Best Of The Best 2006: The Full Spectrum
To build its high-performance, all-composite Spectrum 33, Spectrum Aeronautical pioneered a manufacturing process that involves a new carbon-graphite material called fibeX and superlight components, giving the craft a gross takeoff weight of 7,300 pounds, compared to 12,500 pounds for the comparably sized Cessna Citation CJ2+.
Powered by two efficient Williams International FJ334A engines with 1,568 pounds of thrust each, the nine-passenger Spectrum 33 cruises faster than 477 mph and has a nonstop range of 2,300 miles.
The first flight took place in January, and Spectrum expects FAA certification in late 2007 or early 2008. The jet will be priced at about $3.6 million.