Private Jets Worldwide
With New Year’s resolutions made and year-end reflections completed, I am now resolved to turn my attentions to the year at hand. 2014 is a year full of promise as the tectonic plates in our economy shift along the fault lines of the business cycle. What amazes me is how one can always find voices that cackle out the rosiest of predictions for the future whilst the ever-present doomsday prophets simultaneously herald the end of the world as we know it. There are elements of truth in both arguments. However, if you buy the assumption that private aviation is a leading economic indicator (as I do), I think the optimists have the edge.
In recent years much has been made about the relative benefits afforded by new generation aircraft versus existing pre-owned models. That argument, championed primarily by sellers of fractional jet programs, promotes the notion that “newer aircraft are far superior to pre-owned jets and provide increased safety and reliability."
It was just a normal rotation (the term we use for a series of scheduled flights) from Los Angeles to the Far East and back. I would be away from home for 11 days. Very routine in every respect. Except that once we were underway, it became difficult to ignore significant moments.
The first was landing in Honolulu. I’ve done it hundreds of times. Do people look out the window as we pass Pearl Harbor and notice the Arizona Memorial next to a large, menacing gray ship? The start of WW2 for America began here, on December 7th, 1941. The war ended on the deck of that gray ship, the USS Missouri, the place where McArthur and representatives from the government of Japan signed the “instruments of surrender” in Tokyo Harbor on September 2, 1945.