CEOs as Pilots

Weary of airline delays and traffic jams, more executives are learning to fly their own planes

For years, pet-supply executive Andrew King spent about a third of his workweek trapped on the Long Island Expressway, famed for its snail-paced traffic. He felt he had no choice. As president of Kings Cages, a birdcage manufacturer based in Farmingdale, N.Y., about 40 miles east of Manhattan, King has to visit customers scattered all around New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. But one day last spring, as he was spending all morning driving to Oxford, Conn., it suddenly occurred to him that if he had flown from a municipal airport near his business, he would have reached his destination in...

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