Though categorized as a light jet because its maximum takeoff weight exceeds 10,000 pounds—just barely—the Embraer Phenom 100 (
Bombardier Learjet 45XR (514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com) offers one of the most comfortable and spacio
Like the smaller Phenom 100, the Embraer Phenom 300 (www.embraerexecutivejets.com) is priced c
A normal cruise speed of 528 mph makes the Gulfstream G150 (912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com) one of the
Equipped with bigger, more powerful engines, the Hawker 900XP (316.676.0800, www.hawkerbeechcraft.com
Beechcraft’s King Air line has outsold all other twin-engine turbo-prop business planes combined. This distinction speaks to the line’s longevity—47 years and counting—and its quality.
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.
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 King Air 350i is a contemporary interpretation of a classic light twin.
The Hawker 750 utilizes the same Honeywell engines and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite as the 800XP from which it was developed.
The Premier II, expected to start deliveries by late 2012 or early 2013, takes the IA to the next level—literally.
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.
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
The A5 fits a special category of sport aircraft that is designed to be easy to fly and requires less training for pilots.
With two fast and efficient turboprop engines, this Italian-built airplane burns 40 percent less fuel than similar-size jets, for lower operating costs.
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.
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.
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 versatile backcountry Beaver was introduced in 1947 by the de Havilland Aircraft Company, in Canada, and gained a reputation as a workhorse.
The Matrix is basically the same as Piper’s 1980s-era Malibu Mirage, but with an unpressurized cabin and a smaller price tag.
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.
Gulfstream’s newest aircraft, which will replace the G200, is scheduled to start deliveries in 2011.
The G200, formerly known as the Galaxy, was acquired and rebranded by Gulfstream in 2001, expanding the Gulfstream line toward the entry-level end.
The light 40XR is a slightly smaller version of the Learjet 45 that Bombardier created by cutting about two feet out of the fuselage.
The 45XR offers substantial upgrades over its previous iteration.
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 l
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.
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 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.
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).