Commentary

January 2, 2013
When John Adams proclaimed, “I believe in a government of laws, not of men,” he couldn’t have imagined just how many laws—or how much legal mumbo-jumbo—his descendants would have to endure. In his day, after all, people didn’t do things like put an empty sheet at the end of the Constitution labeled, “This page intentionally left blank.”     
December 4, 2012
S. Claus, a BJT reader, wants us to help him buy a bizliner.
This month, I’m turning my blog space over to the Business Jet Traveler reader who submitted the following letter.—Jeff Burger An Open Letter to the Editors of Business Jet Traveler:
November 13, 2012
Jennifer Leach English with daughter Araceli.
By the time we first discussed putting Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh on the cover of this magazine, I had already been a steady customer of the company for five years and knew all about its astonishing service standards.
October 18, 2012
President Obama
Virtually every industry and profession in America enjoys the backing of an association and its lobbyists.
October 1, 2012
The year is 2050 and you can buy a jet the same way you'd buy a wrench at Home Depot.
For several years, you’ve been able to book charter flights on the Internet and now, as we’ve reported in Business Jet Traveler, there’s a retail store in London–The Jet Business–where you can actually walk in off the street and buy an airplane.  
September 13, 2012
The business aviation field has been called a "boys' club," and with good reason. Illustration by John T. Lewis.
In his recent Business Jet Traveler interview with Elite Aviation owner Chris Holifield, journalist Matt Thurber noted that “you don’t see a lot of women-owned aviation businesses.” Bizav, he said, is “a boys’ club.” It sure is, and so is the rest of the aviation world.
August 8, 2012
I recently interviewed Kenn Ricci, the principal of Directional Aviation Capital, which owns Flight Options, Nextant Aerospace and Constant Aviation. When I asked him about his state of mind, he immediately replied, “I made a pact with myself in 2007 to never complain about anything ever again.”
July 31, 2012
A Wells Fargo stagecoach
These days, everybody complains about the airlines–rotten food, TSA hassles, cramped seating, long delays, lost luggage. And while private jet travelers are a decidedly happier lot, they’ve been known to offer the occasional gripe as well–the charter flight lacked sufficient baggage space, the catering service overcharged, the FBO disappointed.
June 27, 2012
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a slave to lists. I have to-do lists all over my apartment and all over my desk, and I rarely leave home to run any sort of errand without a list in hand. My current system involves taking a few minutes at the end of each day to reconcile all of my lists with one master list–and then I start over the next morning.
June 27, 2012
Real estate developer Mike Harrah
Recently, my wife and I attended a college-planning event at our son’s high school. It doesn’t seem all that long ago that Andre was 5 and we were taking notes at an orientation session for parents of new kindergarteners, but here we are. He’s 17 now and, with a little luck and a lot of our money, he’ll be heading off to college next year.

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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