Jet Ownership

By Matt Harris Pushing Ahead: Dassault pressing hard towards final certification for its Falcon 7X At the start of 2007, Dassault Aviation will be anticipating certification and first deliveries of its Falcon 7X tri-jet. Doubters beware: The French planemaker has enjoyed a year of progress in its journey to bring its revolutionary new business jet to…

Something To Grow On Mid-size jets grow as a group – again. It’s not without cause that so much media focus in the past couple of years sharpened our awareness of the up-and-coming Very Light Jet segment and its about-to-be-up-and-coming cousin- the Personal Jet. From a numbers perspective- the quantity of companies developing aircraft in…

Full Size Flying Large cabin jets expand capabilities of private flying. Pretty much every aircraft is a compromise… a series of compromises- according to many aircraft designers and engineers. When working backwards from a set of desired traits- designers typically do their own weight-and-balance trade-offs among those traits to arrive at a product that- it…

The Merlin/Metro Story (Part 1) The heady days of ambitions- rewarded by success and growth. During the 1970s and early 1980s- when the business turboprop aircraft was in its heyday and accounting for as much as 70 percent of the turbine aircraft market- one of the major players was the Fairchild Merlin. Designed by legendary business…

Cessna’s Citation XLS+ Making a great performer even better. There’s nothing better for a business than finding a great concept- executing that concept exceptionally- and keeping the ball rolling by preserving the fundamentals while improving the product in meaningful- value-adding ways. Such is the story of Cessna and its Citation Excel- a product that re-wrote…

The MU-2 StoryA viable product today – despite being- out of production nearly 25 years. The pressurized twin-engine cabin-class Mitsubishi MU-2 is a business turboprop that was produced between 1966 and 1986 during the formative years of business aviation – a period we now see as the golden age of the turboprop. Mitsubishi was one…

More Speed, More Climb, More Costs Turboprop conversions from pistons: big performance – at a price There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Whether you ascribe that phrase to Robert Heinlein’s 1966 science-fiction novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress or to economist Milton Friedman – he made the phrase the title of a book…

Gulfstream G650: Could Gulfstream’s ultimate business jet end the industry’s longest slump? If you’ve worked in Business Aviation as long as I have, you’ve seen the continued roller-coaster over the past two or three decades of economic prosperity. Some of you who have been in the industry longer have witnessed pretty much everything: from the…

Are newer jets always better? Drawing comparisons between the newer $8.0m Cessna Citation XLS+ and the older Cessna Citation III business jet, Chris Doerr, President Aircraft Cost Calculator looks into the pros and cons of each option. At first glance, there may be several reasons to purchase a newer jet compared with older models. The…