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Fly like a G6 – or should we say G650!

Now I’m feelin’ so fly like a G6, like a G6, like a G6.
You might recognize these lyrics from the Billboard Top 100 song, “Like a G6”. The electro-house single by Far East Movement has been number 1 on iTunes and currently has more than 9 million views on YouTube.

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Gulfstream GV, G500, And G550—What’s The Difference?

Have you ever wondered what the difference was between the Gulfstream GV, G500, and the Gulfstream G550 private jets? When looking to charter a jet, it is important to know the exact ins and outs of the aircraft that you are planning to fly on. Obviously, we make it a point to supply the best aircraft possible when you charter jets through Magellan Jets, but it’s still good to know all the facts!

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Tracking Private Jets isn’t Always Easy!

Photo credit Flickr user Rich Snyder.
Want to be invincible in the sky? Nowadays anyone can track your whereabouts especially while operating in public airspace. The company FlightAware.com grants users accessibility to view a wide range of flights and their scheduled routings. When an aircraft is operating in controlled airspace their identification number must be clearly visible on the fuselage. This goes for private flights too! Pilots talking to air traffic control are broadcasting their whereabouts and intentions on public radio frequencies, making it even easier to listen in on the open skies.

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5 Steps to Get a New Charter Jet in the Air

The FAA places very stringent safety measures on any new aircraft. A new type of jet (Gulfstream G550, Bombardier Global Express, Cessna Citation X, etc) must meet many requirements for test flights and performance under extreme conditions. Not anyone can build a plane and have it certified to carry paying passengers! There are many safety steps that have to be taken when a new jet is being tested, but here are some of the biggest (and most interesting!)

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John Travolta can Park his Private Jet at his Private Home Airport

John Travolta’s Private Jet Airport
John Travolta has been a fan of private aviation for some time. He currently owns a Gulfstream II and Boeing 707 that are both able to taxi right up to two buildings connected to his house. People may have seen Travolta flaunt his private jet on “MTV Cribs” a few years ago. What you may not have known is that his $2.5 million home features a jetway for him to have direct access to his private airliner without even going outside. The 6,400 square foot house is located in Ocala, Florida and is in the exclusive fly-in community of Jumbolair.  Of course Magellan can provide any size aircraft, although customers are on their own to get them to the front door!
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Peter Jackson’s $68 Million Gulfstream G550

Director Peter Jackson recently acquired a new Gulfstream G550 for an estimated price of $68 million. The private jet is one of the nicest jets on the market and can fly from New Zealand to Los Angeles non-stop. Jackson previously had a Gulfstream IV but was plagued with too many fuel stops, so he decided to trade up. The G550 can accommodate up to 16 passengers. Some of the seats can even be converted to beds, although those may require some pajamas. Jackson is a vintage aircraft collector and owns 29 World War I aircraft, some original and some replicas. Although we don’t charter vintage planes, Magellan Jets does have the capability of accommodating customers who would like large Gulfstream jets just like Mr. Jackson’s, all with the highest levels of safety and comfort and for far less cost than owning your own. Check out the link here

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Paris Hilton Tweets about Her Luxurious Lifestyle and Private Jet

Living a luxurious lifestyle is one thing, bragging about it is another. Paris Hilton this week has tweeted numerous times about her luxurious lifestyle-flying on private jets and shopping at Channel. She definitely likes to fly in comfort. As you can see below, Paris took pictures of herself reclining in a queen sized bed while on board a private jet.  The private jet is a 1979 Boeing 747, approximately $270 million and owned by Sheldon Adelson, CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.  What you may not know is that Magellan Jets can provide a private jet charter on aircrafts just like that.  We pride ourselves on always finding the right jet for your charter, no matter your needs or wishes!

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Teen Fugitive Steals Private Jets

A 19 year-old fugitive is wanted by the FBI in the Bahamas. Colton Harris-Moore is a teenage thief who has been taunting police for over two years now. Colton has been committing burglaries and possible theft of boats, airplanes, and luxury cars. Recently he has been spotted in the Bahamas and the US embassy has issued a $10,000 reward for any information leading to his arrest. The owner of a stolen plane was contacted by the Coast Guard that his plane has been sending emergency signals off the coast of the Bahamas. Colton was the prime suspect and he was nowhere to be found when the plane crashed. Sounds like Catch Me If You Can, a 2002 film starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. If the owner of the plane used Magellan Jets, he wouldn’t have to worry about theft related issues.

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Honda Aircraft Delays HondaJet Deliveries

Honda Aircraft Company of the new HondaJet by a year.  The company announced last week that the aircraft now plans to receive certification by late 2011.  Global aerospace business challenges have slowed the delivery of key components for conforming aircraft production.  Honda continues its flight-test program on the jet which has reached speeds of 420 knots and a max altitude of 43,000 feet/  The company continues to expand its Greensboro, NC facilities where the jet is being built.  This is also the company delivery center.  

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Cessna Cutting Back in More Ways Than One

Cessna began issuing layoff notices to 1,600 of the 2,300 employees that will lose their jobs by the end of June.  On top of the layoffs, Cessna has decided to shelve what was to be their new top of the line aircraft, the Columbus.  Cessna is also closing The Bend, Ore, plant it inherited through the acquisition of Columbia Aircraft.  CEO, Jack Pelton said that suspending work on the Columbus was difficult, but they need to be realistic in current economic times.  They expect to refund around 50 million in deposits on the columbus.

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Cessna Continues with Layoffs

Cessna Aircraft continues to lower its production through 2009 into 2010.  This results in another round of layoffs scheduled to occur in July.  Their credit market, Textron, says that the much of the companies market continues to soften in the current economic state.  Textron did not release details about the next layoff round but full details are expected to be released at the end of the month.  The company has eliminated twenty-five plus percent of its employees in the last three months.  President and CEO of Cessna Jack Pelton has said that he has never seen an economic situation to this dynamic, but hopes recent news points to improvement.  Cessna remains hopeful, but knows that private aviation may be one of the latter points of the economy to be restored to those who have ceased use of it.

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Air Vehicle: Does Citation X’s speed really make a difference?

“Does the speedof the Citation X really make a material difference? Yes! The Citation X was first delivered in the end of1996 and quickly became NetJet’s best selling aircraft. This is true due to thecombination of cabin comfort, speed, ease or maintenance, operating economicsand dispatch reliability.

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