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These days I hear a lot of talk about America and how great it is…or isn’t.  If one goes searching for the bad stuff it can always be found but the varied views on greatness will generally reflect the wide array of experiences and lifestyles our country offers and will be influenced by one’s understanding of why and how this country came into being.

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At this very moment armies of 20-somethings employed by technology companies around the world are busy thinking up ways to change the way we buy, sell, work, play, communicate, recreate, and travel.  Their goal is to create computer software that will make the buying of products and services faster, easier, and more efficient and, in time, make their new technologies an indispensable part of our lives.    

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Without a doubt, flying aboard the Concorde supersonic transport was the coolest airplane ride of my life.  The departure from Paris was better described as a launch than a takeoff--barreling down the runway, engines screaming, the eventual leap skyward coming at the very last moment.  Peering out the tiny cabin window I could see moisture swirling past the wing of this needle-nosed speedster as it struggled to fly smoothly in the low-speed phase of its 3½ hour sprint to New York. 

Before we knew it, we passed the French coastline and powered up for the cruise-climb into the upper stratosphere where Concorde could stretch her legs, steadily gaining speed and altitude until the cabin machmeter clicked over 2.0, letting everyone know we had reached twice the speed of sound.

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My line of work brings me into contact with entrepreneurs from a wonderfully diverse range of industries.  And whether I’m visiting with titans of the financial world, high tech impresarios, media moguls, real estate magnates, or inventors of the longer lasting light bulb, there’s a common thread of conversation that links all of these restless souls together.  It stems from what’s common to all pursuits in the arena of business; the daily struggle to withstand and overcome the challenges of the marketplace.

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Every occasion I have to travel aboard one of our aircraft serves as a reminder of the outstanding value presented by business aircraft. The ability to travel more efficiently without time-spent lining up for TSA, boarding cues, and baggage claim transforms a tedious travel experience into a dream. And when you consider the multiplied options for alternative airports closer to where one needs to be, the value proposition increases further still.

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