Aviation

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 (...
The cabin of the Gulfstream G450 ( 912.965.3000, www.gulfstream.com ) is the same height and width as that of the larger G550, and it affords the same Gulfstream-signature oval windows that provide...
The Dassault Falcon 900LX ( 201.440.?6700, www.dassaultfalcon.com ) offers longer range and better fuel efficiency than its predecessor, the Falcon 900EX, because of its lightweight construction and...
The Dassault Falcon 7X ( 201.440.6700, www.dassaultfalcon.com ) is perfect for travelers in need of a versatile jet that excels at both medium- and long-range trips. The $50.1 million aircraft nimbly...
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. Like past...
t 8.3 feet wide and 48.4 feet long, the cabin of the Bombardier Global Express XRS ( 514.861.9481, www.bombardier.com ) is spacious enough for many owners to justify any additional operating cost...
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-...
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 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...

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