Arrivals and Standbys

  • Photo by Will Dent
    Gulfstream expects its large-cabin, ultralong-range G650 to enter service later this year. Photo by Will Dent
  • When they enter service several years from now, the Global 7000 (shown here) and Global 8000 will be the largest jets in Bombardier’s fleet.
  • Bombardier anticipates that its light Learjet 70, light-midsize Learjet 75 (shown here), and midsize Learjet 85 will all reach customers next year.
  • Photo by Ricardo Reitmeyer
    The Citation Longitude will be the first super-midsize jet from Cessna. Photo by Ricardo Reitmeyer
  • The Legacy 450 will be Embraer’s first light-midsize offering.
  • With a top cruise speed over 700 mph and a cabin length of 54 feet, the roughly $64 million G650 will be Gulfstream’s fastest and largest jet.
  • Icon A5 light sport aircraft
  • Hondajet
  • Cirrus Vision SF50 jet
  • Photo by Dan Moore, Junebug Clark
    Cessna Corvallis TTX piston aircraft Photo by Dan Moore, Junebug Clark
  • Embraer Legacy 500
  • Embraer Legacy 500
  • Embraer Legacy 500
  • Embraer Legacy 450
  • Citation Latitude rendering
  • Photo by Dan Moore
    Citation Latitude interior aft forward view Photo by Dan Moore
  • Citation Ten
  • Photo by Chauncey Studios
    Citation Ten interior Photo by Chauncey Studios
  • Citation M2
  • Photo by Chauncey Studios
    Citation M2 panel Photo by Chauncey Studios
  • Photo by William Dent
    Gulfstream G280 Photo by William Dent
  • Photo by Kathy Almand
    Gulfstream G280 Photo by Kathy Almand
  • Photo by Paul Bowen
    Bombardier Learjet 85 Photo by Paul Bowen
  • Bombardier Learjet 70
  • Photo by Junebug Clark
    Citation Longitude Photo by Junebug Clark
  • Photo by Dan Moore
    Citation Longitude Photo by Dan Moore
  • Embraer Legacy 500
  • Photo © 2007 John M. Dibbs
    Hawker 200 Photo © 2007 John M. Dibbs
  • Photo by Trevor Blackmer
    Hawker 200 interior concept Photo by Trevor Blackmer
  • Photo © 2008 American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
    Hondajet Photo © 2008 American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
  • Bombardier Global 8000
  • Bombardier Learjet 70
  • Photo by Will Dent
  • Photo by Ricardo Reitmeyer
  • Photo by Dan Moore, Junebug Clark
  • Photo by Dan Moore
  • Photo by Chauncey Studios
  • Photo by Chauncey Studios
  • Photo by William Dent
  • Photo by Kathy Almand
  • Photo by Paul Bowen
  • Photo by Junebug Clark
  • Photo by Dan Moore
  • Photo © 2007 John M. Dibbs
  • Photo by Trevor Blackmer
  • Photo © 2008 American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
  • Bailey S. Barnard, Mary Grady and Michelle Seaton

GETTING PERSONAL: NEW AIRCRAFT FOR OWNER-PILOTS

With its latest piston-driven model, the Corvallis TTX (www.cessna.com), Cessna is offering an alternative to the Cirrus SR22T. Unveiled last March, the TTX is expected to enter service by the end of this year. The TTX, which starts at $734,000, is the newest iteration of the Corvallis TT. The new plane boasts an all-composite fuselage, a 265 mph top cruise speed, and a range beyond 1,400 miles. It will fly faster and farther than the SR22T and will offer pilots a clutter-free cockpit powered by the touchscreen Garmin G2000.

Cirrus’s personal jet, the Vision SF50 (www.cirrusaircraft.com), seemed to have fallen victim to the recession. It was announced in 2006 and first flew in 2008, and then it fell off the radar. But China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company, which bought Cirrus early last year for a reported $210 million, is now financing production of the nearly $2 million jet, which will be built in the United States. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2015. It seats as many as seven passengers in a cabin that is just over 4 feet tall and 5 feet wide. The cockpit is equipped with the Cirrus Perspective avionics package, which Garmin created specially for this aircraft. With a composite fuselage, an aerodynamic V tail, and a lone turbine engine generating 1,800 pounds of thrust, the jet will cruise at 345 mph, reach a ceiling of 28,000 feet, and fly as far as 1,265 miles without refueling. It is also equipped with Cirrus’s trademark Airframe Parachute System.

The Hondajet (hondajet.honda.com) also survived the recession and is moving into production. The Honda Aircraft Company in Greensboro, N.C., now has three Hondajets in the air undergoing FAA certification, with deliveries expected to begin next fall. The jet accommodates as many as five passengers in leather seats that slide, shift, and lock in place. The cockpit seats two pilots, but Garmin’s G3000 touchscreen avionics suite enables single-pilot operation. The cabin is 4.8 feet tall, 5 feet wide, and 17.8 feet long, and is equipped with a private lavatory and 66 cubic feet of cargo space. Its two turbofan engines produce 2,050 pounds of thrust each. The $4.5 million Hondajet cruises at about 480 mph and has a ceiling of 43,000 feet, a range of about 1,350 miles with four occupants, and a climb rate of nearly 4,000 feet per minute.

The debut model from Los Angeles–based Icon Aircraft, the Icon A5 (www.iconaircraft.com), is designed for recreation rather than transportation. The company plans to begin delivering the aircraft next summer for prices starting at $139,000. Like other recreation vehicles, the 1,000-pound A5 can be towed behind a car (on a specially designed towing trailer); its wings fold back, reducing its width from 34 feet to 8.5 feet. The unpressurized cockpit of the two-seat aircraft features a digital GPS map display, an auxiliary audio port, and removable side windows; the plane has an FAA-limited ceiling of 10,000 feet (or 2,000 feet above ground level, whichever is higher). The 100 hp engine faces backward from where it is affixed to the back of the carbon-fiber airframe and burns either automotive or aviation fuel. It powers the A5 to a top speed of 120 mph and a range of 345 miles. The plane has a takeoff and landing distance of just 750 feet on land or water and can be equipped with retractable landing gear. —B.S.B.

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