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2018 BJT Buyers' Guide

It's hard to believe how much the bizav world has changed since we began publishing this annual Buyers’ Guide a decade ago. Back then, for example, there was only speculation about the possibility of having private jet per-seat ride-sharing services; today, several such services are thriving. It’s worth pondering changes like that if you’re skeptical now about the potential for developments like pilotless aircraft, eVTOLs, and supersonic travel. It’s also worth keeping in mind that innovation, creativity, and determination have never been in short supply in the business aviation community.

The main goal of BJT has always been to help you make educated decisions when it comes to your investment in private lift. To that end, this 11th annual Buyers’ Guide includes a substantially updated edition of our Yellow Pages directory. This reference source, which this year includes several new sections, contains contact information for charter, membership, fractional-ownership, and jet card providers; caterers; completion centers; auditing companies; and many other service providers and manufacturers. We also offer a new edition of our Aircraft Directory that lists details about all popular business jets, turboprops, and helicopters.

While we’re committed to providing you with such information, we’re also determined to help you with the research required to make smart bizav decisions. In “Do Your Homework Before Flying Privately (We’ll Help)”, James Wynbrandt offers expert advice regarding the purchase of charter flights, jet cards, flight-club memberships, and fractional shares. Jeff Wieand, meanwhile, delivers must-read reports on how to survive the tricky aircraft-purchase-agreement process and how to decode a new-aircraft warranty to determine exactly what’s insured and for how long. Also here: a listing of the world’s best FBOs, according to the latest annual survey by our sister publication, Aviation International News.