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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  • 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.

  • Cessna Citation Mustang

    Cessna may be famous for its 152, 172 and 182 single-engine designs, but executives know it for its medium-size business jets. Now the company's planning a six-seat microjet called the Citation Mustang. Delivery is expected by the end of 2006 with a cost of around $2.4 million. Specifications include a cruising speed of 391 mph and a takeoff distance of 3,120 feet.

Topic: Travel Tech

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