What better method is there of analyzing the current field of light jets than asking owners?
Pilot reports can only tell you so much. Back in the glory days of aviation, when the industry was selling 18,000 units a year, manufacturers used to provide airplanes to magazines for several days or even a week for evaluation.
The Tecnam P2008: an LSA delivered with a big envelope
The T-hangars at Big South Fork Airpark (BSFA), an upscale 450-acre development adjacent to the spectacular Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in northeastern Tennessee, house a fleet as varied and practical as the airpark’s property owners.
Decathlon Xtreme Basic Price: $209,900 Powerplant: 10 hp Lycoming AEIO-390 Lenght: 22 ft. 11 in. Height: 7 ft. 7 in. Wing Span: 30 ft. 9 in. Wing Area (sq. ft.): 164 Wing Loading (lbs./sq. ft.): 11.9 Power Loading (acrobatic, lbs./hp): 8.6 Seats: 2, Tandem Empty Weight (lbs.): 1320 Normal Category Gross Weight (lbs.): 1950 Acrobatic more »
TBM 850 Elite Basic Price: $3,205,087 Price (typically equipped): $3.37 million Powerplant: PT6A-66D Propeller: Four-blade Hartzell HC-E4N-3 Wing Span: 41 ft. 7 in. Length: 34 ft. 11 in. Wingspan: 38 ft. 4 in. Length: 26 ft. Seating capacity: Six Max Gross Takeoff Weight (lbs.): 7394 Empty Weight (lbs.): 4589 Fuel Capacity (gals.): 291.6 Standard Useful more »
They may have roads and utilities, homes and happy families, but residential airparks are far from your typical American community—unlike, say, a Muncie, Ind., celebrated and studied by social scientists for its averageness.