Monday, March 1, 2004
Mar-Apr 2004 On The Radar
|Garmin G1000 in a Cessna Skylane|
If you’re tuning in for an update on the latest episode of “All My Fanjets,” the exciting new soap opera on the race for new personal jets, here you go: There’s at least one new character that’s entered the picture, and the possibility of a secret second.
Honda long rumored to be sniffing the airplane business, announced the development of the HF118 Turbofan Aircraft Engine. The FADEC-controlled compact kerosene burner has been in testing since 1999 and was developed ostensibly to power the company’s still-experimental and “we’re not sure we’re even gonna make this” business jet, the HondaJet. The car company’s ideas call for a six-seater with a projected max cruise of 420 knots.
Avocet Aircraft unveiled the ProJet, a six-to-eight-seat twin expected to start delivery in late 2006. The new jet comes from Cleveland-based Jet Partners’ UltraJet Division, in partnership with Israel Aircraft Industries. The single-pilot $2-million ProJet is projected to cruise at 365 knots and have a 41,000-foot ceiling.
And if you’re one of the thousands of pilots who have put their money down, here’s how your bet is looking since the contenders left the gate.
|Aircraft||Price||Certification Date||Max Speed||Max Op. Alt.|
|Eclipse 500||$975,000||1Q 2006||375||FL410 |
|Cessna Mustang||$2.395M||mid-2006 ||340||FL410|
|Adam 700||$1.995M||4Q 2004||340||FL410|
|Avocet ProJet||$2M||4Q 2006||365||FL410|
|Diamond D-Jet||$850,000||1Q 2006||315||FL250|
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