Commentary

March 10, 2014
Santa Monica Airport (Photo: Barry Ambrose)
Bizav boosters should aggressively rebut critics. Two recent cases from the Los Angeles area highlight the dangers of not aggressively firing back at general aviation critics, especially those in government.
March 10, 2014
Jennifer Leach English at La Bella Macchina in Palm Beach
Sir Richard Branson is the only person we’ve put on our cover twice, and I can’t think of a better choice for that distinction. In 2008, when we first featured him, a poll in Britain had just named him No. 2 on a list of people parents would want their children to look up to, second only to “a family member” and ahead of both Jesus Christ and Nelson Mandela.
March 3, 2014
The Honeymooners' 1955 cast
Some of my favorite new and old television series are available on disc, which means you can enjoy them in flight. This alphabetical list of 15 recommended DVD and Blu-ray sets includes something for everyone—comedies, dramas, cop shows, even a couple of documentaries. What they have in common is quality.
February 4, 2014
An AmSafe business jet safety belt
Some private flyers seem to want to remain “under the radar.” They like that they can avoid interaction with the general public by leaving and arriving via inconspicuous FBOs, and they travel on unmarked jets, sometimes with the protection of the National Business Aviation Association’s Blocked Aircraft Registration Request program.
January 24, 2014
Unless you hang your hat in Delaware or New Hampshire or live in one of the few countries that don’t assess sales tax, you probably hand money to the government almost every time you buy something. In many U.S.
January 21, 2014
John McCarthy
John McCarthy dreamed about starting Business Jet Traveler long before he began working for our parent company, AIN Publications, in 1984. In fact, the concept originally came to him many years prior when he was the advertising manager for Piper Aircraft.
January 2, 2014
Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), another infamous wise guy.
If you’re a journalist, it helps to know how to write. But sometimes, nothing matters more than doing your research.     
December 2, 2013
Editorial Director Jennifer English with Editor-in-Chief Charles Alcock (left) and Editor Jeff Burger.
As editor Jeff Burger notes in his piece on BJT’s first decade (see BJT's First Ten Years, Oct./Nov. 2013), we work hard here to make each issue of the magazine better than the last.
November 26, 2013
Editorial Director Jennifer Leach English
The holiday season always causes some anxiety as I worry about getting appropriate presents for everyone on my list. This year, though, I compiled BJT’s annual gift guide, so I have more good ideas than usual.
November 25, 2013
The Wright Brothers take off—only 66 years before Apollo 11.
Going, Going, Gone: Vanishing Americana, one of my favorite books, offers compelling evidence of how fast our world is being transformed. On page after page, we see products, services, vocations and styles that once seemed integral to daily life but have nearly or completely disappeared. Remember milkmen? Carbon paper? Phone booths? Drive-in movies?

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“You’re absolutely right—and you can’t stand up in your [expletive] Rolls-Royce, either.”

-William Lear, in the early '60s, replying to a man who complained that he couldn't stand up in the original Lear Jet