Aviation

A private aircraft provides efficient transportation for business trips and weekend getaways, but what about a dream trip, like flying to Alaska, South America, or even around the world? The...
Nothing about the Icon is really groundbreaking?it’s a fairly conventional two-seat light sport aircraft in most ways?but its sleek design and nifty electric folding wings combined with a high-...
Following a successful maiden voyage on July 3, the new Cirrus Design aircraft, previously known in earlier stages as The-Jet, was officially named Vision SJ50. The single-engine personal jet...
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 paved runway, a grass strip, or water as shallow...
Five years ago, Honda Motor Co. engineer Michimasa Fujino wrote a technical paper in which he described a small jet with a bizarre design. At the time, engineers agreed that a jet’s engines could be...
Some 20 years after it invented the fractional jet business, NetJets continues to dominate the industry in every way. None of the players that have followed it have been able to approach NetJets in...
Marquis Jet, a program offered by NetJets, our Best of the Best Fractional-Ownership Programs selection, combines the simplicity and low financial risk of jet cards with many of the advantages that...
Sentient’s Jet Membership program has tripled in the 22 months that CEO Steve Hankin has occupied the pilot’s chair, so it is not surprising that people tend to listen to him. “The commercial...
Since 1967, when the late Carl Hirschmann purchased some aircraft hangars in Basel, Switzerland, and named the outfit Jet Aviation, his company has bloomed into the world’s largest aircraft...
George Bye, CEO of Aviation Technology Group (ATG), im­agines the following scenario: “Take a parking lot full of sedans, station wagons, trucks, and SUVs, and in roars a bright red Ferrari. That’s...
The Boeing Business Jet 3 is not just bigger than its predecessor; it is better. Announced last November, this mammoth aircraft, based on the highly advanced Boeing 737-900ER airframe, includes an...
Joe Vittoria smiles as he recalls the time several years ago that his Grumman Albatross landed off the coast of Connecticut. “It sure attracts attention,” says Vittoria, the 70-year-old former...
Ian Valentine completed the deal of a lifetime four years ago, when he sold his company, a firm that delivered interactive services to satellite television set-top boxes, to Sky, the British...
The light in the hangar housing the P-38 was dim, but Bob Cardin, who had already spent a couple of months digging the World War II fighter plane out from under nearly 270 feet of snow and ice and...
Inventor Woody Norris is on the verge of realizing his dream of building an inexpensive personal flying machine. When it goes into production sometime in 2006, the AirScooter II will cost around $50,...
The Moller M400 Skycar, a personal vertical takeoff and landing vehicle, represents every gridlocked commuter’s dream: Move a lever, and your vehicle rises off the ground and speeds you to your...
The smart money is on Burt Rutan and his aerospace company, Scaled Composites, to win the Ansari X Prize. The $10 million reward will go to the first privately funded team that successfully launches...
Cathay Pacific Airways The acclaimed airline returns to its routes. Legend has it that American entrepreneur Roy Farrell and a group of foreign correspondents, doubtless inspired by Marco Polo’s 13th...
Multiflight Boeing Business Jet 2 The megayacht of the skies takes flight. When David Hood, chairman of Multiflight, a British company that sells, charters, and maintains aircraft, set out to create...
Diamond DA42 Twin Star Twin engines double the fun of flying this four-seater. When you are flying in an unheated preproduction aircraft, the midwinter skies 7,500 feet above Austria are hardly...
NetJets In tough times, the pioneer strengthens its lead. Although there has been a slight rebound in fractional ownership that corresponds with the upswing in the stock market, the past year has not...
Marquis Jet Promotions and partnerships elevate the membership program above the rest. Marquis Jet’s clients enjoy numerous benefits, including after-hour visits to Ermenegildo Zegna boutiques around...
Sentient Jet Innovation leads the way to customer satisfaction. Over the past year, Sentient Jet CEO Mark Stone has been taking phone calls that he never expected to receive. Individuals and...
Piaggio Aero Industries’ P180 Avanti was first certified in 1990, but as the company struggled financially during the ensuing decade, the plane failed to gain favor among business fliers. Piaggio...
Five years ago, at the crest of a robust economy, membership in fractional aircraft ownership peaked. Inexperienced private fliers snapped up five-year shares, blind to the possible collapse of the...
Rob McGrath loathes commercial airports. Too often, however, McGrath, the founder of Private Retreats, a company that manages vacation homes in beach and resort communities, finds himself passing...
It is difficult to be the coolest kid on the block at Spruce Creek, the first fly-in community in the United States. For the past 33 years, Spruce Creek, located in Daytona Beach, Fla., has attracted...
On June 17, 1926, Orville Wright wrote a letter to a journalist commenting on the remarkable feat he and his brother, Wilbur, had accomplished 23 years earlier: "It amuses me that practically every...
In April 1986, following an attack on American soldiers in a Berlin disco, President Reagan ordered the bombing of Muammar Qaddafi’s terrorist camps in Libya. My duty was to fly over Libya and take...
The single finest feature on the $289,400 Cirrus SR22 is one that Cirrus Design hopes its owners will never have to employ. The four-seat plane is equipped with the unique Cirrus Airframe Parachute...

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