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Cirrus SR22 Review
Cirrus SR22 Review

A comfortable and swift ride for the short-haul.

Corporate and air-taxi operators have changed their outlook somewhat during the past decade. Twin-engined aircraft used to be the norm for executive travel for these businesses, but with the advent of more reliable and safer single engine aircraft, the trend has gone toward products like the Cirrus SR22.

The SR22 has equal speed and payload carrying capacity with light twin engine aircraft and it has the advantage of less than half of the twin’s fuel costs while providing a comfortable ride for the passengers and providing the best in high-tech avionics and aircraft systems to the pilots.

The Company

Cirrus aircraft have been innovative since they introduced their first model; the VK-30 was introduced by Alan and Dale Klapmeier, in 1988. The first aircraft models offered by the company were kits and plans for the build-it-yourself pilot crowd. Factory produced aircraft soon followed and the newest aircraft manufacturer was soon on its way to success.

The company really got its start as an aircraft manufacturer in the year 2000 when it introduced the SR20 (single reciprocating) model. Cirrus aircraft has always been identified by the fact that each carries ballistic recovery systems (BRS) for a parachute save of the aircraft and its occupants should an emergency occur.

Later models of Cirrus aircraft came with additional safety equipment, including airbags and a single-button upset recovery button. Cirrus is also well known for the high quality of its all-electric instrumentation and …

Five Breathtaking Resorts in the Maldives That You Must Visit

For many travelers, the islands of the Maldives define “tropical paradise.” This collection of small land masses in the Indian Ocean features white sand beaches, palm trees, clear water and ideal temperatures.

The Maldives is certainly far-flung. This makes it the perfect place for people who want to escape the crowds that flock to more-mainstream destinations. Actually, the Maldives is not very difficult to reach. With a private jet, travel can be quite straightforward. A few islands even have their own airfields, so you can skip the main airport in the capital, Malé, altogether.

The resorts of the Maldives put a premium on luxury, and they occupy some of the most idyllic corners of the island nation. It is almost impossible to go wrong when you choose one of these five amazing resorts.

Six Senses Laamu

This Six Senses resort has the island of Laamu all to itself. Guests can choose from an impressive collection of over-water bungalows. The spa here is second to none, and the food is made by skilled chefs using ingredients that are actually grown right on the island. Sailing, dolphin cruises, gourmet beach picnics and diving excursions are on the menu at Laamu. This venue will also appeal to conscientious travelers because of its eco-friendly design and practices.

Maalifushi by COMO

Only recently opened, this resort strives to provide a “barefoot luxury” experience to its guests. The local area is not as developed as some other parts of the island chain, so things feel more …

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Single Engine Economy with Jet Speeds

Single engine corporate and air taxi aircraft were unheard of thirty years ago. Engines were reliable, but not considered as powerful and dependable as today’s power plants. Airlines were not allowed to carry passengers across oceans with an aircraft that had less than three engines and most flew their international flight with four. It was a multi-engine world.

Single engine aircraft have come to the forefront of the air taxi and corporate travel world of today. A combination of increased safety, more speed and the fact that jet fuel is pushing seven dollars a gallon has led to the successful use of singles for high speed and economical travel.

The Pilatus PC-12 fits right into the same niche as more expensive to operate twin engine aircraft like the King Air and is actually bigger in size. The PC-12 is a true cabin class aircraft containing all the same amenities as multi-engine aircraft – including a lavatory, entertainment options that include a moving map for passengers and lots of leg and head room.

The PC-12 operates at the same altitudes to take advantage of overflying weather and getting up into the good tail winds as other turbine twins and cruises as the same speeds – for half the fuel burn and fuel cost.

Single Engine Safety — With the prop feathered, a PC-12 can glide 80 mi–about half an hour–from 30,000 ft.

It is true that a twin engine aircraft can fly you much further …

Hawker 4000 Review

The “super-midsize” category of aircraft seems to be more and more popular with charter flyers.  With features and cabins and performance previously only associated with the large-cabin jets, and at substantially lower costs, this is the category of choice for coast to coast, international and other mid-range charter flights.

The Hawker 4000 falls into the super-midsize category and impresses on so many levels.  Competing for market share with the Challenger 300 and popular Gulfstream 200, the Hawker 4000 has become known as the performance choice of the group.  From 2008 through 2010, it set no less than 5 world speed records in its category.  On a flight from London to Dubai, over 3056 nautical miles, it averaged a staggering average speed of 540.39 mph!  That’s average speed, by the way!  The 4000 can climb from sea level to 37000 feet altitude in just under 15 minutes.

How does the 4000 achieve such high performance?  Aside from the high-efficiency (and very quiet) Pratt & Whitney engines, performance comes from the advanced composite fuselage.  Composite materials, such as carbon fiber, are much lighter and stronger than traditional aluminum, and are becoming more and more common in aircraft construction.

The 4000 is not just a hot rod in class though.  The cabin impresses with a quiet, spacious place to do business, sleep, or unwind while en route to your next meeting or vacation.  The stand-up cabin offers seating for 8-10, depending on how configured, and has six feet of headroom.  A full galley, …

5 Exotic Cars to Rent on Your Next Trip

On your next trip, why settle for something boring like a Toyota Camry or a Ford Fusion? Instead, you can rent a wide variety of far more interesting premium luxury vehicles through several different exotic car rental services to take your trip to the next level, from luxury sedans to expedition ready SUVs and performance-oriented sports cars. Some options like Enterprise’s Exotic Car Collection will even offer jet-side services, so you can go straight from the private jet to your exotic rental, streamlining your trip and letting you relax. Other companies like Turo let you save money by renting other people’s cars, which means you can find some pretty crazy options. Regardless, you’ll never need to visit the standard rental car counter again, because there are so many great options. Check them out below:

Aston Martin DB9 through the Enterprise Exotic Car Collection

The Aston Martin DB9 is one of the most striking modern cars available, and is available for rental from Enterprise as both a coupe and a convertible. The DB9 is powered by an incredibly smooth 6.0 liter V12 engine that puts out 510 horsepower. Inside, the cabin is quite luxurious with comfortable leather bucket seats befitting of the Aston’s grand touring nature. As a grand tourer, the DB9 is perfect for taking extended road trips as it is able to cover many miles quickly and comfortably.

Enterprise offers Aston Martin DB9s at a variety of locations throughout the country, including Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Diego Las Vegas, …

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Citation CJ2+ Review

The Cessna Citation family of aircraft has a well-known history and the models of the Citation Fleet are in large enough numbers for Cessna Aircraft to maintain a large world-wide presence with its service centers.

The large fleet also helps support a large pool for parts distribution, re-sales and information. Cessna Citation owners share their enthusiasm, civic mindedness and valuable information through their organization, Citation Jet Pilots:  http://www.citationjetpilots.com/

The CJ2+ is just that; a “plus” of power, cost effectiveness and style above the Cessna CJ2. This model of Citation was added to the Cessna line-up in 2005. As of autumn of 2012, over two hundred of them had been built.

The Cessna CJ2+ fits a very comfortable niche in the business travel world. It is large enough to give passengers a spacious feeling cabin, yet small enough to retain the efficiency expected in a small single-pilot corporate jet.

The CJ2+ has also proven to be a popular aircraft for the owner/pilot. Transition from less complex general aviation aircraft combined with Cessna’s trade-up programs make it an enticing goal for owners.

The ability for this aircraft to be operated single pilot adds a potential passenger seat and can help corporations keep crew costs low. Operators like the climb ability of this aircraft. Eight minutes from take off to flight level 450, (45,000 feet above sea level) and once at this lofty perch, the CJ2+ can keep up with its more expensive brother, the Cessna CJ3.

The avionics suite …

flying private to the masters

The world’s best golfers and most enthusiastic fans travel to Augusta, Georgia each April for what is not only the most anticipated golf tournament of the year, but one of the most anticipated sporting events on the calendar period.

Attending the Masters is high on many people’s bucket lists, but watching this event is much different than going to a baseball game or to the racetrack. There are some important things that you need to know before you go to the tournament for the first time.

Getting there and staying there

The Masters brings quite a bit of traffic to Augusta. Chartering a plane is a common way to avoid the crush at the airport.

Hotels fill up early, so it is best to make reservations months in advance (as soon as you get your tickets). One option is to visit mastershousing.com, where local residents list their homes for rent during the tournament. This can be a great way to find some extra comfort and privacy.

Tickets

Because there is a limited amount of space at the course, tickets have to be sold by lottery. You must apply for a drawing, and if your name is drawn, you will have a chance to purchase tickets. Tickets are actually reasonably priced ($65 for practice rounds, $100 for tournament days).  You could also try your luck on the secondary market or get invited by a club member or someone else with passes.

Do not bring these things…

Some very common items are …

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Beech Jet 400 Review

The Beechjet 400 and 400a models pass almost unknown in an aviation world full of glamorous Gulfstreams, Challengers and Lear Jets, but it has been a steady, safe and efficient corporate and air taxi aircraft for over thirty years.

It has the performance and low cost profile to be a favorite of owners and operators and has the speed and comfort for passengers seeking a mid-sized, long-range jet powered ride to their business and vacation destinations.

The Hawker Beechjet is a twin-turbofan light business jet that evolved from the Mitsubishi MU–300 Diamond, which was certificated in November 1981. More than 90 Diamonds were manufactured in Japan and then assembled at Mitsubishi’s San Angelo, Texas, facility. Japan’s Mitsubishi is the same company that built the MU-2 turboprop and World War II’s Zero fighter. This historically long-lived company originally designed the Beech Jet 400 line of aircraft in 1977.

The new jet was designated the MU-300 and the initial plan for the aircraft was to reassemble it in Texas with the Mooney aircraft company.

Mooney went bankrupt and Mitsubishi made the decision to go it alone in producing the aircraft at its manufacturing plant in San Angelo, Texas, rebranding the aircraft the Diamond I and gaining FAA certification in 1981.

The airplane featured a flat floor and a squared oval fuselage that gave passengers more shoulder room and made the 305-cubic-foot cabin seem larger. It measures 4 feet, 9 inches tall; 4 feet, 11 inches wide; and 15 …

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JetCharters.com, 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 …

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Dassault Falcon 20 Review

A blast from the past might be in your flying future

The Falcon 20 is a luxury private jet charter aircraft that offers more cabin room than other private passenger charter jets in its class. It has a long and successful history and with upgrades over the years is currently a popular business and charter aircraft with a bright a cost-effective future.

The advanced age of this aircraft compared to its newer competitors is actually an advantage. The Falcon 20 has a much lower acquisition cost than other jets but has much better flight performance. Passengers enjoy the ride in a Falcon with its roomy interior just as much or even more than its more modern, yet smallish and cramped competition in the charter and business aviation marketplace.

The Dassault Falcon 20 is a first-generation, twin-engine business jet that was developed in France in the early 1960s and remained in production until 1983. The all-metal, low-wing aircraft features rear-mounted engines; a swept, full-cantilever wing; cruciform tail and a retractable dual-wheel tricycle landing gear. This aircraft normally accommodates between eight and ten passengers, plus a crew of two.

This business jet was actually flown and evaluated by the “Lone Eagle” himself, Charles Lindbergh.  In 1963, Pan American’s founder Juan Trippe was looking for the ideal mid-size jet to buy for his new business aircraft venture.  He asked Charles Lindbergh to appraise a short list of candidate aircraft.

Lindbergh flew Dassault Aircraft’s Mystère 20 prototype and told Trippe, …