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The Business Jets of Tomorrow

The jets of tomorrow are being developed today. Rod Simpson updates on the Challenger 650, Citation Latitude, Falcon 5x & 8x, Gulfstream G500 & G600 and more.....

Rod Simpson   |   6th January 2015
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Customers continually demand more speed, range, cabin space - and better operating costs, from the jets they buy.

The avionics manufacturers are frequently adding new features and capability, while engine manufacturers are using increasingly sophisticated materials and have found ways of reducing fuel burn and offering more thrust for less weight. Consequently, the research and development of the aircraft OEMs is essential to keep up with rapidly advancing technology and demand.

All of this means there are some exciting new business jets getting ready for market. The impressive range offered by ultra-long-range jets is set to stretch even further. The aircraft structures and systems are becoming more complex with widespread use of composite materials and new fly-by-wire systems. Cabins are getting wider, and higher – offering improved comfort with flat cabin floors and more than six feet of head clearance.

Also, today’s business jets need to provide the latest cabin technology to cope with the demand for connectivity via iPads, iPhones, Blu-Ray and all the other in-flight communications expectations.

For the future, Textron’s Cessna unit is working hard on larger cabins to its smaller jets. Pilatus seeks to bring utility turboprop features to its new jet. Dassault promises exceptional economy through advanced Silvercrest engines combined with lightweight structures. And Honda is on the brink of first deliveries. Finally, the days of the Personal Jet may be about to arrive with serious development of the Cirrus Vision now moving forward.All of these developments, and more are outlined below.

Bombardier Global 7000

The $65m Global 7000, one of two new versions of the Global series, has a stretched fuselage allowing an extra cabin zone and larger windows. It also has longer range. The prototype will fly in 2015.

Category       Ultra Long Range
Certification   2016
First Delivery  2016
Crew + Pax   4+17
Cabin Height   6ft 3in
Cabin Length  54ft 7in
Cabin Width    8ft 2in
Cabin Volume 2,637 cu.ft
MTOW           106,250 lb
Range           7,300nm
Max Cruise     516 kts
Flight Ceiling   51,000 ft
Avionics         Bombardier Vision
Engines         2 x GE Passport 20

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Bombardier Global 8000

The Global 8000 is designed for exceptional range requirements. At $65m, it does not have the extra cabin length of the Global 7000 but is longer than in the Global 6000. This jet cruises at Mach 0.9 and carries up to 19.

Category       Ultra Long Range
Certification   2017
First Delivery  2017
Crew + Pax   4+13
Cabin Height   6ft 3in
Cabin Length  45ft 7in
Cabin Width    8ft 2in
Cabin Volume 2,236 cu.ft
MTOW           104,800 lb
Range           7,900nm
Max Cruise     516 kts
Flight Ceiling   51,000 ft
Avionics         Bombardier Vision
Engines         2 x GE Passport 20

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Bombardier Challenger 650

The Challenger 650 is an improved version of the Challenger 605 with new engines for improved takeoff performance, Bombardier Vision flight deck, an upgraded cabin with wider seats, larger window surrrounds and new in-flight entertainment system. Price, $33.35m.

Category       Long Range
Certification   2Q 2015
First Delivery  2Q 2015
Crew + Pax   3+10
Cabin Height   6ft 0in
Cabin Length  25ft 7in
Cabin Width    7ft 11in
Cabin Volume 1,150 cu.ft
MTOW           48,200 lb
Range           4,000nm
Max Cruise     470 kts
Flight Ceiling   41,000 ft
Avionics         Bombardier Vision (ProLine 21)
Engines         2 x GE CF34-3B MTO

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Bombardier Learjet 85

The $20.75m Learjet 85 all-composite replacement for the Learjet 60XR cruises at Mach 0.82 and is equipped with the new Bombardier Global Vision system. The prototype is flying but development is slow. It’s unclear when it will be certified.

Category       Mid-Size
Certification   N/A
First Delivery  N/A
Crew + Pax   2+10
Cabin Height   5ft 11in
Cabin Length  22ft 7in
Cabin Width    6ft 1in
Cabin Volume 665 cu.ft
MTOW           36,700 lb
Range           3,000nm
Max Cruise     470 kts
Flight Ceiling   49,000 ft
Avionics         ProLine Fusion
Engines         2 x PW307B

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Cessna Citation Latitude

The Citation Latitude, at $16.25m, is broadly based on the Citation Sovereign but with a much larger stand-up, flat floor cabin. Accommodating up to nine passenger seats - including a 2-seat divan – the cabin incorporates a rear restroom.

Category       Mid-Size
Certification   2H 2015
First Delivery  2H 2015
Crew + Pax   2+9
Cabin Height   6ft 0in
Cabin Length  21ft 9in
Cabin Width    6ft 5in
Cabin Volume 816 cu.ft
MTOW           N/A
Range           2,700nm
Max Cruise     446 kts
Flight Ceiling   45,000 ft
Avionics         Garmin G5000
Engines         2 x PW306D1

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Cessna Citation Longitude

This will be Cessna’s flagship business jet, costing $26m. It is rumoured that the Longitude, which has a T-tail, a new swept wing and fly-by-wire systems, will be larger than originally announced. It will be among the fastest in the Super Mid-Size category.

Category       Super Mid-Size
Certification   3Q 2017
First Delivery  3Q 2017
Crew + Pax   2+12
Cabin Height   6ft 0in
Cabin Length  28ft 11in
Cabin Width    6ft 5in
Cabin Volume N/A
MTOW           N/A
Range           4,000nm
Max Cruise     490 kts
Flight Ceiling   45,000 ft
Avionics         Garmin G5000
Engines         2 x Snecma Silvercrest SC-2C

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Cirrus Vision SF50

With the second of three flight test aircraft having flown in November, 2014, Cirrus is heading towards certification of its single-engined, $1.96m personal jet at the end of 2015. Targeted at owner-pilots the Vision will also appeal to small business users.

Category       Entry Level
Certification   4Q 2015
First Delivery  4Q 2015
Crew + Pax   1+6
Cabin Height   4ft 1in
Cabin Length  11ft 6in
Cabin Width    5ft 1in
Cabin Volume 182 cu.ft
MTOW           N/A
Range           1,200nm
Max Cruise     300 kts
Flight Ceiling   28,000 ft
Avionics         Garmin G3000
Engines         1 x Williams FJ33-4A-19

 

Dassault Falcon 5X

The $45m Falcon 5X is Dassault’s new generation, fuel-efficient, twin-engined business jet offering lower operating costs. It has a significantly larger cabin than the Falcon 2000, a much longer range and 100 kts more cruise speed.

Category       Super Large
Certification   4Q 2016
First Delivery  1Q 2017
Crew + Pax   3+16
Cabin Height   6ft 6in
Cabin Length  39ft 0in
Cabin Width    8ft 6in
Cabin Volume 1,770 cu.ft
MTOW           69,600 lb
Range           5,200nm
Max Cruise     595 kts
Flight Ceiling   51,000 ft
Avionics         EASy 3 Flight Deck
Engines         2 x Snecma Silvercrest



Dassault Falcon 8X

The Falcon 8X is a development of the Falcon 7X with a longer cabin and 500nm more range. The aircraft also has a completely new cockpit incorporating the new generation EASy system including a head-up display.

Category       Long Range
Certification   3Q 2016
First Delivery  4Q 2016
Crew + Pax   3+16
Cabin Height   6ft 2in
Cabin Length  42ft 8in
Cabin Width    7ft 8in
Cabin Volume 1,695 cu.ft
MTOW           73,000 lb
Range           6,450nm
Max Cruise     595 kts
Flight Ceiling   51,000 ft
Avionics         EASy 3 Flight Deck
Engines         3 x PW307D

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Embraer Legacy 450

The Legacy 450 is a shorter version of the Legacy 500, offering less range but a similar cruising speed and a shorter takeoff distance. Priced at $15.25m, it provides a very comfortable stand-up cabin for up to nine passengers.

Category       Mid-Size
Certification   2H 2015
First Delivery  2H 2015
Crew + Pax   2+9
Cabin Height   6ft 0in
Cabin Length  24ft 0in
Cabin Width    6ft 10in
Cabin Volume N/A
MTOW           N/A
Range           2,500nm
Max Cruise     542 kts
Flight Ceiling   45,000 ft
Avionics         ProLine Fusion
Engines         2 x HTF7500E

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Gulfstream G500

Gulfstream has increased its product range with the G500 and G600. The $43.5m G500 is the smaller capacity model with a 5,000nm range. The first G500 has already been built and will fly early in 2015.

Category       Long Range
Certification   2017
First Delivery  2018
Crew + Pax   2+18
Cabin Height   6ft 4in
Cabin Length  41ft 6in
Cabin Width    7ft 11in
Cabin Volume 1,715 cu.ft
MTOW           76,850 lb
Range           5,000nm
Max Cruise     516 kts
Flight Ceiling   51,000 ft
Avionics         Gulfstream Symmetry/Primus Epic
Engines         2 x PW814GA

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Gulfstream G600

Gulfstream’s $54.5m G600 is a stretched version of the G500 with a longer range. The G600’s cabin is wider, longer and taller than that of the G550, offering a crew rest area in front. Development will follow on after the G500.

Category       Ultra Long Range
Certification   2018
First Delivery  2019
Crew + Pax   2+18
Cabin Height   6ft 4in
Cabin Length  45ft 2in
Cabin Width    7ft 11in
Cabin Volume 1,884 cu.ft
MTOW           91,600 lb
Range           6,200nm
Max Cruise     516 kts
Flight Ceiling   51,000 ft
Avionics         Gulfstream Symmetry/Primus Epic
Engines         2 x PW815GA

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Honda HA420 HondaJet

After 15 years of development the $4.5m HondaJet is in production with first deliveries due in 2015. The fastest of the Entry Level jets offers a 1,200 mile range and a spacious four/five seat cabin.

Category       Entry Level
Certification   2015
First Delivery  2015
Crew + Pax   2+5
Cabin Height   4ft 10in
Cabin Length  17ft 10in
Cabin Width    5ft 0in
Cabin Volume N/A
MTOW           N/A
Range           1,180nm
Max Cruise     420 kts
Flight Ceiling   43,000 ft
Avionics         Garmin G3000
Engines         2 x GE-Honda HF120

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Pilatus PC-24

The PC-24 will appeal to owners of the successful PC-12 single-engined turboprop who want more speed but with the flexibility of the PC-12. The $9.3m PC-24 has a large rear cargo hatch and can operate from short unprepared airfields.

Category       Light Jet
Certification   2017
First Delivery  2017
Crew + Pax   2+8
Cabin Height   5ft 1in
Cabin Length  23ft 0in
Cabin Width    5ft 7in
Cabin Volume 502 cu.ft
MTOW           17,750 lb
Range           1,950nm
Max Cruise     425 kts
Flight Ceiling   45,000 ft
Avionics         Pilatus Honeywell Advanced
Engines         2 x Williams FJ44-4A

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SyberJet SJ30i

The latest version of the Swearingen SJ30 will be sold in two forms - the $7.25m SJ30i and SJ30X (with higher-powered FJ44-3AP-25 engines). The SJ30i is the fastest of the light jets with a cruising speed of 486 kts and the longest range in the category.

Category       Light Jet
Certification   2015
First Delivery  2015
Crew + Pax   1+7
Cabin Height   4ft 4in
Cabin Length  12ft 6in
Cabin Width    4ft 10in
Cabin Volume 191 cu.ft
MTOW           13,950 lb
Range           2,500nm
Max Cruise     486 kts
Flight Ceiling   49,000 ft
Avionics         Primus Apex 2.0/SyberVision
Engines         2 x FJ44-2A





Read more about: Global 7000 | Global 8000 | Gulfstream G500 | Learjet 85 | Legacy 450 | Challenger 650 | Citation Latitude | Cirrus Vision SF50 | Falcon 5X | Gulfstream G600 | Pilatus PC-24 | SyberJetSJ30i | Citation Longitude | Falcon 8x

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