Beechjet’s first showed up on the radar in 1985, when the company purchased the design of the Diamond II executive jet from Mitsubishi. A year later, Beech announced production of the Beechjet 400, and finally the 400A in 1989. In production for 17 years (1986-2003), Beech built 421 of the 400 and 400A aircraft before eventually being acquired by Raytheon.
Citation Jet 525
The Citation Jet is the perfect choice for anyone looking for an entry-level private business jet. It is designed to be extremely economical, both in purchase price and operating costs: the CJ’s systems are simple, making it easy to fly and operate by a single pilot.
The CJ1 is the second generation of the extremely successful Citation series. It comes with all of the advantages that the original Citation Jet offered, but with improvements in economy and performance. Its status as the second generation Citation gives the advantage of using a private jet design that has been tested and modified to exceed the success of the first model – the Citation Jet.
At the risk of stating the obvious, the CJ1+ is the enhanced version of the CJ1. Most private jets that are recreated in a “bigger and better” design are nearly identical to the original jets. The CJ1+ is no exception to this rule, but it does have some valuable upgrades.
When Cessna redesigned their popular CJ1 private jet, known for its low operating costs and high performance, the result was the CJ2: bigger, faster, and better. The cabin stretched an additional thirty-three inches, the wingspan stretched an additional thirty-five. Its cruise speed outdoes the CJ by thirty knots with a significantly reduced fuel burn.
The CJ2+ is the fifth generation of the popular Citation Jet series, a class of private jets designed to be both economical and high-performing. Business travelers like the idea of a private jet that performs economically without sacrificing performance or reliability. These low-cost, dependable jets are feasible only because of Cessna’s insistence on simplicity of design.
Anyone familiar with the private jet industry knows about Cessna’s line of Citation business jets: economic, high-performing, comfortable private jets that consistently stand out in the market. The Citation 1 is the original, turbo-fan-powered business jet in, what has come to be, the successful Citation family.
Anyone familiar with the private jet industry knows about Cessna’s line of Citation business jets: economic, private jets that consistently stand out in the market. The Citation 1 S/P is the single-pilot version of the original, turbo-fan-powered business jet in, what has come to be, the successful Citation family.
When the Citation II debuted in 1977 in the light business jet market, it was one-of-a-kind. It sold 1,000 jets in its first four years on the market and was manufactured for sixteen years, making its Cessna’s best-selling private jet to date. Receiving certification in 1978, the Citation II SP is the single-pilot version of this successful line, created to compete in the turbo-prop market.
The Citation Encore is another of Cessna’s great private jets, the “Encore” to its successful Citation Ultra. The Encore is versatile, able to fly long distances and take off and land on short runways, and carry a large load. Passengers love its cabin comfort, smooth flight performance, and its low operating costs.
Cessna always pays immaculate attention to detail in crafting its jets. The Citation Encore upheld this promise with its versatility, ability to fly long distances, and take off and land on short runways, and carry a large load. Inherent in its name, the Citation Encore+ offers all this and more. Since its introduction in 2006, 60 (as of 5/2009) have been delivered to date.
Dassault Falcon 10
The Dassault Family creates jets with high standards of engineering, structural quality, and technological advancement. Although Dassault’s models have evolved and improved over time, the Falcon 10, a light, twin-turbo fan business jet, remains popular in the used aircraft market, and for good reasons. It was introduced for the first time in December 1970 to fill the gap between the Falcon 20 and smaller turboprop cabin-class business jets.
Dassault Falcon 100
The Dassault Family crafts jets with high standards of engineering, structural quality, and technological advancement. Although Dassault’s models have evolved and improved over time, the Falcon 100, a light, twin-turbo fan business jet, remains popular in the used aircraft market, and for good reasons. It was introduced for the first time in 1983 as the redesigned continuation of the Falcon 10. Following the redesign period, 37 Falcon 100’s were built before production halted in 1989.
Lear is almost synonymous with “private jet.” The Learjet 24 was one of the first private jets in production and holds many records. Fit for short distance travel, the Learjet 24 offers more performance and utility in the small cabin, light jet category than the original Learjet 23. The biggest difference is in the renounced single-pilot operation in favor of higher operating weights. The Learjet 24 underwent small refinements like upgraded engines, producing A-F models.
Lear is almost synonymous with “private jet.” The original Lear 23 took its first flight in October 1963 and the rest is history. While the Learjet 24 made significant leaps in power and performance, the 25 addressed cabin size in addition to outperforming both. The most noticeable change is the Learjet 25’s stretched body. Incorporating even more modifications, such as a re-contoured edge, the Learjet 25D is more capable and accommodating than all of its predecessors.
For those unfamiliar with Learjets, their name is synonymous with speed. The Learjet 31A can reach a cruise speed of .81 Mach after climbing to its cruise level in just 28 minutes — way beyond the capabilities of any competing light private jet. It has great runway performance and a low fuel burn, making it a great candidate for efficient, fast private jet travel.
Raytheon’s goal in designing the Premier I was to create a high-performing private jet with minimal acquisition and operating costs. They began achieving their goal by using the fully-automated “Viper” composites manufacturing system and new design software. But just because they cut back on manufacturing costs does not mean they cut back on quality.
Raytheon’s goal in designing their first light corporate jet, Premier 1, was to create a high-performing private jet with minimal acquisition and operating costs. They did this successfully in 2001, when the Premier 1 gained FAA certification. It was the first composite fuselage business jet to do so. Four years later, the Premier 1A was certified as the largest single-pilot business jet in the world by Raytheon and Hawker.