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learjet 35 review
Learjet 35 Review

When most people refer to business jets, they call them “Lear Jets,” no matter what they really are. The name Lear Jet has become as iconic as “Kleenex,” or “Piper Cub.” Lear represents and entire class of executive jet aircraft. The Learjet 35 is one of the most common and sought after models of this brand name.

 

The Basics

The Bombardier Lear 35 business jet is a staple of the charter aircraft business.  The Lear 35 is classified as a Light Jet and is most suitable for short, quick flights.  It cruises at 510 mph, and it remains among the fastest aircraft in the Light Jet category.  Pilots love this airplane and passengers love its speed, economy and “wow” factor.

The distinctive Lear design with its straight wings and tip tanks, makes an impressive statement on the ramp or runway. Its instant recognizable lines that make it the iconic “Lear Jet” help both give charter and corporate operators a certain aviation panache.

The Learjet 35 and 36 were developed and designed to be stretched, turbofan-powered descendants to the largest of the original turbojet-powered Learjets, the Model 25. The Garrett AiResearch TFE731-powered aircraft, which were introduced in the mid-1970s, are among the most popular light business jets ever built, and hundreds remain in service today.

Lear originally planned to add the quieter and more fuel-efficient TFE731 turbofans to the Learjet 25 to create the Learjet 26. But, the engine change made it necessary to alter the airframe, …

Morane-Saulnier Paris Jet

American business aviation is a 150 billion dollar industry that employs more than a million people in sales, maintenance, and operations all over the country. It’s a thriving field full of dedicated, highly trained professionals with various skillsets at at every level.

Not only is the business aviation industry important to those who are employed by it, but it is also integral to the modern business landscape. The commercial airline industry doesn’t really strive to meet the unique needs of business travelers who often require quick turnarounds, last minute trips, and the option of visiting multiple meetings in various cities in a single day. That’s where the worldwide fleet of over fifteen thousand business jets step in to fill the gap. Business jets give companies the capability to get their personnel and vital materials where they need to be.

Business aircraft allow passengers to reach 10x the number of airports across the United States that commercial airlines have access to, which is roughly more than 5,000 different facilities.

It’s hard to imagine modern business without these aircraft designed to get people where they need to be quickly, safely, and efficiently to conduct their affairs. But there was a time not that long ago that business aviation was an unheard of concept.

After World War 2, there was a surplus of quality aircraft just waiting to be repurposed and a slough of qualified pilots looking for new careers. This combination led to many innovations in the aircraft industry, not the least …

cessna caravan review
Cessna Caravan Review

Business and charter aviation operations are not only concerned with getting suit-clad executives to their meetings and outings quickly, Many business flight departments are also tasked with carrying important payloads into rough country on short notice.

The Cessna Caravan line of aircraft is certainly meant to carry out the role of being a tough and easy to operate work horse.

Its appearance on an executive ramp at the airport might disappoint a person looking for sleek CEO barges that fly at very high altitude and near supersonic speeds. The high-wing and lumbering look of the Caravan, while not eye candy, shows its true strength and lot in life – that of a dependable aircraft that can carry almost anything anywhere at any time.

If you want to travel from city to city perhaps a jet is for you, but if you need to get machine parts and people into a remote dirt strip in the mountains the Cessna Caravan is exactly what you need.

The Cessna 208 Caravan is a turbo-prop powered, high wing aircraft. It combines an age-old basic design with modern avionics and equipment to make it what many might consider it to be a flying pick-up truck. This Cessna is no beauty queen, but it is an economical utility airplane.

The Caravan has been on the market continuously since 1984. Its first prototype flew in 1982. Cessna produced a modified version of the Caravan named the Cargomaster; a model designed specifically with Fedex in …

wiley post

After the end of World War I, the world saw many changes in areas of technology, science, and industry. The two-decade period (1918-1938) is considered by some to be the Golden Age of Aviation. Streamlined monoplanes quickly replaced their slower wooden biplane counterparts. Other important developments during this period include the rise of civil aviation and the development of many commercial airlines.

Before this so-called Golden Age of Aviation began, another event took place, and although it likely didn’t make the papers or attract any attention, it has earned its spot in the timeline of aviation. A Texas cotton farmer and his wife had a baby. But just why does this matter? That baby would grow up to become a record-setting figure in the world of aviation, none other than Wiley Post.

It’s impossible to know what kind of hopes William and Mae Post had for their new son, Wiley. Their lives were not easy and they moved frequently to find work, while probably facing many of the same challenges that others did during this period of history. The Post family eventually settled in Oklahoma, which would prove to be important in their story as this is where young Wiley had his first encounter with an aircraft in flight. The place was the county fair and the plane was a Curtiss-Wright pusher. He got bitten by the flying bug right then and there and soon enrolled in a school for automobiles and aviation.

As he got older, Post had a …

Pilot Training

Weapons and bombs are being fired from drones in the air and package delivery to your business or home may soon be done via drone. Do we really need pilots anymore for air travel?

I would say yes, but that may be just because I am a pilot. There has been a strong drop in the number of flight deck crewmembers over the past few decades.

There was a minimum of three pilots in each airline cockpit when I began my career way back in the ancient late 1970’s. A captain, a co-pilot (or first officer) and a flight engineer (or second officer) were required crew on all big jets. Only a few jets, like the Douglas DC-9 had only two pilots and no engineer.

International and foreign carriers had much more crowded cockpits. I visited an Aeroflot cockpit one day at JFK back in the early 1980s. They had a captain, first officer, flight engineer, navigator, radio operator, and a political officer all crammed onto the flight deck!

We members of the Airline Pilot’s Association howled when the then brand-new Boeing 767 was going to show up on our property with only two pilots and no engineer. Truth be told, the first few 767s my airline bought were supposed to come with flight engineer panels in the cockpit! I know this, because I was slated to become one of those 767 flight engineers.

The battle was lost before it even really began. There was no way that the more …

Embraer Legacy 600
Legacy 600 Review

The Embraer Legacy 600 is a super medium sized jet. It houses a big jet attitude with big jet performance in a medium jet body. Embraer decided after the huge success of their model 146 jetliner to branch out into the corporate jet market with a medium sized fully functional executive jet. They hit a home run at their first time up to bat in this market.

The Legacy 600, certified in 1999, is Embraer’s first attempt at designing and producing business jet, but you couldn’t tell by looking at it and flying it. The aircraft has been very successful and it continues to be manufactured today.

This aircraft competes on the upper end of the small to mid-sized range of business jets and is considered a “Super Midsize” aircraft. It has design features to compete with its rival the Canadair Challenger. It can compete with larger business jets in terms of payload comfort and safety.

Embraer has since launched an extensive lineup of business aircraft after its initial success with the Legacy 600, from the entry-level Phenom 100 to the Lineage 1000, a very-long-range business jet version of the company’s 100-seat E-190.

The Legacy 600 has the capability to be divided into three distinct cabins. This allows passengers to comfortably travel in different areas of the aircraft doing different things. Some might be interested in enjoying a meal while other passengers might be interested in sitting back to catch up on their reading while vegetating on …

citation m2 review

The Citation M2 Review

 

A Big Step Up in a Small Airframe

The Cessna Citation M2 is more than an incremental upgrade from their entry level jet, the Mustang and the much more expensive and complex CJ line. An expanded interior that allows for a total of seven people to fly together with a much-needed move of the lavatory toilet to a location in the rear of the aircraft – with its own privacy door – bring the M2 up from to the level of a true corporate air barge.

The very first M2 was delivered in December of 2013. This aircraft shows a lot of promise and you will be seeing more and more of them as time passes.

The Basics

Range: 1,300 nautical miles (with reserves) Maximum Cruise Speed: 400 knots true airspeed Single Pilot: 5 to 6 passengers Useful Load: 3809 lb Take Off Distance: 3,250 feet

On the Ramp

The M2 retains the same basic lines of the Mustang or any Citation. You may notice the new wing tip extensions along with the usual low wing design. A cursory inspection of the top of the wings will show you a trim tab on the left aileron as well as flight and ground spoilers installed on top of the airfoil.

The M2 sports the usual T-tail arrangement and the fuselage shares the same clean lines of the Mustang with no bleed air windshield heat vents like those installed on older Citation models.

The Passenger Cabin

With …

howard hughes

The aviation industry, as we know it today, has a total global impact of more than $2 trillion, but that hasn’t always been the case. In fact, if it weren’t for the passion and dedication of a few pioneers of flight, the world of aviation might not look anything like it does now.

Without these adventurous spirits who broke ground and paved the way for the development of the aviation industry, it’s hard to say what air travel would look like today. Jet Charters is proud to be the worldwide air charter marketplace, but we know that one important part of moving forward is looking back and shining a spotlight on important moments and figures in aviation history who helped make what we do possible.

One integral figure in the timeline of aviation history is Howard Hughes.

Howard Hughes was a pivotal player in the development of aircraft technology. Thanks to him and other innovators who dared to dream and were committed to seeing their ideas come to life, we can get anywhere in the world quickly and safely. Jet Charters is proud to recognize the efforts of aviation pioneers like Howard Hughes.

Howard Hughes’ love of flight was with him from a young age. He first learned to fly at the famous Rogers Airport in Los Angeles, under the tutelage of many aviation pioneers. He went on to set world records in flight as well as engineer aircraft such as the world had never seen before.

Arguably, his most …

Falcon 10/100 Review

Falcon 10/100 Review

 

The Falcon 10/100 could be considered a classic sports car of an executive aircraft. It is old but fast and has classic lines. Not the most fuel efficient charter and air taxi aircraft out there, but its low acquisition cost and attractive design draws in buyers and operators. Production began in 1971 and ceased in 1989, but it remains a popular business jet on the used market.

Many of these aircraft are still in the skies. Some are used as executive transports and for charter and quite a few are still in use as short to medium cargo aircraft.

The Falcon is a lightweight, pressurized, twin-engine business jet that first flew in 1963. It was developed as a joint effort between two old and venerated French aerospace companies; Dassault and Aerospatiale.

As time passed and technology advanced, several additional models of the Falcon were built with each adding more powerful engines. The Series F was the first Falcon model with high-lift devices. (Leading edge flaps) It had more powerful engines, and increased fuel capacity. The Falcon 200 replaced the Falcon 20 starting in 1981. The re-engined Falcon had more fuel capacity and upgraded avionics. The last Falcon 200 was produced in 1988.

The Falcon 10 is a scaled down version of the Falcon 20. The model 10 seats four to seven in an executive seating arrangement. The Falcon 10’s engines are two 3,230-lb maximum thrust Garrett AiResearch turbofans.

The Falcon 10 is essentially a seventy percent …

winglets

Humans were designed to stay very close to the ground and live in the paper-thin layer of oxygen, nitrogen and other gasses that we happily call “the atmosphere.”

This apple skin thick layer of breathable gas that we pilots have become accustomed to sucking into our lungs at a partial pressure of somewhere around thirty inches of mercury, or 14.7 psi, is used by aircraft more efficiently the higher they can climb.

Airplanes, especially business and charter aircraft perform better and can cavort happier through the upper levels of the Troposphere where the air is thin but the true airspeeds and tailwinds can amaze and result in high-speed travel.

We low level humanoids don’t do very well in terms of staying alive if we have to breathe the air that is available above somewhere around eighteen thousand feet. To be specific; the same thin air that our aircraft love and thrive in would kill us humans in very short order if we don’t get some help.

Pressurization has been around since the 1920s. Wiley Post, the eye patch wearing buddy to Will Rogers and high altitude record setter, used a pressurized flight suit in his aircraft on December 7, 1934 when he set an unofficial record by flying the single engine aircraft to an estimated fifty thousand feet. Without pressurization, Post’s blood would have boiled and he would have died in a few seconds at that altitude.

The electronics and gizmos that control the pressure in your aircraft can’t talk …