Cessna Citation X+

Aircraft of the Week - Cessna Citation X+ The Citation X+ is a Mid Sized Jet produced by Cessna. The Citation X+ is a very unique aircraft when considering the cruise speed and top speed of such an aircraft. The Citation X+ allows you to fly at mach .935 or 711 miles per hour, making this aircraft the fastest operating business jet ever made. The X+ is based off of the Citation X which was first developed in 1996. Changes from its predecessor include a 14.9 in longer cabin, 0.8 in of extra height, a 5.6 ft increase in wingspan, an increase in maximum takeoff weight to 36,600 lb and a 26 nautical mile increase in range up to 3,242 nautical miles. The original Citation X was a very similar aircraft, lacking winglets on the wingtips and not as easily distinguishable from the X+ as you may imagine. The X+ has 2 Rolls-Royce AE3007C2 turbofan engines capable of pushing 7,034 lbs of thrust (quite a feat considering the engine size) Able to takeoff in 5,250 feet, this is a pretty large runway requirement when compared to smaller business jets, but just about right for a jet like the X+. What the X+ lacks in takeoff distance, it easily makes up for in climb rate. The X+ climbs at 4,117 feet per minute (one of the fastest climb rates we’ve seen in an aircraft of this type). The all new cabin design offers expanded legroom and allows the Citation X+ to reach new levels of comfort, the X+ has a partial galley and a full sized lavatory, something unexpected from a Citation aircraft, the X+ is one of the largest cabin aircraft made by Cessna thus

Falcon 8X rolled out in in Mérignac

Falcon 8X Roll-Out in in Mérignac Christmas came early this year when Dassault Aviation rolled out the Falcon 8X yesterday at Aéroport de Bordeaux-Mérignac (BOD) in Mérignac, France. The aircraft has been sufficiently ground tested and was ready to be unveiled in all of it’s glory. In the first quarter of 2015, the Falcon 8X should make its maiden flight, meaning the Falcon 8X will be joining the Dassault Falcon family very soon. The Falcon 8X is based off of the already successful falcon 7X, which is a large cabin aircraft capable of nearly 6,000 nautical mile range at a decent speed. The Falcon 8X offers a slightly longer cabin as well as new engine upgrades and an extended range brought about by aerodynamic modifications and a larger fuel capacity. The Falcon 8X also takes other attributes from the Falcon 7X, it is capable of much shorter takeoffs than jets of its size, and is of course very fuel efficient for a large cabin jet. The Falcon 8X offers 3 Pratt & Whitney Canada turbofan engines that deliver more thrust but also lower fuel consumption, these engines allow the Falcon 8X to take off in under 4,000 ft (which is a figure seen by light jets and other small aircraft). Along with takeoff requirement improvements, the Falcon 8X is capable of flying a maximum of mach .90 and a range of 6,450 nautical miles (albeit at a lower speed of mach .80). Internal space is refined as compared to the Falcon 7X, the cabin is now 42.67 ft excluding the cockpit and designated baggage area we have come to love by Dassault. The cabin is 6.17 ft high and 7.67 ft wide, making for a

Gulfstream G5 Jet

Gulfstream G5 Jet The Gulfstream G5 Jet or Gulfstream G-V is a long range enabled large jet first made by Gulfstream Aerospace in 1998. The Gulfstream GV Jet was one of the very first jets to hold the title of “ultra long range aircraft” with a massive 5,800 nautical miles. 5,800 nautical miles was nearly unheard of at the time, and it outperformed the majority of widebody airliners at the time, and is also capable of nonstop flights between New York and Tokyo, or New York and Moscow, or nearly any other pair of cities imaginable. The Gulfstream G5 not only offered  huge range capabilities, but also a cruise speed of mach .85, much faster than commercial airliners, and even now only beaten by a handful of aircraft in terms of speed. The Gulfstream G5 can be configured for up to 19 passengers in a very comfortable VIP configuration, or less passengers for more cabin room, or a few seats in club configuration and a divan, allowing more freedom to move about the cabin. The Gulfstream G5 Jet quickly became an important aircraft for business aviation. It not only allowed amazing range and speed capabilities, but also a huge cabin at over 50 feet long, basically unheard of at the time for a private jet of this class. With a breathtaking interior design, the Gulfstream G5 Jet’s cabin was one of the first to be large enough to allow unseen cabin amenities, everything was easy to implement on this aircraft, from video screens to beds and full sized galleys and lavatories. The Gulfstream G5 Jet later evolved into two very important aircraft as well, which were both constructed from the original Gulfstream G5, out of

The Most Expensive Private Jets Available

The Most Expensive Private Jets Available   Ultra VIP 747 The Boeing 747 is known for being the one of the notoriously fuel consuming aircraft, with a very high cost of operation. A brand new 747-8 can cost upwards of $350 million in a standard configuration. It is technically possible to spend over $80 million building a custom ultra VIP interior easily making it the most expensive private jet of all time. Boeing 747s are becoming increasingly difficult to find for private ownership, as many of the 747s in circulation have been moved to the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Since the Boeing 747 offers near-unparralleded cabin space, as well as massive intercontinental range, it makes the Boeing 747 VIP one of the greatest private aircraft to have, as well as the title for most expensive private jet. Boeing BBJ3 The BBJ3 is technically the most expensive private jet, as it is built for ultra VIP configurations right off of the assembly line, while the larger 747 is configured with a standard 1-3 class configuration including hundreds of seats. The BBJ3 is based on the preexisting Boeing 737-900ER, an extended range variant of the 737-900, this makes the BBJ3 capable of flying nearly 5,500 nautical miles, a tad shorter than the range of the BBJ2, but with a much larger cabin and higher airspeed. Costing anywhere from $75-90 million, this widebody easily makes the list of most expensive private jets. Gulfstream G650ER Gulfstream’s latest and greatest ultra long business jet is capable of flying 7,500 nautical miles, utterly destroying the competing long range business jets and even commercial airliners. Costing a hefty $64.5 million, this jet is the most expensive private jet in it’s category

How to Choose the Best Private Jet

How to Choose the Best Private Jet for Charter Choosing the best private jet for your trip can make a huge difference in airtime, comfort, and price. The basics of private jet charter involve receiving an online price on our booking engine displaying the best possible matches by price per category. The results returned often include the best private jet, but making the choice of best private jet depends on category, destination, range, and availability. We start first by choosing the correct category, choosing the best private jet can sometimes involve not using a private jet at all, but a piston or turboprop. For short range flights, under 1000 nautical miles, very often if air speed is not an issue and you don’t mind leaving slightly earlier to make it to the destination on time, a turboprop or piston is a great alternative. Cabin noise levels are comparable to a jet with new advances in turboprop technology, and turboprops and pistons alike can be very comfortable for a small flight with under 5 passengers. Though at this category of short distance flights, a VLJ (very light jet) would be the best private jet for the trip if flight time is of the essence. A VLJ would be able to maintain up to two times the speed of a turboprop or piston. For small or mid sized domestic flights, light jets are the best private jet available for up to 8 passengers, while some light jets might be tight for 8 passengers, other alternatives are available for large groups. Most light jets are capable of flying up to 1500 nmi without an issue (depending on passenger load and wind speed) and are usually configured with seating

Nextant 400XTi

Aircraft of the Week - Nextant 400XTi The Nextant 400XTi is a unique aircraft, but is not technically an aircraft, but a modification. The Nextant 400XTi is an updated hawker 400, which according to Nextant, has been completely rebuilt from the ground up, with the exception of the fuselage. But the engines are replaced with better fuel efficient and more powerful engines, the wings have been modified for a stable flight at high speeds and the ability to cut down fuel costs. The 400XTi also has completely updated avionics and cabin, making this aircraft worthy of a name more than just a modification, but a full blown aircraft. While the 400XTi and the Hawker 400 may share some similarities, the Nextant 400XTi is a much better aircraft in every aspect. It is faster, flies farther and even goes so far as to beat the majority of the light jets on the market in terms of speed, range, operating cost, and even price. At $4.9 million, the Nextant 400XTi is under half the price of competing light jets such as the learjet 40/70 which costs a massive $10 million. Nextant has added an amazing composite shell interior to the 400XTi. These modern materials change the experience of the Nextant 400XTi, allowing more passenger space where its needed. The 400XTii has the quietest cabin in its class with the acoustic insulation package that lowers ambient noise by 9 dB in the region of 50% quieter than the competition. Coupled with state of the art cabin entertainment and communications systems, the 400XTii is an elegant example of comfort and productivity. Nextant has this to say about the technology advancements of this aircraft: "Nextant completely redesigned the engine cowlings

Dassault Falcon 5X Specifications and Charter Info

Dassault Falcon 5X Specifications and Charter Info The Falcon 5X is marketed by Dassault Aviation as their biggest and most advanced jet as of yet. First introduced in 2013, and aiming for a first flight early next year, the Falcon 5X boasts a hefty 5,200 nmi range and great fuel efficiency. This all new business jet features a groundbreaking 6 foot 6 inch high cabin, enough room to stand up in the cabin comfortably, and putting other large jets in its category to shame. Featuring efficient and environmentally friendly Safran Snecma Silvercrest Engines, which Dassault Aviation claims "this can make the aircraft as much as 50% more efficient on short missions” this is of course when compared to jets within its category, large jets tend to burn a great deal of fuel and the 5X looks to be a great business jet in terms of operating cost. The Falcon 5Xs range of 5,200 nmi makes the 5X capable of flying from New York to nearly any location in South America, Europe, and parts of Africa as well as Asia. Expected to be capable of taking off and landing in under 6000 ft, and featuring a cruise altitude of between 41,000 and 45,000 ft as well as a top speed of mach .90 which essentially makes this aircraft tied for the title of fastest business jet (referring to the Ciation X of course). Dassault also claims that this aircraft will in some circumstances be capable of using runways under 4,000 ft., which would make this an excellent aircraft for all sorts of private flights, the downside to larger aircraft is the immense runway length required to take off or land, which means customers will very often

Embraer Lineage 1000

Aircraft of the Week - Embraer Lineage 1000 This week’s aircraft of the week is the Embraer Lineage 1000, an aircraft that doesn’t fit as easily into a category as other jets of it’s size and specifications. At first glance, the Embraer Lineage 1000 is a narrowbody airliner. The Embraer Lineage 1000 was built as a variant of the Embraer 190, a regional jet, traditionally configured for 94 passengers. The Embraer Lineage 1000 makes huge changes to the regional airliner by dropping the maximum capacity from 94 passengers to a much more comfortable 19. While not technically as large as a BBJ or ACJ, the Embraer Lineage 1000 still has a larger cabin than long ranged business jets, and is just slightly smaller than competing narrowbodies (BBJ & ACJ). The Embraer Lineage 1000 further modifies the Embraer 190 by dropping the cargo area for a much needed upgrade: fuel tanks, this nearly doubles the range to 4,500 nmi, not enormous in terms of competing narrowbodies, or competing long range business jets, but still a large enough range to hold it’s own. Lest we forget that 4,500 nmi is enough range to fly from New York to western Russia. Boasting a maximum speed of mach 0.83, the Embraer Lineage 1000 is a rare find, only 13 have been built thus far, and I have been lucky enough to see two. All Lineage 1000s come with a lavish VIP configured interior which at first glance looks like a Global Express 6000/XRS, but the larger cabin space is apparent as soon as you step through the door. With full sized bedrooms, lavatories with full sized showers, and full sized galleys, the Embraer Lineage 1000 does not come up short

Piaggio P180 Avanti

Aircraft of the Week - Piaggio P180 Avanti The Piaggio P180 Avanti is a unique aircraft, loved by many, ridiculed by others. Those who have seen the P180 Avanti in person have realized how beautiful of a turboprop it is, especially compared to other turboprops sharing its basic specifications. What makes the P180 Avanti so great? Firstly, the P180 Avanti has a small forward wing, in addition to a rear wing, generally, this type of forward wing has never been seen outside of supersonic aircraft (with some exceptions of course). The P180 Avanti’s forward wing is meant to compensate for how incredibly far back the main wing is, with the rear wing nearly reaching the tail section. It is hard to miss that the twin turboprop engines on the P180 Avanti are pointing backwards instead of forwards. These two turboprop engines are mounted behind the cabin, and instead of pulling air towards the rear, these engine push the air backwards. But why this unique configuration for this turboprop? The P180 Avanti has a cruise speed of 455 mph, something more comparable to a light jet than a turboprop. For example, the Cessna CJ1 cruises at 447 mph while offering a range of 1,300 nm, whereas the P180 Avanti has a longer range, approximately 1,500 nm. This is due to the unorthodox aircraft’s configuration of rear mounted rear pushing turboprop engines. This engine configuration not only helps fuel economy, but also cabin noise levels. The rear pushing engines are known to be loud, but only to the outside world, in the cabin, the noise is a manageable 68 dBA, quite a bit quieter than traditional turboprops. The fuel burn rate for the P180 Avanti is 3.1

Gulfstream Jet Specifications and Charter Info

Gulfstream Jet Specifications and Charter Info Gulfstream jets are very common jets in the industry, nearly as common as lear jets for smaller flights, and much more popular as aircraft for longer ranged flights. Gulfstream’s ability to produce amazing long range jets never ceases to astound the industry. Starting in 1958 Gulfstream has built various types of private aircraft and continues to do so in a reliable and exciting manner. Instead of covering all of Gulfstream's previous models it is more efficient to detail the most commonly chartered business jets in addition to their current product line. We start with Gulfstream's flagship business jet, the G650, which is a long range large jet capable of carrying 19 passengers and capable of flying over 7000 nautical miles. The latest and greatest of avionics and luxury features have been included in the G650, features including full touchscreen panels for pilots and all passengers, in addition to a full-scale in-flight infotainment system with a stunning surround sound system and lie flat seats with a relaxing massage features. The G650 is the fastest large jet produced by Gulfstream or any other manufacturer. Capable of flying mach .9 or a slower mach 8.5, this business jet is at the very top when compared to other business jets in its category. Secondly is the G550 also capable of holding 19 passengers and flying approximately 5800 nautical miles. Many of the same cabin amenities offered by the G650 are available on the G550 including but not limited to massage seats, large oval windows, the in-flight infotainment system with surround sound and of course lie flat seats for all passengers. The average cost to charter this aircraft per hour is approximately $10,000. While cheaper than the G650