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Wings & Water: The Mighty Mustang
In 1911, Clyde Cessna charged people 50 cents apiece to watch him perform aerial stunts over Kansas in his state-of-the-art Silver Wings monoplane...
Like most aviation consultants, James Wakeford tells lots of stories about things that have gone wrong. He recalls a certain yacht crew that never...
Bird Nests: Top Choppers
There are many excellent helicopters that operate successfully from the decks of yachts. Yet there are a select few models that experts recommend...
Fly Door to Dock in a New Super Goose
Cross a yacht with an RV and add wings, and you’d have something close to the Grumman Goose. This twin-engine flying boat can take off or land from a...
Aviation consultants are a fairly new breed. Bill Quinn, a consultant based in Portsmouth, N.H., remembers that just a generation ago, people rarely...
FrontRunners: Air Apparent
The Gulfstream G650 ( www.gulfstream.com ) soon will supplant the G550 as the company’s—if not the world’s—top-of-the-line business jet. The new...
Aviation: Bella Copters
For very practical reasons, aircraft interiors are made of light, durable materials that happen to be rather dull and utilitarian. As part of an...
Best of the Best 2008: Recently Delivered Aircraft: Hawker 4000
The Hawker 4000 is Hawker Beechcraft’s biggest, fastest jet yet. With two powerful Pratt & Whitney engines and a range of 3,775 miles, the...
Best of the Best 2008: Business Jets
The XLS jet, Cessna’s best-selling model, has received an impressive update. The company is offering the Cessna Citation XLS+ (316.517.6056, www...
Best of the Best 2008: Personal Aircraft
The "S" in the name of the new Acclaim from Mooney Airplane refers to the craft’s most distinguishing attribute: speed. The Mooney Acclaim Type S (...
Best of the Best 2008: Business Jets: Embraer Phenom 100
Embraer’s Phenom 100 is often called a very light jet. But if this classification is correct, then the company has produced the most spacious VLJ yet...
Best of the Best 2008: Recently Delivered Aircraft
The Dassault Falcon 7X (201.?440.6700, www.dassaultfalcon.com ) flies faster, farther, and higher than any of Dassault’s earlier Falcon models. With...
Best of the Best 2008: Flight Services: NetJets
In the past 24 years, Richard Santulli has built the world’s second-largest airline, after American—and it consists entirely of private jets. Like a...
Best of the Best 2008: Personal Aircraft: Pilatus PC-12 Next Generation
The Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12 turboprop is made to tackle hard work in the world’s more remote places. Since its first delivery in 1994, the aircraft...
Best of the Best 2008: Flight Services: Sentient Flight Group
In a cavernous, dimly lit room in an office building in Weymouth, Mass., dozens of people stare at a map projected on a bare wall. The map is covered...
Best of the Best 2008: Flight Services: Marquis Jet
Kenny Dichter estimates that he and his partner, Jesse Itzler, were kicked out of Richard Santulli’s office five or six times before the NetJets CEO...
Best of the Best 2008: Flight Services: CitationShares
Since 1911, when Kansas farmer Clyde Cessna built a wood-and-fabric airplane and flew it from the Mississippi River to the Rockies—an aviation first—...
Best of the Best 2008: Flight Services: Bombardier Flexjet and Skyjet
FFor two years now, many of the aviation consultants who assist Robb Report (see page 369) have reported that the fast-growing fractional operator...
Aviation: Material Benefit
A mock-up of the spn, the upcoming light business jet from Grob Aerospace, displays one of the aircraft’s main attractions. The cabin, created by...
FrontRunners: Sporting Life
Cirrus Design cofounder Dale Klapmeier says that when he thinks of the Cirrus SRS sport plane ( www.cirrusdesign.com ), he envisions children pressed...
Aviation: Sonic Truth
Would anyone pay $80 million for a private jet that can reach 1,220 mph but is prohibited by government regulators from flying even close to that...
Aviation: King Lear
As the jet soars over the California coastline, Dave Ryan grins. Ryan, a 10-year veteran of Learjet, is piloting the company’s first production 60 XR...
Wings & Water: Ghost Story
The origin of the phrase "have your ass in a sling" is a matter of debate. In his Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, Robert Hendrickson...
Icons & Innovators: The Boys from Brazil
In 1995, Maurício Botelho embarked on a suicide mission. The engineer had been tapped to save Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica, a small, dying...
FrontRunners: Small Wonders
The personal minijet now is on the arrival screen. Just as deliveries of very light jets (VLJs) are commencing, some of their makers are turning...
Aviation: Growth Spurt
Mike Van Staagen is a big man; he stands 6-foot-4, with broad shoulders and long legs. Not surprisingly, Van Staagen, vice president of design for...
Feature: Sweet and Low
We are hurtling toward rust-colored rocks. But John McAfee, sitting in front of me, seems relaxed enough. His fingers nudge the metal tube that...
FrontRunners: Air Rescue
The fractional jet operator Bombardier Flexjet ( www.flexjet.com ), a recent Robb Report Best of the Best honoree, is giving you a chance to be an...
Aviation: Crisis Management
Three minutes after takeoff from runway 4 at Honolulu International Airport, at about 3,000 feet, the Gulfstream IV’s left engine catches fire...
FrontRunners: Military Bearing
There is a good reason why the business aircraft made by France’s Dassault Aviation resemble fighter planes: The company’s Falcon business jet...
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