Michelle D. Seaton

Aviation: Executive Order

As a commercial jet, the Airbus A319 is a workhorse of the airline industry, seating from 124 to 156 passengers. As a private jet, it has been configured for use primarily by heads of state, political leaders who require privacy when flying long distances but also need space to interact with staff. The Dubai-based and […]

The Fathers of Modern Private Flight

Even if Bill Lear’s name had not become synonymous with private jets, he still would be an aviation-industry legend. Lear may have started out as just another high-school dropout with a passion for making radio receivers, but he had an unusually high IQ and could be monomaniacal about his tinkering, working so many hours that […]

High Wired Act

When Tony Hsieh, the CEO of online retailer Zappos.com, joined the board of directors for JetSuite in 2011, he wondered aloud why the Irvine, Calif.–based private-aviation company’s fleet of Phenom 100 entry-level jets had no Wi-Fi service. He urged JetSuite CEO Alex Wilcox to spend the money to upgrade the aircraft. Netjets had added Wi-Fi […]

Aviation: The Long and Short of It

The New Falcon 2000S business jet is more agile than the 2000LX—meaning it can take off from and land on shorter runways—but it cannot cover the same distance. Its range is about 700 miles shorter than that of the 2000LX, a Robb Report Best of the Best selection this year in the super-midsize category. However, […]

Entertainment: Experiences in Store

In March, Oliver Quinn treated his bride-to-be to an evening on the town in San Francisco. The occasion, however, was not one of the couple’s usual outings. Quinn had purchased a pasta-making class with chef Thomas McNaughton, of the restaurant Flour and Water, through IfOnly, a members-only website offering one-of-a-kind experiences that McNaughton’s friend Trevor […]