Aviation

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 $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...
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...
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...
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 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-...
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...
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 G200, formerly known as the Galaxy, was acquired and rebranded by Gulfstream in 2001, expanding the Gulfstream line toward the entry-level end. The jet offers a roomy two-zone stand-up cabin with...
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...
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...
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-...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The versatile backcountry Beaver was introduced in 1947 by the de Havilland Aircraft Company, in Canada, and gained a reputation as a workhorse. Since the 1980s, Viking Air has been converting the de...
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 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...
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 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 45XR offers substantial upgrades over its previous iteration. Honeywell TFE31-20-BR engines produce higher cruising speeds and quicker climbs, while a 1,000-pound boost in takeoff weight allows...
The light 40XR is a slightly smaller version of the Learjet 45 that Bombardier created by cutting about two feet out of the fuselage. It retains the same oval cross section with a cabin width of just...
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...

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