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Aircraft Guide 2011

Aircraft Guide 2011

As soon as its first owner departs from the manufacturer’s delivery center, a new airplane technically become used (or pre-owned). For various reasons, however, 10 years after an aircraft’s production date is generally considered the milestone separating “newer” used business aircraft from “older” ones.

In deciding which aircraft to cover, we went a bit past this 10-year mark to provide information on all business airplanes and helicopters manufactured since 1993. This means our list includes models manufactured well before that year, as long as they were produced as recently as 1993. The youngest of these models is 17 years old and still of interest to many users. Some models manufactured for many years before 1993 are included, too, because a long production run is indicative of a successful aircraft. In addition, we added the new models that we could reasonably expect to be certified and go into production soon.

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Your article that includes the Seastar [“Aircraft Guide,” Buyers’ Guide 2012] is most appreciated. However, there are several statistics that are incorrect and it creates the illusion that there is a small payload and an extremely short range. 

We obtained our specifications and performance figures for the Seastar from aviation data supplier Conklin & de Decker. Conklin & de Decker estimated those figures based upon the limited information provided to it by Dornier Seaplane. The numbers we published, therefore, reflect the data the manufacturer supplied. To determine range for all turboprops, including the Seastar and the Viking Twin Otter, Conklin & de Decker assumed NBNAA IFR 200 nautical mile reserve fuel and all seats full (200 pounds each).--Jeff Burger, Editor

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