Business Jet Traveler » April 2009

April 1, 2009
Business aircraft activity declined 42 percent in January this year compared with the same month in 2008. That's the conclusion of data provider ARG/US, which scrutinized arrival and departure information throughout the U.S.
April 1, 2009
“How do they spend their time when they’re waiting for a flight? Do they play
You might think that the recession and resultant glut of pilots would be a good thing if you're in hiring mode, and in a sense it is because it means you'll have plenty of applicants. But that can be bad news, too, because a large field of candidates can be tough to sift through.
April 1, 2009
The National Business Aviation Association and General Aviation Manufacturers Association have swept the dust off the slogan "No Plane, No Gain," which the trade groups first used in 1993 to highlight the benefits of business aircraft.
April 1, 2009
“Probably 80 percent of the deals that I do I wouldn’t do if I didn’t have a
IN 2000, after more than two decades of diverse Wall Street experience, Lynn Tilton started Patriarch Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in buying and fixing distressed companies.
April 1, 2009
For the first time in five years, worldwide deliveries of general aviation airplanes declined in 2008, dragged down by slumping piston deliveries, but business jet and turboprop shipments increased by double digits.
April 1, 2009
The GIII cemented Gulfstream's reputation as the leading business jet provider of the 1980s.
April 1, 2009
When House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank grilled bank CEOs in a recent televised hearing, I was surprised and even a little proud that my 10-year-old, Maddie, showed interest in the proceedings.
April 1, 2009
“Some charter brokers aren’t even familiar with basic aviation regulations an
One of the easiest ways to book a charter flight is through a broker. Charter brokers often have access to hundreds of aircraft and can offer services such as catering and ground transportation that small charter operators aren't able to provide. The downside, however, is that of the hundreds of brokers in existence, no two have the same safety standards or business ethics.
April 1, 2009
Hole No. 11
As you head south from downtown Denver, the number of office complexes, shopping malls and other real estate developments gradually declines. You begin to see raw land and get a glimpse of what the region used to look like. And then, on the far side of suburban Parker, you come to pasture land, barrancas, scrub oaks and ponderosa pines.
April 1, 2009
People below look up and wave. Houses appear and shrink. Far above the trees,
You don't need the daring verve of Richard Branson to feel the exhilaration of being lifted into the sky by balloon. In the winter of 1991, you may recall, Sir Richard and Per Lindstrand completed the longest all-time flight in a hot-air balloon by navigating their Virgin Pacific Flyer 4,767 miles from Japan to Canada via the North Pacific jet stream.

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