Well Done

“Cross With Care” (June 2015) was well done in its attention to landing technique — and that’s in addition to the excellent feature a year ago on swept wing aerodynamics in the landing flare (“Transitioning to Swept Wing Aircraft,” March 2014). Often neglected in such discussions is the additional technique of simply tracking the upwind side rather than the centerline of the runway — in the history of things that fly, I believe nothing has ever drifted upwind when the crab is eliminated. 

Jim Word

Training Center Evaluator, Check Airman DA50/900EX FlightSafety International eterboro Learning Center

Moonachie, New Jersey

It Is a ‘Business Jet’

Regarding “Righting the Wrongheaded” (Viewpoint, June 2015), Bryan Moss, when president of Gulfstream, made a point of referring to business jets as “Time Machines.” 

And to this end when we took media representatives on their first business jet flight, we would often prepare a “Comparison Trip Time Sheet” indicating how long it would take to undertake a trip, door-to-door, business jet versus commercial, with the same amount of time on the ground. For instance, when we flew to Tel Aviv for the roll out of the G280 (sic), you would have required two more days travel time than it took us had we gone commercial, with the same amount of time on the ground at destination. 

And we always referred to them as business jets, never private jets. After all, it is called The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) not the National Private Jet Association!

Robert Norman Baugniet, Director of Communications (Ret.), Gulfstream Aerospace

Savannah, Georgia

 

From bcadigital.com:

Americans are not, as a rule, envious of success (“Righting the Wrongheaded”). However, misuse of funds and general unfairness can still get a rise out of most people. If the business aviation community truly did use private jets to increase productivity, the ad referenced in the article would elicit no more than a shrug or bemusement. 

In an age when corporations grant top-tier executives use of corporate jets for personal use as part of compensation packages that are already hundreds of multiples greater than that of ordinary workers, is the writer really surprised there’s a reaction? When the primary image in the public mind of bizav is of wolves of Wall Street partying with hookers and coke on private jets, consequence-free, while contributing to the erosion of trust in our entire financial system, envy is the wrong diagnosis. 

As a propdriver, I might have a slightly more nuanced view of aviation, but even I react when I see tons of big iron on the ramp at the nearest airport to, say, a big sporting event, and know that much of the cost of those flights ends up a corporate tax write off. It ain’t envy. It’s a disturbed sense of basic fairness, that some people who already benefit so much from our country and system still blindly refuse to pay their fair share. When it stops being “business aviation” and becomes “elite aviation,” there’s bound to be a reaction.

Pilotlp

“Americans are not, as a rule, envious of success.” Clearly, you’ve never met a Democrat.

yars@yarsley.com

 

If the business jet allows you to work all day Friday, getting more business done, rather than foregoing the business to get to the commercial airport at the airlines’ appointed times, not to mention the “downtime” due to TSA needs, then yes, it is an effective business expense. The jet turns a three-and-a-half-day week into a five-day week.

Even the wealthy deserve their “cabins,” they just happen to go where you can see them.

dave@dbraun99.com

 

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