Best Of The Best 2006: Winged Victory

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 design. The modification boosts the nine-passenger jet’s range to about 3,040 miles and also produces quicker climbs and faster cruise speeds, reducing total travel time. Less quantifiable […]

Best Of The Best 2006: The Full Spectrum

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, giving the craft a gross takeoff weight of 7,300 pounds, compared to 12,500 pounds for the comparably sized Cessna Citation CJ2+. Powered by two efficient Williams International FJ334A engines with 1,568 […]

Best Of The Best 2006: Up To The Challenge

Bombardier’s Learjet, Challenger, and Global brands already have significant market share, but the company is not resting on its laurels. Its latest entry, the Bombardier Challenger 605, further refines the industry’s original wide-body business jet. First announced in November 2005, the 12-passenger 605 is an im­pressive update of the company’s 604. Among other changes, Bombardier […]

Best Of The Best 2006: Light Speed

Embraer, a Brazilian company that had been building regional jets and military aircraft, branched into the executive-jet category last year when it introduced the Legacy 600, an ­aircraft that compares favorably to Falcons and Challengers. Recognizing untapped potential in the light-jet market, the company last year announced both the Phenom 100 and its larger sibling, […]

Best Of The Best 2006: All Systems Go

TAG Aviation, Cessna’s joint-venture partner in the CitationShares fractional-ownership program, also offers charter services, with more than 100 aircraft at over 50 locations throughout the world. And late last year it introduced a jet card, providing a complete one-stop-shop approach to jet aviation. With the TAG Aviation JetCard, customers may purchase charter services in increments […]

Best Of The Best 2006: Boeing Business Jet 3

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 extra helping of everything that made the Boeing Business Jet 2 Robb Report’s Best of the Best selection in 2004. In particular, Boeing has […]

Best Of The Best 2006: Executive Privilege

In 1964, Clay Lacy was the first to fly a corporate jet, a Learjet 23, to the West Coast (from Learjet’s base in Wichita, Kan.). Forty-two years later, Lacy is still flying that plane, and his company—Clay Lacy Aviation—is a force in the general aviation industry, with a vertical operation that includes jet sales and […]

Best Of The Best 2006: Pure And Simple

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.  Three levels of card membership are available, beginning at $94,000 for 25 hours on a light jet. Moving up in scale, a […]

Best Of The Best 2006: Graduation Day

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 cost of flight hours from a $100,000 deposit instead of purchasing a specific number of hours on a particular type of aircraft. Once you make […]

Best Of The Best 2006: Fair Shake

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 travel on unoccupied planes flying to or from a point on another customer’s trip. The company also has launched a program that waives repositioning fees for all Saturday trips to and […]

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