FrontFunners: Private Blend

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    Private helicopter/airplane hybrids are winging our way. As of December, fliers had placed 65 orders for the two-pilot, nine-passenger BA609 Tiltrotor from Bell/Agusta Aerospace Co. (www.bellagusta.com). The aircraft takes off and lands vertically like a helicopter but flies like an airplane at about 317 mph, twice the speed of traditional helicopters of the same size. The aircraft, which will require no more than a 60-by-60-foot space to lift off and touch down, will fly to 25,000 feet and have a range of about 860 miles. The company expects to deliver the first Tiltrotor in 2010, at a price of $16 million or less. Tiltrotor pilots will need both airplane and helicopter certifications, as well as an additional tiltrotor-type rating.

    The 19-passenger copter will have an extended range and features to ensure maximum comfort…
    The jet’s large floor plan allows for the addition of an office and a bedroom…
    The six-seat, twin-engine jet has a reworked interior and upgraded technology…
    The two-seat jet is being developed for both private and military flying…
    The design concept incorporates technology found on Mercedes-Benz automobiles…
    The new improvement to the BBJ private aircraft reduces drag and adds range…
    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…