Business Jet Traveler

April 1, 2007
With enough power, you can make a barn door fly.
Ask a pilot what keeps an airplane in the sky and he'll most likely talk about the forces of lift, thrust, gravity and drag; power-to-weight ratios; and possibly "airfoils"-the word used to describe the wings' shape. Or maybe he'll answer simply, "Your credit card." Either way, it's not much comfort when you're eight miles above terra firma with no visible means of support.
April 1, 2007
In an ideal world, you'd have it all-a Wi-Fi Internet connection, e-mail access on your BlackBerry, four bars of signal strength on your cellphone and 200 channels of satellite television on a big, flat high-definition screen, all from the comfort of your seat in the cabin. In short, you'd have technologies that would make your time in the air more like your time on the ground.
April 1, 2007
“I’m very engaged, but I try to avoid bungee jumping into other managers’ bus
If 10 years ago you had peeked into the cockpit of almost any business aircraft or airliner in the world, you would have seen a large, boxy flight bag holding several thick leather binders with the words "Jeppesen Airway Manual" embossed on the cover.
April 1, 2007
Edwards’ and May’s 1971 Cessna Citation 500 boasts terrain-warning and global
While the average car winds up on the junk heap after about 13 years, the typical business jet has a much longer lifespan. In fact, at least a few are still flying after more than 40 years (see box below). One vintage jet we found is owned by Rick Edwards and Louis May of Little Rock, Ark., who are business partners and have been friends since childhood.
March 1, 2007
A 30-degree navigational error was immediately corrected after a passenger tu
Is it safe to use cellphones and other personal electronics on airplanes? It depends on whom you ask, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say that the cacophony of electronic "noise" emitted by portable devices brought onboard by passengers indeed can cause dangerous interference with navigation sensors in the cockpit.
February 1, 2007
-60 Minutes producer John Hamlin, in The New York Times
February 1, 2007
Swiss-based charter and aircraft management specialist PrivatAir has become one of the first purchasers of an executive/VIP version of Boeing's new 787 airliner. The aircraft will complement PrivatAir's already substantial Boeing fleet, which includes a 767, a 757, a BBJ2 and three BBJs.
February 1, 2007
In the tall, dark, moss-draped, rainy forests of Oregon's coastal mountains-a mysterious evergreen world captured perfectly in the novels of Ken Kesey-emerald rivers rush headlong to the grey, wild North Pacific. Nehalem, Wilson, Trask, Necanicum, Nestucca-places whose names intoxicate anglers under the spell of a fish called steelhead.
February 1, 2007
Do you have a favorite in-flight meal or caterer you’d like to see featured h
The Dish: Organic breakfast quiche. Pan-seared shitake mushrooms combined with tender baby spinach, organic whole milk and farm-fresh eggs. Served with heirloom melons and berries. The Caterer: Chefs With Altitude, El Segundo and Irvine, Calif., (877)-CWA-4141, www.chefswithaltitude.com.
February 1, 2007
"I spent a lot of time talking to venture capitalists. It was one of the most
Frank Robinson readily admits he's not your typical CEO. "When I worked for the big aerospace companies, I was always a bit of a maverick," he explained to me in his relatively small, Spartan office just off the production floor of Robinson Helicopter Co. in Torrance, Calif. "I don't think I could have gotten anywhere if I had stayed with any of them.

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“You want to make sure with a race in which you'll be flying home with other drivers that you don't crash into them. It's happened before, and it can make for a little bit of a tense situation.”