Aviation

Three minutes after takeoff from runway 4 at Honolulu International Airport, at about 3,000 feet, the Gulfstream IV’s left engine catches fire. Seated in the copilot’s chair, I call up a checklist on...
There is a good reason why the business aircraft made by France’s Dassault Aviation resemble fighter planes: The company’s Falcon business jet evolved from its Mystère military craft, which first...
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. Automotive editor Gregory Anderson reached this...
On a March afternoon eight years ago, Swiss native Bertrand Piccard, then 41 years old, flew the Breitling Orbiter 3 over Mauritania, completing the first nonstop circumnavigation of the globe in a...
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 the flight were extraordinary. The pilot...
Bombardier Flexjet ( see here ) offers two flight-card programs. Skyjet (888.275.9538, www.skyjet.com ) provides flight hours in Flexjet’s fleet of Learjet and Challenger aircraft, as well as in a...
Delta AirElite Business Jets, the jet charter operation owned by Delta Air Lines, continues to enhance its flight-card operation, which it launched in 2003. Most recently, the Delta AirElite Fleet...
Bombardier Flexjet (800.353.9538, www.flexjet.com ), the subsidiary of the manufacturer of Learjet and Challenger aircraft, is adding customers at a healthy clip: Share sales rose 12 percent last...
According to Dale Klapmeier, cofounder and vice chairman of Cirrus Design, customers are lining up to place $100,000 deposits on the company’s recently announced $1 million jet. Cirrus, which began...
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 that yourself?" "About 51 percent," replies Mike...
Erik Lindbergh showed how far general aviation has progressed over the decades, when, five years ago, he retraced his grandfather’s most famous achievement, the world’s first solo transatlantic...
Private helicopter/airplane hybrids are winging our way. As of December, fliers had placed 65 orders for the two-pilot, nine-passenger BA609 Tiltrotor from Bell/Agusta Aerospace Co. ( www.bellagusta...
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 games,” he says. Over the years, the Hamburg...
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...
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 football field. The South African company De Beers...
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 Swallow (because it is shaped like one). Rare is the...
CharterAuction has changed its name to Jets International, but its business model essentially remains the same. The broker combines the fixed-pricing approach that is common in the charter industry...
The Socata TBM 850 six-seat turboprop has been dubbed a “VLJ killer”—a plane that offers capabilities similar to those of the emerging class of very light jets, but at half the operating cost...
People who charter aircraft often find that expenses mount in unexpected ways. Recognizing this, Michael Napoliello, founder and chairman of SkyBridge Private Air, is redefining his company. “Most...
We don’t sell just charter service,” says Blue Star Jets CEO Ricky Sitomer. “We sell flexibility. We work for our clients, not the plane owners, and strive to give them every possible option for...
At the end of the day,” says Michael Green, president and CEO of Delta AirElite, “we can’t make our airplanes fly any higher or any faster than anyone else can. So people are our first priority.”...
Just about every problem in our business,” observes JetNetwork COO Paul Svenson, “stems from the fact that companies take on too many clients.” Svenson should know. He helped pioneer the flight-card...
Bombardier’s Skyjet, which offers flight hours on Bombardier Flexjet’s fleet of aircraft as well as on light jets from a range of operators, says it is intent on removing the confusion from flying...
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...
JetPASS, the jet-card program offered by fractional operator Flight Options, has been making changes of late. This spring, JetPASS launched an Ultimate Travel option that allows you to deduct the...
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...
CitationShares, the fractional operator co-owned by Cessna Aircraft and TAG Aviation, is offering innovative, accessible incentives. Its Preferred Positioning option, for example, allows discounted...
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...
Now with 11 years of experience under its belt, Bombardier Flexjet, the fractional-ownership program offered by the manufacturer of the Learjet and Challenger lines of business jets, is working...
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...

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