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Flying their own planes saves time
Updated 1/17/2007 7:06 AM ET
By Gary Stoller, USA TODAY
Landscape architect Katie O'Reilly Rogers departs on business trips from her Santa Barbara, Calif., home without a worry about airport or airline snafus.
She climbs into the cockpit of her own small airplane and takes off.
The added hassles of business travel from tightened security and airline cost-cutting since the Sept. 11 terrorism has helped fuel an increase in the business use of personal aircraft. Encouraged by a growing economy and a generally favorable business climate, many business people — particularly those who live far from a big-city hub — are realizing that piloting their own planes saves time and, in some cases, money.