Business Jet Traveler

November 12, 2013
All photos courtesy of A Passion for Grouse
Aldo Leopold, The famous 20th century wildlife biologist and conservationist, summed up perfectly the lure and lore of ruffed grouse: “There are two kinds of hunting. Ordinary hunting and ruffed-grouse hunting.” Leopold knew. He pioneered modern wildlife management in Wisconsin, where this beautiful bronze creature of the forest edge is known as the king of game birds. 
October 29, 2013
Learjet 23 (Courtesy of Flexjet)
Late in the day on Oct. 7, 1963, the first Learjet 23 took flight for the first time in Wichita, Kansas, just before the sun slipped below the prairie horizon. A local radio station reported that the Learjet was making its maiden flight, and people jumped in their cars to see the sight. The crowd cheered. Grown men cried.
October 7, 2013
If the lease rate is too low, a state may impute its own rate or perhaps disregard the lease and charge use tax on the full purchase price. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Good news: rates are at record lows. Bad news: a rock-bottom rate can trigger trouble.
October 4, 2013
You can pick up a good 10-year-old Bell 430  for less than $2 million. That’s a bargain.
It’s a capable machine that deserved to do better in the marketplace.
October 4, 2013
Avantair’s fleet consisted of Piaggio P.180 twin turboprops.
Shareowners weigh their options as Avantair folds. The demise of Avantair has undoubtedly caught your attention if you own or lease a fractional share, have a jet card or have put money on account for block charter. 
October 4, 2013
Executive aircraft like the SBJ are positioned between larger models from Boeing and Airbus and smaller, faster ones from Gulfstream and Bombardier.
Launched with much fanfare two years ago, this executive version of a Russian regional airliner may have a hard time gaining market acceptance.
October 4, 2013
Dassault Falcon 7X
Reduced inventories of several models suggest that, after years of weakness, the used-jet market is finally turning around. Though it’s too soon to start celebrating, we’re seeing more and more signs of a turnaround in the market for used jets.
October 3, 2013
Direct Relief aids people affected by poverty, natural disaster and civil unrest.
BJT readers—who represent one of the highest-net-worth magazine audiences anywhere—clearly have the means to contribute to a better world. To help you do that, we’re spotlighting one deserving organization per issue.
October 3, 2013
Three south-of-the-border favorites (Photo:Svetlana Aleksandroff)
Mexican wine, while still a relatively small player on the world stage, boasts intense flavors and well-crafted vintages. Three prize-winning bottles to look for:
October 3, 2013
Cafe Chloe
Like a tiny slice of Paris set in San Diego’s up-and-coming East Village neighborhood, Cafe Chloe is a charming corner setting for both locals and visitors, some of whom stop by before or after a baseball game at nearby Petco Park.

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