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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

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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 …

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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 …

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Piper Seneca Review

 

Light piston engine twins make up a large percentage of the air taxi and corporate fleets in the world and the Piper Seneca is one of the two fundamental aircraft of that class found in the skies today. The other player in the market is the Beechcraft Baron and it holds the high ground today only when it comes to acquisition cost.

The Seneca, while not cheap, comes in at a much lower price than the Baron (it is priced about $300,000 less than the sticker price of a comparable G58) and is almost identical in performance. Many people think the Seneca has the Beech Baron beat when it comes to passenger comfort.

Piper made their first Seneca prototype back in 1965 by wedding two wing-mounted engines to the wings of a Cherokee Six test bed aircraft. That particular aircraft was actually a tri-motor – they didn’t take the engine off of the front of the fuselage of the test aircraft.

The basic design idea of the Seneca originally was to mitigate the increasing number of fatal twin engine aircraft accidents. The asymmetric thrust caused when one of the two engines failed was considered to be a main reason for pilots losing control of twins. Piper hoped to help this situation by fitting their new Seneca with counter-rotating propellers – a design idea that is still found on the Seneca V of today. It was found that this design change did little to impact the safety …

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Challenger 300 Review

 

Passengers and aircraft operators have wanted a full sized jet at the cost of a smaller plane. The Bombardier Challenger 300 fulfills this mission with style.

Popular among both large and small companies, the 300 is in a class almost by itself. Comfort and speed for a reasonable cost has always been the goal of most corporate and charter operations and this aircraft fits the bill.

Bombardier announced the Challenger 300 program in 1999 and made its first customer delivery in 2004. Since then, the aircraft has been a workhorse for quite a few commercial and corporate operators including Flexjet ® and Xojet®. This quick and comfortable bizjet is giving its super mid-size competitors good competition. The 300 offers good value and spacious cabin with low operating costs.

 

How it is put together matters

For the 300, Bombardier relied almost entirely on new computer-assisted design and put together a global supply chain with components from companies in Australia, Canada, Japan, Northern Ireland, Taiwan and the U.S. Parts and assemblies came in 12 major subassemblies and are put together on Bombardier’s Montreal shop floor into a finished airplane in four days.

The quick assembly time belies this airplane’s incredible performance. Eight passengers and a crew of two can be carried over a range of 3,065 nautical miles, according to Bombardier. This brings such nonstop routes as Miami–Seattle, Washington, D.C.–San Francisco, Bangor, Maine–San Diego, New York–London, Geneva–Dubai and Singapore–Tokyo into the capabilities of corporate and charter departments.…

Falcon 50 Review

Falcon 50 Review

 

The three engined Falcon 50 is a long range aircraft which is based on the earlier twin-jet Mystère/Falcon 20 and 200 families. It is very popular with passengers, operators and pilots. This aircraft re-defined what a business aircraft was able to do and made very long range flights, including trans-oceanic flights, possible and economical.

The Dassault Falcon 50 was designed using the Falcon 20’s design and flowing lines for its basic form. The design requirements dictated that in order for the airplane to easily fly its over three thousand nautical mile range it would need to be a totally new aircraft from earlier models that incorporated quite a few new ideas, materials and craftsmanship. Although the appearance of a Falcon 50 looks much like its smaller, twin-engine siblings, under the skin, it is a totally different bird.

 

A brief history

The Falcon 50 was first certified in February 1979 in France and a month later in the United States. Production of the Falcon 50 ended in 1996. When it debuted, it was put in competition with the older Lockheed Jetstars with its four engines and other legacy airliners like the Boeing 707 that were expensive, but needed if business leaders wanted to cross oceans in a hurry.
Almost two decades after the Falcon 50 came the Falcon 50EX which made its first flight in 1996. The Falcon 50EX was outfitted with more efficient and powerful engines than the Falcon 50 that with other design enhancements …

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Learjet 45XR Review

 

The Lear 45 was first certified in 1998 under FAR Part 25, transport category rules, almost identical to the safety standards required for Boeing 777s. This choice of standard over the usual, less stringent Part 23 was intentional. This Lear was intended to operate with the big boys in terms of system redundancy and design strength.

This model was striving for the full cabin look and was a successful attempt to get away from the “flying pencil” appearance and experience of the very early Learjet models. It is an attractive aircraft that is backed-up by the decades long life experience of its ancestors. The Learjet was one of the very first business jets and this model was a logical extension of that distinguished line.

Well over five hundred copies of the two models have been produced and are flying, making this aircraft a common sight in the skies. Their relatively large population also means that there is a better supply of parts and trained maintenance people ready to support the owner and operator.

The first Lear 45XM was produced in 2004 with the addition of iTFE731-20-BR engines, flat-rated at 3,500 pounds of thrust at a much higher104 degrees F, than the original Lear 45’s rating of 86 degrees F. This power increase solved a number of problems that existed in the earlier Lear 45s. It upped the aircraft’s gross weight a thousand pounds making it more of a work horse. The increase also helped flight safety …

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JetCharters.com, the Worldwide Air Charter Marketplace has unveiled a new aviation alliance with a wide range of top private charter operators just in time for the holiday travel rush when predicted travel numbers are set to reach an all-time high. The new alliance with more than 265 operators across the nation makes more than 820 aircraft available for charter customers around the globe.

“This new wider range of partners means the perfect solution for any trip,” said Robert Hart, president at JetCharters.com. “We have small air taxi for short range, as well as heavy jets for larger groups and everything in between.”

Key benefits of choosing private air charter through the new alliance include the option of service to more airports than commercial airlines as well as ease of travel and a more personalized experience.

Additionally, JetCharters.com was recently featured in a New York Post article about how charter jet travel is becoming increasingly more popular among travelers because of how affordable it is.

Hart went on to say that “while there has previously been a belief that private jet travel is for the ultra-rich, we are working to de-bunk this myth. The new and increased options now available on JetCharters.com make private flight affordable and available for many.”

In fact, JetCharters.com was initially developed to meet the growing needs of a growing number of domestic and international jet charter business travelers.

Thousands of companies and organizations of all sizes depend on private aviation to minimize travel time, and enhance …

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The Eclipse 500 and 550 Review

Corporate jets used to be judged by how big and fast they were. Prices for jet fuel went up from roughly thirty cents a gallon in the early 1970s to over six dollars a gallon today.

Smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient are now the watchwords of the charter and corporate flight world. Kerosene sipping engines and light weight composite materials have made a difference on existing models of aircraft, but there has been a recent trend to make jets smaller – small enough for only a few passengers to be flown by a single pilot to their destination.

The Eclipse jet has been a popular choice for fractional, air taxi and corporate flight departments who want a short to middle range jet. It is the smallest twin engined jet for sale in the world today.

It weighs only six thousand pounds soaking wet making it only slightly heavier than most middle of the road piston twin aircraft like the Piper Aztec and the Beechcraft Baron. Of course other than similar prices for a new Baron versus a new Eclipse, that is where a reasonable comparison ends. The Eclipse is one hundred and seventy five knots faster in cruise than the Baron and it can fly twenty thousand feet higher.

Air taxi companies like this aircraft because it fulfils one of their most often accomplished missions – short to medium range trips with one or two passengers.

Passengers like it because the Eclipse operates …