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MGM Grand Mansion

If you have ever been to Las Vegas or just have a general interest in luxury resorts, then you have probably heard of the MGM Grand resort, the third largest hotel resort complex in the world, right on the Vegas strip. It’s prestige and reputation are unmatched, but there is one aspect of the estate that stands out among the rest. That is the Mansion at MGM Grand. This ultra exclusive hotel is exactly what it says; a mansion.  It staffs 170 people, including 30 multilingual staff members, to accommodate its 29 villas. It has been said that these villas are for the high rollers that are fortunate enough to gain an invitation (with their definition of “high roller” being someone who gambles between $500,000 and $1 million dollars an hour). The building is nestled in a secluded part of the resort off of the Vegas Strip, with its own private entrance, providing for both privacy and close proximity to all the action.

The Mansion was designed to mirror Tuscan villas from the 18th century. Among its amenities are an outdoor pool with connecting koi pond, a salon, a screening room, a game room, a private casino, a boardroom, and a climate-controlled courtyard for when you want to experience nature without the weather. Upon arrival at the Mansion you will be greeted with complimentary champagne and butlers ready to serve you in any way.

The villas themselves are equally as impressive as the amenities. They range from 2,400 sq.ft to …


Last year, those attending the Kentucky Derby got to take part in history when American Pharoah won the first title that would later become his triple crown, a feat that had not been accomplished since 1978. It’s time again to head back to Louisville and experience the tradition, history, and excitement that is the Kentucky Derby.

Nearly 150,000 people make there way to Churchill Downs every year for the Derby. It is an unforgettable experience that is often times regarded as one of the must-attend sporting events in the country. The event is much more than just a race, it is a week-long affair.

The week kicks off on the Saturday the 30th with an opening night ceremony consisting of dancers, musicians, and visual artists entertaining you while raising funds for the Fund for the Arts. The events pick back up on Tuesday the 3rd with an evening of racing practice that you can attend. Sit back and observe all the 2016 participants as they train for the big race. You will also be able to expand your knowledge by listening to the expert commentary of Gary West and Joe Kristufek. Races will also be held on this day as well as Wednesday.

On Thursday attend the Thurby event featuring Old Forester Master Bourbon Specialist, Jackie Zykan, for cocktail demonstrations and a chance to enter into a contest for Oaks and Derby tickets! Follow this up with an evening of exquisite food and wine presented by some of the most …

Pine Valley

A lot goes into the ranking of golf courses around the world. Factors may include bunkers, difficulty, prestige, and aesthetics.  The following list is a compilation of courses that meet the top requirements on all these things. Some are so exclusive that you may never get the opportunity to play on them, but that can’t stop you from appreciating their beauty and craftsmanship!

1. Cypress Point Club

No list would be complete without Cypress Point. Established in 1928 by Alister MacKenzie and Robert Hunter, this course is one of a kind. Located in Pebble Beach, California, it is most known for its 15th, 16th, and 17th holes that are located seaside. The course weaves through the Del Monte Forest and back to the coastline throughout its 18 holes. Most notably, the 1991 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was played at this course.

Slope: 136   Rating: 72.4   Yardage: 6,524    Par: 72

2. Muirfield 

Photo by Stephen Szurlej


In 1744, Tom Morris, Sr. designed the Muirfield golf course in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. It was then redesigned by H.S. Colt in 1925 to feature its now clockwise then counterclockwise layout. The course has hosted many tournaments including The Open Championship (16 times), The Amateur Championship (10 times) and the Ryder Cup (3 times), just to name a few. The oldest organized gold club in the world, The Hounourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, is based out of this golf course.

Rating: 73   Yardage: 7,245    Par: 71

3. Royal Melbourne (West)

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TBM 900 Review

The use of a very reliable single turboprop in executive and charter aircraft was a relatively unheard of idea in the past. Twin-engine reliability and redundancy was the phrase used to sell customers on such aircraft as the Beechcraft King air and the Mitsubishi MU2.

Then the price of fuel skyrocketed and more and more charter and corporate operators turned their gaze to the world of single engine operations. They found that they could realize real cost savings without any discernable lose of safety. Single engine turboprop aircraft are becoming more and wanted and used by corporate and charter flight departments.

The aviation world was mired in a “more is better” concept when it came to the idea of how many engines and aircraft should have. The old world of aviation when aircraft engine failures were routine and expected has given way to a world in which we routinely fly across oceans on two engine airliners and traverse our continent relying on one engine to get us to destination.

This change has more to do with the reliability of modern turbo-prop and turbo-fan engines than it does on the desire to cut corners and cost.

One of the most popular and utilitarian of the new breed of single engine turboprop powered executive barges is the Daher Socata TBM 900.

This aircraft:

* Can carry up to six full sized adults plus luggage

* Has a large, quiet, air-conditioned, comfortable and functional cabin

* Climbs to flight level 310 in under …

umbrella, the worldwide air charter marketplace of private jet travel has looked at all of its private jet trip requests from March 1st – April 1st, 2016 in order to compile a list of our most popular Spring Break destinations.

1. Miami, Florida

Delano Hotel, Miami

If you see a private jet in the sky, there’s a good chance it’s heading to Miami this spring. There is plenty to do here that make this destination perfect for spring break. Beautiful beaches with clear water, a world-famous food scene that you can’t experience anywhere else, and some of the hottest clubs in the country that will have you partying until the morning hours. Aside from it’s amazing beach scene, Miami is a modern city that has everything you could want.

Dine with Celebrity chef José Andrés’ at  The Bazaar which steadily remains in the top 10 list on TripAdvisor.  Check out the iconic Joe’s Stone Crab, which boasts a full selection of fresh seafood and steaks, and indulge in stone crabs that people fly across the globe for. Fun fact: Stone crab has been around longer than the city of Miami itself.  Founded in 1913,  the city of Miami was founded two years later in 1915.

Tired of the sun? Spend your days shopping at the Bal Harbour shops. With 450,000 square feet of pure bliss, this former site of World War II barracks boasts more than 100 upscale brands including Chanel, Gucci, Balenciaga, and department stores like Neiman Marcus and …


Flying, appropriately enough is completely based on the measurement of things. Altitude, attitude, temperature, speed, vertical speed, weight, volume, distance, time and even personal limits that are harder to measure like bladder capacity and patience are all part of the corporate and charter flying mix.

Pilots blithely pass though life accepting all these various numbers without complaint, yet these numbers make up our lives and take up quite a bit of our time. All we older pilots have to do is pull out our E6b old-fashioned flight computers, which are a sort of circular slide rule and it becomes clear that the front calculating face of it is almost completely involved with converting one number into another.

Most of these scale conversions have to do with the fact that even though the aviation world agreed that we would use the English language for communications, they agreed on little else. We pilots in the United States have more conversions to do than most because as a group we tend to hang on to the concepts of Fahrenheit, statute miles, and our own U.S. gallon, while ignoring liters.

No need to start an argument here about the benefits or shortcomings of our reluctance to join the rest of the world in its “metric-ness.” We made that decision way back during the 1970s when we all thought that “Smokey and the Bandit was good cinema and we were watching “Bicentennial Minutes” on our black and white televisions.

With all the different units of …

piper navajo

Most aircraft offered in the charter, fractional and corporate travel world are glitz-filled turbine powered multi-million dollar executive barges that can cost thousands of dollars an hour to operate.

Many markets in the general aviation world still need a cost-effective twin-engine worker bee of an aircraft. The production of twin engine reciprocating aviation-gas swilling aircraft that can carry a decent load at a decent price has pretty much dried-up.

There are many excellent and beautiful older aircraft still out flying that were built a while ago, but still do a wonderful and safe job. The Navajo is one of them, and when it is used for the missions it was designed for, there is no better choice for the charter and executive travel customer.

The Piper Navajo was the first of a series of large executive airplanes to be produced by Piper, beginning in 1964. The Navajo is a common sight in the skies and has a long successful history as a general aviation workhorse. It is known for its outstanding performance, easy-to-fly characteristics, and trustworthy systems.

The Navajo was the first in its class to offer factory air-conditioning and its sixteen-foot long cabin was the longest available at the time. Another innovation that set this aircraft apart from the rest was Piper’s exclusive engine nacelle that was designed to house an extended shaft that put the prop blades well ahead of the cowling. This made it possible for the propellers to engage the undisturbed air forward of any aerodynamic …


A Boston based website, Flytenow, which connected pilots with people willing to share their charter flights, was shut down in December. Federal courts ruled against flight sharing services similar to Uber and Lyft saying these types of charter flights violate FAA regulations. People sharing these flights did not pay for tickets, rather, they only shared fuel and fee costs with the pilot.

The FAA argued that this type of service was similar to a commercial common carrier because its flights were open to the public. The problem is private and commercial pilots and aircraft have to go through different types of regulations.

They also shut down a few other flight-sharing websites.

Flytenow argued that these types of plane sharing flights have been going on for decades.

All aircraft operators that are legal for public charter must have an Aircraft Operating Certificate (AOC) and that certificate must be approved through the relevant aviation authority. Here in the US, that authority is the FAA and the information regarding this AOC is under part 135 of the FAA regulations. Hence, we refer to them as Part 135 operators.

The FAA has the authority to oversee the operations of these Part 135 operators. They hold the operator to a very high level of standards, and hold the certificate holder accountable for their actions or omissions. Pilots of these operators undergo extensive training at least every six months. These pilots are also subject to regular flight reviews from senior pilots, must be type-rated in their …


The Cessna Citation has been around since the Woodstock Era and has been a mainstay of corporate and charter flying ever since it first flew. Because of this long history the Citation has gone through many changes, both in name and aircraft characteristics. This article has been put together from various sources to give you an overview of the various models of the Cessna Citation line. This compilation is, more or less, in the order that various versions of the Citation first appeared in the world of aviation.

Keep this list handy so that next time somebody tells you they just went for a flight on a Cessna Citation, you can ask, “which one?”

The Citation I (Model 500) – This small size business jet which was the model for all of the other Citation jets. This  model was originally designed in 1969 and didn’t receive FAA certification until 1971, with fan engines instead of turbojet engines. This model was originally nicknamed the “slowtation” and “nearjet” because it traveled 120 knots slower than the Lear 25. Citation I/SP (Model 501) single-pilot operations- This aircraft was first delivered in 1977 and production ended in 1985. The difference between this aircraft and the Model 500 was that the SP was referring to single pilot capability instead of the original which needed two pilots.  The catcher for the NY Yankees, Thurman Munson was killed on his Citation I/SP while practicing touch and go landings. Citation II (Model 550) a larger stretched development of…
hammock, the worldwide air charter marketplace of private jet travel has looked at all its private jet trip requests from January 2014-December 2015.

If you see a private jet in the sky, it’s a good chance it’s heading to Las Vegas. Las Vegas has stayed at the top spot for two years in a row with most private jet trip requests to date.  The top booking period of 2015 were the spring and summer months of May, June and July which just happened to be around the same time as the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight.

The fastest growing destination city in 2015 was Aspen, Colorado, coming in second on the list of top destinations . We are seeing more leisure vacation trips in 2015 than ever before with Aspen as well as Nassau, Bahamas which didn’t make our 2014 list.

There’s an obvious strong link between major business hubs and top commuter destinations in 2015 continuing from 2014 like Teterboro, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Austin, Burbank, Boston, San Francisco and Atlanta.  Kathryn Creedy, aviation contributor for Forbes Magazine wrote, “The backbone of the commercial aviation industry used to be the out-and-back-in-one-day business trip, which has become virtually impossible with airlines. Hubs may be great for commercial airlines but they wreak havoc on traveler efficiency, making the trip longer and more complex, especially as cancellations and delays become the norm.”

Where are customers traveling for the holidays? Nassau, Tortola Islands, Dubai, Napa, and Miami. tops our list.  Customers want to get …