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top 15 places to spend Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, perhaps it’s time to establish a new tradition — instead of staying home for the holidays, why not travel to some of the most festive locales in the world? Whether you’re dreaming of a white Christmas or your idea of very merry is somewhere warm and sunny, there is no shortage of extraordinary places to spend the holidays.

Bonus? If you travel by private jet charter, you don’t have to deal with the hassle of holiday airport crowds or long waits at the ticket kiosk. Stocking up on Vitamin-C so you don’t catch a cold from the stranger seated next to you won’t be a priority, because you (and whomever you travel with) will have the comfort and convenience of privacy on your chartered jet.

So if you’re looking to shake up your standard holiday routine, consider chartering a jet to one of these dream Christmas destinations.

The Maltese Islands

When it comes to the holiday season, the Maltese Islands of Malta and Gozo don’t mess around. From candlelit carol singing in Valetta to touring the many “presepju” or nativity crib displays, there’s something for everything. The stunning light display on Republic Street is reason alone to visit.

Trømso, Norway

The sun doesn’t shine at all in the snowy city island of Tromso during December, and the darkness sets a striking backdrop for tons of twinkling holiday lights. Plus, you’ll experience pretty spectacular views of the northern lights between 6 pm and midnight. Other …

flying private to bowl games

While the holidays hold special sentiment for everyone, this time of year is particularly joy-filled for fans of college football. Why? Bowl games, of course — through the end of 2016 and tiptoeing into 2017 are tons of bowl games to keep the college ball fan entertained.

While many fans will be watching these games at home or on flat-screens at their favorite local watering holes, the thousands of fans in the stands prove you don’t have to be a sofa spectator during bowl games.

Unfortunately, many of the fans who do make it to bowl games waste a huge chunk of time traveling to the game, trying to park, finding their seats, and then repeating the process in reverse when the game is over. But there’s a better way to travel to bowl games, and it’s by private jet charter.

In addition to saving you the time and hassle of flying commercially (or driving, even), flying by private jet is incredibly convenient. Private jets can fly into and out of over 5,000 airports in the US, compared to around 500 that can accommodate larger commercial aircraft.

You have unparalleled privacy, plenty of elbow room, no kids kicking the back of your set, and a much more peaceful mode of travel altogether. Plus, despite common myths about flying by private jet charter, it’s much more cost-effective than you might think — especially if you travel with friends and split the tab.

So what are you waiting for? With the first …

cessna citation cj3 review
Cessna CJ3 Review

The CJ3 is a vital, economical and easy to fly member of the Citation business jet family. An extension of the CJ2 model, which in turn was an extension of the CJ1 model, the CJ3 incorporates improvements and features that please the pilot and passenger equally.

The aircraft has been around since its presentation to the world on September 2002 at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. It left the ground on its initial flight exactly a year later on April 17, 2003 and got its official nod from the FAA, certifying it on October 2004 and it was first offered for sale in December 2004.

Engines

The engines make all the difference with this aircraft. Two Williams FJ44-3A series engines power the CJ3. These power plants put out 2,820 pounds of thrust at sea level conditions which boosts these engines an extra 920 pounds of takeoff thrust per side than the original Citation Jet, adding over 3,400 pounds to the Citation’s max takeoff weight.

The CJ3 has the first engine in its class that comes standard with the pilot-workload-reducing full-authority digital engine controls (FADEC). FADEC streamlines engine control by ensuring correct power output, engine management and maximum fuel efficiency and also delivers time-limited engine maintenance, diagnostics, and engine synchronization.

 Great Performances

 This Citation cruises at a speed of 480 mph. due mainly to the improvements in its engines and their performance and it climbs like a scalded cat up to 45,000 feet in just 27 …

foodie apps everyone needs

There are many pros to being a jetsetter whose work requires frequent travel, the most prized of which any good foodie knows is the opportunity to expand your palate. Still, even the most seasoned traveler can feel overwhelmed in an exciting new locale when faced with the myriad dining options available. Where do you go? What do you eat? Thankfully, there’s an app for that.

Or, to be more precise, there are many. If you’re a foodie who finds yourself exploring unfamiliar cities on the regular, the following apps will help you make the most of the local food culture – wherever you happen to be.

My Shout

Running late to meet associates for a business dinner? Buy yourself a little extra time by sending them a few rounds to imbibe while they’re waiting for your arrival. Or, if you’re the one waiting for a colleague to arrive, log in and redeem the drinks you’re owed for spotting the last excursion.

Download free for iPhone or Android

Open Table

Whether you’re entertaining clients or simply want to enjoy a dinner outside of the confines of your hotel during your next business trip, OpenTable will help you find, explore and reserve reservations at the restaurant of your liking. Bonus? The more you use it, the more reward points you earn toward your next meal.

Download free for iPhone or Android

NoWait

You’re headed to a new locale, and you asked friends and colleagues who’ve been to the city for restaurant recommendations. …

illegal charters

You are at lunch with a business colleague and the subject of your pending business trip comes up. You tell your tablemate that you have been using a local air taxi service for your flights and that you need to remember to give them a call to set things up.

“Hey,” your meal buddy says, “I own a Beechcraft Baron with a few partners out at the airport and I am free that day. Why don’t you just let me fly you there and pay me a lot less?”

His pitch sounds interesting. After all, he has been telling you for some time that he is a pilot and you know that he has been flying for years. The cost reduction would be a benefit to you and an airplane is an airplane, right?

What makes air taxi operators and fractional jet companies so great anyway? They are way more expensive that you think they should be. After all, most of what they do simply entails firing up the engines and flying you somewhere. Why not use your friend’s plane and save tons of money?

Regulation

This attitude was the driving force of charter aviation not that long ago. It used to be that all you needed to have to charge passengers for travel was an airplane and a pilot that had a commercial rating. The commercial rating did not even have to include an instrument rating that attested to the fact that your pilot could fly through clouds and …

Falcon 900 Review
Dassault Falcon 900LX Review

The latest model of the very popular Falcon 900 series, this large-cabin three-engine business jet stands alone in its class for performance, comfort and efficiency. Being of the few remaining business jets that have more than two engines gives the Falcon large advantages over its competitors.

More than 500 Falcon 900 aircraft have been delivered, each generation refining and building on the strengths of the previous, establishing an industry benchmark for longevity, toughness, dependability and long-term value retention. Falcon 900 aircraft maintain their monetary resale price longer than other models. Falcon excellence in manufacturing and maintenance is well known and much appreciated by owners and operators.

Long Range Efficiency

This aircraft has High-Mach Blended Winglets installed that stretch its range to 4,750 nm (8,800 km). Dassault says their 900LX can cross any ocean or continent, and sometimes one of each, traveling routes like London-Seattle without refueling, making nonstop travel across the planet possible and affordable. This aircraft can carry you and your business from Chicago Executive to Geneva, or just about anywhere on nearly one-third less fuel than its nearest competitor.

900LX’s high maximum landing weight allows short hops followed by transoceanic leaps, without refueling. Fly Washington, D.C. to Geneva, for example, with a quick stop in Philadelphia. Or fly six from Nice to London, then on to New York, with more than enough fuel to make the trip. As important as saving time is that you save money, avoiding the need to buy more costly …

smartphone photography tricks

Just because you’re traveling for business doesn’t mean you won’t have time for a little sightseeing. In fact, if you play your cards right, you can combine business with pleasure in a way that makes you feel like you’re on vacation.

However, any frequent business traveler knows that — unless your business will keep you in town for an extended period of time — it’s best not to bring a bunch of bulky bags along. Since this pretty much rules out a dedicated digital SLR camera and any accompanying equipment, you’ll likely need to rely on your smartphone to capture your travels.

The good news is you can take really good photos using your smartphone. After all, the best camera is the one you have with you, as they say. So here are a few pointers to help ensure the images you wind up with actually capture memorable moments of your travels and not just a bunch of non-descript blurs.

Get Up Close and Personal

Smartphones lack optical zoom, meaning the lens of the camera is unable to move closer to the actual subject as a dSLR’s would. For this reason, your smartphone camera works best if you physically move yourself closer to the subject. Yes, this likely means you’ll be venturing into your friends’ personal space when you take pictures of people, but the end result will be well worth it. Why? Because said subjects will actually be in focus! Your phone’s optics work best the closer you are. …

arnold palmer

Golf lost a legend this week with the passing of inimitable sportsman Arnold Palmer on Sunday at the age of 87.

While Palmer’s talent on the links was undisputed with seven major championships and 62 PGA Tour wins —including the U.S. Open, the British Open, and the Masters four times — perhaps his most lasting legacy to the golf industry is the way he made it accessible for the everyman. “Arnold transcended the game of golf,” said Jack Nicklaus. “He was more than a golfer or even great golfer. He was an icon. He was a legend.”

A native of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Palmer learned to play golf at the tender age of 4 and never really stopped. During the course of his career, Palmer became the first person to make $1 million playing golf. Thanks to his go-for-broke style and inherent charisma, he developed an impassioned following who called themselves “Arnie’s Army.”

He was, in a word, transformative. He was “the King.”

Palmer’s contributions extended far beyond the course, too. He was widely considered a pioneer in sports marketing, building a massively successful brand out of his name including (but not limited to) a wine collection, golf course design and popular apparel emblazoned with his trademark umbrella logo.

But he left his mark on the business aviation industry as well. In 2009, he began lending his voice to the “No Plane, No Gain” campaign — an advocacy program jointly sponsored by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General …

packingtricks

Whether you’re headed to Dallas for one night or Beijing for a week, what you bring with you can make or break a business trip. And since packing is a chore no one necessarily wants to spend their spare time doing, it’s easy to wait until the last minute to toss things into your suitcase.

But if you want to make your pre-travel routine more efficient while at the same time ensuring you have everything you need ready to go for business once you get to your destination, you’re going to want to check out some of these stellar packing hacks.

Adopt the Layer Cake Method

We’ve all heard of the roll-up squeeze method of packing by now, right? It’s when you coil your clothes for maximum space. However, it’s definitely not the way to go if you’re traveling for work, says Travel + Leisure’s fashion director, Mimi Lombardo. “Going on a business trip? This routine is a game-changer. Fold your clothes as you would at home, then place them between sheets of dry-cleaner plastic (or tissue), which helps keep wrinkles away. Also, consider leaving them on their hangers so you can just pop them into the hotel closet upon arrival,” Lombardo shared in T+L.

Think Outside the Box

Or, rather, inside the shoe. Yes, we are suggesting that you stick stuff in your shoes. Don’t knock it until you try it! Shoes are one of the bulkiest items you’ll have to pack in your bag but – silver lining …

Private Jet Honeymoon

Newlyweds planning their honeymoon may initially be daunted by the seemingly endless array of romantic vacation ideas. While choosing a beach, a ski resort, a luxurious island, or a foreign country may take some serious thought, one detail both parties can agree on is luxury transportation.

Reaching your destination is as simple as hiring a charter jet. No matter where you’re honeymooning, it’s highly likely there will be an airport nearby. The entire charter jet experience revolves around you—your schedule, your convenience, and even your meal preferences. That’s the beauty of planning a charter jet honeymoon. From start to finish, the focus is on making your travels as comfortable and personalized as possible.

There are many benefits to booking a charter jet for your honeymoon. Imagine the undeniable luxury of traveling only with your new spouse, no other passengers around you, and a courteous crew catering to your needs throughout the flight. It’s the ultimate in private travel, and it sets a romantic tone for an intimate honeymoon. It couldn’t be easier to plan, either; just select your departing city, destination, and travel dates. You’ll be presented with a vast selection of charter jets that meet your needs.

You won’t have to worry about the little details that accompany traditional commercial flights, either. Forget layovers and mad dashes to your connecting flight. On a charter jet, you and your spouse will enjoy direct access to your destination. And why waste precious moments together in a crowded airport security line? A …