Over the next few weeks, we’ll be scouring the internet on the look-out for some great ideas for Christmas.
We came across this very impressive coffee-table hard-back book called Jet Dreams. It’s a tribute to a group of plucky chief executives who first dreamt of flying jets as kids, and kept that passion alive for years. Think of Jet Dreams as the ultimate yearbook for owner/operators.
The author and photographer, Jessica Ambets, has amassed a collection of images and quotes over 15 years from 40 chief executives who have spent their working life climbing the corporate ladder affording them the cash to fulfil their fantasy.
“What they all had in common was a childhood passion that was realized as executives,” says California-based Ambats about the highly unusual group she photographed. Owner-operators of prop-driven aircraft are common, but owners who fly their own jets is a small group.
“When I was 12, I read a book about flying to Alaska as a bush pilot,” says Raymond J. Bailey, president of Texas-based Lone Star Communications. “When someone asked me what I was going to do when I grew up, I said I’m going to be an Alaskan bush pilot. I hadn’t even been in an airplane yet, but I was adamant.”
Some of the executives fly decommissioned fighter jets like the L-39 and Marchetti S.211, while others are happier winging their way to business meetings and family retreats in more conventional business jets. The Embraer Phenom 300, Cessna Citation CJ3+, Pilatus PC-24 and Cirrus Vision Jet are all among the chief executives’ personal fleet.
The 216-page hardcover book, priced at $120, is published by Baseturn.com.