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 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.

  • Adam Aircraft A700

    Adam Aircraft's A700 microjet is as anticipated as the Eclipse 500. It's derived from a twin-engine piston design and boasts carbon-fiber construction. The unique empennage, called a twin-broom construction, is supposed to create a more stable ride in turbulent conditions. Cruising speed is 391 mph and, unlike some of its rivals, the A700 boasts a lavatory. A production version of the A700 made its first flight in February and is expected to cost $2.25 million.

Topic: Travel Tech

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