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What's Happening With Business Jets?

Air travelers, whether they know it or not, are used to flying in aircraft that are often 30 years old or older. Many commercial jets in use were manufactured in that era. A great many business and corporate jets are equally old. Hundreds of Learjets from the 1970s or older are still in service. Well maintained, that's not a problem. They were designed to deliver good performance for a long time. ... [Continue Reading]

The History of Business Jets

The waning years of WWII saw the introduction of the first jet fighter planes. Though the popular image is that Germany was the first to develop them, British pioneer Frank Whittle had drawing board designs of a jet plane as early as the mid-1930s. After the end of the war, commercial airlines quickly realized the value of these faster planes. Everyone wants to get where they want to go sooner.... [Continue Reading]

Supersonic, The Future of Business Jets

It's been several years now since the Concorde ceased making flights between New York and London or Paris. But the demand for rapid long-range travel has never cooled. Fortunately, several entrepreneurs are well-positioned to meet that demand - with supersonic business jets. Currently, the fastest business jet on the market is the Citation X. At 0.9 Mach it speeds along at 90% of the speed of... [Continue Reading]

Lear, The Gold Standard

The name 'Lear' in business jet aviation rightly brings associations of innovation, elegance and sheer chutzpah. For, the fact is, Bill Lear started it all. Lear was far from the first to design a jet. That honor (though there are historical disputes) may belong to Frank Whittle just before the days of WWII. But he was unquestionably the first to design and successfully market a small business... [Continue Reading]

Business Jet - Fractional Ownership

Some of the things that have kept business jet use from reaching its full potential have nothing to do with technology or regulations. Like any business in order to be low cost and still profitable it has to be efficient. But that's a difficult thing to achieve in the business jet arena. Advertising for business jet travel isn't exactly as common as, say, for iPods. Unfair comparison because of... [Continue Reading]

Private Jets As Flying Offices

The U.S. President and Air Force One may be the most well-known example of using a jet as a flying office. Nevertheless, there are thousands of others around the world who find this an efficient and cost-effective way to do business. Whether using an executive version of the Boeing 757 or the Gulfstream G150, there are thousands of actors, athletes, businessmen and other professionals who use... [Continue Reading]

Boeing, Master of the Trade

The name Boeing is, of course, well known to air travelers. Boeing and Airbus between them dominate commercial aircraft. Both have seen bad years. But, with the announcement of their revolutionary 787 Dreamliner made from lightweight composites that offer dramatically lower fuel consumption, Boeing is definitely on top. Airbus' financial troubles haven't hurt them either. Nevertheless, making... [Continue Reading]

Bombardier, Nothing Like Its Name

The name Bombardier brings to mind images of WWII pilots dropping bombs on Europe. Nothing could be further from reality for this Canadian builder of business jets. Though less well known than some other names, their jets are famed throughout the industry for speed, efficiency and style. The company purchased Learjet about 15 years ago, but even before and since they've continued to produce... [Continue Reading]

Eclipse, Jetting to Stardom

Individuals involved in the aviation business are a terrific combination of romantic adventurer and practical businessperson. Nowhere is that more true than at Eclipse Aviation, creators of the newest Very Light Jet: the Eclipse 500. A revolutionary new design, the Eclipse is a lightweight, five-seat business jet that is targeted to sell for around $1.5 million. That may sound like a lot of... [Continue Reading]

Air Taxis At Your Doorstep

You may not find a business jet in your driveway in the next few years, but how far away is the nearest small airport? If you're like many around the country, the answer is: fewer than 20 miles. There are over 5,000 small airports in the U.S. that the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) regards as 'underused'. That means they are used at less than normal capacity for an airport that size. The... [Continue Reading]