Aviation

Like most aviation consultants, James Wakeford tells lots of stories about things that have gone wrong. He recalls a certain yacht crew that never properly flushed the onboard helicopter’s engines of...
There are many excellent helicopters that operate successfully from the decks of yachts. Yet there are a select few models that experts recommend over all others, in part because the companies that...
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...
Aviation consultants are a fairly new breed. Bill Quinn, a consultant based in Portsmouth, N.H., remembers that just a generation ago, people rarely used them. “Back then, a consultant was someone...
For very practical reasons, aircraft interiors are made of light, durable materials that happen to be rather dull and utilitarian. As part of an ongoing collaboration with Aero Toy Store (ATS), an...
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 aircraft, which is scheduled to make its maiden flight...
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. The cabin is significantly longer and wider than...
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 (830.896.6000, www?.mooney?.com ) reaches 278 mph,...
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 has proved its ability to operate reliably, carry...
FFor two years now, many of the aviation consultants who assist Robb Report (see page 369) have reported that the fast-growing fractional operator Bombardier Flexjet provides perhaps the best, most...
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 agreed to let them sell hourly access to his fleet...
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 with icons, each representing an aircraft...
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—the company that he founded has built some of the...
The Dassault Falcon 7X (201.?440.6700, www.dassaultfalcon.com ) flies faster, farther, and higher than any of Dassault’s earlier Falcon models. With an impressive range of 6,850 miles, the 7X can...
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 aircraft flies effortlessly between continents and hops...
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.cessna.com ) for about $12 million, an excellent price...
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 Porsche Design Studio, is unusually roomy for a light...
Cirrus Design cofounder Dale Klapmeier says that when he thinks of the Cirrus SRS sport plane ( www.cirrusdesign.com ), he envisions children pressed against an airport fence, dreaming about flying...
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 speed while over land? That question has dogged...
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, fresh from the factory. Bombardier Aerospace,...
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 suggests that the expression derives from "have your arm...
In 1995, Maurício Botelho embarked on a suicide mission. The engineer had been tapped to save Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica, a small, dying aircraft manufacturer in São Paulo, Brazil. The company...
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 their attention to even smaller craft. Among them is...
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 the Advanced Development Group at Cirrus Design, has...
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 controls the single, fabric-covered wing of this tiny...
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 angel. When you purchase a Flexjet 25 flight card,...
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...
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...
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...

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