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Contributors: No Fear of Flying
As an instructor, Steve Saleen might be better suited for the Bob Bondurant racing school, for which he once worked, than for a driver’s ed class...
Aviation: Light Traveler
On a March afternoon eight years ago, Swiss native Bertrand Piccard, then 41 years old, flew the Breitling Orbiter 3 over Mauritania, completing the...
Feature: Precision Guidance
It’s like a waltz," says 25-year-old Eric Tucker, "like being on a dance floor, looking into your partner’s eyes, while the room spins around you."...
Aviation: Snow Bird
The P-38 fighter plane known as Glacier Girl is expected to complete its mission to England in July—65 years late, but the circumstances that delayed...
Best of the Best 2007: Personal Aircraft
According to Dale Klapmeier, cofounder and vice chairman of Cirrus Design, customers are lining up to place $100,000 deposits on the company’s...
Best of the Best 2007: Fractional-Ownership Programs: NetJets
NetJets Since 1986, when richard Santulli, a Goldman Sachs executive at the time, decided that he wanted to enjoy the convenience and flexibility of...
Best of the Best 2007: Business Jets: HondaJet
HondaJet With its long, narrow nose and two jet engines perched on pylons above its wings, the HondaJet looks like no other aircraft. And as the...
Best of the Best 2007: Business Jets
As the number in its alphanumerical designation indicates, the Cessna Citation CJ4 (800. 423.7762, www.cj4.cessna.com ) represents an upgrade from...
Best of the Best 2007: Fractional-Ownership Programs
Bombardier Flexjet (800.353.9538, www.flexjet.com ), the subsidiary of the manufacturer of Learjet and Challenger aircraft, is adding customers at a...
Best of the Best 2007: Flight-Card Programs: Charter: Sentient Jet
Sentient Jet In the past year, Sentient Jet has joined the ranks of the largest flight-services operations. A deal between Sentient and the...
Best of the Best 2007: Flight-Card Programs: Fractional: Marquis Jet
Marquis Jet Marquis Jet cofounder and CEO Kenny Dichter provides a succinct reason why Marquis once again is appearing in Best of the Best: “Choosing...
Best of the Best 2007: Charter Companies: Jet Aviation
Jet Aviation A Jet Aviation client from the United States ran into a problem recently while attempting to travel from Germany to the United Kingdom...
Best of the Best 2007: Charter Companies
Executive Jet Management (513. 979.6700, www.ejmjets.com ), the jet charter and management company owned by the leading fractional operator NetJets...
Best of the Best 2007: Flight-Card Programs: Fractional
Bombardier Flexjet ( see here ) offers two flight-card programs. Skyjet (888.275.9538, www.skyjet.com ) provides flight hours in Flexjet’s fleet of...
Best of the Best 2007: Personal Aircraft: Mooney Acclaim
Mooney Acclaim The first thing you will notice about any Mooney aircraft is its tail. Slanted forward instead of backward, as most planes’ tails are...
Best of the Best 2007: Flight-Card Programs: Charter
Delta AirElite Business Jets, the jet charter operation owned by Delta Air Lines, continues to enhance its flight-card operation, which it launched...
Aviation: Fast Company
As the plane readies for takeoff, a controller’s voice comes over the headphones: "We’ve got an experimental on the runway. . . Whoa! Did you build...
Aviation: A Simple Plan
Erik Lindbergh showed how far general aviation has progressed over the decades, when, five years ago, he retraced his grandfather’s most famous...
FrontFunners: Private Blend
Private helicopter/airplane hybrids are winging our way. As of December, fliers had placed 65 orders for the two-pilot, nine-passenger BA609...
Aviation: Dream Weaver
August Henningsen, the CEO of Lufthansa Technik, remembers the 2000 Olympics well. “That was when we refitted a Boeing 747 to take 10 horses to the...
FrontRunners: Fight Club
For an Allied pilot in World War II, few sights were as fearsome as that of the German Messerschmitt Me 262, a speedy jet fighter known as the...
Icons & Innovators: Honda: The Old Man and the Sky
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...
Aviation: Floating Option
In the sky above the Kalahari Desert, near the Jwaneng diamond mine in south central Botswana, one occasionally may spot an airship the length of a...
Best Of The Best 2006: Netjets
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...
Best Of The Best 2006: Quick Liftoff
The German aerospace giant Grob made a splash at last year’s Paris Air Show when it announced its new Grob SPn Utility Jet, a light offering that is...
Best Of The Best 2006: Winged Victory
The Raytheon Hawker 850XP, which debuted last year, has been given new composite-construction winglets—vertical wing tips—to enhance both the...
Best Of The Best 2006: Flexing Its Muscle
Now with 11 years of experience under its belt, Bombardier Flexjet, the fractional-ownership program offered by the manufacturer of the Learjet and...
Best Of The Best 2006: The Full Spectrum
To build its high-performance, all-composite Spectrum 33, Spectrum Aeronautical pioneered a manufacturing process that involves a new carbon-graphite...
Best Of The Best 2006: Javelin Jet
George Bye, CEO of Aviation Technology Group (ATG), imagines the following scenario: “Take a parking lot full of sedans, station wagons, trucks, and...
Best Of The Best 2006: Fair Shake
CitationShares, the fractional operator co-owned by Cessna Aircraft and TAG Aviation, is offering innovative, accessible incentives. Its Preferred...
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