BJT Waypoints

April 1, 2013
The ATC tower at Danbury Airport in Connecticut, which is scheduled to close on May 5. (photo: John McCarth
Expect the possibility of delays at airports you use, starting April 7.
February 19, 2013
Ernie Edwards, President of Embraer Executive Jets
Ernie Edwards was born in Amman, Jordan, to a Welsh father and Russian mother.  He had already lived in the UK and Ghana by the time he was 11, when the family moved back to Wales.
December 13, 2012
MEBA 2012 attracted more than 7,000 visitors who perused business aviation pleasures like this popular Gulfstream G550
Business aviation in the Middle East continues to thrive, with the market for large-cabin jets and corporate versions of airliners particularly strong.
November 19, 2012
Jet Aviation's Gary Dempsey
Given his level of expertise and proven effective management, Gary Dempsey could be forgiven a big ego. Instead, he is a humble, dedicated leader with a deep understanding of all aspects of aircraft management and customer services, maintenance and safety.
November 6, 2012
Matt Thurber Wins NBAA Gold Wing   Photo:  Mariano Rosales
Regular BJT contributor Matt Thurber is the winner of this year's Gold Wing Award for reporting excellence from the National Business Aviation Association.
October 28, 2012
NBAA 2012 Kicks Off in Orlando
More than 25,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors are expected at the 65th annual National Business Aviation Association convention, which runs Tuesday, October 28 through Thursday, November 1 in Orlando, Fla.
September 26, 2012
 Fred Reid
Fred Reid, who is known for his exceptional command of English, is also fluent in French, German and Hindi. He has lived in seven countries over 36 years and held prominent positions at four major airlines. He was the first U.S. national to lead a major international carrier, Lufthansa German Airlines and also was the founding CEO of Virgin America.
August 28, 2012
Kenn Ricci
Kenn Ricci is the principal of Directional Aviation Capital, which owns Flight Options, Nextant Aerospace, Constant Aviation and Sentient Jet. He is also the author of the leadership book Management by Trust. Little-known fact: Ricci was Bill Clinton's pilot when he ran for president in 1992.
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.

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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