Would it help public opinion about business aviation if business aircraft were outfitted differently? If John Q Public took a peak aboard, he’d say “ugh, you guys fly in this thing?” Perhaps one of the completion centers or manufacturers ought to develop the “regular guy” interior, like in the Rodney Dangerfield movie. The entire interior would be shades of grey: grey cloth seatcovers (you know, that really thick material that gets pilly), grey carpet, grey headliner, grey countertops in the galley (of course Corian and not granite) and grey seatbelts. And there would be no shiny surfaces – no brass, polished chrome. Even the seatbelt buckle would be metal like the airlines. Food would be served on grey plastic plates with grey plastic silverware. The flight phone would have a credit card slot in it. Passengers would need to put quarters in the slot to use the toilet. And the finale? Paint business aircraft battleship grey. No more sleek shiny white jets with nice striping. And by the way, change those swept wings — it may be fuel efficient and aerodynamic, but it just looks too cool. Too much like a fighter jet. Too much like you’re having fun and not working. If Rodney Dangerfield were alive he would appreciate this, although he may have preferred plaid.
Just a thought. SHL.Read More
With Senators blasting the automakers about using corporate aircraft to transport their executives to Senate hearings, it will be interesting to see whether the automakers include the liquidation of their fleets in the economic plans due to Congress on December 4, 2008. The ironic thing about it is that if disposing of their fleets is part of their plans, the aircraft will be sold at tremendous losses in light of the current aircraft sales market resulting in multi-million dollar losses to shareholders. The loss of value to shareholders would likely finance the use of the aircraft for the next several years. The reasons for having corporate aircraft have not changed – executive security, immediate access to senior executives, increased productivity and an ability to reach areas of the country (or the world) not easily reached by commercial carriers. To be pressured into selling into a downward spiraling market in order to obtain government funding seems absurd at best.Read More