BJT Waypoints

August 20, 2012
Lady Gaga Reads BJT
Just released on the YouTube channel of Lady Gaga: a video of the pop star intently reading the 2012 BJT Buyers' Guide as she waits to board a business jet at what appears to be Otopeni Airport in Bucharest, Romania. The video was likely shot only a few days ago, as Lady Gaga performed in Bucharest Aug. 16.
July 25, 2012
BJT Management Series: Piaggio America's John Bingham
John Bingham, president and CEO of Piaggio America, is known for his directness and candor. He joined Piaggio in 2010 and has since overhauled the image of the brand while focusing on the Avanti's coolness factor.
July 11, 2012
Sir Richard Branson discusses plans to take paying passengers into space. The Virgin Galactic founder talks with BJT and sister publication Aviation International News.
June 28, 2012
The Mint Julep
While relaxing on the front porch of his home on Auric Stud, his Kentucky horse ranch, Auric Goldfinger offers James Bond a mint julep, commenting that the drink is “traditional, but satisfying.” The mint julep certainly is traditional in Kentucky.
June 18, 2012
Steve Varsano, Owner of The Jet Business
It took four years of intense planning and a lifetime of experience for Steve Varsano to create The Jet Business, a meticulously designed uber-high-end storefront in the most exclusive part of London.
May 29, 2012
PART 1: DR. NO–THE VODKA MARTINI
In part one of an ongoing series, BJT’s resident James Bond and cocktail expert Joseph Darlington instructs us on how to make a perfect martini.
May 7, 2012
George Antoniadis, Founder and CEO of PlaneSense
When I first met PlaneSense founder and CEO George Antoniadis last October, I was struck by his effusive manner and passion for his fractional-aircraft-share company. During our recent interview at PlaneSense headquarters in Portsmouth, N.H., I saw another side of him: laser-focused, serious and smart.
April 16, 2012
Blair LaCorte, 49, brought a childhood passion for aviation to XOJet. He joined the company as president in 2009, was named interim chief executive officer in 2010, and one year later became the full-time chief executive officer.
April 5, 2012
The 2012 Abace event in Shanghai revealed the promise of the Chinese market.
Last week in Shanghai marked the beginning of a new era in business aviation. It also represented a major expansion of AIN Publications’ continuing quest to serve the industry and those who employ it around the world.
April 5, 2012
Abace 2012 visitors line up to view a Cessna Grand Caravan on display. (Photo: Matt Thurber)
This year’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) has been a real eye-opener for a Westerner whose last visit to China was in 2003. Shanghai, where Abace 2012 is being held (it ends on March 29) at host airport Hongqiao International, is a beautiful and huge city.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy