mart, tend to load up their carts with bargain-priced consumables like potato chips and toilet paper as well as flat-panel TVs and computers. Recently, though, one buyer made a somewhat larger purchase from the club: a Cessna Citation Mustang jet.
June 1, 2007
Brazilian manufacturer Embraer is evaluating one or two "mid-light" and "mid-size" jets to fill the market gap between its Phenom 300 and Legacy 600. However, a company source said an official announcement isn't likely before fall.
June 1, 2007
What you'll pay for air charter varies not only by aircraft but by region. Here are the average per-hour rates for popular aircraft nationally and in the North Central U.S., now and a year ago. Look for price data for other parts of the country in future issues.

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“"Not everything can fly. We will not install a swimming pool or a fireplace. That is not possible."”

-Walter Heerdt of Lufthansa Technik