Very light jets…the possible future of flying!


This is an interesting piece of dope. There is a lot of speculation happening about the market for the ‘VLJ’s’ that is short for very light jets. VLJ’s previously known as a microjet, is, by convention, a small jet aircraft approved for single-pilot operation with a maximum take-off weight of under 10,000 lb (4,540 kg). They are lighter than what is commonly termed business jets and typically seat between three and seven passengers plus one crew member. Now the question in question is how much one would avail of the services of these jet air taxis. What looks good is that they can pick you up even at short notices and can be useful if you want to go to your factory sites in some remote area or some fishing and hunting lodge or also for delivering sales prospects. Eclipse Aviation, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has 2,500 of its Eclipse 500 aircraft on backorder. Eclipse has announced that they intend to deliver 515 airplanes in 2007 and eventually plan to have a production capacity of 4 airplanes per day.

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This is proof enough to show that the demand isn’t all that bad. On the other hand Adam aircraft, Denver is not all that worked up about the issue and say rather casually that even an annual delivery of 50 aircraft would be good enough. The engines are being re-worked on by Williams International of Walled Lake, Michigan, and Pratt & Whitney Canada, a division of United Technologies to ensure the safety of them, civilians. What really should be a matter of concern are the pros and cons of using these facilities like the infrastructure would have to be worked on, even the demand for pilots and maintenance engineers will boost and I wonder how high the airport landing fee will escalate. I really have done know which side of the debate will win but it will be good to see the jetsons kinda life come for real!

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