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June 1, 2010
The CJ4’s peppy engines allow it to cruise at 453 knots and climb directly to
Cessna delivered the first Citation CJ4 (Model 525C) in April after wrapping up a rigorous flight-test program that included 1,000 sorties and more than 1,600 hours in the air since the airplane's first flight in May 2008.
April 1, 2010
This design philosophy means not only lower fuel burns but impressive potenti
Gulfstream's G650, which the company will start delivering in 2012, will be the world's fastest and longest range business jet. Its tall and wide-bodied cabin-the largest in the company's fleet-will boast the latest in comfort and convenience features.
February 1, 2010
The Bell 429 has inherited some systems and parts from earlier Bell helicopte
You need good reasons to travel by helicopter. Compared with an airplane of similar size, a helicopter costs more to buy, lease, rent, charter and operate. So why bother with one?
December 1, 2009
DETROIT FIGURED THIS OUT a long time ago. Take your basic family sedan, stick a hot motor under the hood and badge it with sporty-sounding initials like RT or SS and voilà: You sell more cars at higher prices.
October 1, 2009
The G350 won’t get you to China on a single load of fuel, but if all you need
Well, the 1970s are back. Yes, the decade that spawned stagflation, the Misery Index, badly built automobiles and lowered thermostats seems to be making a reappearance.
September 1, 2009
A Falcon 900 needs more maintenance than a Twinjet, but burns less fuel than
A very good airplane is about to get better. The wide-cabin Falcon 900 trijet combines unequaled performance and versatility with a design that has remained popular since deliveries began in 1986. More than 400 are in service.
August 1, 2009
Cessna has suspended development of the Citation Columbus, but its other new
While the recession has certainly affected business jet manufacturers, only one aircraft program has been suspended so far: Cessna's large-cabin Citation Columbus.
June 1, 2009
“Customers love the airplane,” said one operator of the Learjet 40XR. “It has
Cut two feet off the Learjet 45's fuselage, throw out two passenger seats, drain 100 gallons of fuel and this is what you get: a $9.46 million bullet that is sexy, leggy and fast. It's called the Learjet 40XR.
April 1, 2009
Composites don’t make much difference in weight but enable more efficient man
When Bombardier Aerospace launched its newest from-the-ground-up midsize Learjet-now named the Learjet 85-the company's chief designers made two key decisions. The first, not announced until well after the launch, was that the structure-including wings, fuselage and tail-would be made of composite materials instead of the traditional aluminum used for most business jets.
April 1, 2009
To create a clean and spacious look, the Phenom employs upscale automotive-st
Until now, Cessna's Citation Mustang "entry level" twinjet was seen as the unequivocal best of breed. While the Mustang is a fine airplane, its market dominance was not particularly difficult as every other competitor failed to gain FAA certification, slid into bankruptcy, or both.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy