Aviation

When Cirrus Aircraft debuted the single-piston, parachute-equipped SR22 10 years ago, the Duluth, Minn.–based manufacturer established new standards for safety, comfort, and performance. In the...
The Gulfstream G550 ( 912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com ) is the quintessential globe-hopping business jet. Through extra-large windows, light fills the aircraft’s big cabin, which, at more than 7...
Other very light jets (VLJs) might promise more utility, value, and efficiency than the TE500 from New Mexico’s Eclipse Aerospace, but the statuses of those aircraft remain "forthcoming." The six-...
With a 463 mph cruise speed, a range beyond 1,700 miles, and a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet, the Piaggio Aero P.180 Avanti II ( 561.253.0104, www.piaggioaero.com ) can perform as well as a number...
Last year, Cessna began deliveries of its newest jet, the Cita­tion CJ4. However, because this new $8.9 million model is untested in the market, members of the Robb Report Private Aviation Advisory...
Though categorized as a light jet because its maximum takeoff weight exceeds 10,000 pounds—just barely—the Embraer Phenom 100 ( www.embraerexecutivejets.com ) has operating costs that are more akin...
Bombardier Learjet 45XR ( 514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com ) offers one of the most comfortable and spacious cabins in the light-midsize class. A typical cabin configuration includes eight fully...
Like the smaller Phenom 100, the Embraer Phenom 300 ( www.embraerexecutivejets.com ) is priced competitively for a jet of its capabilities. It has a nearly 2,300-mile range (when carrying six...
A normal cruise speed of 528 mph makes the Gulfstream G150 ( 912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com ) one of the fastest midsize jets. With four passengers aboard, the aircraft can travel nearly 3,000...
Equipped with bigger, more powerful engines, the Hawker 900XP ( 316.676.0800, www.hawkerbeechcraft.com ) represents a significant upgrade over its predecessor, the 850XP. These engines improve the...
The Bombardier Challenger 300 ( 514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com ) can fly coast to coast—and farther—nonstop at a cruising speed as fast as 540 mph while carrying eight passengers. In addition to a...
The most remarkable feature of the Cessna Citation Sovereign ( 316.517.6056, www.cessna.com ) is its versatility. It can take off from a runway that is only 3,640 feet long, thanks to its power-to-...
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...
Robb Report Private Aviation Advi­sory Board member Kevin O’Leary recently employed 22 criteria to rate each of the current large-jet models. When finished, he had given the Bombardier Global 5000 (...
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...
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...

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