Bombardier Business Aircraft Magazine
Issue 24 2015
GOING GLOBAL Business travel reaches new heights in the Global 6000 aircraft ———
JONATHAN OPPENHEIMER CHANGES COURSE + MEET THE NEW CHALLENGER 650 CHILEAN WINE COUNTRY + FOGO ISLAND DESIGN + ABLE FLIGHT TRAINING
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Inside the New Challenger 650 Aircraft The newest Challenger business jet redefines the in-flight experience and comes standard equipped like no other aircraft in its class. BY BRETT SCHAENFIELD
Winged Migration Three years after De Beers, Jonathan Oppenheimer’s business interests are still a global affair.
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Cars A look at the world of wheels.
Cities Where to dine, shop and live it up in Baku.
Hotels Our favorite stays around the globe.
Ready, Willing and Able A pilot’s license is a dream within reach for people with disabilities, thanks to Able Flight and Bombardier Business Aircraft. BY JASMIN LEGATOS
Grand Designs As Chile’s wines grow more sophisticated, so too do its wineries. We look at some of the growing region’s most remarkable examples. BY NATASHA MEKHAIL
The Architecture of Happiness In Eastern Canada, a tiny island has reinvented itself as an acclaimed artistic hub and one of the most remote architectural landmarks on earth. BY EVE THOMAS
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t the heart of everything we do at Bombardier is the passion we have for the business jets we build and the people who fly in them. The stories of how you use our aircraft are a great source of pride for us and motivate us to deliver a level of quality and craftsmanship in our aircraft that exceeds your expectations. In this issue of Experience, we feature stories of two customers who pilot their aircraft to pursue their interests and excellence in their respective fields. Earlier this year, Formula One champion, pilot and longtime Bombardier customer, Niki Lauda, took delivery of a Global 6000 aircraft (page 58). While in Canada, he visited our Global facility in Toronto, where he saw firsthand our employees’ drive for excellence. Lauda’s passion comes to life on racetracks around the world, where the automotive industry’s most technologically advanced automobiles battle for the checkered flag. Performance is key in F1 as it is in aviation, which is why Mr. Lauda chose the Global 6000 business jet to follow the F1 circuit from start to finish.
Economic development in his native Africa is Jonathan Oppenheimer’s passion – one he pursues efficiently thanks to his Global 6000 aircraft (page 34). At the controls of the Bombardier Vision flight deck, he enjoys the performance of the Global 6000 aircraft, while the comfort of the cabin allows him to be ready for business no matter where he lands. His latest venture, Fireblade Aviation, a full-service fixed-base operator at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, is one way he promotes business aviation and attracts corporate leaders to this magnificent continent. From the African economy to the wines of Chile to a remote artist’s retreat in Canada, we hope to pique your curiosity in the pages of this edition of Experience, and we invite you to discover the world that opens to you aboard a Bombardier business jet.
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When he’s not shooting designer lookbooks for LVMH Asia, Hong Kong-born, Montreal-based photographer Richmond Lam is working for publications including Rolling Stone, Fairmont and Flaunt. This issue of Experience had him traveling by land, sea and air to Fogo Island, Canada, which he calls “one of the most beautiful places in the world. The sunsets there are magical.”
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As associate editor of Experience, Eve Thomas is rarely in one place for long, filing stories on everything from Sicilian architecture to Tanzanian safaris. In this issue, find her at two properties with bold environmental mandates: one on an organic farm in St. Kitts, the other, a tiny island in Atlantic Canada. “I was foraging for seaweed at one and papayas at the other, but they had so much in common.”
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Travel writer Ellen Himelfarb is based in London but her work for publications such as Wallpaper and InStyle takes her around the world, from Marrakech to Munich (as well as Baku, Azerbaijan, for this issue of Experience). Her next stop: a riverboat along the Mississippi.
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addalit.com — For their jewelry brand Addalit, which means “to give” in the language of the Sami (an indigenous Northern European people), Jonna Jarvenpaa and Laura Vilppula offer an appointment-only service that allows clients to swap stones or adjust settings for a truly one-of-a-kind piece. “We want to have a personal connection with our clients,” explains Vilppula. “Most of them come from word of mouth and fly into our small workshop in Central London to work with us.” Pieces are inspired by both the Finnish heritage and international travels of Addalit’s founders, from delicate dangling earrings reminiscent of falling snow to intricate mixed-stone rings, all crafted with ethically sourced diamonds and materials. –RM
Judah Schiller made waves as the first person ever to cycle across both the San Francisco Bay and the Hudson River. His Mill Valley, Californiabased outfit Schiller Bikes (fittingly set in the birthplace of mountain biking) made a splashy debut with the X1 Founder’s Edition, a sleek, wheel-less water cycle kept afloat by two inflatable pontoons. Crafted from stainless steel and aircraft-grade anodized aluminum in a range of customizable colors, the rudderless bike disassembles easily for storage and transportation. Avid cyclists should take the plunge soon; the X1 is available in a serialized, limited edition of 250. –CF
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With the recent launch of OneOcean Club in Marina Port Vell, the yachting magnets of SaintTropez, Monaco and Montenegro have an alluring new rival in Barcelona. The Catalan capital is already renowned for its culture and cuisine – in particular Gaudí’s Sagrada Família church and the city’s constellation of 24 Michelin stars – and now, 14
OneOcean has declared Barcelona a nautical hub with the opening of its six-star superyacht facility. The OneOcean Club features an on-site gym and spa as well as dining in the form of a cocktail bar and gourmet
restaurant with Catalan native Llorenç Valls at the helm. After a meal of oysters, ceviche and charcoal-grilled seafood, the club’s sundeck provides the ideal venue for a siesta. –SD
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sothebysrealty.ca — When mathematician and best-selling author James Stewart teamed with Shim-Sutcliffe Architects to build his home in Toronto, Canada, he drew inspiration from his area of expertise: calculus. Shunning straight lines in favor of
Bombardier business jet owners already enjoy the comforts of home on board their aircraft. Now IDAIR is bringing the benefits of a private cinema to the cabin. A joint venture between Lufthansa Technik AG and Panasonic Avionics Corporation, IDAIR specializes in licensed media services tailored to private jets. That means over 160 hit TV shows and 120 movies per year (for the Platinum package), including studioapproved earlywindow-content – movies delivered directly to aircraft even before they’re available to order at home. Even better: New customers can enjoy a free trial. –ET
curves resulted in a stunning finished product: Integral House, a 15,000-square-foot, fivestory oak and glass structure. Now on the market with Sotheby’s, the home includes a private art gallery, performance hall, indoor pool and three-car garage. It all adds up to one of the most remarkable homes in the world. –CR
Show off your ping-pong prowess and design savvy with Lungolinea, a sculptural – and fully functional – calmaegesso.com transparent table that’s far too — striking to be relegated to the rec room. Brothers Davide and Gabriele Adriano, the duo behind the award-winning firm Adriano Design, lent their ingenuity to Calma e Gesso. The made-in-Italy games-table collaboration with B<D> Collection is named for the moment of calma in billiards while chalking a cue before a shot. The massive, 880-pound ping-pong table has a light-as-air visual footprint thanks to its delicate crystal glass structure and reflective metal accents, but don’t be deceived by the good looks: It stands up to serious play. –CF Sports
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lacoste.com — Legendary tennis player and fashion designer René Lacoste (1904–1996) is well known for his crocodileclad sportswear that champions performance and style. Less known is that he was an avid inventor: creating a tennis ball machine for those times when his partners tired of his exhaustive practice
sessions and revolutionizing the racket by developing the very first made out of lightweight steel. But for reasons unclear the brand stopped producing rackets in 1995. That is, until now. Enter the LT12. Handmade in France from walnut, lime and balsa wood – selected for their performance-enhancing
qualities – the racket takes into account expertise from Alain Gallet, an R&D technician who worked closely with Lacoste in the years before his death. The result is 650 numbered collector rackets, expertly crafted and elegantly designed as a piece of tennis history that fits beautifully in your grip. –CHJ
www.virginie-t.com — One of a very few women to have created her own Champagne house, the founder of Virginie T. has bubbly in the blood: Her father is a Taittinger, her mother a PiperHeidsieck. Having honed her skills working for the family business for 21 years, Virginie Taittinger launched her own label in 2008. Her house – which specializes in aged Champagne blended in a Premier and Grand Cru vineyard near Reims – has a refreshingly modern approach to sales. Bypassing conventional distributors, clients worldwide can order Virginie T. Brut directly from the website. The company offers free delivery within 48 hours to clients based in England, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium. Just recently the speedy service was also introduced to Champagne enthusiasts in Switzerland and Hong Kong. –SD
2011: A Scotch Odyssey ardbeg.com —
Space experiments have always captured our attention. From fruit flies in the 1940s to ESP in the 1970s, zero gravity’s myriad unknowns are precisely its appeal. So when Islay-based Scotch distiller Ardbeg had the opportunity to send its whisky to the International Space Station in 2011, it leapt (giantly) at the
chance. The vials returned to earth in the fall and are now in Houston under study for the effects of microgravity on maturation – but no need to go thirsty while you await the results. For those evenings under the stars, Ardbeg presents the Double Barrel, a pair of single cask 1974 whiskies along with tasting accoutrements for eight, set in a custom leather gun case (also suitable for holding a telescope). The reviews of this rare vintage Scotch? Out of this world. –NM
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jaguarlandrover.com — Borne of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations division, the new SVAutobiography is the most powerful, luxurious production Range Rover yet. Recognizable by its striking two-tone paintwork, it features bespoke aluminum switchgear and electrically deployable folding tables. There’s yet more innovation in an unlikely location: the trunk. An additional pair of outwardfacing seats attach to the lowered trunk lid, perfect for watching polo. Features such as this “Event Seating” may be reserved for the flagship, but every model from the supercharged 3.0 up is enhanced for 2015, with optional blind-spot monitoring technology and standard puddle lamps that project the iconic Range Rover silhouette onto the ground from the door mirrors. Unchanged for 2015? The Range Rover’s unrivalled sense of occasion.
ferrari.com — You might question the point of a car so extreme it can’t legally be used on any public road or entered into any race series, but the LaFerrari FXX K is less a car, more a 217-mph test bed for future technologies. The K stands for KERS, or Kinetic Energy Recovery System, which converts excess mechanical into electrical energy just like its Formula One brethren, then uses it to augment the 848-hp gasoline V12 for a total of 1036 hp, compared with just 950 hp for the standard road-going LaFerrari. It’s not merely the engineering that’s clever: The business case is, too. The select band of collectors paying for the car, and giving their feedback to Ferrari, are effectively underwriting a portion of the development time and costs for the next generation of slightly saner road-going Maranello supercars.
Luxury in Motion mercedes-benz.com —
Once the preserve of science fiction stories, the driverless car is drawing close to production reality. But Mercedes’ latest autonomous vehicle concept is a world away from the basic 25-mph urban transportation promised by the Google car. Reiterating Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche’s assertion that the automobile is morphing from mere transportation to a mobile
living space, the F 015 concept features a “loungelike ambience” and allows all four occupants to travel facing one another. Should the driver want to assume driving duties, he can spin his chair 180 degrees, and a steering wheel will emerge from the dashboard. The F 015 hints at what we might expect from the S-class sedan 15 years from now; the more immediate future of the luxury sedan is demonstrated in Mercedes’ relaunched Maybach sub-brand. The 2016 Maybach S600 features bespoke coachwork aft of the rear doors, providing maximum privacy for passengers who sit in a cabin claimed to be the quietest in the world. Experience
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After propping up Russian and Soviet oil reserves for generations, Azerbaijan is finally a free agent and Baku its greatest strength. In recent years, the city has polished up its old walled center and transformed its skyline with groundbreaking architecture. This year’s unveiling of the seemingly light-as-air Baku National Stadium and next year’s F1 European Grand Prix herald Baku’s ascent to the world stage. BY E L L E N H IM EL FARB
— Authentic cuisine comes without folky gimmickry at SUMAKH . Instead you’ll find a modern interior showcasing contemporary art and the opulent silk rugs for which the restaurant is named. Request a window booth with a view over the boulevard and settle in for a multicourse spread. Start with dolmas and soup with tiny, flavorful dushbara dumplings; move on to spicy lamb kebabs and tea, with homemade whitecherry preserves. Here, authenticity also means a foray into the cobbled OLD CITY, where Eastern merchants who traveled the Silk Road by caravan would stop on market sojourns. They tethered their camels at the Multani and Bukhara Caravanserais, medieval inns built in the Islamic style. Still perfectly maintained, they now house alfresco restaurants serving traditional Azerbaijani pumpkin-stuffed pancakes called gutabs.
— You can’t avoid Zaha Hadid’s amorphous new HEYDAR ALIYEV CENTER en route from the airport. The graceful white silhouette – which follows the flourishes of the former president’s signature when viewed from above – is an architectural feat and a symbol of Baku’s renewal. Exhibitions on three floors recount the country’s history. The MUSEUM OF MODERN ART is another notch on the city’s architectural belt, designed by Jean Nouvel with an exquisite light-filled atrium – and a rich collection of Azerbaijani contemporary art. The latest curiosity in town is the waterfront
— In 2016 the Formula One European Grand Prix will whiz down Neftchilar Avenue past brands from Armani to Zegna. But Neftchilar is already the embodiment of life in the fast lane. Where else would you find a BURBERRY CHILDREN boutique (one of only a few worldwide) that pulls in more shoppers than Gucci? Further along, between the Bentley dealership and the silvery sliver of Port Baku, is Emporium, a concept shop in the image of Dover Street Market. Designed in a white-on-white palette by Japanese architects Garde, the haute department store carries European labels like Christopher Kane, Balmain, Dries Van Noten and Ksubi: less establishment, more cachet. And though fashion dominates, there are also cosmetics, books, a DJ lounge and a café with a port view. CLASSIC ROCK Gobustan National Park is Old World to the extreme. Its 40,000year-old petroglyphs, the carved records of early hunter-gatherers, are tastefully accompanied by a high-tech museum.
MUSEUM , with a design by Austrian architects Hoffmann-Janz that resembles a carpet unfurling. The goldtinged exterior is mirrored inside by hundreds of native rugs dating to the 17th century, hand-knotted in Ganja, the former capital, and Tabriz, once part of Azerbaijan.
— Of the legions of luxury hotels marching into town, the JW MARRIOTT ABSHERON is perhaps the liveliest, its glittery lobby home to popular restaurants, a gourmet café and a lounge with live music and top-shelf tipples. Many of the enormous rooms have wraparound views of the Government House spires and the Caspian Sea, and are swathed in handwoven silk. At the Fairmont Baku Flame Towers, the 20-foot glass raindrop chandelier in the vaulted lobby sets the tone. Everything is on a grand scale here: the wall-to-wall sea views, monumental art, marble hammam and floor-to-ceiling windows (even in the sauna). The Four Seasons Baku nabbed a historic Beaux Arts pile on the seaside boulevard and preserved antique features like the wroughtiron balustrades and Ionic pillars. There are intimate parlors for high tea and jazz, and regal suites with French doors to the balcony. Experience
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kittitianhill.com — WHERE Trinidadian entrepreneur Val Kempadoo’s vision of sustainable luxury is perched far from the island’s bustling port, spread across 400 acres on the slopes of Mount Liamugia with unspoiled views of the Atlantic and a rainforest for a backyard. The resort opened in late 2014 and is being rolled out in phases – look out for a spa in the mangrove forest, a village full of shops and a weekly farmers’ market. STAY With industrial kitchens and infinity pools, Yaya Grove’s villas are great for entertaining. Higher up on the mountain, Belle Mont Farm’s Guesthouses
feature a pull-down projector for movie nights, outdoor showers and claw-foot bathtubs, as well as terraces overlooking neighboring islands – perfect for a private yoga session. Architect Bill Bensley pays tribute to West Indian architecture, including wooden shingles and stones mined on site by workers trained in traditional stonecutting techniques. DINE While St. Kitts imports most of its food, at Kittitian Hill the locavore experience starts the moment you’re welcomed with a fruit basket foraged on the property. Head out to the organic farm with the chef and you can pick your own dinner, anything from plump eggplants to crimson sorrel. At the nursery, good things await: coffee for future roasting, cocoa for chocolate production, vetiver and patchouli for use in spa treatments. Top it off with a natural wine list care of award-winning sommelier Isabelle Legeron. DO Even the Ian Woosnam-designed golf course (nine of 18 holes are currently open) is an edible landscape. It closes one day a week for weeding, and ripe fruit trees can be spotted by their wooden “Pick me” signs. EXTRAS Fly into the new Yu Lounge FBO at the Robert L. Bradshaw airport, where you’ll be greeted with Champagne, rum punch and spicy snacks. There are also plans for a private airstrip on the resort. –ET
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GRAND DESIGNS As Chile’s wines grow more sophisticated, so too do its wineries. We look at some of the growing region’s most remarkable examples of modern architecture, all delivered with the appropriate pairings. BY NATASHA MEKHAIL | PHOTOS BY CRISTOBAL PALMA
BOARDWALK EMPIRE A serene pathway leads guests to the Winery at VIK; (right) the bronzed titanium roof of Viña VIK Retreat appears to float on the hillside.
s we set out through the vineyard under a baking Chilean sun, Gonzague de Lambert warns me that no one is ever quite prepared for their first sight of the Winery at VIK. I certainly am not as I follow the 15th-generation vintner towards an opening in a low stone wall. But once past the unassuming entrance, a dramatic sight appears: The vast arched winery looms at the end of a stone plaza, where concrete footpaths crisscross a floor of rippling water. Boulders, the color of the surrounding hills, punctuate the geometric landscape, while a central walkway bridges the serene expanse to the facility’s doors. Is this a winery – or a temple? “The walk here prepares your mind,” says de Lambert as though reading my thoughts. “You enter and forget everything from before.” If this is a place of worship, it’s for the adulation of one label alone. VIK’s inaugural wine, an eponymous Bordeaux-style blend, was released in 2012. It was the vision of Norwegian financier Alexander Vik, who, with his wife Carrie, also runs three boutique hotels in Uruguay. Vik engaged de Lambert (of Bordeaux’s Château de Sales) and winemaker Patrick Valette (of Château Pavie) to find some exceptional terroir in South America. The search took them to Argentina, then on to Chile, where in 2006 they dropped the pin on this former fruit farm 100 miles south of Santiago in the sun-drenched Cachapoal Valley. Overlooking the winery, the just-opened Viña VIK Retreat skims the hillside like a cloud of silver and gold. Bronzed titanium forms its undulating roof – an ode to Frank Gehry and Richard Serra, whom the Viks referenced when they dreamt up the hotel and commissioned architect Marcelo Daglio to realize it. If such examples of breathtaking modern architecture were once unprecedented in rural Chile, they are now becoming de rigueur. VIK’s two new showpiece
Winery at VIK vik.cl — The pairing VIK – While it may be Chile’s rookie label, the Bordeauxstyle blend, with its superb balance of fruit, alcohol and tannins, ensures a veteran flavor profile.
TRAVEL: CHILE ASIAN FUSION Montes’ architecture follows the principles of feng shui. In the barrel room, Gregorian chant plays to the maturing wine.
Montes is credited with having helped introduce premium wines to Chile. But I’m here as much for the myth of the place as for the tasting.
buildings are the most recent examples of how the country’s top producers are heralding their winemaking achievements with bold architectural statements. For just as Chile’s big Cabs and crisp Chardonnays are coming into their own, so too are the spaces that give rise to them.
nlike other VIK hotel sites, the 10,600-acre property was about wine first, hospitality second. It took six years to produce the first vintage. “We had to prove that we could make the wine before making the winery and hotel,” says Carrie Vik, seated in the hotel’s haute-bohemian lobby-slash-living-room. Mismatched Italian sofas, a vintage Brunswick billiard table, lamps in the shape of dress forms and pop art coffee tables (one made of circuit boards; the other of thread spools) make up the chic mix. Each of the 22 guest rooms was individually designed: some include works by Chilean artists for whom the suites are named, others are inspired by the Viks’ own personal tastes – from street art to “Adam and Eve” plate painter Piero Fornasetti. My suite, fittingly called Chile, stands out immediately with its door of pocked cactus-wood and finca-style decor, but the eyes cannot help but be pulled towards the floorto-ceiling windows and the sunbaked hills that drew the winemakers here to produce a French-school red. Chile’s reputation as a serious wine-producing nation has long been overshadowed by its mass-produced exports – the Gato Negros, the Casillero del Diablos. But
consider that many of the country’s original vines, imported from France nearly 200 years ago, shielded by the Pacific to the west and the Andes to the east, have never fallen victim to that fatal vineyard insect, phylloxera. So while French vines the world over are grafted Frankenstein-style to pest-resistant roots from the Americas, ironically Chile’s are the last to be truly French. What’s more, the country’s calling-card grape, the Bordeaux-born Carménère, was considered extinct until 1994, when French ampelographer Jean-Michel Boursiquot discovered it growing unnoticed amongst the Merlot. Carménère never fared exceptionally well in Bordeaux, but here on the arid slopes it thrives, almost as if destiny had spared it for the New World.
he narrowest foothill range separates the Cachapoal and Colchagua Valleys, but with no road going over, we must go around. My travel companion and interpreter Francisca takes the wheel for the hour-long drive to Colchagua’s Apalta region. We stop in front of La Finca de Apalta Montes estate. Founded 27 years ago by four seasoned Chilean vintners, Montes is widely credited with having helped introduce premium wines to Chile, including Folly, Alpha M and its flagship Carménère Purple Angel. But I’m here as much for the myth of the place as for the tasting. Montes’ late cofounder Douglas Murray was a proponent of two beliefs: feng shui and angels. Legend has it that after surviving a series of car crashes, he wanted to further entice
Montes monteswines.com — The pairing Purple Angel – Chile’s flagship grape makes up the estate’s flagship wine, which critic James Suckling has called the country’s best Carménère.
BOTTLE SHOCK The Marnier-Lapostolle family cellar is accessed through the tasting-room table; (above) Lapostolle’s Clos Apalta winery was inspired by a bird’s nest.
the seraphs’ favor with the design of the winery. To create the minimalist building, Chilean architect Samuel Claro incorporated feng shui tenets such as a rectangular east-west configuration, water flowing from outside in and no right angles. The angels come in on the monastic feel of the walk to the cellar. A sequence of archways gives way to the low-lit cave where Gregorian chant plays continuously to the wine aging in its barrels. An angelic chorus to mingle with the angels’ share. Back on the road, there was one more stop I wanted to make. Though Viña Las Niñas isn’t a premium wine producer, its grande dame Sabine Dauré was among the first in Chile to seek a modern form for her winery. In the late ’90s, she enlisted then-little-known architect Mathias Klotz to design something fundamentally different from the ornate Tuscan-villa and finca-style facilities that dominated wine country. In other words, “a box.” Klotz, who went on to become one of Chile’s most celebrated architects, took the commission and created a wooden cube with a clear polycarbonate face so the fermentation tanks could be visible from the road. Nearly 20 years later, it’s still a head-turner. And though it was never meant to host visitors, the building is so popular among wine tourers that management finally relented and in March opened an outdoor tasting room in a repurposed shipping container – another nod to the box. Standing outside the winery’s now slightly time-weathered façade, I marvel that this is where the wine-country architectural revolution began.
Lapostolle casalapostolle.com — The pairing Clos Apalta – Notes of red fruit, spice and rosemary delight the palate in this Carménère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend, produced start-tofinish at the estate.
CASK STRENGTH The barrel-like design of Pérez Cruz is quake-resistant; (opposite) the glass bottom of the fountain at Haras de Pirque becomes a skylight in the underground tasting room.
palta means “bad soil” in native dialect. But the qualities that normally plague agriculture – sand, clay, stony terrain, lack of moisture – provide ideal grape-growing conditions and ultimately the flavors of terroir. I contemplate this from the patio of Lapostolle vineyard, looking out over the neat rows of vines carpeting the Apalta slopes. It’s dinnertime and winemaker Andrea León and I are sipping Chile’s de facto aperitif, the pisco sour. This one has a kick of something extra and I learn that it’s Grand Marnier. Not a surprise, given that Lapostolle is the personal project of Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, the great-granddaughter of the orange liqueur’s creator. The 1,600-acre estate is devoted to the production of Clos Apalta, a silky blend of Carménère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It’s also home to a Relais & Châteaux residence, the smallest R&C in South America, with four casitas and a capacity of eight. But there’s nothing small about the design of the accommodations, whose long, horizontal glass-and-wood structures fuse as naturally to the hillside as the rows of grapevines. There is a mystical feeling here that is palpable. It begins with the winery’s elliptical construction of smoky glass encased in a framework of vertical wood spokes: 24, to mark the 24 months of wine production. Its inspiration, when conceived by Roberto Benavente, was a bird’s nest.
Marnier Lapostolle saw in the Chilean-born, Francebased architect a mind who could bridge the spirit of the two countries. And she wanted something more, a physical representation of the vineyard philosophy. Not only is the estate fully organic but, since 2011, certified biodynamic. The idea (equally jeered and cheered by the wine community) is to practice agriculture as it was done before the industrial revolution. This means not only incorporating biodiversity (the estate is also an animal farm) and applying homeopathic “medicine” to the vines, but also falling into step with the movements of the sun, moon and planets. León produces a calendar that summarizes ideal harvest dates for the Southern Hemisphere. Aside from those for fruit and vegetables, I discover the best times for haircuts and nail trims. “Just as the cycle of the moon affects the tides,” León explains, “it affects all living things composed of water.” That idea is represented in the elliptical winery – a form that mimics the movement of the cosmos – and its alignment with the Southern Cross constellation, South America’s equivalent to the North Star. Inside, a spiral staircase winds dizzyingly downward with a Foucault pendulum tracing the length of its six-story core. We make the descent, past the sorting floor where grapes are hand-plucked during the harvest. Down past the vinification room, which echoes the elliptical shape. Past the first-year cellar and a section of wall where the raw
Pérez Cruz perezcruz.com — The pairing Liguai – Closest to the Pérez Cruz family’s heart is their very first premium wine, a blend of the three grapes (Syrah, Carménère and Cabernet Sauvignon) that grow best on Liguai, their family farm.
Haras de Pirque harasdepirque.com — The pairing Albis – A joint venture with Italian vintner Marquis Piero Antinori, the first wine ever created at Pirque was an immediate success, scoring 90 points in Wine Spectator.
granite bedrock was left exposed for dramatic effect. On the final floor, 80 feet (25 meters) below the earth, we find the second-year barrel room. This cellar and tasting area conceals something very special. Through the thick glass top of the oval tasting table, one can just make out the shapes of bottles below. León runs her hand along its side and disables an invisible lock. Out pops a hatch revealing a narrow metal staircase. It leads into the Marnier Lapostolle family’s private cellar, a two-story cave containing 7,000 bottles. On the ground floor, we find a wall of blue: It’s the rack containing the Clos Apalta archives. Topped with azure foil, the bottles celebrate el azulillo: a hardy blue flower that, like the wine, gets everything it needs from Apalta’s bad soil.
he drive back to Santiago along Ruta 5 runs through the wine-rich Maipo Valley, which surrounds the city on three sides. At Paine, Francisca and I veer off for a stop at Pérez Cruz. Designed by José Cruz Ovalle, the 65,000-square-foot (6,000-square-meter) winery was finished over a decade ago, but has only accepted visitors by appointment since 2012. Our host María José Mena greets us outside the building, whose rounded shell is made of bleached, laminated pine – the architect’s signature material. The building’s profile was modeled after a wine barrel. But the curvature serves more than an aesthetic purpose. Its slatted framework allows the cool Andean and coastal breezes to pass through, eliminating the need for air conditioning. At the same time, in this country of frequent earthquakes, the flexible structure is designed to sway in place before settling back on its foundations – a premise successfully “tested” during the 8.8-magnitude shaker of 2010. Stacked around the building’s outer perimeter is a wall of sun-bleached rocks woven together without mortar. “A pirca,” Mena tells us. “The stones are pulled from tilling. They are what gives minerality to the soil.” The winery produces 10 labels, each more interesting than the last. Among them are Chaski, a distinguished Petit Verdot; Cot, a creamy Malbec; and Pircas de Liguai, a single-varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. The estate is owned by the Pérez Cruz family, a clan who made their fortune in energy and farming. But Mena is quick to point out that this former orchard, in the family since 1968, is the “heart of their business.” Patriarch
These buildings are more than just structures, they are symbols of where Chilean wines are right now.
Don Pablo Pérez Zañartu died in 1984 without ever having known that his barely workable farm would one day produce some of the country’s top reds.
either could Eduardo Matte have imagined the winemaking potential of his property when he purchased Haras de Pirque, a 600-acre stud farm, in 1991. Wine export was just getting off the ground in Chile and, as an experiment, he planted 346 acres along the steep hillsides where his horses feared to tread. The subsequent years brought successful harvests and high-quality fruit, which he simply sold on. Then, in 2002, he received a visit from the Italian marquis and renowned vintner Piero Antinori, who was in Chile on a reconnaissance mission. After tasting the stud-farm grapes, Antinori made Matte an offer he couldn’t refuse: “Would you care to make a wine like Almaviva?” he said, referencing the famed joint venture between France’s Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Chile’s Concha Y Toro. And so, together they produced Albis (80 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 percent Carménère). It was a success from the start, scoring 90 points from Wine Spectator in its inaugural vintage. Such an achievement deserved a suitable home and Matte, inspired by a silver horseshoe keyring, had just the idea. The entrance to Haras de Pirque is almost concealed behind a wall of fuchsia bougainvillea. Inside, I spot bottles of Albis on a high shelf. Their label design – intertwining rings of gold and copper – represents the two families and the two hemispheres. Hospitality manager Gail Turner leads us to a rooftop vantage point where we take in the full 57,000-squarefoot (5,300-square-meter) scale. Tiered descending sections form the distinct horseshoe shape. Built onto the slope, the harvest yard stands 36 feet (11 meters) higher than the cellar and bottling floor, allowing gravity to move the wine. In the inverted “U” of the horseshoe lies a grassy courtyard with a fountain at its center. This water feature, we learn, hides a secret: Its glass bottom is actually the ceiling of the tasting room. Underground, the fountain, supported by a concrete column, becomes a skylight. Pillars and arches add to the grandeur of the subterranean space and the horseshoe motif carries through in the shape of the bar. In August 2014, Matte sold the stud farm to focus exclusively on wine, so it seems that the metaphorical interpretation of his horseshoe has superseded the literal: He may have entered the wine business by accident, but luck has clearly been on his side. His architectural legacy will forever enrich this landscape. And, as with all of Chile’s modern wine sanctuaries – in which fountain becomes window, table leads to hidden cellar and stone wall conceals wine cathedral – it’s full of surprises. These buildings are more than just structures, they are symbols of where Chilean wines are right now. They are substantial. They are dynamic. And given the chance, they will reveal themselves. Experience
PROFILE: JONATHAN OPPENHEIMER
Three years after De Beers, Jonathan Oppenheimer’s business interests are still a global affair – a lifestyle that has led his illustrious family into South Africa’s private-aviation industry. It’s all part of the goal of building a powerhouse economy on the African continent. BY STEPHANIE DRAX
PILOT PROJECT Jonathan Oppenheimer at Johannesburg’s Fireblade Aviation Services FBO.
he final 50 paces to Jonathan Oppenheimer’s London office say much of the man you are about to meet. It begins on Charterhouse Street, as you pass the discreet door to De Beers’ UK headquarters and continue half a block up to the corner entrance of E. Oppenheimer & Son Ltd. Inside, before taking the glass elevator up, you’ll spot a painting by British shock artist Damien Hirst. In the second-floor meeting room, the mural landscape shifts from British contemporary to paintings depicting the burnt hues of the majestic bushveld. By the time you shake hands with Oppenheimer, who sports a trim copper beard and a South African lilt, you already understand that this is a man of two worlds. Though Jonathan’s father, Nicky, sold the family’s interest in South African diamond conglomerate De Beers to Anglo American in 2012 (the family retains a stake of just under two percent), the Oppenheimers have not broken stride. Besides E. Oppenheimer & Son, the Africa-focused investment holding firm of which Jonathan is director, the family runs the Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve and the Brenthurst Foundation, a platform established in 2004 for the world’s leading thinkers to consider ways to enhance the economic development of Africa. Their most recent venture, which launched in September 2014, is a much-needed addition to the South African
corporate aviation industry. Fireblade Aviation, the first and only fixed-base operator at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport, was a natural next step for a family that has long held a passion for flying, both as passengers and pilots.
Ace of Diamonds
Historically, there was logic behind the Oppenheimers using their own aircraft: Moving diamonds was safer by air than by road. Jonathan Oppenheimer’s great-grandfather Sir Ernest founded mining company Anglo American in 1917 and, beginning in 1929, was the first of three successive generations of the family to chair De Beers. The Oppenheimers needed to crisscross the African continent and access Europe with ease, without having to rely on restrictive scheduled routes. Their solution was to establish the Anglo American corporate flight department at Johannesburg airport in 1936, which lives on as the oldest continuously operational flight department in the world. Even then, the seed of an Oppenheimer-led FBO had been sown. “We always saw Anglo American’s aviation position in Jo’burg as an interesting business in its own right,” says Oppenheimer, as he scrolls through images of Fireblade on his iPad. Nicky and Jonathan’s personal investment of US$15 million in Fireblade fulfilled an ambition to own a best-in-class, privately managed flight department. Fireblade’s 140,000-square-foot hangar (large enough to house three double-deck commercial airliners) is already 70 percent occupied by tenant aircraft; the stylish terminal features a lounge with day bedrooms, bistro dining, a gym and a spa. Showcased within the facility are contemporary artworks, all for sale, supplied by one of the country’s top galleries, Everard Read. The family’s Global 6000 and Learjet 45XR aircraft – both with distinctive livery inspired by Bushman rock
Up in the Air
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one against the other.
fly most often?
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to Whistler [Canada]
for the first time.
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4. Where are you
flying next? Mauritius,
Tswalu, as that’s my
for a board meeting.
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Farnborough is great
love about flying?
as a business gateway,
and Fireblade is home.
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3. What is your
always in your travel
bag? My passport and
my business papers.
SCENES FROM FIREBLADE Spacious, naturally lit interiors characterize the FBO, where local artwork in the lounges (including this piece by Velaphi Mzimba, pictured left) is available for purchase. The hangar, meanwhile, offers 140,000 square-feet of space.
PROFILE: JONATHAN OPPENHEIMER
art – form part of the private fleet for charter, either for business or for the pleasure of visiting safari lodges such as Tswalu. Oppenheimer is confident their enterprise will pay off: “I have an ambition that Fireblade will be ranked as the number-one FBO in Africa and among the best in the world for the service, amenities and facilities we provide.” For the family, South Africa needs to be within immediate reach, and Oppenheimer’s Global 6000 jet – he has just taken delivery of the latest model – makes that easily possible. “In the early 2000s myself and my CEO visited all our major production sites inside a week,” explains Oppenheimer, who at the time was fulfilling several senior roles at De Beers. “If we’d used scheduled flights, the fastest we could have done it would have been 14 days. You want your workforce to hear the same message.” In the last six months he has flown frequently between his homes in London and Johannesburg, but also to meetings in Lagos, Nairobi, Blantyre, Casablanca, Libreville and Cape Town: “We average about 600 hours on the jet per year, two thirds of which is business. We’re heavy users as a company.” Those hours are not spent in the tranquil sanctuary of the Global 6000 stateroom, however. Nor is he to be found in the cabin, “particularly if I’m carrying half of the family, and the airplane is full at the back!” he laughs. Instead, Oppenheimer’s seat for the majority of the journey is in the state-of-theart cockpit, where he clocks 400 to 500 hours per year as pilot. Having flown airplanes since 1994 – at the time the Oxford graduate was 24, newly married to his American wife Jennifer and looking for an efficient commute across South Africa – Oppenheimer cherishes those hours spent at the controls of his jet. “Flying for me is incredibly meditational – a truly extraordinary time,” he admits. “You have to be 100 percent present – you can’t be thinking about business. I find it very centering.”
Triple Bottom Line
Today Oppenheimer’s professional life is dedicated to an uplift of another kind: namely, the economy of the entire African continent. In 2011, he launched Tana Africa Capital, a joint venture between E. Oppenheimer & Son and Asian investment house Temasek. The company provides capital and expertise to businesses in Africa, currently to the tune of US$300 million. Investments are in the infrastructure and
“Flying for me is incredibly meditational. You have to be 100 percent present – you can’t be thinking about business. I find it very centering.” – Jonathan Oppenheimer consumer sectors – specifically those dealing in pasta, frozen meat and milk – but opportunities in education and health are on the horizon. “There’s already a market in Africa which is almost half the size of Europe,” Oppenheimer says, ruminating with confidence on the continent’s future. “It will be the employment powerhouse of the world for the next 40 years.” The caveat the Oppenheimer family applies to their own success is sustainability: “We don’t look to invest and sell, but to help businesses grow. In 1954 my great-grandfather said, ‘We’re here to make a profit but in such a way as to benefit the communities in which we operate.’ I’ve never heard a better expression of the triple bottom line,” he explains. That philosophy encouraged Jonathan and Nicky to create the Brenthurst Foundation, the motto of which is “Strengthening Africa’s Economic Performance.” Contributors from influential spheres such as the military, politics, finance and the U.N. are invited to take part in an annual forum, “The Tswalu Dialogue,” hosted by Oppenheimer and his wife at Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve. Tswalu, the family home in the Kalahari Desert, is an inspiring environment for the event: It’s South Africa’s largest private reserve and one of Oppenheimer’s most treasured bolt-holes (another being their cattle ranch in Zimbabwe). Tswalu also accepts guests – who can arrive by charter flight or corporate jet on its private tarmac airstrip – and promises an exceptional five-star safari adventure. Even the family’s most recent venture, Fireblade Aviation Services, is a contribution to the economic growth of the continent. All employees are stakeholders in the business. Oppenheimer is resolute on the topic: “There’s an opportunity for us to make an extraordinary difference to the well-being of Africa. We are committed to building a legacy and are extremely patient as a family; we’re not about performance year on year, but generation to generation.”
At the Yoke —
As a pilot who clocks several hundred hours per year, Jonathan Oppenheimer is often at the helm of his Global 6000 jet. For Oppenheimer, who splits his time between South Africa and the United Kingdom, the test for both pilot and plane is the takeoff from Johannesburg, a city 6,000 feet above sea level. “It’s high and hot and the aircraft is heavy. The aircraft has lift devices on the front of the wings to achieve the angle of climb after we rush down the runway. The Global 6000 can do it, and a lot of airplanes can’t.” Once in the air, comfort and security comes in the form of the Global 6000 jet’s sophisticated avionics suite. “It’s designed to be elegant, efficient and effective. You take off, you engage the autopilot, and you manage the Rockwell Collins system, which provides very good situational awareness. You might fly for 10 to 12 hours, but in reality you have manned the controls for five minutes.”
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The first time Curtis Stanley flew a lightweight aircraft with an instructor, he felt something between terror and delight. Though he had always dreamed of piloting a plane, up until then the closest he’d come was the cockpit of a flight simulator. Gradually, his fear dissipated and was replaced with pure joy. About two weeks later he performed his first solo flight. “In a plane that small, when you’re down one person, it becomes a rocket ship,” says Stanley. “I had to be a lot more precise on every maneuver. There was no security blanket.” 38
“Being able to bring flight to somebody who goes around a world that isn’t always made for them is rewarding.” – Nicholas Losande, flight instructor
PILOT PROGRAM (From left) Able Flight has helped 40 people earn a Sport Pilot license, including Curtis Stanley and Heather Schultz.
A few years ago, Stanley wasn’t sure he would ever make the transition from aviation enthusiast to FAAcertified pilot. In 2000, the former naval officer was returning home from his base in San Diego when a station wagon collided with his motorcycle. Though he felt lucky to be alive, Stanley spent a year in a body cast and neck brace, and doctors were eventually forced to amputate his right arm. In the decade that followed, he also suffered debilitating pain. Finally, when a successful nerve graft surgery offered Stanley some respite, he decided to pursue a longtime dream. “I started looking for somebody to teach me to fly,” says the 49-year-old. At first, he didn’t have much luck. Some instructors didn’t think he could pass the necessary medical exams, while others assumed a person with one arm couldn’t physically pilot an aircraft. “There was a real prejudice.” Then he came across Able Flight, an organization that helps people with disabilities get their Sport Pilot Certificate. A designation intended for recreational pilots, it is ideal for people with physical limitations as it requires only a valid driver’s license as proof of medical competence. So last May, Stanley made the journey from his home in Prescott, Arizona, to Purdue University in Indiana to begin the intensive six-week pilot training program.
License to Fly
Able Flight is the brainchild of Charles Stites, a pilot with 35 years of experience. He founded the organization in 2006 after reading about a similar nonprofit program in the UK. Within a few months, thanks to some key corporate donors, including Bombardier Business Aircraft, Able Flight awarded its first scholarship. Since then, it has helped 40 people obtain their Sport Pilot license and another 16 train for careers in fields like aircraft repair and FAA dispatch. Bombardier has donated to the program since 2007 and launched the Bombardier-Able Flight Scholarship in 2010, which has since been awarded to five wouldbe pilots. “Almost anybody can learn to fly,” says Stites. Amputees, people with paraplegia and quadriplegia have all successfully completed the program, which boasts a 90 percent success rate (far higher than the 25 percent national average). “As long as the students have some use of their hands and are willing to work hard, they can do it.” Able Flight rents adapted, lightweight aircraft equipped with hand controls, but as Stites has learned over the years, each disability is different and students must figure out how to fly the plane the way that works best for them. For Curtis Stanley, that means using his knees to control the stick when he needs his hand to adjust the throttle or change the radio channel. “There’s a landing technique we use that is a lot easier if you have two hands and your legs on the rudder pedals,”
says instructor Nicholas Losande, who graduated from Purdue’s flight school last spring. “Curtis used his legs to stabilize the aircraft – a strategy he had to figure out himself.” All of Able Flight’s instructors are students in the university’s aviation program. Most will teach for one year and move on, but Losande opted to stay on after graduation. “It’s an experience of a lifetime. Being able to bring something like flight to somebody who goes around in a world that isn’t always made for them is so rewarding.”
Best in Class
The pilot training program is intense – and it would be for anybody. Students are expected to train to a higher standard than required by the FAA, including almost double the number of typical instruction hours. The day starts with a flight lesson, followed by classes and then, in the evening, students are back in the cockpit. That is why Able Flight seeks out motivated and disciplined applicants who are up for the challenge (cautioning potential applicants on their website that “[t]his is not a program for people who are seeking a ‘weekend adventure’ experience”). Many wounded military veterans make the cut. Stites recalls another student, Sergeant Jason Gibson. Two years before coming to Purdue he lost both his legs after stepping on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. His journey to the runway was incredibly fast for someone with that kind of injury, says Stites. “He was an outstanding student with an incredible attitude. He was one of the first to finish this year.” One potential barrier to pilot training: It costs between $8,000 and $10,000 per student, which includes aircraft rental, lodging, transportation, ground training, books, manuals and testing fees. So Able Flight’s focus is on awarding scholarships (funded through sponsorships and donations) to those looking to pursue a career in aviation and to recently disabled pilots who need to relearn how to fly in adapted aircraft. Stanley applied, and was awarded the Bombardier-Able Flight scholarship. He received his wings at the 2014 Air Venture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, from Bombardier Business Aircraft regional manager and Able Flight advisory board member Matt Brandon. “They’ve treated me like one of the family,” says Stanley. Since obtaining his license, he has gone on to pursue a career in flight dispatch, thanks to one of Able Flight’s career training scholarships. Ultimately, he hopes to get his commercial license so that he can pilot disaster relief trips. “Ever since my accident, I was plagued with self-doubt. Now I feel like I’m regaining some of the confidence from my former life.”
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In Eastern Canada, a tiny island has reinvented itself as an acclaimed artistic hub and one of the most remote architectural landmarks on Earth. BY EVE THOMAS | PHOTOS BY RICHMOND LAM
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his could be the next Marfa,” says Nicole Lattuca, her soft voice competing with the waves crashing below. “Just a bit colder.” She’s standing on a ledge outside her studio, a small white trapezium perched above the Atlantic Ocean. We couldn’t be further away from Marfa, the unlikely arts mecca in the Texan desert. And yet, she has a point. From the moment you step onto Fogo Island you feel as if you’re on the brink of something big. The Flat Earth Society claims this spot off the coast of Newfoundland as one of the four corners of the world, but only now is it being put back on the map, thanks to the unique approach of the Shorefast Foundation, a charity devoted to island revitalization. Through a careful mix of modern art, sustainable tourism and a five-star inn, Fogo isn’t just rebuilding itself – it’s set to change how remote communities survive in the 21st century, and how global travelers seek out truly meaningful experiences. Lattuca, a curator who has worked at Marfa’s Chinati Foundation and the SFMOMA, is on her second residency with Fogo Island Arts, constructing a model schoolhouse with help from local craftspeople and a high school woodworking class. Her temporary studio, Squish, was designed by Newfoundland-born, Norway-based architect Todd Saunders, and is one of four scattered around Fogo’s coastal communities. From afar, it is a pristine white objet d’art that doesn’t seem possible outside the pages of Architectural Digest. Inside, it is deceptively cozy, and its luxury rests in what it lacks: distractions. From the howling wind to the northern lights, most of the sights and sounds here come care of Mother Nature. Visitors are rare but welcome: guests from nearby Fogo Island Inn (also designed by Saunders), grazing caribou, a curious fox Lattuca calls her pet. Electricity is provided by solar panels; heat, by a wood stove that each artist must tend to, the maritime equivalent of a zen garden.
“We have to teach some of the artists how to build a fire,” confesses Iris Stünzi, residency program coordinator with Fogo Island Arts, which was founded in 2008. Part of her job is preparing new arrivals – artists coming from Germany, Namibia, Japan – for life on an island with a population of 2,700. At first, I ask the wrong questions (“How do you live without...?” and “Don’t you miss...?”), then realize it is the locals who pity visitors, for we must leave, eventually, say goodbye to the patchwork of glimmering ponds inland and rolling carpets of wildflowers. It seems the expats who have found their way here are more likely to feel profoundly at peace than out of place. On a morning walk, I come upon the Inn’s resident pastry chef, who tells me she went from picking bananas in her New Zealand backyard to foraging caribou moss. When I ask her about culture shock, she smiles, shakes her head and says, “When you come here, you learn to stop wanting.”
It’s impossible to speak plainly about Fogo. No one I encounter can answer a question about the island without a hint of wistfulness. And the woman behind its reinvention, Zita Cobb, is no exception. “Islands are places where dreams really outlive time,” she told a roomful of entrepreneurs last year at Toronto’s D3 conference in a speech that balanced this penchant for poetry with Silicon Valley jargon and even a joke or two. (“How can you tell the Newfoundlander in heaven? He’s the one moaning and groaning because he wants to go home.”) Cobb’s story is legendary already, not FRESH ANGLE (Previous page) The 29-suite Fogo Island Inn; (opposite) artist and curator Nicole Lattuca outside Squish studio in the town of Tilting; (above) traditional, multicolored rag rugs hang to dry outside the Inn.
TRAVEL: CANADA simply on the island but around the world, where she promotes the Shorefast Foundation before returning to her own modest home near Fogo Island Inn. She is an eighthgeneration Islander who grew up without running water or electricity, the only girl in a family of seven children raised by parents who fished just enough cod to survive. She moved away as a teenager, like so many of her generation, went to university, found success in the fiber optics industry and retired in 2001 as one of the richest women in Canada. Along with two of her brothers, she wanted to give something back. So they distributed wind-up radios in Rwanda, and awarded scholarships to students in Fogo, whose economy had all but evaporated under a cod fishing moratorium started in 1992. It seemed like the natural thing to do, offering money to bright students, but it soon became clear that good intentions are not enough to sustain an ailing community. “We had a meeting every year about the scholarships,” says Zita’s brother Alan Cobb from a fireside seat in the Inn’s small Newfoundland-themed library. “Finally, one woman stood up and said, ‘You know what you’re doing, don’t you? You’re paying our children to leave the island.’ She wanted to know how we could make them stay.” So, with the goal of putting “another leg on the economy,” Shorefast took a hard look at the island’s natural assets: over 125 miles of hiking trails, a 400-year-old fishing tradition, a 350-strong caribou herd. They knew they had to court a traveler who would travel to the ends of the earth, Iceland to Patagonia, in search of something utterly unique; someone who recognized the luxury inherent in remoteness and rarity. “Place has inherent value,” says Zita Cobb, who wants the foundation – its failures and successes – to provide a blueprint to rural communities around the world. “It’s not that Fogo is special, it’s that it’s specific.” And so Fogo Island Inn was born.
Home and Away
If Squish studio is a strange little vessel dropped onto the landscape, Fogo Island Inn is the mother ship, a majestic pale grey structure jutting out against the sea, at once striking and subdued. The 50-foot stilts scattered under one wing suggest the raised red fishing stages that dot the island, the traditional heart of Fogo’s economy where cod have been dried and salted since the island’s settlement in the mid-18th century. Throughout the property’s 29 suites and common areas – the wood-fired saunas, art gallery, private cinema – hints of Scandi-chic are saved from boutique-hotel monotony by traditional island craftsmanship. Except for antiques recovered from nearby sheds and attics (a tiny chair, a weathered table), every piece of furniture was handmade for the Inn through collaborations between local artisans and select international designers. Pale lilac benches are covered in hooked-yarn pillows in bright orange and red. Heavy quilts top every
bed, their patterns clashing but never kitschy. Custom wallpaper is dotted with puffins and traditional punt fishing boats. “I think the only thing we couldn’t make locally were the phones, and even then Zita made sure we got them from countries with strict ethical production values,” says design and development head Kingman Brewster. Though he found his way onto the project via New York – and has stayed on even after the Inn opened in 2012 – he was raised in a small Vermont town with the same population as Fogo Island. (“It feels less isolated here because it’s so self-sustaining,” he observes.) Brewster explains that whenever there wasn’t an island legacy for a certain type of furnishing, the design teams improvised. Chandeliers are strands of ropes inspired by fishing nets and made with help from the local women’s arts guild. Bathroom tiles are imported from Italy and Spain, traditional trading partners. And rather than balconies, suite windows open up a full 180 degrees so guests can lean out into the salty air. “Zita wanted it to feel like you’re on the prow of a ship,” says Brewster. Though the ocean views from my room could keep me occupied all week, the Inn was built as a hub for exploration and reflection rather than a lone marvel of modern design. “We needed to build a destination, not a hotel,” says Alan Cobb, and that meant creating tailored guest experiences, from whale watching to art openings, but also making them sustainable. Incredibly, all profits from the Inn go back into the community through various initiatives, including microloans and revenue splitting for staff (tipping is discouraged). Churches have been turned into galleries. Houses that might have been razed five years ago are being restored. Small businesses, including restaurants, cafes, B&Bs and an artisan ice cream brand, are cropping up in every village, fueled by momentum from a newly adventurous type of traveler finding their way here – as well as a generation of Fogo Islanders finding their way back.
Perhaps the most important factor in Fogo Island’s exceptional sense of place is its homegrown staff. Somehow, after a mere eight months of training, they’ve all struck the perfect balance between warm welcomes and immediate responses to visitors’ whims, whether guests want Champagne waiting for them on the helipad or need a lunch packed for a day of ice fishing. In addition to locally based kitchen and wait staff, the Inn also features a team of community hosts. Rather INSIDE THE INN (Clockwise from top left) A stool created by local artisans and UK design firm Glass Hill; custom wallpaper by Donna Wilson depicts traditional objects and modern spots, including artist studios; forager Mona Brown shows off her latest find; a selection from the Inn’s Newfoundland-themed library; an antique milk crate and ceramic bottles; breaded sustainable cod; architect Kingman Brewster; free-range egg and homemade bread; the library.
“Ten percent of us were against the Inn, ten percent were for it and 80 percent said ‘Show me how it works.’” – Mona Brown, Fogo Island resident and forager
Take a Gander –
Most visitors to Fogo Island Inn pass through Gander airport, whose tiny stature belies an incredible history. When it was unveiled in 1938, it was the largest airport in North America and perhaps the most important airport in the world, a gateway to North America that would UNDER THE SUN Fogo Island Inn stretches out above the fishing community of Joe Batt’s Arm, Newfoundland.
than poaching seasoned concierges from the finest hotels in Paris or Shanghai, the Cobbs hired locals to lead tours. The Inn asks guests about their interests – hunting, hiking, modern art – then matches them up with the best guide for the job. I spend my first day with Fergus Foley, a fisherman turned fisheries officer (or “fish cop,” as he puts it) who lived in northern Canada before retiring and finding his way home. When he was growing up, residents of the island’s 11 communities rarely crossed paths, but he can give me the rundown on each church and cemetery, every foreign population that lived or traded here, from the first Irish settlers to the Americans who moved in during WWII. He shows me the garden plot where he grows cabbages and the cabin where his brother hosts weekend sing-alongs and storytelling. “Want to see the iceberg in the freezer?” Foley asks as we pass the makeshift bar. I assume this is the beginning of a riddle, but then he lifts a misshapen hunk of ice and hands it to me like a baby, tells me that when icebergs float by in the spring, pieces break off and locals scoop them up with nets, sometimes selling the thousand-year-old chunks for $3 a bag. Back at the inn, an uneven ice cube snaps and crackles under a delicate mix of bourbon and juniper. It really does taste unbelievably pure and proves to be the beginning of a meal that’s just as full of this strange mix of exoticism and simplicity: crispy Cod Pot Cod, caught in ecofriendly pots, pea and potato soup from the bounty of island root cellars, rice pudding studded with a mix of foraged berries I’ve never heard of, let alone tasted, in all my travels. Though the restaurant is as luxurious as any fine-dining spot in the world, it is rooted as much in hand-to-mouth as farm-totable, a nod to a community that was living off the land before it became fashionable.
The menu is the work of chef Murray McDonald (a self-described “poor kid from Newfoundland” who came to the Inn after working in Mexico and China), but to explore deeper I head out with another community host, Mona Brown, on a foraging tour that would enthrall even the chefs at Noma. Brown is a Jane-of-all-trades who’s only been on one vacation in her life (“A week in Cuba, and that was four days too long”). She leads me out the Inn’s front doors and towards the nearby shore, stopping to point out a bush that can be dried for tea, then a plant whose waxy leaves taste just like fresh oysters. We can barely go five feet without stopping to pluck, smell or sample, and we’re still in full view of the Inn. While she fondly recalls picking bakeapples (cloudberries) for jam as a child, she says most of this wisdom has skipped a generation. “I was a skeptic,” admits Brown when I ask her how she felt about the hotel. “Ten percent of us were against it, ten percent were for it and 80 percent said, ‘Show me how it works.’” The Cobbs showed them firsthand, extending invitations for an overnight stay and dinner to island residents (about 1,400 took them up on their offer). I don’t have to ask Brown if she’s a believer now. She isn’t just learning about foraging and the island’s subarctic ecosystem. She can also tell me which chairs in the Inn she upholstered and show me which menu items she had a hand in. She has also set out on her own, opening a small heritage museum in Joe Batt’s Arm. When we finally reach the ocean’s edge, Brown picks up two striped rocks and hands me one, tells me they’re wishing stones and we should throw them in the water. I close my eyes and toss mine against the roaring tide, stand there for a minute then turn back inland. After a few feet she finds something else for us to marvel at, a patch of deep red partridgeberries, which have an island festival devoted to them every fall. “Can you believe we used to walk right over this?” she asks, popping one in her mouth. “We didn’t even know what we had.”
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ASIA SPECIFIC For Bombardier Aerospace, opening a service center in Singapore means extending a tradition of excellence throughout Asia Pacific. BY EV R A TAYLO R
AT YOUR SERVICE (Left and opposite) Officially inaugurated in 2014, the Singapore Service Centre is a full-service hub that includes 32,000 square feet of hangar space.
he crowd roars as a team of fighter jets cuts through the billowing white clouds, Singapore’s elite air force displaying precision maneuvers in perfect synchronicity. Select guests, including business jet owners and government officials, are gathered at Changi Airport to watch the dazzling aerial performance, a highlight of the 2014 Singapore Air Show. But once they’re done delighting at rolls and downward plunges, the buzz will be about a less fleeting but just as impressive affair: the inauguration of Bombardier’s new Singapore Service Centre, the first full-scale, wholly owned service center in Asia Pacific. “The addition of the Singapore Service Centre provides customers in the region with high-quality maintenance support closer to their base of operations,” explains Michel Ouellette, vice president, Aircraft Programs and Customer Services, Bombardier Business Aircraft. Prior to the center’s opening in September 2013 and its official inauguration during the air show in February 2014, Bombardier business aircraft owners in the region – which includes India, China, Southeast Asia and Australia – had been heading to North America or Europe for their heavy maintenance needs.
Located in Singapore’s Seletar Airport, Bombardier’s new service center is the company’s 10th worldwide and its second outside North America. It comprises 32,000 square feet of hangar space, 38,000 square feet of dedicated ramp, and 38,000 square feet of workshop, warehouse and office space. The full-service hub also houses Bombardier’s current Regional Support Office (RSO), which is closely networked with Bombardier’s RSOs in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney, as well as parts depots in Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney and Hong Kong. (A Bombardier parts depot located at Changi Airport has been operating for several years and will eventually be integrated on site at Seletar Airport.) Construction on the center was completed in remarkably little time, from groundbreaking in May
Prior to the center’s opening, Bombardier business aircraft owners in the region had been heading to North America or Europe for their heavy maintenance needs. 2012 to the completion of construction in July 2013 – a fittingly fast pace for the city-state, which serves as the business hub of Southeast Asia and is home to the busiest port in the world. The endeavor has also received major support from the Singapore government and area agencies. Building the facility didn’t simply ensure the continued expansion of business aviation in Singapore, it also fostered local employment. The center has approximately 70 employees, from engineers to customer service representatives, primarily from the region, and Bombardier has entered into a five-year partnership with Singapore Polytechnic to provide on-site training for the school’s students, reflecting a commitment to not only customers but also local communities.
The Singapore Service Centre provides maintenance support to owners of jets in Bombardier’s entire aircraft portfolio – Global, Challenger and Learjet – although there is special emphasis on Challenger and Global jets, as the most significant growth in aircraft sales in the Asia Pacific region has been in larger jets, with owners needing to travel long distances and seeking the most luxurious aircraft on the market. The center offers nose-to-tail maintenance services as well as a level of expertise that can only come from an original equipment manufacturer like Bombardier Business Aircraft. This includes scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, avionics installation, custom interiors, cabin repairs and aircraft on ground (AOG) Experience
“Our vision is to provide complete service so that owners have an aircraft ready to go.” – Simon Wayne, General Manager, Singapore Service Centre TEAM PLAYERS Simon Wayne; the Service Centre is supported by approximately 70 staff members, including engineers and customer service representatives.
support (such as wing deicing and landing gear repair) to aircraft in transit outside Singapore. The center is also equipped to perform C-Checks on Global aircraft, an extensive inspection needed after a specific number of flight hours. Since the end of 2013 the facility has performed these checks and other heavy maintenance tasks on Global aircraft and has provided AOG support for aircraft in Singapore, Thailand, Japan and Taiwan. For executives who rely on their aircraft to help them conduct business with speed and efficiency, having round-theclock access to a full range of aftermarket service and support can make a critical difference. In Asia Pacific, a business jet market that has yet to reach the maturity of North America and Europe, customers require service and support elements provided as total on-site solutions. The “one-stop shop” idea is a direct response to expanding business jet ownership in Asia Pacific and to the amount of customer traffic flying into and around the region. For many customers, owning an aircraft is a brand new experience. As the center’s general manager Simon Wayne explains, this all-in-one concept represents an important solution for them. “Our vision is to provide complete service so that owners have an aircraft ready to go, perfectly presented and configured.”
On the Horizon
The opening of the Singapore Service Centre is just the most recent achievement in over a decade of remarkable international growth: Bombardier Business Aircraft’s worldwide maintenance support network has doubled since 2004. Approximately 250 Bombardier business jets are operating in the region and Bombardier’s recent market forecasts for the aviation
industry predict delivery of roughly 5,000 Learjet, Challenger and Global jets to Greater China, India and Asia Pacific over the next 20 years. “You need to have a certain volume to sustain this and this was the right time and the right place for such a venture,” says Wayne. “We can’t be everywhere at once so we provide customers service through our network of 10 ASFs or Authorized Service Facilities. We also authorize third party ASFs in other locations where we aren’t located in order to support our customers.” For Asia Pacific-based business jet owners seeking a total care approach, the extended support network as well as this latest move to an integrated service model makes good business sense. It allows operators to remain focused on their day-to-day business activities with total confidence that their maintenance and support needs will be met. “I’ve witnessed the fact that Bombardier’s commitment to the private jet owner is total,” says Wayne. “Saying ‘You first’ isn’t mere marketing jargon, it’s truly putting the customer first.” Now with every new service center, more Bombardier business aircraft owners can rest easy knowing that they’re being put first – and that this support will continue with them throughout their journey.
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City pairs* London-Seoul,
and advanced design.
The Global 6000 aircraft was created to satisfy the needs of the world’s most discerning travelers, offering a more advanced, comfortable and luxurious long-range business jet. From the state-of-the-art cockpit, and the incomparable cabin amenities, to the tranquil sanctuary of its aft stateroom, the Global 6000 jet seizes the opportunity to demonstrate why it’s a leader in its class. From style, ingenuity, comfort and convenience, nothing has been overlooked. Stats
> The most accomplished and luxurious business jet created to accommodate
the needs of the most discerning travelers.
6,000 NM (11,112 km)
> A ll-around performance to connect you more rapidly and efficiently to your world.
City pairs* Paris-Tokyo,
> The Bombardier Vision flight deck provides pilots with unprecedented levels
of convenience, comfort and control. > A cabin designed for comfort, productivity and the most rewarding in-flight experience.
The Global 7000 aircraft provides unparalleled spaciousness, luxury and comfort, with four distinct living spaces creating an environment that fosters both productivity and provides additional leisure time. Seats position you perfectly to take in the view from the largest cabin windows for any aircraft in its category. Enjoy exquisite dining experiences at a table for six while journeying nonstop between key cities. Relax and refresh in the tranquility of a private stateroom, reaching more of your world faster, more luxuriously and better prepared. Stats
> Unique, true four-zone cabin.
> Greater aerodynamic efficiency is achieved by a more advanced exterior design
7,300 NM (13,520 km) City pairs* Dubai-New York, London-Singapore
and the development of a new wing design for outstanding performance capabilities. > Next-generation high-efficiency engines contribute to low fuel burn and low emissions.
The Global 8000 aircraft leads the evolution of business aviation with its consummate cabin comfort and remarkable nonstop range capability. Whether it’s a power lunch or a family dinner, the large galley provides extraordinary culinary capabilities for your dining table with luxury and lifestyle in mind. Designed and crafted for both work and pleasure, the Global 8000 jet delivers versatility and unsurpassed excellence.
> World’s farthest-reaching business jet promises faster connections between
Maximum range* 7,900 NM (14,631 km) City pairs* Hong Kong-New York, Sydney-Los Angeles
* Under certain operating conditions ** Baseline configuration
the places you need to be. > O ffers an expansive and comfortable three-zone cabin environment. New design, driven by customer feedback, provides uncompromising quality, flexibility and comfort. > Engines provide next-generation power and efficiency with lower fuel burn and low emissions.
November 10, 2014
PEOPLE / EVENTS / AWARDS
A Challenger 350 jet joined the fleet of Austria’s International Jet Management (IJM), which also manages Global and Learjet aircraft. The newest addition to the Challenger family received full-type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency in September 2014. “With its well-equipped cabin and enhanced performance, we are excited about the demand for the new Challenger 350 aircraft,” said IJM founder and CEO Felix Feller. December 8–10, 2014
Business Bash Bombardier Business Aircraft made an appearance at Dubai’s Armani Hotel during a VIP party hosted by Altitudes magazine. The soiree took place during the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show, where Bombardier showcased the new Challenger 350 aircraft and announced the recent designation of Arabasco in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as an Authorized Service Facility for Challenger 605 aircraft owners. Private charter company Royal Jet also announced several additions to their fleet during MEBA 2015: two Learjet 60 XR and two Global 5000 aircraft. October 22, 2014
(From top) Highlights from MEBA; Bob Horner, Vice President, Sales, Bombardier Business Aircraft and John Travolta at NBAA; Clay Lacy Aviation’s new Learjet 75 aircraft.
Actor, pilot and Bombardier spokesperson John Travolta helped launch the new Challenger 650 jet and unveil a mock-up of the aircraft to exhibitors and attendees at this year’s NBAA convention. Travolta, who owns a Challenger jet and aided in the new aircraft’s development, told the audience, “The engines have more thrust. The performance is better. I think it reflects everything that an airplane should be today.” December 29, 2014
Legendary Learjet With the addition of a Learjet 75 aircraft to the charter fleet it manages, private jet operator Clay Lacy Aviation continues to make Learjet history. Company founder and CEO Clay Lacy owns a 1964 Learjet 23 aircraft and was also the first person to fly a Learjet into the Van Nuys airport, in 1964.
October + November 2014
Global Scale Los Angeles-based Advanced Air Management (AAM) took delivery of both a Global 5000 and Global XRS aircraft from Bombardier at the end of 2014, bringing its Global fleet total to nine. As one of the largest Global Express charter operators in North America, AAM plans on expanding its impressive market share with the addition of two to three more Global jets in 2015. January 29–31, 2015
Best in Snow Bombardier Business Aircraft was on hand at this year’s Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz with a static display of the Challenger 350 aircraft at Samedan Airport as well as a chalet in the polo village where guests were greeted with Champagne, fur blankets and a roaring fire (plus copies of Experience magazine). First played on the frozen Lake St. Moritz in 1985, the 2015 Cup drew 12,000 spectators to the tiny Swiss town.
(From top) AAM’s Global 5000 jet, outside and in the cabin; the Challenger 650 jet and mock-up launched at NBAA; playing snow polo in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
October 19, 2014
Ready to Launch The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Conference and Exhibition, held in Orlando, Florida, marked the launch of the newest addition to the Challenger aircraft family – the Challenger 650 jet – with launch partner NetJets. The aircraft features, including customized cabinetry, next-generation in-flight entertainment and lighting, were showcased to attendees in a unique way: a special room dedicated to recreating some of the sensory details from the cabin, including the smell of leather seats and gentle floor vibrations to simulate flight.
February 17, 2015
— During a ceremony at the Global Completion Centre in Montreal, Canada, Bombardier Business Aircraft delivered a Global 6000 jet to Niki Lauda – and revealed the three-time Formula One champion’s new role as a company spokesperson. The partnership will see Lauda fly his new Global 6000 aircraft to Grand Prix races around the world during the 2015 season, with
appearances at Bombardier Business Aircraft events and industry-leading support services on hand wherever he is in the world. Prior to the ceremony, Lauda toured the Global manufacturing facility in Toronto and attended the commemoration ceremony for the new Niki Lauda Conference Room. As a pilot and airline operator, Lauda is a natural fit as a spokesperson. He established Lauda Air in 1979 and, in 2003, NIKI, a low-cost airline based in Vienna. Until recently, he operated a Global 5000 and Challenger 300 jet as his private aircraft.
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