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  1. Even if Bill Lear’s name had not become synonymous with private jets, he still would be an aviation-industry legend. Lear may have started out as just another high-school dropout with a passion for...
  2. When it comes to aircraft design, the crystal ball is not always clear. Creating a business jet requires about 10 years from initial concept to entry into service and tens—if not hundreds—of millions...
  3. When Tony Hsieh, the CEO of online retailer Zappos.com, joined the board of directors for JetSuite in 2011, he wondered aloud why the Irvine, Calif.–based private-aviation company’s fleet of Phenom...
  4. A number of highly anticipated personal aircraft appear to have survived the recession and are moving through their certification processes and toward production. Two personal jets (formerly known as...
  5. Kenn Ricci, a 30-year veteran of the private-aviation industry who founded Flight Options and is the principal of its parent company, Directional Aviation Capital, agrees with the widely held view...
  6. Few, if any, flight-service providers have come out of the recession unscathed. Indeed, a number of once-thriving companies have shut down or minimized their operations (See “Two Sides to the Story...
  7. The 16-month construction of a global headquarters and airport hub for XJet at Dubai World Central’s Aviation City has begun. The new center should be fully operational by December 2014 and will...
  8. Chapman Freeborn has partnered with One Authentic Properties to offer private air travel directly to One’s collection of privately owned villas and chalets in the south of France. For a stay at any...
  9. Le Sereno and Magellan Jets are offering a new package through the end of the year that includes beachfront accommodations at Le Sereno in St. Barts with roundtrip private charter flights to the...
  10. Over the last decade or so, the Bra­zilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has forced its competitors to change the way they approach business-jet design. Founded in 1969, Embraer initially built only...

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