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UDDENLY THE SKY IS MADE OF SILK.
NOTAM

SHOW
DOWN
A
"MANUFACTURERS viation shows are turning into the single fastest growing segment
of our industry, especially so in the Asia-Pacific it seems. The issue you
ARE DEMANDING are holding in your hand right now is distributed at two of them –
Asian Aerospace in Hong Kong in March and SIBAS Shanghai this
A CONSOLIDATION coming April. They are followed closely by EBACE in Geneva in
May, where the next issue of JETGALA will be distributed.
OF ASIA'S PRIVATE The industry at large is less than pleased, and for good reason.

AVIATION SHOW
Mushrooming air shows mainly benefit one stakeholder group — the organisers.
For the rest of our industry, still in recovery mode after two very challenging years,

LANDSCAPE" the benefits are rather elusive. Instead of one substantial regional private aviation
show, such as NBAA in the US, EBACE in Europe, and even the much smaller
MEBA in Dubai, exhibitors have to make difficult choices as to which Asian show
to attend and why.
The result is a series of ineffective shows, none of which draw a critical mass
of visitors. Manufacturers have taken note and put their foot down in a recent open
letter, demanding a consolidation of Asia’s private aviation show landscape. We at
JETGALA fully support this effort, as we too understand that limited resources
need to be deployed in the most cost-effective way.
Speaking of air shows, it struck me again at MEBA how uniformly private jets
are usually painted. Nine out of ten aircraft are white, with a few nondescript lines
or swirls. As a private jet is the ultimate expression of individuality and a bespoke life,
I can’t really understand this. Luckily, some people are addressing the issue, such as
Dassault Falcon who have launched a custom design paint scheme for their clientèle.
Another contender is Happy Design in France, which offers a range of avant-garde
design options.
I am keeping my hopes up that we will soon see bolder visual expressions at
private jet shows. Life is short enough. The least we can do is to keep it colourful.
Happy reading of this, our fifth issue.

Rainer Sigel
PUBLISHER

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CONTENT

18 24

ontents
05 4

10
NOTAM
Show Down
CREW
14 LOUNGE
What’s New & Exclusive
22 WINGS
24 COMPACT CLASSIC
The Dassault Falcon 2000LX
30 BIG BUSINESS
Stephen Taylor —
Boeing Business Jets
34 COMPOSITE FLIGHT

34 40

44
Bombardier’s Learjet 85
FLY GAL
Aerobatic Pilot Patty Wagstaff
GLOBE PLOTTERS
Round The World In A
Phenom 100

44 50

54
STRAITS CHARTER
Capt Earnest Koilpillai –
Dnest Aviation Services
SIGNATURE SPACE
Design Q Interior Design
60 RECORD ROTATION
VIP Helicopters Of The Future
62 WINGS ON WATER
The Catalina Flying Boat
68 CAPTAIN SPEAKING
Why Do We Still Need
Pilots Anyway?

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CONTENT
70 LIFE

114 72

78
SUITE SEOUL
A New Decade Of Affluence
REGAL RESORT
St Regis Lhasa
84 PEAK OF TASTE
At.mosphere At The Burj Khalifa
86 HIMALAYAN HIGH
Skydiving Above Everest
90 PRIORITY ACCESS
Mercy Relief Foundation

ontents
92 SPHERES OF CONFLUENCE
Desert Glamour
100 SKY CANDY
Ballooning Over Red Rock Canyon

05 106 LUXE
108 POWER PURSUIT
Bijan Of Rodeo Drive
114 HAUTE TIMES
Top Timepieces Of SIHH 2011
120 LOCKED AND LOADED

78
Armoured Cars
124 GLOBAL QUEST
The Flying Trimaran
128 SCARLET FEVER
Crimson Gems At Auctions
130 SHADES OF THE PAST

128 Fine English Company’s


Bespoke Services
137 AIRBORNE
138 BRIEFING
Business Aviation In Brief
144 JET OPTIONS
Jet Fuels Of The Future
146 PLANE SPEAK
Executive Aviation Glossary
150 AIR SHOW DIARY
152 TAILHOOK
Last Roll

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CREW

CONTENT Paul de Berjeois is an accomplished event,


MANAGING EDITOR Kim Lee on-location and commercial photographer, based
BUSINESS EDITOR Rainer Sigel in Colorado in the United States. Both the Greater
ART DIRECTOR/DESIGNER Sylvia Weimer (Spacelab Design, Sydney) Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and
ASSISTANT EDITOR Tricia Lim Colorado Balloon Classic have named Paul their
EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Katrina Balmaceda official photographer. His photos can be found
in the pages of Ballooning Magazine as well as
CONTRIBUTORS
Alegria Living Magazine.
Jeremy Cox, Paul de Berjeois, Christine de Felice, Carol Lee,
Paris Libby, Radha S Menon, Liz Moscrop, Ong May Anne,
Anne Osno, Allen Roche, Mike Ruiz, Steve Slater,
Charlie Streeter, Kirsten Tan, Alvin Wong, Flora Wong

COMPANY Jeremy Cox has over 36 years of diverse aviation


PUBLISHER Rainer Sigel experience as pilot, engineer and businessman. He
MANAGING DIRECTOR Michelle Tay holds valid A&P IA FCC Licenses and Commercial
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Susan Ng and Instrument Ratings. Cox is currently the Vice
EVENTS MANAGER Lee May Ling President at JetBrokers, Inc, a professional aircraft
CIRCULATION & PROMOTIONS Caroline Rayney sales company, and involved with the Greater St. Louis
ACCOUNTING Winnie Lim Business Aviation Association, The National Business
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LOUNGE

SPY FASHION
Akillis brings spy fantasies to reality with its new belt.
LINES OF FIRE
Not for the meek, the buckle of the new Akillis belt
Playing with fire has rarely been so beautiful. The
merges high glam and espionage with seven diamond-
Fire Line Automatic by Planika is a fireplace that can
encrusted Kalashnikov rifle bullets — empty, of course.
be displayed in several different ways. It can be wall
While it is the centrepiece, the buckle is not the only
mounted like a picture frame, used free standing, or
exquisite feature, as the belt is made of fine alligator
even incorporated as part of a shelf or coffee table in a
skin. Rumour has it that it is one of the most expensive
see-through bell jar. Fuelled by Fanola® — a renewable
belts in the world. http://akillis.fr
plant-derived liquid bioethanol, this particular model
offers the option of flame size regulation and automated
extinguishing via remote control. www.planikafires.com

Love My Trunk
If there was one thing that Sharon Stone and Ernest Hemingway
had in common, it was that they travelled with personalised Louis
Vuitton luggage. Their trunks are among 100 unique pieces featured
in the book Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks. At least 600 images
bring the craftsmanship of Louis Vuitton to life, spanning a century
that includes luggage like a trunk-bed, caviar box, library trunk
and tea case. The book’s deluxe edition comes with a hard slipcase
designed with the LV monogram and stamps, looking like a well-
travelled trunk itself. www.louisvuitton.com

WINGED WHEELS
Cars can be nostalgic. High on the list of bygone icons is the gull wing
car, a vehicle with doors hinged at the roof rather than at the sides.
GWA-Tuning, which specialises in reworking vehicle designs, revives
the gull wing with its new production, Ciento Once. It is largely based
on the C111, a Mercedes-Benz-prototype that fuelled gull wing fans’
fantasies in 1970. The Ciento Once has a 408 HP Mercedes V12 engine
that can be admired through the car’s glass-topped rear deck. The rest
of the body is in aluminium, with carbon fibre frame seats. This may be
a one-off production. www.gwa-tuning.com

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Ambition in Wealth
Management.

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LOUNGE

SNAKE
SPEEDSTER
Automobile
aficionados, be
thrilled. The Cobra
Shelby — the so-called
Corvette beater of the
1960s — is hitting the
road again. Its maker,
Shelby American Inc,

MARINE MEET
is recreating 50 models
of this vehicle to
celebrate its 50th anniversary. Speed seekers will find
the car a satisfying ride as it was originally made for The 10th annual ‘Asia Superyacht Rendezvous’
automobile racer Carroll Shelby. It surprised audiences was held from 16th to 18th December
with its swiftness on the competition circuit, with a in Phuket. Nine sail and motoryachts
top speed of 185 mph on a Ford 427 engine. According participated, amongst them S/Y Ananta,
to the grapevine, it was a reason why the UK created M/Y Noble House and S/Y Perseus.
national speed limits. www.shelbyautos.com www.asia-superyacht-rendezvous.com

Skiing should feel effortlessly natural, like


a smooth ride in a fine car. Zai wants to
create this experience for users of its Zai for
Bentley skis. Craftsmen for Zai’s handmade
skis say its geometric structure lessens the
effort needed to accelerate and manoeuvre.
Zai likes using a wide range of materials.
Carbon fibre, chromium steel, cedar wood
and a thermoplastic composite were all used
in making the skis. Lightweight poles and a
stylish leather bag complete the set. Only
250 pairs are available. www.zaiforbentley.com

Gresso’s iPad case is two centuries old.


The luxury mobile phone manufacturer
has framed the iPad with wood taken
from a 200-year-old African Blackwood
tree, a material Gresso has used in other
products and is said to be one of the world’s
most valuable trees. The rich, black case
is a striking backdrop for the Apple logo,
fashioned in 18K gold. Gresso says because
no two trees are identical, no two African
Blackwood iPad cases will be the same.
www.gresso.com

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LANG LANG

GLOBAL PERFORMANCE
He was born with the gift of natural ability. And when he debuted, some 10 years ago, he rocked the world

of classical music. Today, Lang Lang has embarked on another “journey of a thousand miles” – to bring music to

children and inspire them to perform. In bringing music and learning to less fortunate nations and communities,

he has taken his gift and chosen to give back.

In support of his selfless performance, Bombardier* proudly contributes to the Lang Lang International Music Foundation.

* Registered trademark(s) or trademark(s) of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries. © 2011 Bombardier Inc. All rights reserved.
LOUNGE

Two
TITANIUM TAKES
If the new Leica M9 ‘Titanium’ reminds you of a streamlined Audi,
here’s why: Walter de’Silva, chief of the Audi Design Team, is

Timer
behind this 500-piece limited edition. De’Silva introduces elements
that few, if any, other cameras have. For starters, the body and lens
are made of titanium, a metal that requires extra skill on the part
of craftsmen. The camera’s trim, a type of leather typically used for
Audi interiors, improves grip. A LED light illuminates the frame in
the viewfinder, and the camera’s monitor is covered with a scratch-
For jet-setters, keeping up with the resistant sapphire-crystal glass. www.leica.com
various time zones is pertinent.
Blancpain’s new dual-time zone
watch, the Villeret Demi-Fuseau
Horaire, not only displays time for
two time zones, it is also sensitive
to half-hour time shifts. Apart
from displaying a reference time
DIGITAL DJ
and date, the watch shows the The Metronome Technologie’s Kalista
half-time zone at 12 o’clock and its Ultimate SE is made for music lovers. The
corresponding date at 6 o’clock. device transports and extracts digital data
A sapphire crystal case back from CDs by detecting various layers and
reveals the watch’s complicated subtleties of sound, and transmits this to an
movements, encased in red gold. audio player or sound system. This gives the
The watch will be unveiled at listener more choices for tailoring sound
Baselworld 2011. www.blancpain.com and enjoying music, a flexibility especially
useful to video producers, party throwers
and regular music enthusiasts. The device is
no toy. It features a Philips CDM12 PRO 2
pickup mechanism, and its main unit, base,
stand and power supply total 80 kilograms.
www.metronome-technologie.com

MOON TIME
By the timekeeping reckoning of moon gazers, this is year
1431. Moon gazing can be difficult on cloudy nights, so
watchmaker Parmigiani’s solution is its new calendar clock
that can determine the precise position of the moon. Able to
run continuously for over 30 years, counting lunar leap years,
it has a solid silver base and a ruby indicator for the power
reserve. For decorative detail, Parmigiani uses quartz and black
obsidian. Only 10 pieces will be made. www.parmigiani.ch

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I AM GLOBAL
Introducing the new Bombardier Global aircraft family
The Bombardier* Global* aircraft family delivers best-in-class performance, with every seat, the best in the house.
Offering sufficient power to efficiently escort leaders to distances unmatched by competing aircraft, it is an ideal
solution for those whose dedication knows no borders.

MORE ADVANCED MORE COMFORT MORE FREEDOM MORE RESPONSIBLE

Be Global – to learn more about the Lang Lang International Music Foundation and to make a donation,
visit www.IAmGlobal.Bombardier.com

* Registered trademark(s) or trademark(s) of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries. © 2011 Bombardier Inc. All rights reserved.
LOUNGE

MIDAS PUTT
Barth & Sons understands that
unfamiliarity is an enemy on the putting
BACK TO SCHOOL
green, and that a putter that can make Refined and practical, Salem is a satchel for the accomplished man.
or break a game. This is why its Golden Part of Peter Nitz’s latest men’s creations, it is a combination of black
Putter is custom made for each owner. matte alligator and Barcenia calf leather. With fully customisable
Precise and personal, the Golden Putter interiors, this allows for more or less, bigger or smaller, wider or
has a handmade grip and a 24-karat gold narrower compartments, as one pleases. The Salem’s solid brass
plated putterhead, on which one may lock ensures privacy while its hand stitching reinforces sturdiness.
have one’s name engraved. To better Ladies get their pick, too, with a mini satchel made of matte alpine
dazzle and distract opponents, there is crocodile, adorned with a diamond bee pin. www.peternitz.com
also the choice to encrust the shaft with
gems. www.thegoldenputter.com

OPEN SWING

DIAMONDS & Lamborghini inspired a cult following when


it came out with cars with front doors that
opened by swinging upwards. Now car
owners can enjoy that concept with any
In honour of martial artist and actor Bruce Lee, luxury pen-maker car. LSD-Doors makes ‘Lambo style door’
Montegrappa has released a limited edition Bruce Lee pen within kits for different types of vehicles, like a
its latest ‘Icons’ series. The nib of the fountain pen features a profile Porsche 997, Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 and
of Lee in his famous move, a high jump with fist and foot extended. a Volkswagen Passat Sedan. Unless you
A dragon’s body, in silver or gold, decorates the pen. Montegrappa are a car modification pro, LSD-Doors
will make 2010 pieces, with 24 in solid yellow gold with choice of recommends having a mechanic install the
black diamonds, rubies or emeralds for the dragon’s eyes. Ten sets of doors. www.lsd-doors.de
a fountain pen, roller ball pen and solid gold inkwell studded with
white diamonds will also be produced. www.montegrappa.com

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THE MAGICAL EXPRESSION
OF THE OPEN MIND AND
OPEN HEART

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WINGS
WINGS

DASSAULT FALCON 2000LX

by Liz Moscrop

COMPACT
CLASSIC
A CUSTOMISED PERFORMER
SOARS ABOVE ITS CLASS

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Although the smallest of Dassault’s fleet, the
long-range Falcon 2000LX is capable of city pairs
such New York to Moscow and Paris to Delhi

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MORE THAN 80 PER CENT OF EACH NEW
AIRCRAFT CAN BE CUSTOMISED — WHETHER
IT BE INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS,
FABRICS, THE FLOOR PLAN OR WOODS USED

D
OPPOSITE PAGE assault Falcon jets are passengers to stay connected while
Passengers lack neither space nor design classics, and its aloft. At the front of the cabin, a
technology for business needs aboard current family consists full-scale galley stands ready to
the Falcon 2000LX
of sleek long-leg accommodate several sittings on
Seats onboard can be configured
according to one’s preference powerhouses capable of long trips. There are also pullout
THIS PAGE carving up the world in beds if needed, offering restful
In-flight technology improves
a few hops. The 2000LX sleep on overnight trips. For even
productivity, from making phone calls is the smallest of the more convenience, there is an easily
to presenting multimedia proposals
French manufacturer’s in-production accessible baggage compartment and
The Falcon 2000LX soars with two aircraft, but that does not mean it is a dressing room.
ever-reliable Pratt & Whitney engines
small plane. More than 80 per cent of each new
With a spacious cabin height of aircraft can be customised — whether
6 feet 2 inches and width of 7 feet 8 it be inflight entertainment options,
inches, the 2000LX allows for easy fabrics, the floor plan or woods used.
movement, a godsend on long working Dassault’s own 3-D CATIA software
trips. The sense of space is enhanced creates a series of lifelike renderings
by pale cream walls and overheads, for customers to assess the interiors
as well as large windows that let in until they are completely satisfied and
plenty of natural light. There are have the best idea possible on what
four standard layouts offered with a to expect.
standard equipped 2000LX, with the New owners can get their 2000LXs
option to customise. equipped at Dassault’s Completion
Standard configurations include Facility in Little Rock, Arkansas.
all the necessities of business and Working with the company’s expert
niceties of entertainment. Layouts designers, owners can select finishings
include areas that multi-task for from among the richest leathers and
working, meeting, eating and sleeping. rarest woods, the finest fabrics and
All Falcons come with Aircell phone, carpets, and the best crystal, china
fax and Internet service, allowing and silver. >>

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SPECIFICATION IMPERIAL METRIC


LENGTH (EXTERNAL) 66.4 FT 20.23 M
WINGSPAN 70.2 FT 21.38 M
HEIGHT (EXTERNAL) 23.2 FT 7.06 M
CABIN LENGTH 26.2 FT 7.98 M
CABIN WIDTH 7.8 FT 2.34 M
CABIN HEIGHT 6.2 FT 1.88 M
MAXIMUM RANGE (1) 4,110 NM at long 7,610 KM
WITH IFR RESERVES range cruise with
8 passengers
MAXIMUM (PASSENGER) SEATING 19
MAXIMUM CRUISE SPEED MACH 0.84
CERTIFIED CEILING 47,000 FT 14325.6 M
TAKE-OFF DISTANCE 5,585 FT AT MTOW 1,702 M
MAXIMUM TAKE-OFF WEIGHT 33,500 LB 19,142 KG

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NO OTHER PRIVATE
JET IN THE WORLD HAS
>> Dassault uses a system called THE BENEFIT OF THE
the Product Lifecycle Management TALENT, EXPERIENCE
process to keep its aircraft in shape. AND SEAMLESS HIGH
Designers create a completely accurate
virtual model, which drives the
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
entire manufacturing process. With FROM MILITARY TO
a full digital model of the aircraft’s COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS
specification, the airframer is able to
build cabinets or install wiring, for
example, that exactly fit the aircraft’s
shell. Each aircraft has a unique serial demanding short runway. To help
number matching Dassault’s own EASy achieve this, Dassault developed a
software that drives it, making it quick unique autobrake feature for the
Intuitive flight management techno-
logy for all Falcon aircraft was to pinpoint precisely where a problem Falcon 2000EX and 2000LX which
designed in consultation with pilots, is, should one arise. Another bonus is reduces landing distances by as much
aviation authorities and safety experts
that despite the ultra-modern technology as 300 feet on steep approaches, which
on offer at Little Rock, the workforce is are required for the airport. The steep
highly skilled in traditional crafts. approach procedures require landing
at a 5.5-degree angle as opposed to the
EASY PEDIGREE standard 3.0 degrees.
The 2000LX has a strong pedigree. Pan John Rosanvallon, President
DOES IT Am began marketing the first Falcons and CEO of Dassault Falcon said,
in 1963 — and Dassault has been “Flying into London City is not only
The Falcon 2000 family
building them ever since with some of a challenge for aircraft performance;
benefits from the intuitive the world’s most advanced fighter jets. aircraft are also required to be good
EASy flight-deck technology The company also manufactures the neighbours and must abide by strict
developed for all Falcon aircraft. supersonic Mirage and Rafale, which noise procedures. Meeting these
It is designed to simplify flight are designed by the same engineering requirements is not an easy task but
management tasks, improve teams, assembled in the same factories the convenience of flying into the heart
crew coordination and provide and test flown by the same pilots as of downtown London is highly valuable
unsurpassed situational the business jet fleet. No other private for business jet operators.”
awareness at all times. Based jet in the world has the benefit of the
on the Honeywell Primus
talent, experience and seamless high
EPIC platform, EASy displays
technology transfer from military to
information on four 14.1-inch,
commercial products.
flat-panel LCD screens arranged
in a T-shape. Input errors are The aircraft has a range of 4,000
reduced by limiting the time nautical miles, which means it can fly
spent punching numbers into a from Hong Kong to Sydney, Muscat
flight management system and or Tehran. It also has the abilities to
having a common workspace fly slowly at low altitudes and fast at
that allows the crew to work high, which are hallmarks of the Falcon
better as a team. EASy is the family. For owners, this translates into
result of extensive input from getting in and out of smaller airfields
pilots, aviation authorities and more easily.
safety experts.
The Falcon 2000LX received EASA
and FAA certification in April 2009.
The 4,000 nm range 2000LX offers
the same spacious, quiet interior as its
OPPOSITE PAGE predecessor, the Falcon 2000EX, and
Important information is easily accessible the capability to serve more extensive
to pilots, via the 2000LX’s avionics city pairs. It offers a 10 to 15 per
suite and its 14-inch LCD screens
cent improvement in climb speed in
The winglet design helps reduce
comparison to the Falcon 2000EX, and
drag for a swifter flight
allows the aircraft to reach 41,000 feet
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in just 18 minutes.
One can customise materials,
configuration and technology Last year, the 2000LX was certified
for the seats to land at London City Airport’s

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BOEING BUSINESS JETS

BIG BUSINESS
BOEING BUSINESS JETS TURNS 15 THIS YEAR WITH 127 AIRPLANES
DELIVERED OVERALL. STEPHEN TAYLOR, BBJ’S PRESIDENT, GIVES
HIS PERSPECTIVE ON THE COMPANY AND THE INDUSTRY.

Q: How did the idea for the first Q: How has BBJ weathered the
BBJ come about? recent years?
In the mid-90s, Boeing was I think Boeing Business Jets has done
developing the 737NG family and a very good job of managing through
General Electric, through their GE a challenging market. We have had to
Capital arm, was negotiating for a work through a couple cancellations,
large purchase of 737s. Meanwhile, but we’ve kept our backlog strong
GE’s then Chairman, Jack Welch, was and have been able to place all of the
looking at replacing their corporate positions that opened up with other
G-IV’s with either G-V’s or Globals. solid business. We did a great job of
Mr Welch had seen other converted predicting the emergence of the market
Boeing airplanes and he realised what in Asia and put extra focus on it, which
a terrific value the Boeing product has proven to be fruitful.
represented when compared with Q: Tell us about BBJ in Asia-Pacific.
purpose-built business jets. So, In 2010, Asia-Pacific was our strongest
he called our then Chairman, Phil market. (I) expect that the region is going
Condit, and asked about developing a to continue to be a very good market for
unique version of the 737 to compete our product over the next several years.
in the market. Once we studied While we’ve had BBJs in the region for
the market a bit, we found that by many years, we now have BBJs certified
combining the 737-700 fuselage with and available for charter in both Hong The Boeing
the wing of a 737-800, auxiliary fuel Kong and Mainland China. We expect Business Jet is one
of today’s most
tanks and high-thrust engines, we had those charter airplanes will help us competitive aircraft
a competitive product that offered introduce new clients in the region to in terms of range,
space, comfort
three times the cabin space for a our product, so I see even more growth and business
comparable price and operating cost. opportunity in the region. productivity

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“IN OUR EXPERIENCE, MOST
CUSTOMERS WANT TRUE
INTERCONTINENTAL RANGE
IN THIS CLASS OF PRODUCT”

true intercontinental range in this class


of product — it’s a long way from Beijing
to London and airplanes like the Lineage
and the ACJ can’t make that mission
against the typical headwinds.
Q: How do you see your overall target
market change in view of Airbus’ Q: How and where do you see the biggest
re-engine plans for the 320? impact from the long line of new market
We’ve always enjoyed a considerable range entrants in the 100-150 passenger
advantage over the ACJ when comparable jet segment — the Sukhoi Superjet,
interior weights are considered. The new Bombardier C-series, the Chinese-made
engine option is the competition’s way to Comac C919, and even the smaller
address the value advantage we have. I Mitsubishi Regional Jet?
don’t expect…a significant impact to our I think it will be quite some time before
FROM TOP
business over the next couple of years. any of those products are mature enough
The BBJ 787 is
available as fully to make a significant mark in the VIP
customised VIP Q: Considering the comparatively l market. One of the huge advantages the
jet with all the
comforts of home
ower price point of the Embraer Lineage BBJ enjoys is its commonality with the
or the office 1000, what impact does it have on the 737 — from training to maintenance
BBJ President BBJ, and in which markets? to spare parts — all over the world.
Stephen Taylor The Lineage 1000 serves a slightly The reliability of the product and the
is also a widely
experienced, different part of the market than the BBJ. capability of the support network make
qualified pilot In our experience, most customers want the BBJ a superior product. >>

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Privacy in one’s workspace is captured


in this BBJ interior design concept

UP CLOSE
Customised interiors create an ambience that lets you mix business with pleasure
What is one thing that
surprises people about you?
I’m older than I look.
>> My crystal ball says that some of customer set is the 747-8I for our
How did you earn
the (market entrants) mentioned won’t head-of-state customers. The smaller
your first dollar?
Delivering newspapers in prove to be commercially viable, and airplanes have customers ranging from
Junior High School. only one or two of them will emerge royalty to wealthy individuals to multi-
as winners…but our product will also national conglomerates — a really
What dream are you evolve over the coming years. I think broad appeal.
shooting for now? our experience in this market will serve
Adding a 757/767 Type rating Q: Can you share some anecdotes
us well in this arena.
to my license, so that I will have from BBJ customers — like unique
737,747,757/767,777 and 787. Q: Can you share some innovations for missions or tasks performed?
Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner Business Two examples come to mind. The
Name someone you admire Jet you are most excited about? first is the 2009 mission that one of
as a hero. our customers (AvJet Corporation of
The 787…already has many of the
My father, a retired Boeing pilot, Burbank, CA) performed to take former
features that traditional business jet
engineer and manager, who at
manufacturers tout. For example: lower President Clinton to North Korea
89 still flies his own airplane.
cabin altitude, larger windows and a to retrieve two journalists who were
What is your pet peeve humidification system — items that are being detained. The trip illustrated
about flying/travel? frequently a compromise for large cabin the unique capability of the BBJ to
While I appreciate the safety airplanes, but will be part of the basic transport a large team great distances
mission of the TSA, it has taken airframe for 787 Business Jets. As a very comfortably, (on) a very demanding
away any glamour that ever pilot, I’m really excited about both the schedule. No airplane other than the
existed in commercial travel. BBJ could have done that mission on
performance of the airplane and flight
deck. It is really something special the timeline they needed.
What do you love most The other example occurred last
about flying?
to fly and the range capability is just
awesome — it’s able to connect almost year. We had arranged with a customer
Freedom. I fly to get away
any city pair non-stop and it’s fast with to display their BBJ C (Convertible)
from everything else.
a normal cruise speed of Mach 0.85. at the FIDAE Airshow in Santiago,
Words to live by — Chile. Two weeks before the Airshow,
what are yours? Q: What is the profile of a large Chile was stuck by an earthquake and
My first boss told me always, luxury jet customer? a tsunami. Because of the flexibility
“Don’t do nuthin’ dumb.” I still When we first entered the market of the BBJ C, our customer was able
strive for this every day. 15 years ago, they were all very high to convert the airplane to the freighter
profile people whom you could mode overnight and we delivered
What do you do for relaxation? identify pretty easily. Today, our 11,500 pounds of relief supplies. It felt
Fix or fly old airplanes.
customers are much more diverse. great to be able to assist those folks in
The product that has a well-defined the devastated region.

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Bombardier says its Learjet 85


is “the aircraft of the future”

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BOMBARDIER LEARJET 85

By Liz Moscrop

COMPOSITE
FLIGHT
LIGHTER, TALLER, FASTER
AND EVER MORE LUXURIOUS
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The new Bombardier Learjet 85 will


feature enhanced aerodynamics

W
hile the world’s eyes are
on the all-composite
Boeing Dreamliner 787,
Canadian manufacturer
Bombardier has an THE LEARJET 85
exciting ‘plastic plane’ of
its own in the pipeline. The airframer WILL PROVIDE
announced its new ‘clean sheet’ all-
composite USD18.25 million Learjet A MORE
LUXURIOUS
85 just over three years ago at the
National Business Aviation Association

JOURNEY THAN
Convention, with a mock-up on display
at the same show one year later.

ITS CURRENT
Thanks to its bright spacious
interior, Bombardier expects the

COMPETITORS
Learjet 85 to provide a more luxurious
journey than its current midsize cabin
competitors. The cabin features a
double-club seating arrangement with
full lie-flat seats and fold-down tables.
Every element is designed to optimise
Interiors are intended to be both spacious and
productivity and comfort. As well as a sophisticated, with roomy seats that recline fully
large galley to the front, there is a vanity
unit and lavatory aft, and three large
cupboards for extra on-board storage.
The Learjet 85 aircraft’s cabin
is taller, wider and larger than any

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The Learjet 85 outdoes predecessors
in cabin height, width and size

current Learjet. It offers a maximum


height of 5 feet 11 inches, and a
maximum width of 6 feet 1 inch. In
addition, it provides plenty of baggage
space, equally useful for ski or golf
trips. Each aspect of the Learjet 85’s
interior has been designed to optimise
en route work or leisure. With
approximately 30 inches (76.2 cm)
between each seat, passengers have
plenty of room to stretch their legs
and relax.
Should they wish to dine during
flight there is an ergonomically designed
galley, which is approximately 36 inches
(91.4 cm) wide. This means there is
ample room for porcelain tableware and
crystal glasses, as well as for drinks and
ice storage. The galley can also house an
optional microwave oven. Further back
in the plane, the lavatory is beautifully
appointed and in keeping with the
design of the main cabin. For extra
passenger comfort, there is a tap and
basin with pressurised water supply and
Seats with tuck-away water tank, as well as a vanity cabinet
storage with lighted mirror. >>

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Three 15-inch, high resolution LCD monitors make The plane’s avionics suite is designed to
the advanced flight deck easy on pilots’ eyes give pilots improved control and security

>> For that all-important office in well for the future, since Bombardier
the sky, the Cabin Electronic System says that it is the aircraft’s speed and
controls at each passenger location rate of climb that sets it apart from its
provide the ultimate in convenience competitors, along with the size of its
and ease. Passengers can make calls cabin. Able to seat up to 10 passengers
via a satellite phone on board. The when a divan is installed, there is also
in-flight entertainment system includes 100 cubic feet of external baggage
a DVD player, HD bulkhead monitors, space and another 30 cubic feet of
XM satellite radio capabilities and interior space — more than twice the
wireless access points. It also enables space of the Learjet 45.
the use of personal devices, such as
iPods. Additionally, there is the option
to have Internet connectivity, although
by the time the aircraft enters service, THE LEARJET 85
AIRCRAFT'S
this will doubtless be a necessity for
work. The aircraft also comes with
personalised LED lighting, which
includes individual table lighting for
CABIN IS TALLER,
getting down to business, or a reading
light for relaxing with a favourite book.
WIDER AND Passengers can control LED lights for

LARGER THAN
the table, aisle and for reading
The Learjet 85 fits between Onboard dining options expand with

ANY CURRENT
the aircraft’s generously-sized galley
the midsize and the super midsize
segments of the market. Engineers
and designers are now hard at work
building it in Bombardier’s newest
LEARJET
production facility in the Queretaro
Aerospace Park in Mexico and in
the manufacturer’s plant in Wichita, Bombardier has also bought a
in which it plans to invest USD600 Learjet 85 full-flight simulator from
million. training partner CAE to help refine
It looks like the aircraft will meet the design of the aircraft. The Learjet
its production deadlines. Ralph Acs, 85 simulator will be housed at
Vice President, Learjet 85, Bombardier Bombardier’s aircraft training centre in
Business Aircraft, said, “The Learjet 85 Montreal, Canada, and used to support
aircraft programme is on track. The the twinjet’s testing and certification
system design has matured and its programme. Meanwhile customer
installation and integration are training on the new simulator is to
on target.” begin in the first quarter of 2013.
The Learjet 85 will have a high- This may be a plastic plane, but there
speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a is nothing remotely gimmicky about the
transcontinental range of up to 3,000 Learjet 85, which is all set to become a
nautical miles (5,556 km). This bodes modern design classic.

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COMPETITOR COMPARISON CHART

LEARJET 85 GULFSTREAM G150 HAWKER 900XP CESSNA SOVEREIGN

LENGTH 24.75 FT 17.67 FT 21.30 FT 25.30 FT

HEIGHT 71 IN (6) 69 IN 69 IN 68 IN
With more space and
VOLUME 665 CU FT 465 CU FT 604 CU FT 556 CU FT
headroom than its
TOTAL BAGGAGE 130 CU FT 80 CU FT 50 CU FT 135 CU FT midsize competitors,
the Learjet 85 gives a
more enjoyable flight

SPECIFICATION IMPERIAL METRIC


LENGTH (EXTERNAL) 68.4 FT 20.84 M
WINGSPAN 61.5 FT 18.75 M
HEIGHT (EXTERNAL) 19.6 FT 5.97 M
CABIN LENGTH 24.75 FT 7.54 M
CABIN WIDTH 6.08 FT 1.85 M
CABIN HEIGHT 5.91 FT 1.8 M
MAXIMUM RANGE (1) 3,000 NM 5,556 KM
WITH IFR RESERVES
MAXIMUM (PASSENGER) SEATING 8
MAXIMUM CRUISE SPEED MACH 0.82
CERTIFIED CEILING 49,000 FT 14,395 M
TAKE-OFF DISTANCE 4,800 FT 1,463 M
MAXIMUM TAKE-OFF WEIGHT 33,500 LBS 15.195 KG

The seating layout makes the cabin


conducive for discussions and meetings
among passengers during flight

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Wagstaff has flown more than 750 aerobatic performances since 1984
Photo courtesy of Patty Wagstaff Airshows, Inc

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PATTY WAGSTAFF

by Ong May Anne

FLY
Wagstaff describes her flying as being hardcore, rock and roll unlimited aerobatics
Photo by Greg Gibson

GAL
AWARD-WINNING AEROBATIC PURSUITS

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IF ANYONE WAS BORN TO FLY, PATTY WAGSTAFF


WAS. With both her father and sister making a living as
commercial airline pilots, her earliest recollections are of
sitting with him in the cockpit. At age 10, her passion for
aviation was well and truly ignited when her dad let her take
the controls of a DC-6.
No surprise then that Patty, famous for her low-level,
hardcore aerobatic routines that entertain spectators at air
shows every year, went on to become the first woman to
garner the US National Aerobatic Champion trophy, an
honour she went on to win three times.
After attending her first air show in Abbotsford,
Canada, in 1983, she was hooked on the idea of performing
aerobatics. “I was blown away by the excitement of the flying
and the camaraderie of the air show performers — and knew
that I wanted to be on the other side of the fence and not
be a spectator.”
With this goal firmly in her sights, she took lessons,
bought a training aerobatic airplane (a Super Decathlon) and
practised every day. Soon, she was flying in air shows and
competing. With grit and determination, she earned a place
on the US national aerobatic team.
In this again, family played a crucial role. “I was very
lucky to have a lot of (family) support because no one
thought that I was crazy to want to compete in aerobatics
and fly air shows,” she says. “We all need to be surrounded
by people who have faith in us.”

Wagstaff’s aerobatics have won the ‘Sword of Excellence’,


one of the air show industry’s most prestigious awards
Photo by Mike Shore

“AEROBATICS IS THE
ULTIMATE IN FLYING”

Faith has taken her far. Her achievements in aviation


have won an impressive list of awards, and seen her
inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
Her airplane, a Goodrich Extra 260, is displayed at the
Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, right next
to Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega.
A well-rounded pilot in every sense, she earned her
Commercial, Instrument, Seaplane and Commercial
Helicopter Ratings; is a Flight and Instrument Instructor;
and is rated and qualified to fly a diverse range of airplanes,
from World War II warbirds to jets. So why her passion
for aerobatics?
Wagstaff’s German-built Extra 300S comes with a
smoke system for added visual surprise in airshows
Photo by Charlie Stewart

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“Aerobatics is the ultimate in “I admit it looks a little crazy at
flying,” explains Wagstaff. “There is times when you see a professional air
great freedom in flying an airplane like show pilot put their airplane through
my Extra 300S. It is capable of doing its paces,” says Wagstaff. But she
almost anything that the pilot can emphasises that air show pilots are AT AGE TEN, HER
think of, so it’s great fun. I also like professionals in every sense of the PASSION FOR
that it focuses me and requires a lot word. “The ones who are not often
of training and practice to be very don’t survive.” AVIATION WAS
good at it.” In keeping with this, Wagstaff’s WELL AND TRULY
This includes the issue of ‘G’ toler- pre-flight rituals are about safety rather
ance, a G being a measure of the force than superstition. Besides completing
IGNITED WHEN DAD
of gravity. Wagstaff says that she pulls a checklist, she always visualises her LET HER TAKE THE
about 10 positive (downward directed) routine. This can change with every CONTROLS OF
Gs and seven negative (upward flight because variable conditions
directed) Gs in her air show routines. such as wind direction, temperature, A DC-6
This is the reason aerobatic pilots need humidity and elevation of the airfield
to keep themselves fit — to endure the can affect the performance of her
physical stress of multiple G forces. airplane.

This summer, Wagstaff will be fighting


forest fires alongside California’s finest
in fire safety
Photo courtesy of the California Department of
Forestry and Fire Protection

WIDE RANGER
Wagstaff has been representing the US in Olympic-level international competitions since 1986
Photo by Mike Shore
She may be best known for her
aerobatic exploits, but Patty
Wagstaff keeps things interesting
Wagstaff is quick to dispel the This disciplined approach has by pursuing a variety of flying
myth that aerobatic pilots are reckless served her well in air shows and jobs. She is a familiar face at
daredevils. On the contrary, she competitions all over the world, international air shows not only for
believes that learning aerobatics makes including some in exotic locales like her aerobatics, but also as a demo
a person a safer and more competent Iceland. Although she’s logged about pilot for Raytheon Aircraft, flying
pilot. She cites the example of Captain 9,000 hours of flying time, Wagstaff their military trainer, the T-6A/B
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, who is not yet ready to take a break. She Texan II. She has also worked as a
made the headlines when he piloted declares, “I would like to fly an air stunt pilot and aerial coordinator
an Airbus A320 to a safe ditching for the film and television industry,
show in Antarctica, so that I can be the
and has given bush and recurrency
in the Hudson River in 2009. While first person to fly an air show on all
training to the pilots of the Kenya
he did not use aerobatics in that seven continents!”
Wildlife Service. In the 2011 fire
particular emergency, Wagstaff believes season, she will be involved in
that Sully’s aerobatic training in the aerial firefighting by serving as
military probably contributed to his an Air Attack Pilot with the
ability to fly the airplane by feel, giving California Department of Forestry
him an advantage that other pilots and Fire Protection.
might not have had.

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PHENOM 100 WORLD TRIP

by Radha Menon

GLOBE
PLOTTERS
AROUND THE WORLD IN A PRIVATE JET

Flying over Kodiak, Alaska, on a round-the-world trip via private jet

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Pilots Jim and Betsy Frost in the cockpit of their Phenom 100

"FLYING OUR THE WORLD HAS BEEN CIRCUMNAVIGATED FOR CENTURIES, by ship,
balloon, motorbike, car, sail boat, and of course, by multi-stop airline ticket.

OWN PLANE But very few, if any, have done it like Jim and Betsy Frost — by flying their
very own private jet.

GAVE US A Jim Frost is a self-described “detail oriented, computer savvy engineer who
loves to fly.” His wife Betsy is a “straightforward analytical girl who likes to have

TREMENDOUS
a good time” and shares Jim’s passion as his “favourite co-pilot in the air and on
the ground.” Inspired by their dream of returning to places they had visited, like

AMOUNT OF
Palau and Phuket, they decided to buy a private jet for their personal pleasure tour.
The intrepid couple took delivery of Embraer’s very first Phenom 100 on

FLEXIBILITY"
December 31, 2008. “We chose this airplane because it was a ‘clean sheet’ design
that offered the performance we were looking for at a very attractive price. The
Phenom was a great plane for this trip,” said Jim.
“Flying our own plane gave us a tremendous amount of flexibility…(like) being
able to choose what country we visited on what day,” says Betsy. “Travelling to
all the countries we did, in the two months it took, simply could not have been
accomplished using traditional airlines. We would have spent one month sitting
at airports.” Besides, there were no airline connections between some of the
destinations the Frosts wanted to go to, like from Bali in Indonesia to Ayers Rock,
Australia. >>

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"WE HAD TO RELY UPON ONE


ANOTHER THROUGH THE
GOOD AND THE BAD, AND IT
HAS MADE US STRONGER"

The sunset on Phuket island was among the Frosts’ most memorable experiences on their trip

Their journey brought them to several wonders of the world — the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, was one

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“If your destination is more than Few have the chance to fly over Ayers Rock, the world’s largest monolith and sacred Aboriginal site
one fuel stop away, always get a in Uluru, Australia
boxed lunch from the hotel so you
have something to eat” — Jim and
Betsy Frost

TRIP NOTES

The Frosts’ first round the world


trip in a Phenom 100:

Started August 29, 2010


Completed October 24, 2010
22 countries and 42 stops
within 56 days
31,462 nm covered in
The Frosts made Cairo, Egypt, another destination on their trip to visit the pyramids of Giza
98 flight hours
Average speed — 321 knots
Average leg — 749 nm Flying the 31,462 nautical mile trip in a little jet “might be difficult for a couple
to do if one spouse was not a pilot, but it is great if both are, as you can share all
Best hotel —
the Burj Al Arab, Dubai the experiences,” said Jim.
A great deal of work and planning was required before and during the journey
Best overall hotel stay —
Amanpuri, Phuket
for this trip of a lifetime. “When flying your own airplane, there is a long list of
important things that must be accomplished before every flight. Checking the
Favourite stop —
weather for the route is at the top of the list. International flights require planning
Palau, Micronesia
for permits, customs details and handling,” Jim pointed out. The Frosts borrowed
Most unusual stop —
a survival pack consisting of shelter items, tools, blankets, hand warmers, power
Kangaroo Island, Australia
bars and more. They also packed a life raft equipped with an Emergency Locator
Best Meal — Terasa U Zlate
Transmitter as well as a desalination kit before setting off.
Studne restaurant, Prague
Adds Betsy, “It helped that both of us are pilots to share the workload, for
Best Handler — planning as well as for flying. This is a trip to take with your spouse. We had to rely
Japan, with Bali a close second
upon one another through the good and the bad, and it has made us stronger.”
Best Surprise — With meticulous planning and blessings from the weather gods, the couple flew
Handling in Russia & India round the world with little misadventure. “The plane exceeded our expectations
Best Value — regarding reliability. There was a bad experience with several snake charmers in
Best Western Hotel in Kodiak Marrakesh, and the driver in Bali whom I thought would kill us before the day was
over. Interestingly enough, most of the narrow squeaks had nothing to do with
flying,” recalls Betsy. >>

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The geothermal Reykjanes lava fields, a warm oasis in subpolar Iceland, was another stop

"MOST OF THE
NARROW SQUEAKS
HAD NOTHING TO
DO WITH FLYING"

>> Jim shares another precaution they took — to


pack some spare parts with them as they were visiting
The Frosts took in the Charles Bridge, one of the most visited sites in the
Czech Republic many remote places. However, they still ran into a small
mechanical situation in Australia when they had to call
Embraer. The manufacturer, who was following their
journey on a daily basis, was quick to track the problem
to a faulty Generator Control Unit and sent a mechanic to
their next stop with a replacement.
What were some of the best moments of their world
trip? “Sitting on the beach at Ku De Ta in Bali at sunset
was a magical experience, as was visiting the Great
Pyramids and walking into the centre of one, and scuba
diving in Palau,” recalls Betsy wistfully. So it comes as no
surprise to hear Jim say, “While we may not go around
the world again, we do plan to go back to some of our
favourite places in our plane.”
Some of the best handling on the journey was provided in Tokyo, Japan

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Dnest Aviation caters to the growing recognition in Malaysia of private planes as productive business tools

DNEST AVIATION

STRAITS
CHARTER
AFTER 12 YEARS AS A MALAYSIAN AIR FORCE PILOT,
CAPT EARNEST KOILPILLAI FOUND HIMSELF FLYING PRIVATE JETS
IN MALAYSIA. TODAY, AS CEO OF DNEST AVIATION SERVICES,
HE SHARES INSIGHTS ON THE INDUSTRY’S PROGRESS IN MALAYSIA.

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DESIGN Q

by Tricia Lim

SIGNATURE
SPACETWO DESIGNERS MOVING UP,
FROM HOT CARS TO FAST JETS
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One option in a world of bespoke aircraft design
possibilities by Design Q in the Airbus A380 ‘Flying Palace’

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T
he term “design cue” is used
in automotive design to A HANDPICKED
describe the special quality
that gives a brand its very own TEAM OF
signature look. British design
consultancy Design Q draws INDUSTRY
EXPERTS
its fundamental work ethos from there.
The ‘Q’ in its name, however, also

DELIVERS
pays homage to James Bond’s gadget
master sidekick — the ever so cranky

STATE-OF-THE-
‘Q’ — without whom Mr Bond would
probably not have survived his many
scrapes with destiny.
Founders Gary Doy and Howard
Guy started Design Q in 1997, giving
ART DESIGN
up plum roles as principle designers
at Jaguar Cars for their adventure.
CONCEPTS
Barely a year into the company’s
existence, work began to come in into reality grew, design commissions
from the aircraft industry. A four-year FROM TOP
followed for luxury interiors in aircraft
contract with Virgin Atlantic Airways and helicopters of VIPs, royalty and
The ABJ Fusion was designed to function as
a flying limousine service for corporate VIPs,
saw the successful launch of the widely celebrities. celebrities, sports teams and musicians
acclaimed Upper Class Seat. Shortly Although the certification and The bespoke VIP interior of this converted
after, a contract arrived to redesign all engineering requirements are broadly Avro RJ70 features a very high quality
classes throughout the fleet of Cathay entertainment system to be enjoyed from
the same in most aircraft interiors, a curved sofa
Pacific Airways. As the company’s every Design Q VIP interior is The wide body of the Avro Explorer Four
reputation for translating radical ideas specifically tailored for a client’s allows for spacious seating

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individual needs and tastes. To
understand the full extent of what that
means, Doy takes us through their
design process. “All customers are
different,” says he. “Some have a clear
view and others prefer to see where
the design process takes them. To help
the customer and the design team,
a ‘personality map’ is developed to
visually define the customer’s style.”
According to Doy, this includes
various aspects of the customer’s
lifestyle, from the car they drive, to
their favourite hotel and restaurant.
Scenarios in which the aircraft may be
used are also considered in creating
the layout and mood of the interior.
Another important consideration is
whether the owners will be leasing the
aircraft for charter or are sensitive to its
resale value. If so, a timeless appeal will
A peek into the private A380 that Design Q says will
soon be known as the world’s most luxurious aircraft
be integrated into its design, in keeping
with industry trends.
Once the brief and overall theme
for the interior have been established,
photorealistic computer generated ren-
derings, based on the plane’s actual >>
The front lounge of the Avro Explorer One features curved sofas wrapped
around a coffee table which conceals a retractable television

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Spacious conference rooms are an option in larger aircraft such as the Airbus A380

The ultimate in exclusivity — a private


lounge inside one’s own private plane

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>> airframe, are created of the entire out that sometimes the biggest hurdle
interior. These images, presented with in the exploration of new ideas is the
material boards of the surface finishes, client. “There is a fear factor, a fear of
give customers a strong idea of the losing customers, a fear of not getting
design and how it feels. Full detailed new ones and a fear of departing from
documents of clients’ expectations are methods and styles that have been
sent to the refurbishment centres, and around and consistent for some time.”
updated during the engineering and While understandable, this resistance
realisation steps. This helps to ensure prevents new development and
“no surprises at the end of the pro- progressively erodes customer interest,
gramme,” according to Doy. which can harm the brand in the
The rear lounge of the Avro Explorer
long run.
THE COMPANY'S
One can extend out to become a
Bombardier surprised them. Guy viewing deck
says, “I was impressed with Bombardier
REPUTATION FOR Learjet’s courage to select a more
contemporary design for the 85, HIGH LUXURY
TRANSLATING and for building the interior exactly

RADICAL IDEAS as it was conceived. It was also a


welcome surprise to see it launched Other VIP jet projects by Design Q

INTO REALITY GREW in contemporary European colours.


This vision has generated a great deal Avro RJ70
of interest from prospective customers In collaboration with BAE
The aviation industry has been
and secured a considerable number of Systems and Inflite Engineering
moving towards more innovative use of
Services, this modern revamp
space in the creation of contemporary (orders). Customers commit to an ever-
of the Avro RJ70 features a
interiors, and the use of higher quality increasing waiting list, due to demand.
mood-lit cabin with double club
finishes. Doy equates this to the influx This is the reward for good design — 4 executive seating, dining and
of “younger and more design aware” but it needed courage and confidence.” divan area, and a separate 12-seat
customers who are looking for the Recently, at the 2010 NBAA show business class seating cabin.
same values in their executive aircraft in Atlanta, Georgia, Design Q launched
as in their luxury homes, cars and their third of five concept planes The Avro Business Jet Explorer
yachts. “Some VIP manufacturers who commissioned by BAE Systems. The One and Explorer Four
have recognised the trends are now ABJ Fusion Jet seats up to 19 in mood- The first two of five commissions
responding with new contemporary lit cabins separated by three distinct by BAE Systems for the Avro
lounge areas with entertainment Business Jet, these bold and
interior concepts to pull the new
innovative concepts deliver a
customers over to their product.” systems that encourage socialising.
range of exceptional interiors
One such manufacturer is “This is aimed at the charter aircraft
for different VIP aircraft market
Bombardier, who commissioned market: product launches, sports teams,
segments.
Design Q to design the Global Flight musicians, celebrities, exclusive travel
Deck. Its successful customer launch market and corporate VIP,” says BAE Airbus A380 — The Flying Palace
led to another commission, this time Systems spokesman David Dorman. “It Teaming up with German
to design the full interior of the is akin to a flying limousine service that engineering specialist Case4de,
Learjet 85 aircraft. In this, Guy points guests enjoy from the time they board Design Q submitted an interior
through to arriving at their destination, proposal for the A380 owned
and then fly back after the event.” by Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal
Fourteen years since the company bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The
started, it has now come full circle. design features for aircraft with
more than 557 sqm floor space
According to Guy, leading automotive
include a grand entrance hall with
companies they work with have grown
floating spiral staircase, a private
more appreciative of aircraft interiors elevator, two main decks, a
and “would like the influence of leading ‘Flying Carpet’ room that projects
jet interiors and flight decks to enhance a bird’s-eye view of the ground
their top luxury automobiles”. Just as below onto the floor within, and
well for them and their clients, Design the very latest in communication
Q is here to help. technology.
text to come

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The Eurocopter X3, a hybrid high-speed helicopter, can fly at heights of 3,810 metres and is capable of 60 degree turns

VIP HELICOPTERS

RECORD
by Allen Roche

ROTATION THE DAWN OF THE SUPER-FAST LUXURY HELICOPTER

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I
n the world of private aviation,
the helicopter has always been
the smaller, noisier and less
luxurious alternative to the
private jet. But in spite of lesser
comfort and a slower cruise
speed of about 260 km/h, its ability
to land and take-off vertically in
tight spaces has made top corporate
executives recognise the helicopter as
an essential complement to private jets.
That perception of helicopters
is set to change. Two of the world’s
best-known helicopter manufacturers,
Sikorsky and Eurocopter, are en route
to producing helicopters with edge The X2 demonstrator set an unofficial helicopter speed record by flying at 463 km/h in September 2010
enough to compete with commuter and
private jet services.

HELICOPTERS
Sikorsky’s X2 prototype, developed
as a light tactical helicopter, has a two-

WITH EDGE
seat airframe fitted with a pair of four-
bladed helicopter rotors mounted one

ENOUGH TO
above the other. These turn in opposite
directions, resulting in a quieter ride.

COMPETE WITH
At its tail, the highly unconventional
six-blade rotor faces backward like

COMMUTER AND
a boat propeller to provide thrust
and improves acceleration. This

PRIVATE JET
revolutionary configuration minimises Sikorsky’s X2 prototypes are committed
to advancing military rotary wing
vibrations, enhances low-speed technology and operations

SERVICES
handling, improves hovering efficiency
and enables simple transition to high
speed — all characteristics successfully INSIDE SPEED
demonstrated during test flights.
In September 2010, the X2 hit The X3 sports a generous airframe
a speed of 460 km/h in level flight, that allows for a much larger cabin for A peek at what makes the
marking an unofficial speed record cargo or several passengers. Two Rolls- Sikorsky X2 an airspeed
for a helicopter and a victory in Royce engines drive a five-blade rotor record-breaking helicopter
Sikorsky’s goal to make the world’s system, complemented by two five-
blade propellers set on short-span fixed Vibration Reduction System
fastest helicopter. “Our primary key
Detects vibrations and counters
performance parameter has been met,” wings to reduce the drag of the rotors.
them with a force that moves in
said Jim Kagdis, Program Manager The result is an unusual but stylish
the opposite direction. Lessening
for Sikorsky Advanced Programs. helicopter with jet-like features. vibrations gives a sturdier,
Until then, the world’s fastest These advances in rotor technology, speedier flight.
helicopter has been the British noise reduction, safety through state-
Westland Lynx ZB-500, which set of-the-art guidance systems, and Fly-by-Wire Control
a record of 400.8 km/h in 1986. business and communication tools are Integrated fly-by-wire computer-
Barely two weeks after the X2’s slated to come with VIP standards in aided electronics enhance
cabin comfort and executive style. pilot control of the helicopter.
record, Eurocopter revealed its X3,
Faster, easier and safer flight
a demonstration hybrid high-speed For high-powered executives who
becomes possible by eliminating
helicopter. Tests have confirmed the demand optimised travel time, flying
heavy mechanical and hydraulic
X3’s excellent vertical takeoff and to the doorstep of a business meeting connections that would otherwise
landing capabilities, as well as stability without having to wait for taxi and aid control of the helicopter.
and ease of handling. It is expected to takeoff times is a tempting proposition.
prove a cruise speed of 410 km/h when While the promise of the X2 and Pusher Propeller
tests resume in March 2011. “We do X3 prototypes will take some years Sikorsky’s radical high-speed
not aim at breaking the speed record to translate into commercially viable pusher prop gives the X2 more
aircraft options, what is certain is that thrust and acceleration than
but to offer to our customers cost
conventional helicopter tail
efficiency at high speed,” says Jean- the face and pace of helicopters in
propellers, boosting its speed.
Michel Billig, Executive Vice-President private aviation has been marked for
of R&D at Eurocopter. change.

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A Catalina on a memorial flight in honour of Royal Australian Air Force squadrons that served in World War II
Photo by LAC Leigh Cameron, Australian Department of Defence © Commonwealth of Australia

THE CATALINA FLYING BOAT

by Steve Slater

WINGS ON
WATER FLYING BOATS, FADING LEGENDS
OF HUMAN FLIGHT

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M
ention flying boats, entered service in 1936 and set records
and an era of bygone by flying from their base in San Diego
travel romance is to as far as Cuba and Hawaii. To
evoked. Born of the achieve this level of performance,
grand art-deco era the PBY pioneered innovations which
of the 1930s, these are still in use on current aircraft.
Wartime Catalina ‘boats’ were the The 31.7-metre span wing, mounted
mainstay of long on a central pylon above the fuselage,
crews often spoke of distance aerial transport before faster was one of the first examples of a
placing their faith in land-based aircraft. The creation ‘wet wing’ structure. Instead of using
of long runways during the Second individual tanks to carry fuel, the whole
the Holy Trilogy: “God, World War marked their swansong. wing structure is sealed to take fuel.
One flying boat, however, was This allows about 5,500 litres to be
Pratt and Whitney” destined for longer-lasting success. carried, sufficient to keep the aircraft
More than 2,000 examples of the in the air for up to 36 hours at a time.
Consolidated PBY, better known as The PBY is powered by two
the Catalina, were built and around Pratt and Whitney R-1830 Twin
Jesse Rhodes Waller, a World War II 20 are still flying after more than Wasp radial piston engines, whose
Aviation Ordnanceman, on his way to seven decades of unmatched civil and reliability became legend. Wartime
install a M1919 Browning machine gun
military service on every continent. Catalina crews often spoke of placing
in a US Navy PBY plane in August 1942
Photo by Howard R Hollem for the United States
The original PBY patrol boats, their faith in the Holy Trilogy: “God,
Office of War Information designated ‘PBY’ by the US Navy, Pratt and Whitney”. >>

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While the earlier examples were


pure flying boats with no ability to
operate on dry land other than to be
beached for maintenance, in 1939, the
PBY-5A model combined a tricycle
undercarriage with a floating hull
to create an amphibian capable of
operating from land and sea. It was this
model which predominated through the
dark years of the Second World War.
Even before Japan’s attack on
Pearl Harbour, the British, Canadian
and Australian air forces had taken
delivery of PBYs, naming them
‘Catalina’ after the island off the
California coast. The name was
subsequently adopted in America.
The aircraft’s parasol wing and large
waist blisters gave superb visibility.
This, combined with the PBY’s long
range and endurance, made it well
suited for maritime patrols in search
of German U-boats whose attacks were
decimating shipping convoys crossing
the Atlantic.

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British, Canadian and Australian air
forces named the PBYs ‘Catalina’ after
the island off the California coast

The Royal New Zealand Air Force 6


Squadron’s Catalina at Halavo Bay,
Solomon Islands
Photo courtesy of the Jenny Scott Collection
www.Flickr.com/photos/Adelaide_Archivist

TWICE
THE FUN

“To handle a flying boat, one


needs to combine flying skills
with the marine knowledge of a
ship’s master,” says Keith Sissons,
one of the last licensed flying
boat captains, and with over 40
years experience flying Catalinas.
For example, once both
RNZAF 6 Squadron takes off from a seaplane base in Segond Channel in October 1943 engines starts and the craft
Photo courtesy of the Jenny Scott Collection www.Flickr.com/photos/Adelaide_Archivist moves, it needs to taxi in circles
as they warm up. In calm
conditions, the wake created
can help takeoff by breaking the
suction under the boat’s hull,
Catalinas destroyed 40 U-boats, but speeding acceleration.
they suffered many losses to their own. “Every Catalina flight is
Pilots pressing home their attacks in different,” says Sissons with a
the face of heavy defensive fire won twinkle in his eye. “Nothing beats
two Victoria Crosses. An RAF Catalina messing about in boats”.
also located the German battleship
Bismarck on May 26, 1941, foiling her
attempts to evade Royal Navy forces. pitched screams made as they fell kept
OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE In June 1942, Catalinas spotted the Japanese soldiers scrambling for cover.
FROM TOP LEFT
Japanese fleet approaching Midway There was similar heroism from the
The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) 205
Squadron used Catalinas to patrol
Island, marking the beginning of the crews of Search and Rescue Catalinas,
the Far East during World War II Battle of Midway. often picking up sailors or downed
Photo courtesy of RAF © UK MOD Crown In the Pacific, several squadrons of aircrew in the face of enemy fire. In
Copyright 2010 Catalinas were modified to operate as August 1945, a single PBY, designed to
Beaching crew bring a RNZAF night raiders. Painted matt black to aid carry a crew of six, rescued 56 sailors
Catalina onto land at Halavo Bay,
Solomon Islands, 1944-45
their stealth, the ‘Black Cats’ attacked from the USS Indianapolis after the ship
Japanese supply convoys at night, was torpedoed.
Photo courtesy of the Jenny Scott Collection
www.Flickr.com/photos/Adelaide_Archivist sinking 112,700 tons of shipping and Before the war ended, commercial
A US Navy Consolidated PBY damaging 10 Japanese warships. air travel had begun to use Catalinas
Catalina at the Naval Air Station The Royal Australian Air Force as well. In terms of time aloft, the
Corpus Christi, Texas (USA), in
August 1942 also operated Catalinas as night weekly Qantas flights flown between
Photo by Howard R Hollem for the United States
raiders, mounting operations deep 1943 and 1945 from Perth to Colombo
Office of War Information into Japanese-held territory. To in Sri Lanka made aviation history.
This Catalina, bought and restored make up for a shortage of bombs, the Dubbed ‘flight of the double sunrise’,
by the Catalina Club of New
Zealand, is now the only air-worthy
crews became notorious for dropping its passengers saw two sunrises during
PBY-5A in Australasia empty beer bottles with razor blades their non-stop 5,652 km journey, which
Photo courtesy of the Catalina Club of NZ inserted into the necks. The high- took between 28 and 32 hours. >>

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This RNZAF 5 Squadron Catalina


was withdrawn from service in 1953

During the 1940s and early 1950s,


as military examples were disposed
of, many airlines added Catalinas to
their fleets. They were among the first
aircraft used by Garuda, Indonesia’s
national airline, as well as Cathay
Pacific, whose Catalinas plied between
Hong Kong and Macau.
Other Catalinas were used for
‘Guardian of the sea, guardian of the sky’ was the motto of the UK
aerial surveys or converted into private Royal Air Force (RAF) 240 Squadron, which operated this Catalina
flying yachts. Most surviving aircraft Photo courtesy of RAF © UK MOD Crown Copyright 2010

today, however, are carefully restored


museum pieces. A few continue to
work as flying fire fighters.
The Catalina pioneered fighting
isolated forest fires by skimming a
“Every Catalina flight is
lake’s surface to scoop 4000 kg of
water into a tank, to be dumped on
different, nothing beats
the fire. It is an amazing testament
to these veteran craft that as many
messing about in boats”
as 120 of these touch-and-go landings
a day can still be handled by their
venerable structures. Long may
they continue.

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by Charlie Streeter

CAPTAIN SPEAKING...
WHY DO WE STILL NEED PILOTS ANYWAY?

W
hen imagining the aircraft of the future, It’s usually small stuff that happens during
one of the older aviation jokes comes flight, perhaps a low-priority malfunction, but the
to mind. It goes like this: “In the ideal autopilot and flight computer provide relief in the
cockpit there would be two animals, a pilot modern cockpit, freeing the pilot to fully focus on
and a dog. The pilot will be there to feed troubleshooting the problem at hand. Otherwise, even
the dog, and the dog will be there to bite the pilot if he our mythical fearless aviator could get distracted and
tries to touch anything.” turn a simple issue into a big accident.
There is some truth behind the humour. Today’s jet But what happens in a scenario unanticipated by
pilot is trained to let aircraft automation fly the plane aerospace engineers? A software glitch in a flight
— to sit back and watch the big picture of the flight computer could have tragic consequences because a
unfold, and resist the temptation to do all the flying computer is only as smart as the information it gets. It’s
himself. This prevents the hazard of micro-managing the ‘garbage in, garbage out’ theory — and reason enough
his way to distraction and developing tunnel vision, for us pilots to take a cautious view of computers.
often the first link in what safety experts call the “error Proof of that was recently witnessed in Singapore
chain”. when an Airbus 380 experienced an uncontained engine
In this regard, most would agree that cockpit failure. Early reports showed that almost all major
automation is an airplane’s best safety feature. In fact, aircraft systems were damaged. Fortunately, there was
in order to pack more airplanes into our congested a crew of several senior captains on board who quickly
skies, today’s airspace systems mandate that pilots use realised that the emergency checklist did not have an
the autopilot. This is because planes are allowed to answer for their situation.
fly closer to each other only if they can navigate more One of the procedures even (incorrectly) instructed
precisely. In this case, the computer does a better job of the pilots to transfer fuel into the leaking tank. Only
flying than the pilot. the sheer awareness, experience, inventiveness and
Yet the idea of a computer controlling an aircraft improvisational skills of the pilots got the airplane back
always seems to disappoint people. It busts the on the ground safely, stopping with just 150 metres of
romantic myth of the fearless aviator shoving the remaining runway. It was a feat no computer could have
throttles forward, grasping the yoke and hurtling accomplished.
his flying machine into the skies, cheating fate with There have been a few times, during a long flight
a cocktail of skill, luck and the occasional tap on an when, slipping across the night sky staring down at
instrument window while pleading, “Come on, baby!” the vastness of the Pacific Ocean and listening to the
That gets people wondering: “Don’t you get bored co-pilot’s stories I’ve heard 50 times before, I drift
just sitting there watching the autopilot fly the plane?” off and wonder about that flying dog in the joke.
Well, the secret is that boredom is usually a good thing However, each time I think the dog might be a better
— it means that everything is going according to plan. conversationalist, I consider the potential for human
There is another secret though — nothing ever goes resourcefulness, and decide I still prefer to have my dog
according to plan. at home. Not in my cockpit.

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“THERE IS ANOTHER SECRET THOUGH —
NOTHING EVER GOES ACCORDING TO PLAN”

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PRESIDENTIAL SUITES

by Carol Lee

SUITE
SEOUL
THE CAPITAL OF SOUTH KOREA ENJOYS
A NEW DECADE OF AFFLUENCE

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The Seoul National Capital Area is the world’s
second largest metropolitan area
Photo courtesy of Korea Tourism Organisation

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SOUTH KOREA, A HARD WORKING


ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE TO
BE RECKONED WITH. GROWING
INTERNATIONAL STATUS, HIGHLY
EDUCATED PEOPLE AND EFFICIENT,
The Extreme Wow suite bedroom
at W Seoul - Walkerhill FORWARD THINKING MANUFACTURING
ENTITIES. THAT KOREA IS NOW ALSO
WOW TIME ENJOYING A RENAISSANCE OF STYLE
AND GLAMOUR, REFLECTED IN THE
You know you are in for a different GROWING APPRECIATION OF KOREAN
experience with a suite called
Extreme Wow. This stylish residence POP CULTURE AROUND THE WORLD.
at the W Seoul – Walkerhill gives
you all creature comforts and One of the largest cities in the world, Seoul lies at the heart of the country.
more. Located on the 13th floor, it is This modern capital, often dubbed as the ‘miracle on the Han’, has over 10
shamelessly filled with indulgences.
million inhabitants in unabashed competition with North Asian neighbours,
Enter the 237 sqm suite and you
Tokyo and Shanghai.
are ‘wowed’ by a view of the Acha
Mountain and Han River. A dash
There is an unstoppable energy in this city, which thankfully also has
of whimsy shows in the 10-person many top-notch places to accommodate those with demanding business
dining room with an LED-illuminated schedules — and corresponding tastes. The best suites in the city often offer a
floor that changes from red to green distinctive blend of East and West. Visitors can pick from traditional Korean
to blue. And if one 50-inch plasma accommodation or contemporary residences. Some rooms offer views of the
TV is good, then three is better. surrounding mountains and river, a soothing respite from the city’s hustle and
There is also a well-stocked wine bustle. Whatever your choice, Seoul offers a unique Asian flavour that must be
cellar and a four-person Jacuzzi. savoured to be truly appreciated.
The W signature bed and its 400
thread count sheets help you get
a good night’s sleep. The hotel is The 1,200-year-old Bongeunsa Temple
15 minutes away from Seoul’s city amid high-rises is symbolic of Seoul —
modern, but with a heart for its heritage
centre but that is little to complain
about when you get to luxuriate in Photo courtesy of Korea Tourism Organisation

fresh mountain air and all that luxury.

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The Royal Suite living
room at The Plaza

Newly renovated and located in the heart of downtown Seoul,


The Plaza reopened just last year as a luxury boutique
business hotel boasting convenience and style for the high-end
business traveller. Its finest room is the Royal Suite, classically
European in design, with warm colours and Asian motifs.
The living room is gracefully furnished and fitted with luxury
conveniences. Business is made easy with a study equipped
with high speed internet and Wi-Fi. A 12-person dining room
is more than adequate for entertaining business partners and
guests. However, it is not all work at the Royal Suite. Sweet
The Plaza’s Royal Suite dining room
dreams come easily when you go to bed in the master bedroom
works well for business or pleasure
under a fine goose down duvet, after washing off the stresses of
the day in the bathroom’s oversized tub, pampered by Hermès
bath amenities. >>

SEOUL OFFERS A UNIQUE ASIAN FLAVOUR THAT


MUST BE SAVOURED TO BE TRULY APPRECIATED

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>> Sited conveniently opposite the COEX


Convention and Exhibition Center, the
Park Hyatt is a modern 24-storey building.
Check-in for its Presidential Suite happens in
the lobby on the 24th level. Floor-to-ceiling
views of the city help you relax in the suite’s
160 sqm of luxury. There are living, dining,
dressing and work areas, as well as a fireplace,
pantry and bar. Guests are further spoilt by a
50-inch flat screen TV, high speed Internet,
Bang & Olufsen stereo, 24-hour concierge
services, and a bedroom with a king-size bed.
In the bathroom, an oversized granite bath
features a rain shower, spa tub, stone massage
table and a yukata robe and slippers.
Park Hyatt’s plush yet contemporary
Presidential Suite living room

For business privacy, the Royal Suite at Lotte Hotel Seoul appears
to have an edge. It is possibly the reason why it has been the choice
THE BEST SUITES IN THE
of numerous celebrities, VIPs and top diplomats over the years. CITY OFTEN OFFER A
An exclusive elevator carries you and your entourage to the suite in
the new wing of the hotel. You step out into a huge 460 sqm suite,
DISTINCTIVE BLEND OF
decorated in earthy beiges and browns. State-of-the-art facilities EAST AND WEST
installed include a security system and conference room with
projector. A bedroom for your secretary, a personal dry sauna, fitness
equipment and personal butler service complete the experience.
Only phone reservations are accepted for the Royal Suite.

The Royal Suite living room


at the Lotte Hotel Seoul

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The Presidential Suite living room
at the Westin Chosun Seoul

CONTACTS

Park Hyatt Seoul


995-14 Daechi 3-dong Gangna -gu
Seoul 135-502
The Presidential Suite at The Westin Chosun Seoul earned its name quite T: +82 2 2016 1234
literally, being once home to former Korean President Syngman Rhee. The suite is F: +82 2 2016 1200
now a spacious haven for travelling high-powered individuals. Located conveniently E: seoul.park@hyatt.com
in downtown Seoul, the 310 sqm suite is designed like a luxury Manhattan W: seoul.park.hyatt.com
penthouse, with high ceilings and modern décor for an opulent ambience. Guests
have a full kitchen with designer appliances at their disposal, a bedroom with Lotte Hotel Seoul
the Westin’s signature Heavenly Bed, and a living room. A networked ‘Strategic 1 Sogong-Dong, Jung-Gu
Meeting Centre’ makes communicating and doing business easy. Seoul 100-721
T: +82 2 759 7311
F: +82 2 773 4910
www.lottehotelseoul.com

The Plaza
23 Taepyeongno 2-ga, Jung-Gu
Seoul 100-864
T: +82 2 771 2200
F: +82 2 755 8897
E: theplaza@hoteltheplaza.com
www.hoteltheplaza.com

The Shilla Seoul


202 Jangchung-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu
Seoul 100-856
T: +82 2 2233 3131
F: +82 2 2233 5073
E: reserve@shilla.net
www.shilla.net

W Seoul – Walkerhill
175 Achaseong-Gil
Gwangjin-Gu
Seoul 143-708
The living room The term ‘fit for a king’ certainly applies after reading the T: +82 2 465 2222
of the Presidential F: +82 2 450 4989
guest list of the Presidential Suite at The Shilla Seoul.
Suite at The
Several former US and Russian presidents, UK’s Princess E: wseoul@whotels.com
Shilla Seoul
Anne and Spain’s King Juan Carlos have stayed here. Guests www.wseoul.com
are welcomed by a reception area featuring a 3-metre high
The Westin Chosun Seoul
ceiling, Austrian crystal chandelier, sculptures and art pieces.
87 Sogong-Dong, Jung-gu
Warm earth tones accented with gold motifs put guests at Seoul 100-070
ease, aided with fine facilities and a 24-hour butler service. T: +82 2 771 0500
The suite is equipped with a living room, office, private sauna F: +82 2 752 1443
and bathroom with Jacuzzi. A small banquet can be prepared E: crm@chosunhotel.co.kr
in the kitchen if you choose to entertain and relax in the www.echosunhotel.com
dining room.

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ST REGIS LHASA

by Ong May Ann

regal
r eso r t
THE ROOF OF THE WORLD WELCOMES
A LUXURIOUS NEW HAVEN

Rising from the site of a former royal palace, the majestic


Potala Palace and its rugged location epitomises Tibet

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The St Regis Lhasa, Tibet’s first luxury property, makes a stunning first impression

"ABODE OF THE GODS" IS A


REFERENCE TO LHASA'S ALTITUDE
AND SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE

D
azzling sunshine throughout the year, sweeping Nearby Norbulinka — literally meaning ‘The Jewelled
panoramas and an enduring ancient culture. If Park’ — was the traditional summer residence of the
this is your idea of paradise, Lhasa could well Dalai Lama. The spiritual crown jewel of Tibet, however,
be nirvana. The political and cultural centre of is Jokhang Temple. Pilgrims trek here daily to rub their
Tibet, it is perched over spectacular mountainous foreheads against sacred images in an act of devotion, while
terrain and boasts equally majestic man-made attractions. tourists soak in the reverent ambiance capable of softening
Rising 3,650 metres above sea level, this storied city the most hardened cynic.
is often referred to as the ‘Roof of the World’ for good A short drive away, the mountains give way to the
reason. The locals, on the other hand, call it “Abode of seemingly endless expanse of one of China’s most scenic
the Gods”, a reference to its altitude and spiritual significance. lakes, the aptly named Heavenly Lake Namtso.
The UNESCO World Heritage sites of Potala Palace, These wonders used to be but a distant dream for
Norbulingka and Jokhang Temple are all here. travellers unwilling to rough it out in relatively spartan
Potala Palace was the principal residence of Tibet’s conditions. That is, until the St Regis Lhasa Resort opened
spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, until 1959 when the 14th its doors in November 2010.
(and current) Dalai Lama moved to India in self-imposed As the first luxury property in Tibet, the St Regis Lhasa
exile. This intriguing building, the labour of 8,000 workers, Resort has made even the most jaded travellers sit up and take
is now a museum housing stunning relics as well as the notice. No effort has been spared in creating all the amenities
remains of previous Dalai Lamas. and atmosphere that one would expect of a top-tier hotel.

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The garden, with its lake and view of Potala Palace, lures guests from their rooms

At the same time, the resort retains the strong flavour of


its unique location, mere minutes from the city’s heritage
sites. For starters, one is struck by how the awe-inspiring
landscape is reflected in the architecture of the St Regis
Lhasa Resort. This includes a lake as well as a roofline that
mimics the backdrop of Himalayan peaks. In addition, the
A ROOFLINE MIMICS
property design is notable for incorporating many sustainable
and eco-friendly features. For example, technology that
THE BACKDROP OF
harnesses solar and geothermal energy, and an underground
system that recycles water. Even the restaurants and spa at
HIMALAYAN PEAKS
the resort use locally-sourced produce and herbs.
Internally, resort decor echoes the traditional shapes
and colours that are instantly recognisable hallmarks of
local culture. Warm timbers are evident, punctuated by red
lacquer pillars and precious objects dotting the reception
and dining areas. Although brand new and brimming with
modern facilities, the building successfully conveys a sense
of timeless tranquillity.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP


Potala Palace is located minutes away from the St Regis Lhasa Resort
Jokhang Temple fuses architectural influences from Indian monasteries,
the Chinese Tang Dynasty and Nepalese designs
Photo by Wilson Loo www.flickr.com/kwloo

Two gilt-bronze golden deer flank the ‘Wheel of Doctrine’ on the roof
of Jokhang temple Photo by Namealus www.flickr.com/namealus
Traditional Tibetan motifs, like the artwork on the walls, adorn each room

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The lobby’s glass walls perfectly frame the view of the garden, and Potala Palace beyond it

Guest accommodation consists of 122 rooms, 12 suites and 28 private


villas, all fitted with custom-designed furnishings. Despite the remote
location, they boast creature comforts such as luxurious linens, high-speed
Internet access and plasma television sets, not to mention sprawling marble
bathrooms with rain showers.
The resort’s lavish Tupo Presidential Suite offers generous living spaces
spread out over 254 sqm. Named after an ancient Tibetan dynasty, looking
out the windows, the views of Potala Palace are a picturesque reminder of
the living history that surrounds the resort. Inside, occupants can expect
to be cocooned in complete privacy and luxury accented by artifacts
Relax in the Iridium Spa’s resplendent
recounting Tibet’s rich culture and heritage. The two bedrooms come
golden-tiled pool
with king-sized beds, while the bathroom features Bulgari amenities and
a Jacuzzi. The grand living room, 15-seater dining salon and full kitchen
create the perfect environment for entertaining. In-room entertainment
throughout the suite comes courtesy of a Bose 5.1 home theatre system
INNER PEACE
complete with five flat screen televisions, including a 52-inch screen.
Another pampering feature of the resort is the renowned St Regis butler
service. At the beck and call of guests, personal butlers extend a gracious The tranquillity of Lhasa presents
welcome, unpack suitcases, and take care of requests ranging from dinner visitors with the opportunity to
reservations to excursions and shoe shining. unwind and reconnect with their
No luxury stay is complete without satisfying the palate. With this in inner selves. For this, the Iridium
mind, the St Regis Lhasa Resort is home to three diverse restaurants, each spa at the St Regis Lhasa Resort
one specialising in a particular cuisine. Aside from familiar international offers delightful assistance.
An indulgent serenity is
favourites, traditional Cantonese and Sichuan dishes are served amidst
whispered throughout the entire
unspoilt vistas. More adventurous diners may opt for authentic Tibetan and
spa: in the glowing golden tiles
Nepalese food. For a romantic tete-a-tete or discreet business negotiations, of the heated pool, the peaceful
guests can request private dining rooms. meditation garden, and in private
An elegant wine bar and a relaxing tea room complete the gastronomic treatment rooms. Therapists use
experience. Oenophiles and casual tipplers alike will appreciate Decanter locally cultivated botanicals such
by Haut-Brisson. Done in the style of an intimate private club, the bar as cypress and azalea leaves to
carries an extensive range of wines, liquors and cigars, the widest selection give traditional Tibetan herbal
anywhere in Tibet. In the Drawing Room, guests may imbibe local, treatments, ensuring that guests
imported and even vintage tea blends, while those with a sweet tooth can receive a truly distinctive and
explore the assorted pastries and desserts. memorable spa experience
unavailable anywhere else in
The St Regis Lhasa Resort sets out to bring its guests an “exotic yet
the world.
familiar” experience. It succeeds superlatively by marrying the rugged,
remote beauty of Tibet with unadulterated luxury and style.

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Enjoy the view from 122 floors up at the world’s highest


restaurant the At.mosphere, at the Burj Khalifa, Dubai

AT.MOSPHERE

by Katrina Balmaceda

PEAK OF
TASTE
MOOD, FOOD, AND A VIEW TO BEAT

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IN THE RACE FOR SUPERLATIVES, it for business or for pleasure, smaller
Dubai seems to be getting the last groups can also savour the barbecued
laugh — again. The world’s tallest goodness of Cheer’s creations at the
performing fountain, world’s largest grill’s private room with a chef’s table
floating cruise restaurant, even the for 12.
longest wooden chopsticks — this For all the opulence at the
city in the Middle East has grabbed At.mosphere, restraint is exercised
the world’s attention. Now here is when it comes to sourcing ingredients.
yet something new: At.mosphere, the The restaurant serves organic poultry
world’s highest restaurant. And where and imported lamb from New Zealand,
else would it be located, of course, but and avoids endangered species like
in the world’s tallest building, the Burj bluefin tuna. A New Zealand native,
Khalifa. Cheer consciously avoids using
Ambience is a part of any fine creatures from the red fish list, a tally
dining experience, as it is for of over-fished species compiled by
At.mosphere. Even the most jaded environmental advocate Greenpeace
diner would find it difficult to mock NZ. But this is no restraint to being
a view from 442 metres up — a creative and experimental. One of the
front row seat to one of the world’s restaurant’s most unique dishes, says
more dynamic cities, cradled by the Cheer, is roasted seabass served with
Arabian Gulf. The sight is particularly dolce forte sauce with pears, celeriac
Chef Dwayne Cheer’s 15-year recommended in the late afternoon and baby gem lettuce. The beef is also
culinary journey has taken him colours of dusk, or at nightfall, as the a must-try, as it is done in a charcoal
from a fish-and-chip shop to the
rare circle that embraces world’s
city lights up. grill oven that imparts a smoky,
highest fine dining restaurant Yet, the At.mosphere is not only barbecued flavour that electrical grills
memorable for its view, but also for its can’t imitate.
food. Executive Chef Dwayne Cheer Many have been drawn to
challenges himself with the menu, to At.mosphere since it opened in
channel his creativity and culinary flair. January for the experience of dining
EVEN THE MOST One tempting offer at At.mosphere in the highest restaurant in the
JADED DINER WOULD is its choice of two dining options.
Depending on the mood or occasion,
world, and to feast visually on a city
known for beautiful architecture. But
FIND IT DIFFICULT TO one can relax and mingle over tapas once diners have had their fill of the
MOCK A VIEW FROM and drinks in the lounge, or enjoy a
heartier meal over at the grill. For a
novelty, will they return? Given the
talk At.mosphere is generating among
442 METRES UP A more intimate gathering, the lounge’s circles of fine diners, new heights of
FRONT ROW SEAT TO private room seats up to 35 guests. Be culinary pleasure are expected.

ONE OF THE WORLD'S


MORE DYNAMIC CITIES,
CRADLED BY THE
ARABIAN GULF

A chef’s table for 12 provides a VIP setting


for the enjoyment of grilled specialties

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LIFE

EVEREST SKYDIVE

by Christine de Felice

Jumping from an oxygen-thin altitude, skydiver Peter Rotelle is one of the rare few to see Everest as a drop zone

HIM A LAYA N
HI G H
TAKING THE PLUNGE FROM THE WORLD’S HIGHEST PEAK

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“EVEREST SKYDIVE
The word ‘Everest’ evokes thoughts of the conquest of the
world’s highest peak by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. But
IS A HALO SKYDIVE”
for an elite group of extreme sport types, it now symbolises
the world’s highest drop zone. It involves jumping out of
a small plane over 100 metres above the icy peak, followed to protect against the extreme cold, but also to withstand
by a freefall past frozen slopes to land at an altitude where speeds of up to 400 km/h, (keep the equipment) on and
normal skydiving begins. functioning correctly during freefall.”
Skydiving over Everest is unlike parachuting over Despite complex logistic difficulties, an inaugural expe-
anywhere else in the world, according to Wendy Smith, dition and jump was first attempted in 2008 by a team of
pioneer and now chief coordinator of Everest Skydive. She international skydivers — both amateurs and professionals.
points out, “Everest Skydive is a HALO skydive.” HALO A year later, another team returned, brought together by
is a military acronym for High Altitude-Low Opening or Suman Pandey, owner of Explore Himalaya, one of Nepal’s
High Altitude-Low Oxygen, which paints well the extreme top trekking and Everest expedition companies. The
conditions for this sporting adventure. team consisted of three from the 2008 expedition (Wendy
Smith says, “That means we need a complete fitted Smith, Tom Noonan and Dr Ryan Jackson) and others with
oxygen system to survive during the jump. We take off at extensive skydiving experience. After 22 days in Nepal,
12,400 feet (3,780 metres) — the normal exit altitude for a they concluded that the concept of skydiving at Everest
regular skydive, and exit at 29,500 feet (8,990 metres) where was commercially viable. So, with the full support of the
temperatures range from -20 to -45 degrees Celsius. Special Nepalese government, military, tourism board and the
thermal suits, gloves and goggles are required not only nation’s people, Everest Skydive was born. >>

When the parachute opens, one slows down to enjoy a view that very few ever get to see
All photos courtesy of www.wendysmithaerial.com

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“WE WERE SO HIGH UP THERE, SO CLOSE TO MOUNT


EVEREST, THAT WE COULD SEE THE CLIMBERS”

>> It brings an adventure of a lifetime to just 25 Syangboche, reputedly the world’s highest airstrip.
people a year. In October 2010, the third Everest Skydive expedition
For this, participants must provide their measurements saw tandem jumps done by USA National Geographic
on registration, so that personal flight suits and expedition photojournalist Chris Rainier, Canadian journalist Joanie
jackets can be customised. Specially designed for comfort Nasher, Klaus Gatcher from Switzerland and Le Mans
and warmth, they are the result of consultations with various racecar driver Nick Leventis from the UK.
skydiving specialists, and are commissioned and produced Two experienced skydivers, Roger Hoe from England
in Nepal. Everest Skydive takes pride in supporting Nepal’s and Peter Rottelle from Germany, made solo jumps. Hoe,
economy as much as possible. They are also training who turned 65 a few weeks after his jump, holds the record
Nepalese guides, skydive instructors and even pilots, all of for being the oldest skydiver to jump solo from 28,000
whom have made summits in the Everest region. feet (8,535 metres). Both men described their jump as the
The company offers two skydiving experiences. Solo experience of a lifetime — “beautiful and unforgettable.”
jumpers with a parachuting D licence can jump and land Rottelle, who has made 2,500 jumps since 1968, said, “We
at 5,240 metres, and jumpers with more than 200 jumps were so high up there, so close to Mount Everest, that we
under their belt or C licence experience can land at 3,780 could see the climbers.”
metres. Those who have never jumped before or lack The next chance to skydive over Everest is in October this
sufficient experience can do a tandem jump with one of the year. As Smith explains, “October is the best season for stable
company’s experienced skydivers, landing at 3,780 metres on weather in the Himalayas, and also summit season for Everest.”

Everest — majestic, foreboding and mesmerising — painted in the last rays of sunlight for the day

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Happy skydivers enjoy Kala Patthar, the
5,530-metre Himalayan summit known
for its spectacular views of Everest

FLIGHT NOTES

Without the required skydiving experience to solo, Canadian journalist Joanie


Nasher enjoys the thrill through a tandem jump with a veteran instructor Everest Skydive has philanthropy
The point of no return as its primary focus — it supports
the local Nepalese people and
raises funds for the international
“WE TAKE OFF AT 12,400 FEET — THE NORMAL children’s charity, Global Angels.
Skydivers jump from the Swiss-
EXIT ALTITUDE FOR A REGULAR SKYDIVE” manufactured Pilatus Porter PC6,
flown by Tara Air. Participants stay
The whole adventure lasts for 14 days, and includes at five-star hotels in Kathmandu
sightseeing and trekking in this breathtakingly beautiful and at Sherpa lodges on the
World Heritage National Park. Three to four days are mountain during their high-altitude
set aside to ensure getting good jump weather and for trekking sojourn.
Sites visited include the
acclimatisation in the mountain environment. Participants
Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist
get video recordings and photographs of their jump as a
stupa in Nepal, and the 15th
permanent record of their achievement. Truth be said, it’s century Palace of 55 windows.
unlikely any of them will ever forget the adrenalin high of
falling through thin air and crippling cold to defy death over www.everest-skydive.com
one of the most amazing wonders of our planet.

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MERCY RELIEF

by Kirsten Tan

PRIORITY
ACCESS
HOW PRIVATE AVIATION CAN SAVE LIVES

Small aircraft from


Susi Air helped fly
in relief observers,
like Singapore’s
Speaker of
Parliament
Abdullah Tarmugi,
to the Meulaboh
tsunami site in
Indonesia in 2004

DIRECT AND FAST PRIVATE JET medical relief services and basic survival
CONNECTIONS to business and holiday needs such as food, clean water and
destinations are a key perk of the very shelter for survivors.
privileged, but for a charity organisation Governed by a board of directors
such as Singapore-based Mercy Relief, comprising corporate and social leaders
such access can make the difference from diverse religious and ethnic
between life and death. denominations, Mercy Relief’s long-term
Established in 2003, this independent aid programmes include development
humanitarian charity assists disadvantaged, projects for impoverished communities
impoverished and distressed communities to empower them to transform their
in Asia regardless of country, culture or environments for a better life. To date,
creed. It maintains a 72-hour response the organisation has touched lives and
time to get relief to disaster-stricken hearts in more than 20 countries — from
communities from the point of appeal Indonesia in the south, to China in the
for aid by local authorities of the affected north, and reaching west across South
locations. Foremost is the provision of Asia through to Palestine.

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Aid in the form of
food, medicine and
winterwear bound for
Yushu, China after the
2010 earthquake

"TELL THEM NOT TO WAIT FOR


DISASTERS TO HAPPEN TO
STEP FORWARD WITH AID"

When the Indian Ocean tsunami


struck on Boxing Day in 2004,
Mercy Relief’s chief executive, Hassan
Ahmad, led the first response team into
the devastated district of Meulaboh,
Aceh, to distribute relief supplies and
conduct medical reconnaissance. This
would have not been possible without
dedicated air support.
In most major disasters, land
routes are commonly disrupted due to
damaged roads and collapsed bridges,
hindering access to affected areas and
communities. Timely intervention is
crucial to saving the injured, stabilising
the ground situation and mitigating
the risk of epidemics. Fixed and rotary
wing aircraft make it possible for
humanitarian aid workers to reach and
attend to affected communities.

TIMELY Mercy Relief’s goodwill ambassador Stefanie Sun, a popular Singaporean singer, distributed
play packs to children affected by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in China

INTERVENTION
IS CRUCIAL Small private jet aircraft are equally standing agreements with airline
important. Ahmad recalls, “Susi companies willing to make available
“Just like someone suffering Air provided us access to Meulaboh smaller aircraft to ferry relief personnel
from cardiac arrest, how early the and some of the islands during the for the crucial first penetration into
intervention is determines the tsunami. They can even help transport affected zones. Another would be with
effectiveness of relief efforts. Some personnel because they have the airlines willing to make cargo space
of the crisis areas are mountainous. flexibility that scheduled flights with and seats available to ferry supplies
Roads get cracked in earthquakes, legacy carriers don’t have. Smaller and relief workers close to crisis zones,
so even heavy vehicles cannot pass. aircraft can be more helpful as as SilkAir did by flying supplies to
Thus, rotary wings are very useful, and earthquakes can crack a runway, and Yangon every day during the Cyclone
airdrops are really important for supply they need less runway length to land.” Nargis relief effort.
distribution,” says Ahmad. Another area where more support According to Ahmed, “About 70
Access to these areas also enable aid is crucial is in logistic services. per cent of the disasters which happen,
workers to convey valuable information “Ground transfers of relief supplies happen in Asia, exacerbated by the
on the situation on the ground to can be expensive and we would love to poor infrastructure in impoverished
other incoming humanitarian players, receive help in this area,” says Ahmed. communities. My message to your
allowing them to equip themselves “Logistic companies can have large readers would be to tell them not to
appropriately and circumvent mismatch vehicles which are very useful.” wait for disasters to happen to step
of resources and wastage. Ideally, Mercy Relief aims to have forward with aid.”

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SPHERES
OF
CONFLUENCE
Photography by Mike Ruiz
Styling by Paris Libby
Text by Tricia Lim

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BARE AND ARID, THE LUNAR LANDSCAPE of California’s Mojave Desert spiked the imagination of
photographer Mike Ruiz and stylist Paris Libby for this futuristic spread. Both have an abstract sense of
creativity and work closely pursuing original concepts and expressions, in the process finding innovative
ideas to overcome limits that would baffle others.
The biggest challenge of this particular shoot was to create the right movement with the model to
cast interesting reflections on the metallic spheres. Sheer luck brought a windy day for the shoot, giving
the visual impact they sought to create.
Comfortable both in front and behind the camera, Ruiz began his career as a model. After a decade
in the industry, he turned to photography after finding a camera under the tree one Christmas. Since
then, the self-taught photographer has taken on roles such as TV personality, actor and even director.
Ruiz maintains his boyish charm and sense of humour throughout his busy schedule, and is known
to stash, not trash, unflattering pictures taken of his celebrity clients, such as Katy Perry, Jennifer
Lopez and Justin Timberlake. www.mikeruiz.com

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Photography by Paul de Berjeois
Text by Katrina Balmaceda
Text by Katrina Balmaceda a

CANDY

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THE BALLOON WAS MAN’S FIRST SUCCESS AT FLIGHT, and the Red Rock
Balloon Rally celebrates that in the city of Gallup, New Mexico, USA, every first weekend
in December. Locals and tourists come to watch 200 balloons ascend from Red Rock
Park, where rich red sandstone formations cast a striking backdrop.
Photographer Paul de Berjeois took his first hot air balloon photographs in 2004,
when he joined the Colorado Balloon Classic photo competition, and got hooked on it.
He won that year, and the next two years. Today, he is that event’s official photographer,
as well as for Red Rock Balloon Rally.
To get the shots he wants, he is up at dawn when the first balloons rise, glowing
against a dark sky. During the day, he shoots from a hot air balloon, photographing
the changing visual tapestry created as they weave through red canyons. He’s back on
the ground in the afternoon sharing his passion in photography workshops for the
festival’s visitors. At night, when the balloons are inflated but on the ground, he captures
people’s reactions to the heat and roar at the balloon stands, which blow air into the
balloons “like small hurricanes”.
De Berjeois also shoots lightning and landscapes. His nature photography appears
in government and tourism promotional materials and websites.
More at www.colorbandit.com

Balloons inflating in the night, colouring the


Mexican desert landscape with their warm glow

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Balloons weave in and out of canyons, among smooth bluffs and jagged rocks

It may be a small town festival, but it is the second largest balloon rally in the world

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The rally is also a celebration of Native American beauty, with Apache dances and Indian art displays as part of the event

"THERE'S A LOT OF
STIMULUS, A LOT OF NOISE,
A LOT OF SENSATION"

The Red Rock Balloon Rally has been going on for 30 years

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The calm dawn air and the December cold are ideal conditions for hot air ballooning

"AT DAWN, THE BALLOONS


CAN JUST HANG IN THE SKY
AND BE A VISUAL SPECTACLE"

Balloons flying at dawn light up the sky like large glowing balls

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"PEOPLE FLY IN THE
AREA JUST BECAUSE
IT'S SO SCENIC"

Red Rock’s formations inspired an 1870s Colorado judge to name the park ‘Garden of the Angels’

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BIJAN PAKZAD

by Alvin Wong

OWER
URSUIT
MOVERS, SHAKERS, AND THE
WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE TAILOR

AS A CHILD, TEHRAN-BORN DESIGNER BIJAN PAKZAD regarded his


businessman father as a model of sartorial style. Every morning, young Bijan
would observe him as he got ready for work; the older man a figure of propriety
in a sharp double-breasted suit with matching tie and pocket square, fine-looking
watch, and well-polished shoes. “I was so impressed,” Bijan recalls. “I thought
his image represented perfection.”
Today, the suave 67-year-old appears to have distilled his father’s style and
shaped it in his own image, one that’s writ large in the décor of his boutique
on Rodeo Drive, a fastidiously ostentatious milieu dubbed — without contest —
‘the most expensive boutique in the world’. >>

From his cars to his


collections, Bijan’s
love for all things
yellow stands out

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Bijan’s fragrances, jewellery, cars and
clothing have established his reputation
for spontaneity and glamour

>> A universe unto itself, Bijan’s boutique is decorated


with Italian and French antiques, Persian rugs and rare
artwork, including a Botero painting aptly named ‘The
Rich’. In it, ruling as tailor to the planet’s most powerful
men, Bijan welcomes only high-net-worth customers with
appointments.
His work is bold and unabashedly upscale. It offers
neither apologies nor compromises whether it takes the
form of a king-sized chinchilla fur bedspread, or a bespoke
baby crocodile leather jacket. Yet, often in interviews, Bijan
is inclined to describe himself as “just a simple man” who
“designs clothes, fragrances, jewellery and automobiles.”
Of course, Bijan, who has gone by his first name since
starting his luxury empire in 1976, is understating things.

"EACH PIECE OF
In truth, the man is a guru of personalised opulence
with a clientele that spans presidents to A-list Hollywood

CLOTHING IS ESPECIALLY
celebrities. “I dress an exclusive, elite customer base —
maybe one-tenth of the one per cent of the richest men on

TAILOR-MADE AND
the globe,” he remarked at another interview.
In Bijan’s world, Barack Obama, George Bush and the
Shah of Iran are all happy, privileged denizens, as are the
INDIVIDUALLY paragon of men’s fashion like Giorgio Armani and Tom Ford.
More pertinently, this exclusive cognoscenti of the world’s
DESIGNED, SIGNED most moneyed and influential keeps coming back for more.
Bijan believes this is so because he understands the
AND NUMBERED -VERY philosophy of bespoke luxury like no one else can. He
is dedicated to granting his clients undivided personal
HAUTE COUTURE" attention, and deems no request too outrageous or
impossible.
Legend has it that when former President Ronald
Reagan wanted something warm to wear on the family
ranch, Bijan designed mink-lined jeans for him. And when
LEFT TO RIGHT a certain Middle Eastern family couldn’t afford the time
The House of Bijan on Rodeo Drive, to come to his boutique, Bijan packed crates of his latest
Beverly Hills creations, along with a team of his personal tailors, and flew
Bijan has dressed some of the them on his private jet to meet the client. >>
world’s most powerful men, including
past US President George Bush

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There’s a Bijan
collection
for every
occasion to be
found within
the colour
coordinated
closets
at Bijan’s
boutique

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A display of famous customers and
iconic Bijan creations greets guests at
the exclusive Bijan boutique

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"A CLASSIC LOOK IS
ALWAYS MY GOAL,
SIMPLICITY IS THE KEY TO
BEING WELL-DRESSED"
This 2011 Limited Edition Rolls-Royce
Phantom by Bijan carries yellow inside
and out

ELITE
INDULGENCES
More Bijan creations to perk
your imagination:

Rolls-Royce ‘Bijan Edition’


Bijan’s latest collaboration with
Rolls-Royce is a commission to
design a series of 30 Rolls-Royce
Collections laid out according to colour schemes allow customers Phantoms. First delivery is due in
to select perfectly colour-coordinated outfits with ease the first quarter of 2011.

>> How far does Bijan push the envelope? “In early 2000, I designed a Colt .38 Special Revolvers
Created in the 1980s, one of Bijan’s
range of topcoats, peacoats, and sports jackets for a member of a royal family.
most capricious designs is a series
Each design came in three different colours — all made from Peruvian vicuña.
of .38 Colt revolvers with 24K gold
The price came up to about USD1.5 million,” describes Bijan of one of his inlay and leather handgrips. Housed
most expensive tailored collections. His creations have included mink-lined in mink pouches and Baccarat
silk raincoats and suits with 24K gold pinstripes. crystal cases, only 200 units were
Bijan purports to be the only men’s designer who creates summer and produced.
winter collections simultaneously. “This is because my clients usually have
several residences,” he reasons. “When it is winter in Brazil or Argentina; it Bijan Fragrances
Fragrances are the other pillar in
is summer in the US. I must cater to these clients and offer them a variety of
Bijan’s luxury empire. It started
collections for different seasons. Each piece of clothing is especially tailor- in 1981 with a masculine woodsy
made and individually designed, signed and numbered — very haute couture.” fragrance in hand-blown Baccarat
Yet, for all his apparel’s heart-stopping extravagance, Bijan’s designs crystal flacons. Bijan has since made
also emanate timelessness and classicism in a blend of well-appointed scents for both sexes, including the
contemporary chic and old-world Hollywood glamour. Michael Jordan line and the award-
A good example of this refinement can be found in his ‘private collection’ winning DNA collection, named
after his children (Daniela, Nicolas,
on the boutique’s second level. It boasts a range of mood- and colour-
Alexandra).
coordinated mini-wardrobes comprising everything a modern cash-flush dandy
could possibly need — coats, jackets, shirts, ties and belts in the finest fabrics Phantom Watch
and leathers. Taking two years to craft, the
Despite the extreme price tags, Bijan’s luxury is never visibly decadent. Phantom is Bijan’s paean to the
Rather, the Bijan experience goes deeper; one might find it in the pleasure world of haute horlogerie. Limited
of a perfectly fitted silhouette, or the tactile sensuousness of a precious fabric. to 50 pieces, the world-time watch
displays 24 different zones at a
“A classic look is always my goal,” sums up the designer. While he
glance, and comes sheathed in a
claims to favour bold colours and stripes on dark colours as signature design
24K gold case with customisable
elements, it appears that time-honoured dapperness remains a vital core of dial, hands, strap and buckle.
his work. “Simplicity is the key to being well-dressed,” he stresses. His father
would’ve been proud.

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HAUTE HOROLOGY

haute
by Jim Corr

TIMES
THE TOP TIMEPIECES OF SIHH 2011

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T
he annual Salon from a single block of metal. The gongs
Internationale de Haute are square instead of round, to allow
Horlogerie (SIHH) is a greater surface contact with the hammer
vortex that draws serious for greater strike force.
watch connoisseurs from After assembly of this highly
around the globe to Geneva complicated watch — 340 parts for the
each January. Nineteen new movement invented for it, and
of horology’s most prestigious brands 270 parts for the case — the Reverso
officially launched their latest timepieces Répétition Minutes À Rideau is subject
at the 20th edition of this luxury event, to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s 1000 Hours
organised by the Richemont Group. Here chronometry test to ensure its reliability.
are five of 2011’s top watches that are The result of this, one of Jaeger-
thrilling watch aficionados. LeCoultre’s most exclusive offerings ever, is
a visual, tactile and auditory timepiece that
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso thoroughly captivates the mind and senses.
Répétition Minutes À Rideau
Jaeger-LeCoultre breaks new ground with Vacheron Constantin’s Quai de l’Ile
the Reverso Répétition Minutes À Rideau, Retrograde Annual Calendar
an iconic watch design that captivates Vacheron Constantin offers exquisitely
anew. The diminutive dimensions hold crafted watches, but they are hardly
four facets for this watch, and they watches you’d wear for a casual, sporty
elegantly include that most exulted of fine weekend with the boys. Its Quai de l’Ile
watchmaking complications — a minute collection, which debuted in 2008, was
repeater function. intended to fill in that blank. This year
Under the gentle pressure of a finger, Vacheron Constantin offers the Quai de
a sliding curtain hides or reveals one of L’Ile Annual Calendar in a contemporary
the two watch faces at a time. The action design that captures the classic spirit of
also triggers the minute repeater to strike the brand. For true individuality, it offers
the time. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s watchmakers unique customisation options.
have created a distinctive mechanism A new Calibre 2460 QRA has been
featuring ‘trebuchet hammers’ to enhance created for this retrograde annual
the acoustics of the chimes. Instead of calendar watch. The annual calendar
a simple hammer, leverage from a two- and the retrograde date are horology’s
arm hammer increases the force of the two oldest complications and Vacheron
strike. This transmits about 80 per cent Constantin has them down to a fine art
of the energy from the spring that drives — the retrograde date is considered a
it, compared to the 10 to 30 per cent from speciality of the manufacture. The Quai
traditional systems. The quality of the de L’Ile Annual Calendar’s moon-phase
chime depends on the gongs. In search indicator will outlast your life — it is said
of the purest, most melodious acoustics, to be accurate for 122 years. For yet more
Jaeger-LeCoultre has developed a special precision, the new calibre features a stop-
alloy for its gongs, which are machined seconds device for setting time. >>

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso Répétition Minutes À Rideau


Reference Q2353520, 75-piece limited edition
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Strap:
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>> Housed in an untraditional


43 mm cushion case, it offers new dials
with a variety of finishings, and a choice
of month and date indications. The dial
features an invisible security feature: a
sun motif printed inside a disc reveals
itself between the 4 and 5 o’clock
position only under ultraviolet light.
The sun motif was inspired by the clock
tower of the Tour de I’lle, which stood
next to Vacheron Constantin’s historic
headquarters in Geneva.
The man who really knows what he
wants can choose from 700 potential
variations for his Quai de L’Ile Annual
Calendar — from the metal for the case
and its seven part components, ranging
from flanks, lugs, inter-lugs and dial
elements.

Audemars Piguet’s Millenary


Hand-Wound Minute Repeater
Michael Schumacher heralds a new
era at Audemars Piguet as its latest
ambassador. The living Formula One
(F1) legend brings to bear his imprint
on the Audemars Piguet Millenary
Hand-Wound Minute Repeater. The
huge 47 mm titanium watch houses
the slim 10 mm Calibre 2910, which
boasts the reliability of an F1 machine
without the pit crew.
The unconventional styling might
be the reason some people acquire
Vacheron Constantin’s Quai de l’Ile Retrograde
Annual Calendar 3FGFSFODF the Millenary Hand-Wound Minute
Movement: Repeater, but under the ‘hood’,
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its lubrication-free escapement
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escapement.
Case:
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supplies energy to measure time, and
Strap: another to drive the minute repeater.
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a week (165 hours), housed in two
barrels — the first power store.

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Audemars Piguet Millenary Hand-Wound Minute Repeater
3FGFSFODF5*00%$3
Movement:
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Functions:
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The third barrel, the second power mainspring. Popular in 19th century
store, is more than twice as large clocks and pocket watches, but bulky
as normal, to operate the striking and difficult to build, it was phased out
mechanism of the minute repeater. when wristwatches arrived.
Audemars Piguet has made minute A. Lange & Söhne has successfully
repeaters and Grand Sonnnerie miniaturised the fusee and chain with
(grand strike) timepieces since its new technology. Its appeal, apart from
founding in 1875, in an era before masterful mechanics incorporating what
electricity that necessitated some amounts to a miniscule bicycle chain
way of telling time in the dark. This in its 636 parts, is its ability to maintain
expertise led it to make the first a high level of accuracy whether the
minute repeater wristwatch in 1892, mainspring is fully wound or not.
and for Audemars Piguet to be one of Raising the ante, the new watch
the first manufacturers to revive the has a one-minute tourbillon with
complication in the late 1980s. stop-seconds. In addition, while
three subdials for hours, minutes and
A. Lange & Söhne’s Richard Lange seconds are not revolutionary, their
Tourbillon Pour le Mérite arrangement is uncommon. Especially
A. Lange & Söhne’s Richard Lange Tourbillon delightful is the cutaway seconds
A. Lange & Söhne’s first fusee and
Pour le Mérite 3FGFSFODF SPTFHPME

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chain wristwatch, the highly prized subdial that shows the tourbillon. The
Movement: Tourbillon Pour le Mérite in 1994, set ‘missing’ segment of the hour subdial
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a new standard — the Pour le Mérite pivots to reveal itself under the cutaway
Functions: distinction. The fourth watch to earn it between the hours of 6 to 12 o’clock,
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wrought and elevated with novel touches. of 351 parts. Including the fusee and
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Strap:
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or TPMJEQMBUJOVN-BOHFEFQMPZBOUCVDLMF of transmitting power from the the watch. >>

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Piaget Emperador Coussin


Tourbillon Automatic
Piaget’s history with thin mechanical
movements began with the hand-
wound Calibre 9P in 1957. Its latest
addition in its Emperador Coussin
collection sees it laying down
another fine chapter in its pioneering
finesse with ultra-thin watches —
the Emperador Coussin Tourbillon
Automatic, which sets a new world
record as the thinnest self-winding
tourbillon ever.
The watch measures just 10.4 mm
in thickness, thanks to the ingenuity
behind the new Calibre 1270P, a mere
5.55 mm thick. It was born out of a
‘marriage’ between Piaget’s Calibre
600P, the world’s thinnest hand-
wound tourbillon movement, and the
Calibre 1208P, the world’s thinnest
self-winding movement with a micro-
rotor. A thin self-winding tourbillon
is particularly complicated because
the oscillating rotor that drives a
self-winding movement usually adds
thickness. Yet, the 1270P, composed of
a surprisingly lean 269 hand-finished
parts, is almost as slim as hand-wound
ultra-thin movements.
Where it comes to style, here too
the Emperador Coussin Tourbillon
Automatic sets tongues wagging.
The dial is unexpectedly showy for
Piaget, but the laser engraved sapphire
Piaget Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Automatic crystal exposing the movement works
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form the lucky figure ‘8’ as they reveal
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two accent colours, instead of just
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screws. Better known for hiding its
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contemporary character underpinned by
traditional haute watchmaking.

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Rare and desirable
...sealed with a kiss

GLAJZ Collection Privée exclusively at The Hour Glass Malmaison, Knightsbridge Orchard Road Singapore
LUXE

ARMOURED CARS

LOCKED
by Anne Osno

AND
LOADED BULLET PROOF WHEELS THAT COULD
BECOME THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE

Beyond luxury looks, the subtle but capable armoured protection offered by cars like this
Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Guard are an attraction for people in high positions

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US President Barack Obama and Russian
President Dmitry Medvedev in Cadillac One

C
ustomised luxury vehicles of multi-spectrum infra-red smoke identified by 6-cm thick glass windows
bring to mind touches like grenades as a countermeasure wrapped by thick black steel borders.
plush interior finishings, to anti-tank grenades. In turn, for Heavy 150-kg steel-reinforced doors
one-of-a-kind paint jobs and close to a million US dollars, Israeli further protect against gunfire, and
performance modifications. But there is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an armoured shell encompasses the
something much more serious on offer chose an armoured Audi A8L, and passenger cabin. A communications
in bespoke autos, and its main hallmark Pope Benedict XVI opted for a secure system is often in place, as well as
lies largely in being unnoticeable — Volkswagen 450-hp Phaeton as part a fire extinguishing system and separate
armoured protection. of his papal fleet. ventilation system should cabin air
President Obama rides in a custom- For the less endangered, armoured be compromised. Increasingly,
built Cadillac referred to by the Secret vehicles need to serve three essential companies in vehicle security are
Service as Cadillac One, or simply purposes — to protect, counter and emphasising reinforcement of the
‘The Beast’. Protected by military grade escape. Passenger protection levels floor and roof of their top-of-the-line
armour over 13 cm thick, it sports range from B4 (protection against models to withstand even mine and
run-flat tires and has a leak-proof fuel handguns) to B5 (against the AK-47 grenade attacks.
tank invulnerable to explosions. Its and M16) and to B6 and B7 (resistance Vehicles like Jaguar’s latest XJ
glass windows are transparent armour against heavy rifle fire). For individuals Sentinel boast Kevlar backing and blast
so thick that they exclude most natural needing high levels of personal protection against close detonation
light, making necessary a fluorescent security, such modifications buy peace of 15 kg of TNT. Meanwhile, BMW’s
halo lighting system in the headliner. of mind, and may one day make the 7-series High Security line offers
Undetectable at first glance are two difference between life and death. government officials and embassies
holes on the underside of the vehicle’s Although high-security vehicles the option of extra storage space for
front bumper that can emit tear gas, are built to be as discreet as possible, weapons, such as machine gun cases
and a system that can fire a salvo on closer inspection they can be in the centre console. >>

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LIFE

The body shell thickness and


resistance of the Mercedes-Benz
E-Guard can withstand attacks
from a .44 Magnum firearm

SECURITY
SMORGASBORD The Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Guard comes with the comforts of
home, like a 9-inch flat screen display, DVD player and refrigerator

A sampler of what’s available:

Mercedes-Benz
Choose from the E-Guard,
G-Guard, S-Guard and the
flagship Mercedes-Benz S 600
Pullman Guard — a total of eight
models ranging from B4 to B7
level protection.

Maybach
The Maybach Guard is a hefty
550-hp 12-cylinder bi-turbo
engine whose output and torque
are among the highest of any
series-production saloon engine
in the world.

Rolls Royce
Carrying the highest level of
protection, the Phantom features A High Security BMW has a panel of security
options that can be activated by a push of a button
a strengthened aluminium space
frame chassis and suspension
components, and 453 hp of >> All this extra armoury and
power. specialised equipment add to the
ARMOURED
vehicle’s weight. On average, a high VEHICLES SERVE
BMW security limousine can weigh 3.5 tons.
Three High Security models are
This means that substantial power is
THREE ESSENTIAL
offered — the 355-hp X5 Security
Plus; a V8, 407-hp 750Li High
needed to accelerate for a quick escape. PURPOSES —
The Mercedes-Benz S 600 Guard
Security; and a V12, 544-hp 760Li.
Pullman is capable of 517 hp, while TO PROTECT,
Land Rover the Audi A8 Security pulls 450 hp and COUNTER AND
The Discovery 4 Armoured is the Jaguar XJ Sentinel, 380 hp.
equipped with a 375-hp 5.0-litre While these cars represent a ESCAPE
LR-V8 direct-injection petrol segment of security and luxury, John
engine, which replaces the Killick, director of Bentley’s bespoke
2.7-litre V6 turbo-diesel in the Mulliner division, puts it in perspective:
previous model. “Bentley makes armoured cars, not cars
that have been armoured.” >>

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In the 1930s, Japanese Emperor Hirohito
trusted his red Grand Mercedes Type
770 to carry him through the streets

SERVE AND
PROTECT
The close up of a thick, steel-reinforced
bulletproof window of an armoured BMW One of the earliest examples of
a prestigious armoured vehicle
was the Mercedes-Benz 770, built
from 1930 to 1943. Mercedes-
Benz was the only manufacturer
then able to offer factory-built
armoured passenger cars. The
770 was highly regarded by
governments all over the world
and used as state vehicles. It was
personally used by high-ranking
Nazi officials such as Adolf Hitler
and Hermann Göring. Protective
elements include thick armour
plates, bullet-proof glass and
tires that shielded passengers
from firearm and explosive
The armoured Rolls Royce Phantom can withstand attacks. Hitler was said to have
an extensive range of ballistic and gas attacks personally tested its effectiveness
by shooting one of his specially
>> Bentley incorporates armour years. In addition to Jaguar, they’ve ordered rides, which still bears
plating and energy absorbent materials helped Land Rover develop the latest a nicked side window.
into the vehicle from the first stage Discovery 4 Armoured, with blast
of production, not after production, protection against 15 kg TNT and
which adds to the appeal of Bentley’s under floor protection for up to two South Africa and southern Europe,
armoured cars. The suspension, DM51 hand grenades. most buyers opt for High-Protection
brakes, traction control and stability The protection offered is certified vehicles (resistance level B4). In Central
programmes are re-engineered and by QinetiQ, a globally recognised Europe and the former Soviet states,
upgraded to match the armoured body independent blast and ballistic testing however, Highest-Protection Guard
shell, and to make sure the vehicle organisation. “Rather than relying models are preferred (resistance level
still handles like a Bentley. Most other on testing the individual armour B6/B7).
manufacturers offer armour added as components, we have ensured that Sales of armoured vehicles may
‘bolt on’ extras, usually outsourced to the entire vehicle is independently wane in relation to a country’s political
specialists. It is believed that additions certified to B6 standards, so that we security, but the cars have grown to
made at production stage are more can be completely confident of its become another symbol of affluence
durable than after-market conversions. ballistic integrity,” said John Graham, and status. From heads-of-state to
However, coach builders and Land Rover’s Commercial Manager high-profile military personnel and
armour specialists like Centigon have Armoured Programs. Russian oligarchs, all have found
been offering military and ‘personal Car brands have identified Latin armoured vehicles the perfect
defence solutions’ to prominent America as the largest armoured car accompaniment to their ultra-wealthy,
members of society for over 100 market in the world. In Latin America, high-profile lifestyles.

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L’HYDROPTÈRE

by Katrina Balmaceda

The l’Hydroptère started breaking speed records in 2008 and continues to do so

G LO B A L
Q U EST
THE SAILBOAT THAT WAS BUILT TO FLY
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The quest to create the fastest sailing boat has brought
together the passions of sailors, engineers and scientists
Image © Guilain Grenier

SHE RELIES ON THE WIND, and smashes the wind CAN ONE BREAK THE
barrier. She defies the drag of water, and surpasses world
speed records. She flies. CIRCUMNAVIGATION RECORD
She is l’Hydroptère, the ‘flying boat’. This trimaran has WITHOUT BREAKING
wings that lift her hulls out of the water for speed. Her
records are strong: she was the first sailboat to exceed the THE BOAT?
50-knot wind barrier — tantamount to the sound barrier for
aircraft. In September 2009, she beat the 500-metre speed hydrofoils, in which foils attached to the hulls of the boat act
record for boats of her class by sailing at 51.36 knots. In the as wings. They help the boat overcome drag forces, which
nautical mile category two months later, she broke the record oppose and slow down the craft as it moves through water.
by cutting 50.17 knots. To defeat drag, part of the boat needs to rise above water.
For all this, the l’Hydroptère is only a prototype. The This is where the foils are vital. Shaped like a U, V or inverted
ultimate dream of her maker, Frenchman Alain Thébault, is T, the foils are initially submerged. As the craft speeds up,
to sail around the world in just 40 days — the ultimate test. In water flows more quickly over the foils’ surface, creating a
the roughness of the oceans and their erratic winds, can one difference in pressure between the upper and lower parts.
break the circumnavigation record without breaking the boat? This difference results in an upward force that lifts the foils —
Thébault thinks he can. After all, he has been designing and thus, the boat. Having less contact with the water,
this flying sailboat since 1975. It is based on the principle of the boat achieves minimal drag and greater speed. >>

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT


Thébault seeks scientific solutions to prepare
this flying sailboat for the ocean
The crew won’t stop until the l’Hydroptère
maxi becomes the fastest boat to sail around
the world
Sailor and innovator Alain Thébault designed
the dream with French yachtsman Eric
Tabarly as his mentor
One challenge for the l’Hydroptère team is to
build a boat that is versatile whether in calm
or chaotic waters
Images © Guilain Grenier

>> Still, hydrofoils of the past ran on engines. The led to the loss of the windward crossbeam in 2002, the team
l’Hydroptère in Thébault’s mind was to be built for the wind. installed a shock absorber to protect the boat’s structure in
It needed to be strong yet light enough to fly; but composite both calm and choppy waters.
materials involving carbon and titanium had yet to be tested After 10 years of tests and design improvements, the team
and refined. The craft also required a stable design to prevent launched a new l’Hydroptère in 2004 with one goal: to be the
it from flipping over. A group of aeronautical engineers and fastest offshore sailing boat. Spirits soared when it achieved a
aircraft parts manufacturers joined Thébault in research and record in 2005 by crossing the English Channel in 34 minutes
design, all volunteers who had worked in companies like and 24 seconds at 33 knots, faster than aviator Louis Blériot
Dassault, Airbus and Assystem. did in 1909. But the celebration was short. The next year, the
The team began building a model from 1987 to 1992. On boat crashed with an unidentified object in a record attempt
1st October, 1994, the 18.28-metre l’Hydroptère trimaran flew at a crossing between Cadiz, Spain and San Salvador, El
for the first time in the bay of Saint-Nazaire, France. This Salvador. The impact nearly meant the l’Hydroptère’s death.
first flight was a success. With each subsequent test flight, Swiss bankers Thierry and Adrien Lombard saved the
the team improved the design. They installed an on-board project. Both avid sailors, they invested in the l’Hydroptère
measurement system that revealed the amount of load and and connected the team to the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale
strain placed on the boat when in flight. A 3D stimulator de Lausanne (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). The
developed by Dassault Aviation’s Philippe Perrier provided school, with its scientists and laboratories, has since been the
a way to predict the boat’s flying range. When rough seas project’s official scientific advisor.

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TOP LEFT
Sailors work with
high hopes on the
maiden journey of
the l’Hydroptère.ch
The Groupama 3 crew crosses the
Image © Guilain Grenier
finish line in their quest for the Jules
The l’Hydroptère Verne trophy, a prize for the fastest
toured Europe in sailors to circumnavigate the globe
2010 Photo by Arnaud Pilpré of Studio Zedda

Image © Guilain Grenier

A plane carries the


l’Hydroptère.ch for
its first sailing session AROUND
in October 2010
THE WORLD
Image © Gilles martin Raget

ITS TOP RECORDED SPEED SO Jules Verne was a French author


who wrote Around the World
FAR HAS BEEN 56.36 KNOTS in Eighty Days. The book was
published in 1873, a time when
submarines and space shuttles
The improved l’Hydroptère made an indelible mark on had not yet come of age, but
sailing history. It broke speed records in the 500-metre and railways had begun to link
nautical mile categories in 2007; again in 2008; and yet again countries. The novel described
in 2009, shattering records it had previously set. It surpassed two men who travelled around the
the 50-knot wind barrier, setting a record 56.36 knot top world in 80 days by riding trains,
speed in 2008 during a 45-knot wind. cars and steamboats.
Today, the Jules Verne
But if the l’Hydroptère is to go around the world in 40
Trophy awards sailors who make
days, it needs to do more than just be fast. Thébault knows
the fastest circumnavigation.
this, and this is why the team has once again gone back to
There are no restrictions on
the drawing board. Two new boats are in the works. The the type of yacht used, as long
sensor-equipped l’Hydroptère.ch, launched in October 2010, as it is powered only by the
is 10.85 metres long with a 10.40-metre span. For stability, wind and natural forces. The
its foils are now adjustable, and it is a catamaran rather latest record belongs to French
than a trimaran. It is an experimental craft for the future yachtsman Franck Cammas, who
l’Hydroptère maxi, which will be three times its size. It is sailed around the world on his
the l’Hydroptère maxi that will fulfil the dream — not just of Groupama 3 trimaran in 48 days,
Thébault, but of the team — of circumnavigating the world seven hours and 45 minutes.
in liquid flight.

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AUCTIONS

by Flora Wong

SCARLET
FEVER
FIERY GEMS TAKE CENTRE STAGE AT AUCTIONS

PRECIOUS STONES DAZZLED IN 2010, with diamonds breaking world auction records
one after the other. In Hong Kong, an auspicious pair of 10.88-carat diamonds went for
USD221,649, the highest auction price per carat for any round white diamond. In Geneva,
The Graff Pink, a spectacular 24.78-carat intense pink diamond emerged from Mr Harry
Winston’s private collection after 60 years, to set a world record of USD105,047,918 for
any diamond and jewel. This year, with more fine gemstones surfacing in upcoming sales,
coloured stones promise to take centre stage.
Colour is a most beautiful manifestation of light, all the more fascinating when
discovered captured in gemstones created over millions of years. Hidden in the earth like
Mother Nature’s elusive treasures, only a handful of precious stones are of remarkable size
and quality. Beyond size, clarity and cut, these stones are desired for their range of colours,
for richness and purity of hue that give each gem its unique captivating personality and
capacity to stir our emotions.
The shifting colours of a cat’s eye alexandrite, for example, evoke marvel and mystique.
The stone appears reddish purple under incandescent light and bluish green in daylight.
It gets its name from its characteristic ‘chatoyancy’ property, a peculiar and spectacular
reflective optical effect that brings a stone to life with the impression of a distinct and lively
feline eye, particularly in cabochon-cut stones. Other than Brazil, no other mines produce
cat’s eye alexandrites of significant quality and size. Only a countable few currently exist in
the market.

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An exceptionally rare 1.92 carat red diamond
slated for Sotheby’s Hong Kong April 2011
Important Jewels and Watches auction

THIS PAGE
Very rare 23.19-carat Brazilian cat’s-eye
alexandrite and diamond ring
A Burmese ruby and diamond necklace,
with matching earrings, totalling 29 rubies
weighing 75.56 carats

THIS YEAR...COLOURED GEMSTONES


PROMISE TO TAKE CENTRE STAGE

SEEING RED

The finest rubies are described


as being of ‘pigeon’s blood’ for
their colour intensity and crimson
glow. The glow comes from the
UV fluorescence of the stone
under visible light. Beautiful rubies
exhibit a velvety visual softness
due to tiny needle-like inclusions
that scatter light. As over 90
per cent of newly-mined rubies
Some of the most enigmatic coloured gems are the red stones. owe their fine colour and clarity
Closely associated with love, power and passion, the colour red in to heat treatment, the value of
diamonds is exceptionally rare. Caused by unique features within top quality untreated stones
the diamonds’ crystal lattice interspersed with minute amounts of continues to grow, especially with
nitrogen, only a few specimens exist in the world. Found only in fewer mines yielding significant
the collections of kings and princes, most are flawed and rarely stones. The most coveted rubies
exceed a carat in weight, making the finer stones that show up at are non-heat treated natural
auctions ever more desirable. stones of noteworthy size, well
Another highly coveted red gemstone is the ruby. Prized for proportioned cut, and distinctively
intense red hues and fiery reflections, a superb suite of rubies is red in colour — a combination
by far more difficult to come by than their equivalent in flawless of pure red and strong red
white diamonds. Burmese rubies, especially those from the fluorescence, and a velvety
fabled mines of Mogok, are most desirable for their quality — the softness like fine silk that stops
ultimate benchmark against which all rubies are judged. Rubies short of affecting the high clarity
exceeding 10 carats without thermal enhancement are extremely of the stone.
rare, as mines no longer produce stones of such a significant size
and quality.
As mines play out and collectors hoard special pieces, gem and A 27.67-carat Burmese ruby and
diamond ring by Bulgari
jewellery auctions will continue to prove a fine source of precious
coloured gemstones that are ever increasing in value.

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FINE ENGLISH COMPANY

by Radha Menon

SHADES
OF THE PAST CRAFTING THE RARE, TRADITIONAL AND EXOTIC

A raw oak frame, Moroccan tan hide and genuine Burchell’s zebra skin make this ottoman one of the Fine English Company’s finest pieces

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Chesterfield furniture, upholstered in hides from the UK and hand-dyed chestnut
brown, are British classics

Founder Benedict Wormald, believes that


great British elegance lies in classic designs
and materials that have proven themselves
over 150 years

Individuality and authority expressed in a personalised signet ring and seal

T
he term bespoke, coined in “OUR SUPPORT IS TARGETED
the 1300s to describe made-to-
measure men’s apparel from VERY SPECIFICALLY TO
Savile Row, means a product BENEFIT THE COMMUNITIES
has been made specifically to a
customer’s requirements — has
WE SOURCE FROM”
‘been spoken’ for, in other words. Over time,
the term extended to extraordinary items name from the legendary 18th century hunter
deemed essential to a gentleman’s lifestyle. Philip H Percival, whose clients included
Picking up on this challenge in today’s world Ernest Hemingway, Gary Cooper and Baron
is the Fine English Company. Rothschild.
Although it conjures shades of a bygone Nestled in the heart of the English
past, this relatively new luxury product house Cotswolds, Fine English’s bespoke services
established in 2009 has already managed to extend from the creation of small personal
make a name for itself. Not simply because it items to completing entire interiors of rooms
provides bespoke services and endeavours to or yachts. For the discerning in search
please every client, but also because it soars of a special something that reflects their
above average in terms of material, design and individuality, a visit to the company’s creative
work ethic. Demanding perfection with every area is called for. Here, clients can select
detail not only includes sourcing the finest from samples of rare, traditional and exotic
raw materials and engaging the best craftsmen materials, and view the quality of bespoke
to fashion exquisite items, it also covers the commissions. A library of reference books,
names these objects eventually bear. Like the antiques and furniture, along with samples of
Percival, a wingtip chair with hand-carved exotic leathers, woods and carved items help
black walnut ball and claw feet. It takes its inspire the imagination. >>

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>> “It’s a place where clients can spend time to refine


their thinking and research their projects,” says founder
Benedict Wormald. The tactile nature of this process allows
clients to know what they’re getting into — whether it’s a
full-sized Saber Tooth Tiger skeleton for display or a knife
with Woolly Mammoth Ivory scales.
According to Wormald, “I think it’s important to stress
here that our quality is second to no one — that was always the
guiding principle. The recession has in fact helped us because
people are spending very wisely and challenging this brand led
ethos — very poor quality mass-produced products stamped
Elegant and eccentric, these velvet slippers can have
with prominent branding. I can walk a client through my entire monogrammes, initials or family crests stitched on them
process — from the sheep in the fields in Northumberland
to the hill farm to the tweed mill where it is woven into our
bespoke tweed, to the craftsmen that make our furniture by
hand — every nail, joint, dowel and screw. Very few can
offer that.”

“THE MONEY THAT WE PAY FOR


MANAGED SPECIES PAYS TO
PROTECT THOSE IN DANGER”

A royal warrant company established in 1820, Howard and


Sons of London, was one of the best furniture makers of the
Victorian era. Trusting the past and accommodating modern
expectations, Fine English chesterfields use sturdy Howard
frames, lowered to provide a more comfortable seat level than
The goal in making the Percival, a fusion of
traditional antique sofas.
African safari and English refinement, was
Delivery of a giraffe steamer trunk — unusual, eclectic and to create an inimitable piece of furniture
functional, would certainly cause a splash. But is this politically
correct in an age of growing environmental concern?
“We have a number of policies in place so that our support SAFARI CHIC
is targeted very specifically to benefit the communities we
source from,” explains Wormald. “We volunteer annually as
a company to provide skills that would not necessarily be a
priority for communities, such as dental work. Most of our Dedicated to the best in bespoke
projects aim to be self-sustaining — for example, water projects luxury, reminiscent of Britain’s colonial
or schools. We work with well-established sources of hides past and hinged with contemporary
inside well-managed reserves such as KZN (KwaZulu-Natal), and flair, the wingtip Percival chair took
any support that we give takes the form of tangible donations the Fine English Company two years
to complete. A reincarnation of the
such as VHF radios, first aid kits and backpacks for the game
finest African safari furniture, Fine
wardens. The money that we pay for managed species pays
English’s version of the entirely
to protect those in danger. We do not venture anywhere near handmade chair consists of a beech
species such as lions, tigers, elephants, leopards, etc. Any work wood frame, horsehair stuffing and
that we do with taxidermy in this area is antique and pre-1947.” hand-stitched canvas, finished in
Fine English Company’s reflection of Britain’s rich colonial brown aniline distressed leather and
history, heritage and aesthetic goes in tandem with a passion for trophy-grade Burchell’s zebra skin.
cultivating and maintaining traditional trades, skills, methods Only 10 were made and only four
and designs, while encompassing modern lifestyles and remain. The next series will feature
contemporary attitudes — the perfect combination for extreme giraffe skin.
luxury products.

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AIRBORNE
AIRBORNEBRIEFING

BUSINESS AVIATION IN BRIEF


Embraer maintains that its Phenom British company Air Partner flew 200
aircraft will also remain popular due to Britons from Cairo, Egypt, to London
its subcontinental range. Gatwick on 3 February 2011, on the
UK government’s Boeing 757 charter
aircraft. The flight, for the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office, comes under
Air Partner’s four-year contract as the
sole provider of passenger and freight
air charter services for the Department
for International Development. As
of 3 February, Air Partner had flown
MJets has been certified as an authorised over 2,800 people out of Cairo, Luxor,
Cessna Service Facility in Thailand. An Alexandria and Hurghada to a variety
official ceremony was held last December of safe destinations including the UK,
at the company’s flight operations centre Dubai, Bahrain, France and Germany.
in Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport Private Aircraft used ranged from Hawker
Jet Terminal. “Our certification...will A Gulfstream GIV SP is ExecuJet 900XP and Embraer Legacy private jets
further strengthen MJets’ position. We Malaysia’s first signed aircraft under to commercial airliners such as Airbus
will continue to expand our capabilities management since announcing its A320s and B737s.
and facilities to remain the leading joint venture with Dnest Aviation
maintenance and service provider to in September last year. The aircraft, Last December, Embraer celebrated the
meet the ever-changing demands of privately registered and signed to 10th anniversary of its regional office in
the industry, and to serve the growing Execujet for full management in January Singapore. Currently, there are over 100
number of business aircraft in Thailand, 2011, will be based out of Subang Embraer aircraft in operation in the Asia-
Southeast Asia and the region,” said International Airport in Kuala Lumpur, Pacific. In other news, on 7 December
Mark Thibault, CEO, MJets. home of the ExecuJet and Dnest offices 2010, Embraer delivered the first Lineage
and MRO facility. This is the second 1000 to VIP charter company Falcon
At the Aero India 2011 airshow in aircraft under Execujet’s management Aviation Services of Abu Dhabi, United
Bangalore, India, on 10 February, in the Asia region. It has a Gulfstream Arab Emirates. It was the first of two
Gulfstream spoke of infrastructure issues G5 currently under management in Lineage 1000 jets ordered by the company
to overcome in India. These include Singapore, managed in Sydney by in November 2007 at the Dubai Air show,
a shortage of fixed base operations, ExecuJet Australia. with commitments for more Embraer
expanded ramp space and hangar executive jets.
facilities, and curfews in major cities Amid the tensions in Cairo, Egypt,
that limit operating slots for business last February, Private Jet Charter flew
jets. “These are the challenges of a fast- hundreds of individuals out of the
growing economy, and we expect they city to the safety of various worldwide
will be addressed, because business destinations. “In times of emergencies
aviation is an important component of and crises, demand for private jet charter
the transportation system,” said Roger services shoots up,” said Chief Executive
Sperry, Regional Senior Vice President Hugh Courtenay. Elie Abdo, Managing
International Sales, Gulfstream. Partner Middle East, Private Jet Charter,
added, “Our aim is to help private
Embraer announced at Aero India 2011 individuals and corporates get out of
that it expects its business in India to Egypt safely and with speed.” Air Works Pvt Ltd was appointed
grow four-fold to USD8.9 billion by 2020. by Embraer as its authorised service
“We see (India) as the main market in TrueNorth Avionic’s compact, plug-in centre for the Phenom family of jets in
Asia-Pacific,” says Embraer Asia-Pacific hardware module TrueNorth Express India. Headquartered in Mumbai with
Executive Jet Sales Director Manfred has received certification by Transport bases including Delhi, Bangalore and
Baudzus. Jose Eduardo Costas, Asia Canada via Mid-Canada Mod Center, Chennai, Air Works has been providing
Pacific Vice President Marketing and the brand’s dealer of the year for 2010. maintenance, repair and overhaul
Sales, Embraer, pointed out that India’s TrueNorth Express allows those on (MRO) services for all Phenom 100 and
high import tax on business jets shows a BlackBerry smartphones to send and 300 jets in the country since January
“narrow vision”, but adds that regardless receive emails worldwide over existing 2011. The company aims to provide
of taxes, the company is confident Iridium satcom phones. It provides the best-in-class service and customer
that there is demand. That demand is global coverage and convenience more support network, as well as to continually
currently favouring its medium and affordably than other units currently in improve customer support activities and
large size business jets like the Lineage. the market. grow with clients in the region.

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Flight Display Systems has released
an iPad Arm Mount that allows for
easy upgrade of in-flight entertainment
systems. The arm of the device fits into
the same mount as pre-existing seven-
inch Flight Display Systems LCD display
screens so no additional mounting is
required. Besides from being able to
rotate from portrait to landscape mode,
the arm also provides charging of the
iPad batteries when attached. In other
news, the company has also recently
launched the first Android software
application for use with its Select Cabin
On 9th February, Hawker Pacific ExecuJet Aviation Group reported Management System. It allows passengers
announced the development of a handling 330 movements in support to control all cabin functions from any
USD11.6 million Customer Sales and of visiting jets to the World Economic “Android 2.0 powered mobile phones
Service Centre at Seletar Aerospace Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, or tablet computers with Bluetooth,”
Park. This expansion adds to the growth from 26th to 30th January 2011. As in says Jonathan Pinson, resident Android
of its relocated Seletar operations at previous years, ExecuJet secured an Technician, Flight Display Systems.
East Camp, Singapore, as its regional exclusive agreement with military-owned
headquarters. The 9,400 sqm Private Dübendorf Airport to allow aircraft
Jet Centre includes a fully equipped to be parked at the airfield during
Heavy Maintenance Jet Service Centre, the WEF, with all passengers being
Spares distribution, Re-paint facility, VIP handled through the Zurich FBO. A
reception and FBO, customer and crew high majority of the movements were
lounges, as well as dedicated undercover attributed to Bombardier Global Express
jet parking. Moving-in is targeted for and Gulfstream aircraft. The five-day
December 2011, with an official opening WEF meeting consisted of over
ceremony to coincide with the Singapore 2,500 delegates including overseas
Airshow in February 2012. ministers and presidents from more British charter company Air Partner
than 75 countries. celebrates 50 years of success this year,
along with the renewal of their Royal
Warrant as Supplier of Aircraft Charter
to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II until
the winter of 2014. Highly coveted
globally and a recognised mark of
excellence, the Royal Warrant is granted
by HM The Queen, Her Royal Highness
The Duke of Edinburgh or His Royal
Highness The Prince of Wales.

JetNet LLC has recently launched


Dubai-based private aviation operator JetNet iQ, a members-only forecasting
Empire Aviation Group (EAG) has and advisory service for the business
joined forces with RMSI, the Dubai- aviation market. Consisting of three main
based MEDEVAC to launch a new On 27 Jan 2011, Flying Colours components, JetNet iQ Reports provides
Intensive Care Ambulance Service. The Corp delivered their first Bombardier analytical reference, JetNet iQ Summits
agreement states that EAG will manage Challenger 850 aircraft to China. First allows networking opportunities for
and operate a specially converted air out of five to China-based clients, the jet members, and JetNet iQ Consulting is
ambulance configuration of a Hawker will be operated and managed by charter a project-by-project basis customised
800XP business jet on behalf of RMSI. company Metrojet in Hong Kong. “The research and analysis tool. This aims to
The service is targetted at RMSI clients Challenger 850 is an ideal aircraft for fill the need of customers “to support
in the region, including global insurance the China business jet market and we investment decisions in businesses,
patients, governments, corporate and are looking forward to long term growth aircraft programs, aviation infrastructure
private clients, as well as patients in in this region,” stated John Gillispie, and inventory”, as explained by Vincent
hostile situations and remote locations. President, Flying Colours Corp. Esposito, JetNet President. >>

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Some aircraft today are being sold at encouraged for a much better 2011,” Australia has launched what they claim
almost half the price that they were five says Dave Labrozzi, President, Corporate to be the world’s most expensive mobile
years ago, according to Gretchen Collins, Aircraft Finance of GE Capital, the phone application. AsiQ, the licensee for
Vice President of Special Contracts and conglomerate’s finance arm. “This market SafeCell inflight mobile phone system,
Business Development at CSI Aviation is completely driven by corporate profits says the new application is a voice and
Services, Inc. Collins adds, “This is and the economy,” both of which are on data solution for private jet owners. It
the year for companies and business the upswing. He also attributes a good will allow them to use mobile phones
professionals to invest in aircraft. It won’t year ahead as prices for business jets are inflight through an onboard satellite link
stay this way for long as the aviation currently at or almost at rock bottom, via bluetooth. Priced at USD12,500, the
market gets rolling again.” CSI has over having dipped 35 per cent over the past initial release of the application is for
30 years of experience in procurement three years. This means that companies Blackberry, Nokia and all Symbian-based
and leasing of aircraft for companies and holding out for the best deals no longer mobile phone and PDAs. An Android
government, specialising in MD83, 737, have a reason to delay purchase. version will soon follow.
757 aircraft, and including executive jets
and turboprops. Dassault Falcon Jet Corp has launched a
new sales and marketing office in Beijing,
China, on 14 December 2010. CEO John
Rosanvallon mentioned at the day’s press
conference that the brand is targeting
big corporate clients in Greater China,
including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
Its business jet division is expecting
annual sales of USD1 billion over the
next five years, equivalent to 10 aircraft
a year. This accounts for 20 per cent of
Gulfstream has broken yet another its global deliveries, double its current
city-pair record. On 21 December 2010, contribution today.
a G200 set not one but two city-pair
records connecting Savannah to Keflavik,
Iceland, and Keflavik to Vnukovo,
Russia. The National Aeronautic
Eriko Fukuoka, Aircraft Handling Department,
Association confirmed the flights as
JAS Services
US records and sent the figures to the
Federation Aeronautique Internationale
JETGALA Magazine is now uplifted to in Switzerland for approval as world
business jets coming through JAS Services records. Since the delivery of the first
at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan. G200 in January 2000, the aircraft has
amassed 12 city-pair speed records.
Australian-based software developer
iApps has launched FlightBOX, a free Swiss maintenance and revamp company
aviation application (app) that allows SR Technics is the latest player to join
pilots to complete extensive pre-flight the few that do Airbus and Boeing Training with FlightSafety International’s
planning and checklists. FlightBOX corporate jet completions. Previously recently qualified Dassault Falcon 7X
also offers graphical route charting, focused entirely on the airline MRO full flight simulator started in January
flight intelligence, calculations and sector, the Zurich-based firm has a long- 2011, at the company’s Dallas/Fort Worth
conversions, NAIPS weather, practice term cooperation agreement with another Learning Centre. “Qualification of our
for BAK and PPL exams, and logs all Swiss company, Geneva-based TAG Falcon 7X simulator by the FAA, GACA
flight data. Available for the iPhone and Aviation. TAG Aviation will provide sales and EASA demonstrated our advanced
iPad, the next update of the app will contacts and offer completions as part of design and high quality manufacturing
include extended global weather services, its portfolio of service to business owners. capabilities,” said Bruce Whitman,
calculations of fuel, wind and weight and “It’s a win-win for both companies and President and CEO, FlightSafety
the option for an e-log of flight data to be allows us to complete the circle,” says International. “We recently delivered
securely stored on a server via the app. Michael Gringmuth, Sales Manager, VIP our 100th Falcon 7X, and customers
Aircraft Services, SR Technics. will enjoy having the option to train
General Electric Co’s (GE) business with FlightSafety International,” added
jet lending and leasing unit forecasts ASI Entertainment Inc reported on John Rosanvallon, President and CEO,
solid demand in 2011. “I’m very much 20 December 2010, that AsiQ Limited Dassault Falcon. >>

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Cirrus Aircraft has opened an FBO in


Zhuhai, China that will operate under the
name Zhuhai Cirrus FBO. The facility
will offer traditional FBO services for
based and transient aircraft, and serve Since 1 December 2010, aeronautical business jets. The Global 7000s will
as Cirrus Aircraft’s Sales Centre. It will charges at Al Bateen Executive Airport operate alongside Comlux’s current
provide Flying Club, Service, Training in Abu Dhabi were reduced by 35 per fleet of 12 Bombardier Challenger 605,
and Import services. Zhuhai Tianyi cent on landing fees and by 17 per cent Challenger 850, Global 5000 and Global
Aviation Trading Co has bought three on parking fees for all aircraft. Along XRS jets.
SR22s for use at the FBO. The 2,806 sqm with plans to develop new hangars and
hangar and facility will be based in improve its utilities and runways, new Rizon Jet’s new MRO facility and FBO
Jinwan District’s Aviation Industrial Park retail facilities and commercial space Terminal formally opened in January
and provide key services to over will soon be available for lease by MROs, 2011 in Doha, Qatar, in the United Arab
50 airplanes. manufacturers and other businesses. An Emirates. The new facility boasts direct
onsite hotel is also in the works, aimed access to the apron and a VIP terminal
for completion within the next 18 months. that features four enclosed private
Currently home to key operators in the lounges and an open lounge with a water
region, Al Bateen’s fleet includes the feature, indoor garden and duty-free
region’s first Lineage 1000. It is expecting section. Joining the team as Director of
two Airbus and Embraer jets, and up to Operations is Captain Javed Latif, who
six scheduled jets to be added in 2011. has flown a large variety of business jets
in his military career. Simon D’Oyly
is also newly appointed as Director
of Sales and Aircraft Management,
Bombardier Aerospace announced on formerly Managing Director of Aircraft
8 December 2010 that they had received Management with National Air Services
firm orders for five Learjet 85 and in Saudi Arabia.
two Challenger 605 jets from multiple
companies, all part of Munich-based Boeing will make a decision on
Jet Air Flug for principal operation modifications to its 737 in 2011.
in Germany. On 23 December 2010, SteveTaylor, President, Boeing
Bombardier announced that Dubai-based ExecuJet Middle East is now in Business Jets (BBJ) stated that the
Gama Aviation FZC has become the partnership with Al Faisal Holding for company has “been doing re-engine
first to register a Challenger 850 jet in a new business aviation company in studies.” He added, “When I look at our
the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Doha. The new company is slated to be airplane and we’re already at 6,200 nm,
certificate of airworthiness (CofA) for named ExecuJet Qatar and be operated I think, if we could add 10 per cent
the jet was issued on 16 December 2010. by ExecuJet Middle East. The AOC range to that, that really opens up some
“The first CofA for this type of business application process for the new company city pairs.” This decision has been put
jet in the UAE demonstrates the growing is underway and is expected to be in place on hold in recent months due to the
interest in business aviation in this region by early 2011. lack of customer demand, but BBJ
and a crowning achievement for our is still looking into the possibility of
newly launched Middle Eastern division,” Comlux Aviation Group announced readjusting the existing airframe to
said Dave Edwards, Managing Director, on 08 December 2010 an order for two accommodate engines for double-digit
Gama Aviation. Bombardier Global 7000 long-range improvements in fuel efficiency.

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ALTERNATE
POWER
THE SEARCH FOR THE JET FUEL OF THE FUTURE IS ON

THE PLANE IS PAID FOR AND THE MATH IS CLEAR. alternative fuels include the US Air Force, which is developing
No matter how you look at it, fuel is the single biggest Bio-Jet, a synthetic fuel produced from coal in collaboration
operational expense when you fly your plane. As the world’s with NASA. Originally formulated in Germany during World
supply of fossil fuel slowly expires, the aviation industry is War II, Bio-Jet’s drawback is that it is only a viable fuel source
scrambling to find affordable and sustainable alternatives when burnt in a 50/50 mix with conventional jet fuel. That
to kerosene. Not only because green fuels are kinder to the aside, Air New Zealand is working in cooperation with Rolls-
environment, but — aside from nasty recessions — rising jet Royce to encourage the production and use of algae-derived
fuel prices are its biggest enemy. Bio-Jet fuel.
There are of course biofuels, created from both food Not far behind in the push for greener aviation fuel is Virgin
stocks (corn, sugar cane and beets), and non-food sources, Airlines. Before inking orders for 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliner
such as algae, grass, and oil-rich seeds from the palm and aircraft, Boeing and engine supplier General Electric had to
jatropha plants. These alternative fuels can be used mixed pledge that the aircraft delivered under this contract would be
with conventional jet fuel without adaptations to the aircraft’s capable of operating on Virgin’s brand of Bio-Diesel.
propulsion systems. Engines powered by biofuel mix have at Scientists continue to search for the best renewable bio-
times even shown signs of improved efficiency. fuels. Aside from the near-term hope that viable solutions will
Taking things further, in April this year, Lufthansa will start emerge soon, there is growing excitement about the most likely
a six-month trial with an Airbus A321 on scheduled commercial propulsion systems of the future — electric power, instead of
flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt to study the long-term combustible fuels. The car industry is showing the way.
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AIRBORNEGLOSSARY

ABSOLUTE ALTITUDE Measurable height


PLANE SPEAK
CHARTER The ‘renting’ of an aircraft with FBO (Fixed Base Operator) A business
of an aircraft above the actual terrain. crew for a personal, business, or cargo operating an airport terminal for
flight from one point to another. non-airline, general aviation aircraft.
ABSOLUTE CEILING The maximum
altitude above sea level at which an CHARTER CARD Pre-paid air charter FERRY FLIGHT A flight for the purpose of
aircraft can maintain level flight under plan, either for a block of charter hours returning an aircraft to base or delivering
Standard Air conditions. at a pre-defined fee, or a set debit an aircraft from one location to another.
balance in dollars.
AGL (Above Ground Level) Altitude FLAPS Hinged surfaces on the inboard
expressed as feet above terrain or airport CLASS I NAVIGATION Operation of rear of wings, deployed to increase wing
elevation (see MSL). aircraft under visual meteorological
curvature (and thus, lift).
conditions (VFR) primarily based on ‘see
AILERONS An aircraft control surface and avoid’ procedures. FLIGHT PLAN Filed by radio, telephone,
hinged to the rear, outer section of each computer, or in person with Flight
wing for banking (‘tilting’) the aircraft. CLASS II NAVIGATION Any en route flight
operation that is not Class I, i.e. instrument- Service Stations.
AIRCRAFT MANAGEMENT Comprehensive based navigation (IFR). FLIGHT TIME Portion of the trip actually
services provided by a management
CLEARANCE Formal instructions from spent in the air.
company for an aircraft owner. Details vary.
air traffic control authorising a specific
FRACTIONAL OWNERSHIP The purchase
AIRFOIL The shape of any flying surface, action (climb or descend, entry into
but principally a wing, as seen in side-view of a ‘share’ of an aircraft.
controlled airspace).
(cross section). FUSELAGE An aircraft’s main body
CONTRAILS Streaks of condensed water
AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE Official vapour created in the air by aircraft flying structure housing the flight crew,
notification to aircraft owner/operators at high altitudes; a.k.a. vapour trails. passengers, and cargo.
of a known safety issue with a particular GENERAL AVIATION Part of civil aviation
model of aircraft. CONTROLLED AIRSPACE An airspace of
defined dimensions within which air traffic comprising all facets of aviation except
ALTIMETER A highly sensitive barometer control service is provided. scheduled air carriers.
that shows an aircraft’s altitude above
CRUISE SPEED The normal speed attained GLASS COCKPIT See FIS
mean sea level by measuring atmospheric
at altitude once the aircraft is no longer
pressure. GPS (Global Positioning System) Satellite-
climbing and is en route.
based navigation system operated by
ANGLE OF ATTACK The angle between
CRUISING ALTITUDE A level altitude Department of Defence.
the airfoil’s chord line and the direction in
maintained by an aircraft while in flight.
which the aircraft is currently moving. GPWS (Ground Proximity Warning
DEADHEAD To fly the return leg of a trip System) System designed to alert pilots
AOG (Aircraft on Ground) Aircraft without cargo or passengers.
unfit to fly, in need of repair. Owner’s if their aircraft is in immediate danger of
worst nightmare. DRAG Resisting force exerted on an flying into the ground.
aircraft in its line of flight opposite in GROUND SPEED Actual speed that an
APPROACH (DEPARTURE) CONTROL direction to its motion. Opposite of thrust.
Radar-based air traffic control, usually aircraft travels over the ground also called
at an airport tower, providing traffic DUTY TIME That portion of the day when ‘shadow speed’.
separation up to 40 miles. a crewmember is on duty in any capacity
(not just in the air), limited by regulations. HANGAR An enclosed structure for
APRON Hard-surfaced or paved area housing aircraft. Originated with lake-
around a hangar. Also, ‘ramp’. EFIS (Electronic Flight Information based floating homes of the original
Systems) Glass cockpit avionics that German Zeppelin airships.
ATC (Air Traffic Control) Service providing integrate all flight parameters into one
separation services to participating optimised instrument. HEAVY JETS See ‘Large-Cabin Jets’.
airborne traffic and clearances to land,
take off or taxi at airports. ELEVATOR An aircraft control surface HORSEPOWER The motive energy
hinged to both rear horizontal stabilisers, required to raise 550 lbs. one foot in one
AVIONICS The electronic control changing the aircraft pitch attitude second, friction disregarded.
systems airplanes use for flight such as nose-up or nose-down.
communications, autopilots, and navigation. HUD (Head-Up Display) A transparent
EMPTY LEG Also known as ‘one-way display that presents data without
BLOCK RATES Pre-paid hours for air availability’. Usually posted as available requiring the user to look away from
charter at a contracted price. for travel between two airports during his or her usual viewpoint.
a certain time period.
CARBON OFFSET monetary contributions IATA CODE International aviation code for
to renewable energy research and FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) international airports.
production projects to ‘offset’ carbon The Department of Transportation’s
emissions of an airplane. agency for aviation. ICAO CODE Civil aviation codes for airports.

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IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) Rules


PLANE SPEAK
PART 135 The parts of Federal Aviation TARMAC A paved airport surface,
for flights into clouds and low visibility, Regulations on non-commercial operations especially a runway or an apron at a hangar.
by reference to cockpit instruments and covering charter carriers.
radio navigation. TAXI TIME Portion of the trip spent
PART 145 Certificate allowing an
rolling between the gate, terminal,
ILS (Instrument Landing System) A organisation to perform maintenance and
precision instrument approach system alterations on US-registered aircraft. or ramp and runway.
permitting aircraft to land with low ceilings THRUST The forward force produced in
PATTERN The path of aircraft traffic
or poor visibility.
around an airfield, at an established height reaction to the gases expelled rearward
JOINT OWNERSHIP Purchase or lease of and direction. from a jet engine. Opposite of drag.
an aircraft by a number of owners, often
PAYLOAD Anything that an aircraft carries TRAILING EDGE The rearmost edge
through a partnership or limited company. beyond what is required for its operation
during flight. of an airfoil.
KNOT (Nautical Mile per Hour) Common
measure of aircraft speed equalling 6,080 POSITIONING Ferrying aircraft for departure TRANSPONDER An airborne transmitter
feet or about 1.15 miles. (For mph, multiply from other than originating airport. that responds to automated air traffic
knots by 1.15.) control interrogation with accurate
RADAR System that uses electromagnetic
KTAS True airspeed, in knots. waves to identify the range, altitude, position information.
LARGE-CABIN JETS The largest size direction, or speed of moving and fixed TURBINE Engine that uses compressed
aircraft that doesn’t require a major airport objects.
air to generate thrust to spin a metal shaft
runway. Typical capacity 9-15 passengers. RAMP The apron or open ‘tarmac’ in front inside the motor, used in jet engines and
LAYOVER A night spent in the middle of of an FBO or terminal facility. This space turboprop aircraft.
the trip in a city other than home base for is busy, used for deplaning, parking of
the aircraft and crew. aircraft, etc. TURBOPROP An aircraft in which the
ROLL One of three axes in flight, specifying propeller is driven by a jet-style turbine
LEG Describes one direction of travel rather than a piston.
between two points. Commonly used in the action around a central point.
referring to a planned itinerary. ROTATE In flight, any aircraft will rotate VERY LIGHT JETS (VLJ) Small jet aircraft
about its centre of gravity, a point which is the approved for single-pilot operation,
LIGHT JETS See ‘Small-Cabin Jets’.
average location of the mass of the aircraft. maximum take-off weight of less than
MACH SPEED A number representing the 10,000 lb (4,540 kg).
RUDDER Aircraft control surface attached
ratio of the speed of an airplane to the
to the rear of the vertical stabiliser (fin) of
speed of sound in the surrounding air. VFR (Visual Flight Rules) A defined set
the aircraft tail. Forces the plane to veer
MAYDAY An international distress signal left or right. of FAA regulations covering operation
to indicate an imminent and grave danger of aircraft flying by visual reference to
RUNWAY HEADING Magnetic direction
that requires assistance. the horizon.
corresponding to the centre line of the
MID-CABIN JETS Typical capacity runway. VOR (VHF Omnidirectional Range)
7-9 passengers. SLATS Small, aerodynamic surfaces on the Ground-based radio navigation aid.
MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) leading edge of the wings of fixed aircraft
which allow the wing to operate at a VORTICES Regions of high velocity that
Company licensed to provided services for
the upkeep and airworthiness of airplanes. higher angle of attack. develop at the tip of a wing as it flies
through the air.
NAUTICAL MILE Defined internationally SLIPSTREAM The flow of air driven backward
as equivalent to 1,852 meters or 1.15 by a propeller or downward by a rotor. WIND SHEAR Large changes in either
statute miles. SMALL-CABIN JETS Typical capacity wind speed or direction at different
5-8 passengers. altitudes that can cause sudden gain or
NDB (Non-Directional Beacon) A radio
transmitter at a known location, used as an loss of airspeed.
SQUAWK A four-digit number that a pilot
aviation or marine navigational aid. dials into his transponder to identify his WINGLET A small, stabilising, rudder-like
PAN PAN International call signal for aircraft to air traffic controllers. addition to the tips of a wing to control or
urgency, indicating uncertainty and usually STATUTE MILE A unit of length equal employ air movement, thereby increasing
followed by the nature of the alert. to 5,280 feet. fuel economy.
PART 91 The parts of Federal Aviation SVS (Synthetic Vision System) YAW One of the three axes in flight,
Regulations on non-commercial operations A technologies that use 3D to provide
specifying the side-to-side movement of
covering corporate flight departments. pilots with intuitive means of
understanding their flying environment. an aircraft on its vertical axis.
PART 121 The parts of Federal Aviation
Regulations on scheduled airline operations, TAIL NUMBER An airplane’s YOKE The control wheel of an aircraft, akin
including the publication of a schedule. registration number. to an automobile steering wheel.

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13-16 APR AERO 2011 MESSE FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, GERMANY www.aero-expo.com

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27-29 MAY AVIATION EXPO, EUROPE 2011 BITBURG AIRPORT, GERMANY www.expo.aero/europe

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SEPTEMBER 2011
21-24 SEP BEIJING AVIATION EXPO CHINA NATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE, www.beijingaviation.com
BEIJING, CHINA
29 SEP-01 OCT CEPA EXPO 2011 VODOCHODY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, www.cepaexpo.com
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LAST ROLL
by Rainer Sigel

AS SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS ARCS AWAY AT OVER 1,600 KM/H INTO SPACE,
an F15 Strike Eagle appears as if frozen in awe in mid-air.
This launch on 14 May 2010 from Kennedy Space Center was Atlantis’ last flight. Atlantis
is one of three surviving Space Shuttles, along with Discovery and Endeavour. Discovery was
scheduled to make its last flight in February 2011. Endeavour will fly its last mission this April
2011, closing the era of the Space Shuttle.
Two other shuttles were lost in flight. Challenger went after take-off on 28 January 1986,
and Columbia disintegrated during re-entry on 1 February 2003. On both missions, all seven
crew members perished.
There was a sixth shuttle, the less known Enterprise. First built for NASA as part of the
original Space Shuttle test flight program, it was constructed without engines or a functional
heat shield. Incapable of spaceflight, it was retired and partially disassembled in 1977. Certain
parts were reused in other shuttles, and the hull went on an international exhibition tour.
In November 1985, Enterprise was shipped to Washington, DC, where it found a permanent
home at the Smithsonian Institution.

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