In the present day of flying private jets, there are lots of choices of products out there. To find one that may meet your needs to purchase, charter or just to aw, can also be overwhelming.
By Sonny Souvannavong Pilot & Author firstname.lastname@example.org
With the advancement of aviation for over one hundred years since the Wright Brothers took their first flight, the aviation industry has certainly evolved to one of the safest, convenient, and luxurious ways to go from destination to destination; and can easily cover our planet in just a few stops.
The best way to understand private jets (in aviation industry it is mainly called business jets) there are basically four ranges of business jets. These are light jets,
The way we can categorize this is the distance of these business jets that can take you and your guests. In essence, for short-range jets it would be 3,000 kilometers or less;
Now since we got that over and let’s talk about the good stuff, the jets themselves. This is certainly the exciting part as the manufacture continuously gets better each year with advancement of technology, performance, safety and certainly comfort. There are basically seven companies out there that have a stronghold position as the business jet companies to know. These companies are Gulfstream, Bombadier, Embraer, Dassault, Textron (aka Cessna), Boeing and Airbus. Though in each company there are sub-companies or brands, which the company acquired over time including Hawker, Beechcraft, Learjets, and others. Worthy of mention, there is a fairly recent development of new category, which is VLJ or Very Light Jets. VLJ has a range of 1,500 kilometer or less based on payload.
These aircrafts are meant for mainly pilot owner aircraft or simply a step up from a twin piston engine aircrafts to hop around short distances. These VLJ companies include HondaJets, Eclipse, Cirrus and others. VLJ will be discussed in length in future articles.
There are many excellent business jets in the industry. Many are still in production and many no longer in production. In this
With that said, here are the categories of business jets and the jets themselves:
Short-range business jets:
o Embraer Phenom 100EV, Phenom 300E
o Cessna M2, CJ3+, CJ4
• Mid-range business jets:
o Embraer Legacy 450, Legacy 500, Praetor 500, Praetor 600, and Legacy 650
o Gulfstream G280 and G500
o Bombardier Challenger 350, Challenger 650, Learjet 700 and Learjet 750
o Dassault Falcon 2000S, 2000LXS, 900LX,
In the long-range business jets:
o Dassault Falcon 7X and 8X
o Gulfstream G500, G600, and G650
• VIP business jets:
o Embraer Lineage 1000E
o Airbus ACJ319neo, ACJ320neo, ACJ330neo, ACJ350 XWB
o Boeing BBJ7, BBJ8, BBJ9; BBJ787, BBJ777X and BBJ747-8
Well, that is a lot of information for one article. We’ll dive into each aircraft individually later and many of these aircrafts will take more then one article.
Aviation is certainly an exciting industry but can be quite a handful to comprehend. Though I hope this paints a summarized picture of what kind of business jets are out there and how to categorize them. In this categorical way, one can simply match their mission to the category of business jets that are out there. Alright until then, safe flying, enjoy you travel, and clear for take off.
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