FrontRunners: Winging It

    The single-engine, six-seat turboprop known as the Kestrel (www.kestrel.aero) soon will have a new prototype. England’s Farnborough Aircraft, which has been flying a version of the Kestrel in the United Kingdom since 2006, enlisted Cirrus Air­craft cofounder Alan Klapmeier in Octo­ber 2009 to establish a company in the United States—Kestrel Aircraft Co., in Bruns­wick Landing, Maine—and build an improved iteration of its plane. The aircraft will have upgraded cockpit avionics, more luxurious cabin amenities, larger windows, and top speeds equal to those of a very light jet. The Kestrel company, which is not yet taking orders for the plane, expects to begin making its first deliveries in three years. The projected price for the plane is $2 million to $3 million.

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    The design concept incorporates technology found on Mercedes-Benz automobiles…
    The company’s design could reduce the flight time between Washington, D.C., and Paris by 3 hours…
    The ergonomic chair promises to make long-range flight much more comfortable…
    The fractional provider recently took delivery of a custom G450LXi, with more on the way…
    The simulated fireplace replicates the heat, sound, and intensity of a real fire…
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    The custom copter features a touch panel hub that controls nearly every function in the cabin…
    The only business jet produced by the Swiss company, the PC-24 is already sold out through 2019…
    Photo by Paul Bowen
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