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.

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    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 new improvement to the BBJ private aircraft reduces drag and adds range…
    The design concept incorporates technology found on Mercedes-Benz automobiles…
    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…