Commentary

November 26, 2014
Surf Air offers members unlimited San Francisco/Los Angeles flights for a flat monthly fee. (Photo courtesy of Surf Air)
No consumer likes a surprise on the bill, unless, of course, it’s the rare happy surprise. But lots of companies seem to consider inflated invoices integral to the business plan. As we all know from too much experience, the ploy works like this: hook the customer with a low advertised price, then hit him with extra charges.
October 29, 2014
Mary Mahoney and Randy Padfield
I’ve worked for a variety of magazine publishers in my career—from giants like Time Inc., which has (or at least had) tens of thousands of staffers, to small, privately owned operations like AIN Publications, my employer for the last decade. In every case, what most determined whether the company was innovative, enjoyable to work for and successful was not some corporate mission statement, not the audience the magazines addressed, not the financial resources the publisher possessed. It was the people I dealt with there every day. Were they smart, dedicated, creative and likable…or not?
September 30, 2014
Doctors without Borders, shown here aiding a suspected Ebola victim, is one of the charities recently featured in BJT's Giving Back department.
The demographics of Business Jet Traveler’s audience are eye-popping. According to one survey, 57 percent of you are CEOs or in other C-level positions.
September 2, 2014
Every time you turn around these days, you hear about another person on a medically restricted diet. The reasons range from lactose intolerance to autoimmune conditions to life-threatening allergies.
August 6, 2014
I came away from my recent interview with cable TV pioneer and luxury resorts owner Sheila Johnson captivated by the impact she is making on the world. Her professional and philanthropic accomplishments are too numerous to list here.
July 30, 2014
Which bizav provider leads the industry? Maybe it’s Jet Edge International, whose website announces that it is “the leading large-cabin aircraft-management and charter company in the U.S.” Then again, perhaps it’s Magellan Jets, “the leader in domestic and international private jet travel.”
July 8, 2014
Jennifer Leach English (Photo: Bill Bernstein)
You’d never call David Diehl “average,” but in many ways he epitomizes the average business jet traveler. Like most readers of this magazine, he regularly utilizes private aviation to maximize family time while simultaneously advancing a high-level career.
July 6, 2014
When we interviewed entrepreneur Mark Cuban back in 2010, he explained how he purchased a Gulfstream GV online. First, he looked at info about the jet on the manufacturer’s website and sent an e-mail to set up a demo flight for his pilot, who reported back that he loved the airplane.
May 28, 2014
It’s time again for our annual Readers’ Choice poll—the biggest and most authoritative such survey in the bizav field. I hope you’ll agree that it’s worth 10 minutes of your time to participate.
May 14, 2014
On the flight line at ABACE in Shanghai, where this year we once again published the  BJT Buyers’ Guide in Chinese. (Photo: Mona L. Brown)
David Copperfield has spent his life mastering unbelievable, otherworldly illusions that take people’s breath away, and that combined with international stardom can make you forget that he is, in fact, a human being like the rest of us. For me the most poignant moment in Margie Goldsmith’s interview with the magnificent illusionist comes when he tells her the story about his finger being severed during a botched rope trick. A surgeon reattached it, and it grew back. “That,” he says, “is magic.”

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“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”

-business aviation entrepreneur Nick Popovich