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City-to-City On a Private Jet | Peter Mandel - 04 Jan 2016 00:52


[[html]]I'll bet that flying — to you — means roughly what it does to me. Battling seat-pockets that eat knee-space. Emptying your inner life into plastic trays. <br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Far above the clouds another better world exists: It's a paradise of infinite legroom and no one around to pat you down pre-flight. In fact, as a passenger in a private jet, you call the shots, even when it comes to buckling seatbelts.<br><br><img alt="2014-03-03-Privatejetwingphoto.JPG" src="" width="528" height="570"/><br><br>Celebrities and Romney-class politicians know this well. And so do I — since a business-owning pal let me fly a JetSuite Embraer Phenom 100 from Providence to New York. The fare for this 40-minute jaunt, says my friend between yawns, is $3,100 plus tax. I yawn, too, since I'm not the one paying.<br><br>A low, late-afternoon sun peers suspiciously at me as I check in at the Providence airport. Just past an air cargo outfit and the "Horizon Flight School" is a desk used by Irvine, Calif.-based JetSuite, a private jet charter company that partners with Singapore Airlines.<br><br>Just to see what would happen, I'd phoned up customer service beforehand and demanded to leave an hour earlier than scheduled. "Not a problem, Mr. Mandel," came the reply. "Not in private aviation." <br><br><img alt="2014-03-03-PrivateJetpieceTwopilots.JPG" src="" width="570" height="472"/><br><br>An airport sign hawks jet fuel at today's price of $6.18 per gallon. "HAVE A GREAT DAY!" it adds, but according to Joe Holley, Jr., my JetSuite co-pilot who has just walked in, that's "not exactly cheap" as jet fuel goes. However, Holley and pilot Mark Maziarz don't need a fill-up. <br><br>The pilots carry my bags outside and ask if I want to snap some photos of the Stingray-sleek Phenom before climbing aboard. Though compact — there's room for four adults — my personal aircraft sports a pair of fat jet engines on the <a href="">private investigator singapore</a> fuselage up near her tail and a rakishly sloping nose. <br><br>"Aren't we forgetting something?" I ask, while ducking inside.<br><br>"What?" says Holley.<br><br>"You know," I say. "The whole security thing. Showing you my liquids and gels?"<br><br>Holley just grins. "That's for aircraft over 12,500 pounds. We're about 2,000 pounds lighter than that."<br><br>"If you say so," I reply.<br><br><img alt="2014-03-03-PrivatejetpieceMandelboarding.JPG" src="" width="570" height="427"/><br><br>Once inside the Phenom's luxury cocoon of leather seats, wood-grain side tables and halogen lights, I am asked for my weight: 178 pounds. I am not sure if he's kidding, but Holley tells me he routinely adds 10 to every passenger claim. <br><br>We taxi past two FedEx planes. My weight must have passed muster since we are suddenly in acceleration. No delays here. As if the Phenom were a balsa glider, we are up and banking over Narragansett Bay. <br><br>The Phenom has acres of legroom. I stick my feet up on a facing seat since no one else is aboard. I don't see any barf bags, and the ceiling is free of plastic overhead bins. No flight attendant has forced me to put my briefcase away or turn off electronics.<br><br><img alt="2014-03-03-PrivateJetpieceLegroom.JPG" src="" width="427" height="570"/><br><br>Once we're up, I play with the plane's XM Satellite Radio and my Bose noise-cancelling headphones. Nice, but who needs them? There's barely any in-flight roar. <br><br>The mini-bar is right behind the open cockpit. I rummage through drawer after drawer. Grey Goose Vodka? Check. Bombay Sapphire Gin? Got that. I pour myself a single-malt scotch, add some ice, then add another mini-bottle of scotch. <br><br>The rear of the Phenom hides <a href="">private investigator singapore</a> a toilet (it's topped with an upholstered seat) and there's a cabinet jammed with snack boxes. Feeling magnanimous, I offer some Famous Amos cookies to the pilots. I am the boss up here. My wish is their command. <br><br><img alt="2014-03-03-PrivateJetpieceMinibarandcockpit.JPG" src="" width="570" height="504"/><br><br>Could I fly with a pet if I wanted? I could. Could I bring guests? That's fine, too. Are there any rules at all? I begin to wonder… <br><br>"Joe," I say between bites of cookie. "Are we on a really tight schedule? Any chance of… a spin around the Manhattan skyline?"<br><br>"Too close to landing," snaps Holley. "Unlikely air traffic control is gonna go for that."<br><br>"I'm from New York," I insist. "Just one flyover near my apartment building." <br><br>Holley sighs. He shakes his head and radios this in. In seconds, there's a crackly sound from up front. <br><br>"It's a no," says Holley. "Sorry."<br><br><img alt="2014-03-03-PrivateJetpieceJetsnose.JPG" src="" width="488" height="570"/><br><br>In truth, I'm not that disappointed. I raise my scotch and give a silent toast to the Phenom's silver-and-white right wing. <br><br>As we begin our descent, a ray of sun juts out between banks of clouds. The part of Long Island we are flying over is orange. Now it's gray again. Now it's pinkish red. We are cleared for landing. The Phenom shudders, tips and straightens, and settles into its downward swoop. <br><br>I've held on to my drink. I still have my feet up. <br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="379" /><br><br>And in the distance, I can see my skyline after all. <br><br>Peter Mandel is the author of the read-aloud bestseller Jackhammer Sam (Macmillan/Roaring Brook) and other books for kids, including Zoo Ah-Choooo (Holiday House) and Bun, Onion, Burger (Simon &amp; Schuster).<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Why You Should Call a Private Investigator Before Filing for Divorce - 03 Jan 2016 22:37


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Business :: The Benefits of Secure Paper Shredding for Confidential Documents - 03 Jan 2016 20:07


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