Aviation

During the last decade, the top two commercial aircraft manufacturers also have dominated the market for the largest corporate jets: Boeing, with its Boeing Business Jet (and BBJ2 and BBJ3...
On October 14, 1947, when an Air Force captain named Chuck Yeager flew a rocket-propelled Bell XS-1 plane faster than Mach 1 (about 760 mph) over the town of Victorville, Calif., the accompanying...
In 1949, a fellow named Molt Taylor, working in Longview, Wash., built a flying car. The vehicle, which he dubbed the Aerocar, never caught on: It proved difficult to operate in bad weather and,...
Gianni Versace Spa ( www.versace.com ) could make private aviation even more fashionable. The firm—which in recent years has expanded from haute couture into watches, jewelry, pens, fragrances, and...
Air show pilot Michael Goulian has flown upside down thousands of times. This will be my first. I hear his voice, calm and quiet, in my headset: “Watch the nose as it goes above the horizon.” We have...
Almost as soon as automobiles existed, men dreamed of flying them. As early as 1917, aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss, who had begun his career as a builder of bicycles and motorcycles, invented a...
In an industry where growth and expanded services predominate, the PlaneSense fractional program offers a case study in the benefits of doing a single thing well. PlaneSense, which is managed by...
Change is in the air–literally. New business models are proliferating in private aviation, and a complicated industry is growing more so, as debit cards, hybrid ownership programs, and other options...
Near the end of a day full of speeches by scientists, entrepreneurs, and government officials during the 14th annual Space Access Society (SAS) conference in Phoenix, Reda Anderson approached the...
"Out of control at or below 10,000 feet: Eject.” Of all the warnings and cautions contained in the fighter jet training packet, this was the one that alarmed me most; my civilian pilot training did...
In 1995, Collings Foundation cofounder Bob Collings decided it was time to add an F-4 Phantom to the nonprofit’s collection of vintage planes. “Our mission is living history,” he says, explaining...
While flying in the rear cockpit of the Collings Foundation’s F-4 Phantom fighter jet this spring, Patrick Smith was as anxious as he was exhilarated. He felt the sensation of the extreme g-forces...
Adam Katz, the genial, effusive founder of the New York–based aircraft charter operation Talon Air, often pilots his planes himself. He also enjoys ferrying clients from place to place in his...
As world travelers know, flying first-class on U.S. airlines, while far from intolerable, can seem threadbare and forlorn when compared to the service and accommodations that some international...
You settle into a mini-suite, secluded by privacy barriers and flanked by mahogany-trimmed consoles. After cocktails and a four-course meal—perhaps with a dinner guest sitting on a separate, fold-...
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...
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 built with carbon-fiber composites and designed...
Sentient’s Jet Membership program has tripled in the 22 months that CEO Steve Hankin has occupied the pilot’s chair, so it is not surprising that people tend to listen to him. “The commercial...
The Raytheon Hawker 850XP, which debuted last year, has been given new composite-construction winglets—vertical wing tips—to enhance both the performance and the appearance of the proven Hawker 800...
Since 1967, when the late Carl Hirschmann purchased some aircraft hangars in Basel, Switzerland, and named the outfit Jet Aviation, his company has bloomed into the world’s largest aircraft...
To build its high-performance, all-composite Spectrum 33, Spectrum Aeronautical pioneered a manufacturing process that involves a new carbon-graphite material called fibeX and superlight components,...

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