Aviation

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Unstable global politics, dropping stock averages, and scrutiny of corporate misbehavior have driven down profits for most American businesses, but not for Sentient, a Massachusetts company that...
During Boeing’s annual investors’ conference last May, Connexion by Boeing President Scott Carson clicked on several plasma screens to begin his videoconference with Ed Laase, the company’s system...
While cruising over the Bay Area at 22,000 feet, I key the mike button on the Bravo2, Mooney Airplane Co.’s new four-seater, and check on the conditions over Oakland, Calif. “Center, Mooney One...
Several times a week, on clear, cloudless days, Martin Cutler peers down and chuckles at the phalanxes of cars and trucks choking the highways ringing greater Boston. If Cutler, an ophthalmologist,...
Some people buy books online, others purchase clothes. A select few have raised the concept of online shopping to new altitudes. Take, for example, the San Francisco investment manager who pointed...
Gourmet to Go It may strike you as odd, but there are travelers who choose to fly Cathay Pacific Airways simply for the dim sum breakfast, on par with the dim sum served in Hong Kong’s best...
Shoppers can take on the finest retailers in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Napa, Orange County, and San Francisco with the new Suite Shop tours offered by private jet company JetSuite and luxury shopping...

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