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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?


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 …


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 …

cirrus sr22 caps

The Cirrus line of single-engine aircraft has become a mainstay of charter and corporate flight departments. These aircraft look sleek and modern on the ramp and they deliver passengers and cargo to their destinations at the same speed as heavier twin-engine airplanes at half the operating costs.

Single engine aircraft have come a very long way since the old days of slow flying planes with frequent engine failures. More reliable power plants combined with computerized engine control and monitoring have led to some very successful players in the corporate and charter markets.

Cirrus aircraft are in plentiful supply now for operators and passengers have come to accept the idea that flying in a modern computerized single engine aircraft is as safe or safer than ponying up the cash to rent a heavier twin. The Cirrus, with its modern digital flight deck, can fly detect and fly around weather as well as the more expensive corporate barges. Many Cirrus models are now equipped for flight into known icing conditions.

The main reason given for choosing a twin engine aircraft over a single like the Cirrus is the fact that if an engine fails on the twin you have another engine to get you home. A twin-engine aircraft, in the case of an engine failure, could get you to an airport or at least a controlled landing somewhere – with the older single engine aircraft, an engine failure meant you were in real trouble.

Cirrus aircraft all come equipped with a CAPS …

hillary one

Mama’s got a brand new . . . jet. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton officially launched her private campaign jet on Labor Day, and it even has room for reporters to tag along.

Now dubbed “Hill Force Once,” Clinton’s new (to her) campaign plane is a 14-year-old Boeing 737-800 that — according to CNN’s Dan Merica — used to fly for Air Berlin, Oren Air and Corendon Dutch Airlines.

An aide told members of the media that took the jet’s maiden voyage with Clinton that it was made by Boeing here in the U.S. in Renton, Washington, but that modifications were made in both Roswell, New Mexico, and Amarillo, Texas.

According to, Clinton is leasing the jet from Florida-based AerSale Inc. Its snazzy new presidential paint job includes baby blue trim and features Clinton’s signature campaign slogan, “Stronger Together,” on the side.

In addition to thoughtful details like cocktail napkins with Clinton’s campaign logo (which is also emblazoned on the jet’s tail), the impressive aircraft contains four cabins: one for Clinton, one for staff, one for the Secret Service and one for the press — the latter of which came to fruition after reporters repeatedly nagged the prospective POTUS about holding press conferences during her campaign.

Her response, via an aide, was playful and direct: “I hope this will shut you the hell up.” Hey, you’ve gotta give her points for style, not to mention making arrangements for members of the media to make the first flight over Labor …

Gulfstream G150 Review
Gulfstream G150 Review

Riding in a Gulfstream jet has always been considered a very high-class way of business and charter travel. While the name Learjet is almost always used interchangeably with the term “business jet,” it is the Gulfstream line of aircraft that the international jet setting and corporate crowd crave.

With its 3,000 nautical mile range and wide array of comforts, the Gulfstream G150 rides atop the heap in terms of style, grace and utility.

Gulfstream’s G150, is a direct design descendant to Israel Aircraft Industries’ Astra, although it has so many new features that the aircraft is truly a new design. The G150 has an upgraded and modern cockpit with a bigger cabin behind the flight deck. All of its improved systems and a more sleek and modern appearance set it well apart from its predecessors.

The G150 was the Gulfstream’s first entry into the mid-size bizjet market segment. The fuselage was lengthened, giving the aircraft a cabin with class-leading available space. No comfort feature is left out of its passenger area and the flight deck gets the same treatment with a four-display Pro Line 21 avionics suite. The G150 offers the utility and convenience of trans-continental range and it can do so at a quick pace – eight-tenths the speed of sound in cruise.

The G150 goes farther distances at a higher speed than almost any other midsize business jet. It does this while sipping on fuel and at a high enough altitude to avoid most of …

Private Charter to College Football Games

Following what proved to be a particularly exciting last season — culminating in Alabama beating Clemson 45-40 for its fourth title in seven years — fans have been impatiently awaiting the return of college football.

This year kicks off with some huge opening-weekend games that hint at yet another exciting, action-packed season. The fun starts Saturday, September 3rd with Alabama squaring off against Southern California, LSU vs. Wisconsin, Clemson vs. Auburn, Oklahoma vs. Houston, North Carolina vs. Georgia, UCLA vs. Texas, Boston College vs. Georgia Tech, and more.

Suffice it to say it’s going to be a monster of a Saturday, not to mention season. So if you have plans to go see your favorite team play, why waste even one minute on typical commercial air hassles such as delays or missed connections?

Imagine flying from, say, Knoxville to Columbia to watch Vols destroy USC’s Gamecocks with a handful of your closest friends/fellow Vols fan, and making it back home in time to sleep in your own bed.

Chartering a jet makes that a reality. Here are a few other compelling reasons you should consider chartering a jet for your next college football excursion.

It’ll save you time

When you fly commercial, departing is essentially a whole day affair. You have to get there hours in advance in order to allow time to make it through long boarding lines and security scans and, when all is said and done, you typically wind up sitting around waiting for your flight to …