Aviation

The $31.7 million Dassault Falcon 2000LX ( 201.440.6700, www.dassaultfalcon.com ) is pricier than the other jets in its class, but it can fly considerably farther and faster than its competition...
During the last several years of financial turbulence, the private aviation industry has reevaluated its business approach in order to maintain its appeal to the consumer. At the forefront of this...
The versatile backcountry Beaver was introduced in 1947 by the de Havilland Aircraft Company, in Canada, and gained a reputation as a workhorse. Since the 1980s, Viking Air has been converting the de...
The 45XR offers substantial upgrades over its previous iteration. Honeywell TFE31-20-BR engines produce higher cruising speeds and quicker climbs, while a 1,000-pound boost in takeoff weight allows...
De Havilland stopped building the Twin Otter more than 20 years ago, but hundreds are still flying, and now a Canadian company is building brand-new updated versions. The tough twin turboprop can...
With this new, clean-sheet design, the Learjet 85’s designers aimed to incorporate all the latest technologies while preserving the robust aerodynamic performance for which the venerable Learjet line...
The Matrix is basically the same as Piper’s 1980s-era Malibu Mirage, but with an unpressurized cabin and a smaller price tag. This offering initially seemed unlikely to wow buyers, but in 2008, its...
2010 marked the 25th production year of the Caravan, Cessna’s rugged propeller-driven workhorse, which can be equipped with pontoons for amphibious takeoff and landing. The Caravan’s single 675 hp...
With its pressurized cabin, Piper Aircraft’s Mirage makes the flight levels a comfortable place for the piston pilot to travel above the weather and traffic at 25,000 feet. Lycoming’s TIO-540-AE2A...
This successor to the CJ1 launched in 2005. New Williams jet engines boost fuel efficiency and climb performance, and extra payload extends the range. The cabin features a recessed full-length aisle...
Piper Aircraft continues to make progress on its single-engine PiperJet. Entry to and egress from the spacious cabin are easy via a wide door. The single engine is expected to make for a smoother...
The CJ2+ added 300 pounds of payload compared to the CJ2 model it replaced, and boosted range, speed, and time to climb. The cockpit was upgraded with Collins Pro Line avionics. Simple and reliable...
With two fast and efficient turboprop engines, this Italian-built airplane burns 40 percent less fuel than similar-size jets, for lower operating costs. The P180 Avanti II is certified for single-...
The Citation X has long held the title of fastest civilian aircraft (although Gulfstream is working to usurp that spot with its G650, scheduled to start deliveries in 2012). If you have the freedom...
The A5 fits a special category of sport aircraft that is designed to be easy to fly and requires less training for pilots. With the ability to land on water or on runways as short as 750 feet, and...
The 172S is the most recent incarnation of the Skyhawk, a model that Cessna has delivered more than 43,000 examples of in various iterations since its introduction in 1955—making this single-engine...
This addition to the venerable King Air line increases maximum gross weight by 385 pounds, almost doubling the full-fuel payload capability to 750 pounds and stretching the four-passenger range by...
Cirrus continues to work on its Vision SF50 jet with hopes of starting deliveries in 2013. Tight funding has slowed progress, but the company has said it plans to spend 2011 building a conforming...
King Airs have proved their usefulness over the years, with more than 6,000 flying in all corners of the world and a steady stream of model upgrades and variants. The B200GT, introduced in 2007 as...
The 900LX, the latest iteration in this model line, was certified in July 2010. The aircraft sports a distinctive third engine that provides extra performance to handle short runways and high...
The King Air 350i is a contemporary interpretation of a classic light twin. The updated, pressurized cabin features networked widescreen high-definition monitors, digital on-demand audio, LED task...
Diamond’s sleek designs show its motor-glider heritage, with long graceful wings and a slippery all-composite fuselage. The XLS, introduced in 2007, upgrades the single-engine four-place DA40 that...
The Hawker 750 utilizes the same Honeywell engines and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite as the 800XP from which it was developed. On the 750, however, Hawker Beechcraft replaced one of the...
The original Eclipse Aviation company spent 1.4 billion dollars to develop the light twin-engine jet, but went bankrupt in the process. The new owner, Eclipse Aerospace, has revived the model by...
The Premier II, expected to start deliveries by late 2012 or early 2013, takes the IA to the next level—literally. The II will climb to 45,000 feet, where fuel burns more efficiently and fewer...
Based on the popular Legacy 600, the 650 will provide longer trips for up to 14 passengers with an extra 575 miles of range, while retaining the same comfortable cabin layout. The extra range allows...
The G450, a successor to the company’s best-selling GIV series, stands out for its range and extra-long cabin, which stretches 45 feet from end to end. The G450 boasts ample room for up to 16...
Designer Ed Swearingen drew on decades of aviation experience to create the SJ30, seeking a balance of range, speed, efficiency, and comfort. Starting in the 1980s, Swearingen partnered with several...
The G350, introduced in 2005, aims to provide a choice for travelers who like the spacious cabin of the bigger Gulfstream jets but don’t need the long-range performance. The three-zone stand-up cabin...

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