Aviation

G5 executive had a problem. The Swiss charter firm, which flies clients aboard long-range business jets from one continent to another, needed a plane for shorter trips. Too often, G5 Executive had to...
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...
Although David Sutton did not have to dig through 270 feet of snow and ice to acquire his first fighter jet—a Soviet-made, Poland-owned, 711 mph MiG-17—it did take him more than a year to complete...
for most of the past five decades, the National Air and Space Museum’s Lockheed P-38J Lightning remained disassembled in crates in a dusty storage facility in Suitland, Md., denied a space at the...
Trans-exec air service’s Priority Program, which generates the bulk of its revenue, is more akin to an exclusive private club than an aircraft charter service. The Santa Monica, Calif., company is an...
In addition to its limousine and motorbike services, Virgin Atlantic ( www.virginatlantic.com ) will offer its upper-class passengers transportation between London and Heathrow International Airport...
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...
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...
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...
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...
In 2001, when Cessna began considering a new midsize aircraft to replace its Citation Excel, which it had introduced in 1998, the objective was evolution rather than revolution. After all, the seven-...
You are aloft at 39,000 feet in your own fully enclosed first-class suite, with a leather seat that converts to a flat bed and doors that can be closed for privacy. Emirates Airline ( www.emirates...
For a stretch of time in the mid-1990s, the U.S. Coast Guard was confronted with a dilemma that the Italian-made Agusta A109 Power helicopter eventually helped solve. Caribbean smugglers were using...
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...
Vern Raburn’s expectations are nothing if not dramatic. Raburn, CEO of Eclipse Aviation, believes that the Eclipse 500 will create a completely new method of transportation. If his vision comes true...
Since Robb Report devoted its November 1989 cover story to collecting World War II aircraft, the popularity of the vintage planes has soared higher still. The 1990s marked the 50th anniversaries of...
The philosophy at Lufthansa Technik, the German company that customizes interiors of wide-body jets, is that the airplane is an extension of the home. “They have fantastic audio equipment at home,”...
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...
Three years ago, travelers who did not want to purchase their own aircraft had only charter or fractional ownership as choices for private flight. Today, in response to the downturn in fractional...
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...
From his home in Newport Beach, California, it takes Drew Warmington 10 hours to drive to Lake Tahoe. He recently completed the trip in an hour and 40 minutes—traveling at an average speed of 200 mph...
For intercontinental travel, the Boeing Business Jet remains the gold standard for private fliers seeking size, speed, and luxury. However, most business passengers travel shorter distances; they fly...

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