Photos: Microjets cleared for takeoff

Photos: Microjets cleared for takeoff

Summary: Aviation companies are looking to small planes to bring down the cost of air taxi service and corporate jet ownership.

TOPICS: Travel Tech

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  • Eclipse nose

    Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse says its forthcoming microjet will be able to fly up to 41,000 feet at a speed of 375 knots or 431 miles per hour. The range with four occupants (it can seat up to five people plus a pilot) is 1,395 nautical miles.

  • Eclipse turbojet

    The Eclipse 500 has two Pratt & Whitney turbofans, providing 900 pounds of thrust each. That's enough to climb at 888 feet per minute if one engine were to fail. Normal climb rate with both engines functioning is 2,990 feet per minute.

  • Beechcraft Premier 1

    The Beechcraft Premier 1 is one size up from the Eclipse 500 microjet--call it a minijet. Instead of a pilot and five passengers, it can carry a pilot and seven passengers. It has about the same range and service ceiling and can fly faster at altitude (519 mph vs. 431 mph). But it also requires a far longer runway: 3,792 feet at sea level, meaning it can't duck into nearly as many of the smaller general aviation airports around the United States.

Topic: Travel Tech

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