Business Jet Traveler

February 1, 2007
Some members of Congress believe a measure being promoted by the Democratic Party leadership not only would prohibit representatives from using official or campaign funds to pay for use of private airplanes but would also prohibit those who are private pilots from flying their own airplanes.
February 1, 2007
Like a train pulling out of the station, preowned-aircraft sales chugged at the start of 2006 but gathered speed as the year unfolded. By the fourth quarter, it was full steam ahead and now the sales surge looks poised to roll well down the tracks of the new year.
February 1, 2007
On March 1, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Aphis) rules take effect. The rules will eliminate the exemption from inspections for fruits and vegetables imported from Canada, and implement a $70.25 inspection fee for aircraft (including on-demand charter flights) entering the U.S. from Canada. There will also be a $5-per-passenger fee.
February 1, 2007
Even the vintage prop airplanes from the post-war era have begun to give the
Exactly how do you suppose the imminent arrival of very light jets will change the aviation landscape? We've heard opinions from an army of analysts, but history makes clear the hazards of paying too much heed to "expert" prognostication.
February 1, 2007
Occupants of private aircraft flying into Miami for Super Bowl XLI on February 4 need to keep important security changes in mind. The FAA is expected to issue a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) that will cover a 30-nautical-mile radius from Dolphin Stadium and that will be effective from at least two hours before the game until two or more hours after it.
February 1, 2007
Raytheon’s Hawker 4000 has received FAA certification.
Raytheon's Hawker 4000 has won FAA certification. It took a little more than 10 years, but in a booming market, the company now has orders for 74 of the aircraft, including 50 from fractional operator NetJets. Of the 24 others, three quarters are going to buyers outside the U.S. The $20 million twinjet has a range of 2,777 nm with a typical payload of six passengers and baggage.
February 1, 2007
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 Southeast U.S., now and a year ago. Look for price data for other parts of the country in future issues.
February 1, 2007
The IRS has classified the Corporate Angel Network, the nonprofit organization that provides free air transportation for cancer patients using empty seats on corporate aircraft, as a "public charity." The classification, which is retroactive to Jan.
February 1, 2007
Timmy (not his real name) is a four-year-old cancer patient. He cannot fly commercially due to his condition. But he must travel several times a year for treatment between his California home and Duke University Hospital in Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
February 1, 2007
Longer loans have led buyers to seek more fixed-rate financing.
The current climate for business aviation financing is not what you might expect. In today's market, you may have to wait three or more years for delivery of a brand-new aircraft. Meanwhile, inventories of many pre-owned models are lower than they've been in several years. With so few aircraft for sale, the financing business must be struggling, right? Wrong.

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“"Many years ago, our company founder, Al Conklin, sold a new twin-engine business aircraft to a very successful entrepreneur. He had established a bit of a rapport with the individual and, after the sale, asked him straight out, 'How can you justify the cost of this airplane?' His reply? 'What is the cost of a divorce?'"–David Wyndham, president, Conklin & de Decker”

-David Wyndham