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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.