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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 …

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 …

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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2013-belmont-stakes

The race for the U.S. Triple Crown is on, with California Chrome having won both the Kentucky Derby on May 3rd and then taking top prize at the Preakness Stakes May 17th. If the three year-old American Thoroughbred racehorse can win the Belmont Stakes on June 7th (also known as The Test of the Champion), he will be the first contender to bring home the Triple Crown in 35 years.

California Chrome has quite the pedigree, with lines to Pulpit, who finished fourth in the 1997 Kentucky Derby. The horse had a bit of trouble hitting his stride, but has excelled consistently with jockey Victor Espinoza since December of 2013.

Only the fourth California-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Chrome made waves upon his arrival in Louisville for the 140th Run for the Roses. After a quiet plane trip (his first), he struggled a bit while unloading but finally backed down the ramp.

California Chrome’s winning time for the Derby was clocked at 2:03.66. Jockey Espinoza’s ride was described as perfect, allowing the thoroughbred to ease during the last 70 yards. Whatever he did worked because Chrome went on to take the top prize at the Preakness Stakes just two weeks later.

The horse traveled by private jet charter to Baltimore along with a couple of other horses who were also set to race. California Chrome’s winning Preakness time was 1:54:84 and critics called the race his strongest victory to date.

There was some concern that California Chrome might …

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JetCharters.com is the Worldwide Air Charter Marketplace, a network of elite private operators working together to provide you with the most efficient charter travel solutions for your business and your family.

Our services allow you and all your passengers to bypass the headaches of commercial air travel and be transported quickly and easily to any destination throughout the world.

Whether you need a private air charter solution for your business travel or your personal vacation, the advantages of flying with JetCharters.com are endless.

Our carefully selected network of operators flies a wide range of aircraft, from the Cirrus SR22 for short range air taxi all the way up to the 172-passenger Boeing 737, a popular choice of government officials and professional sports organizations.

The diverse group of charter operators we promote, allow us to provide you the widest range of private air charters possible, thus ensuring that you have the best travel solution for your desired itinerary.

In addition to our commitment to meeting your travel selection needs, we also take safety seriously. This is why you will find the ARG/US seal and other safety ratings throughout our charter marketplace. Consumers can check safety ratings directly from JetCharters.com and even get a trip checked by ARG/US to ensure extra peace of mind for every aircraft that might be considered.

Your convenience is also paramount to us, which is why we developed and launched our comprehensive JetCharters.com iPhone and Android apps. The apps allow you to communicate with our operators and …

Honor Air Knoxville

Here at JetCharters.com, we like to highlight some of the folks who are using private aviation to do amazing things to help others. One such organization is HonorAir, a 501(C)(3) headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The goal of HonorAir is to honor East Tennessee World War II and Korean War veterans by flying them to Washington D.C. to see the memorials built in their honor. Since 2007, HonorAir has taken 13 flights and more than 1500 East Tennessee veterans to D.C.

On April 24, 2013 HonorAir takes its 14th flight and after its return, the organization will have taken more than 1600 veterans on these special trips.

HonorAir veteran passengers receive a one-day, all-expense paid trip that includes a tour of Washington D.C. on chartered buses. The veterans see the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials as well as the Marine, Navy and Air Force Memorials. The trip also includes viewing the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The trips always include a big sendoff as well as a large party to welcome the veterans upon their arrival home. Approximately 125 veterans travel to D.C. on each HonorAir flight, in addition to 34 volunteer escorts to assist them.

Veterans pay nothing for these trips, which also include meals and snacks plus commemorative items such as HonorAir lapel pins and hats, a book and DVD with highlights of the trip.

Sixteen million Americans served in World War II and around 400,000 lost their lives. …

We recognize safety is the top priority when selecting flight options, which is why we want to spend this blog post reviewing government standards for charter operators, along with safety programs many participate in. For starters, every aircraft listed in the marketplace is required by the FAA to comply with Part 135 rules and regulations. FAA Part 135 is the operating standard at which aircraft safety, regulations, maintenance, and pilot licensure are ensured when operators are offering their services for hire. Additionally, many of our charter providers take the priority of your safety to the next level by having independent auditors perform safety audits. While searching the JetCharters.com air charter marketplace, consider looking for the ARGUS seal. The ARGUS CHEQ (Charter Evaluation and Qualification) program was developed over a decade ago as the most accurate and detailed third-party due diligence system for charter operators, buyers and passengers around the world.

ARGUS extracts, filters, and vetts data on charter operators around the world through the CHEQ Program. This scoring system is the backbone of CHEQ and provides charter buyers with an independent, third-party, factually-based rating on an operator’s actual safety history.

You’ll notice ARGUS safety ratings at every step of performing trip requests on JetCharters.com. The ARGUS seals can be found in search results, on operator profile pages and individual aircraft pages. JetCharters.com search technology also allows you to customize safety rating results via a drop down menu on the left side of each search result page. Now that you know …


If you’ve been following our blog or spent time researching private aviation in general, you’ve probably read about the many benefits our industry offers.
To begin with, flying privately is the most flexible form of flight. Passengers get to choose where they want to go, when they want to go, and who they want to go with. The trip is tailor-made from beginning to end for the passenger on board so that there are never any surprises or details overlooked.
Once onboard, passengers are free to carry on with their day. They can check email, make phone calls, have a snack, kick back and relax, or do virtually anything else one can do in an office or lounge on land, and that’s because private aircraft are productivity tools.
The aircraft are teemed with technological advances that make it possible for the workday to continue at 30,000 feet. Not traveling for work? That’s fine, too. The technology on board is perfect for watching movies, playing video games, or listening to music.
One of the best parts about flying private is that it offers privacy and comfort for business associates headed to the next meeting or family members heading to the next vacation destination, and there are few things as comforting as knowing the people you’re traveling with.
When it comes to booking your trip, we’ve spent a lot of time discussing who you should work with, operator or broker. We clearly like connecting you with operators because these are the people…