Owning a private jet comes with many perks, one of them being the ability to touch down closer to your destination than even the most frequent flyer. We introduce this years aviation breakthroughs that are inspiring a new age of air transport.
Dassault are cutting metal on the latest Falcon. It hasn’t flown yet, but it’s already looking very cool. Bigger, more comfortable and more advanced, the 16-passenger 5X is a long-range jet that brings an important addition to the Dassault product line: with a cabin height of six-foot six-inches, the tallest in business aviation, it ups their offering in the large cabin segment. Dassaults timing couldn’t be better; at a time when most of the private jet market is dwindling, the biggest large cabin planes are still a hot commodity among the worlds billionaires and global companies.
The 5X comes with a lot of impressive facts: a top speed of .90 Mach; a range of 5,200 nautical miles, and the short-field capability of much smaller jets. And all this performance and capability is achieved with the lowest fuel consumption in its category. Being equipped with business aviation’s most advanced flight control system, the Silvercrest engines extract maximum power from every precious pound of fuel so you benefit from a big plane that you can use efficiently for almost any mission, short or long.
More headroom and more width makes for very relaxing overnight journeys. Plus with more ambient light in the cabins (electrochromic filters will dim the skylight and cabin side windows when it gets too bright), and cocoon-like, wraparound seats with plug-in ports for individual monitors, the 5X is incredibly comfortable on a long-range mission. Dassault also claims the new Falcon will have an operating cost 30% lower than the G450’s and 35% less than that of the Global 5000.
Having 5,200 nm of range at 0.80 Mach, eight passengers can be flown from London to Tokyo, Beijing to Minneapolis or New York to Tel Aviv in 11.5 hours. Priced at around USD $45 million, the Falcon 5X is scheduled to make its first flight in the first quarter of 2015 and isn’t entering service until 2017, so sit tight for now.
For details visit the Dassault website, www.dassaultfalcon.com.
Sonex has had a little fun with the creation of the SubSonex jet. It might be a kit, but if you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own jet this is the kind of price bracket that brings it into the realms of reality.
According to Sonex Aircraft Founder & President, and SubSonex designer John Monnett, the Subsonex is already achieving great things: “The first benchmark on the SubSonex ‘reality checklist’ is the fact that the aircraft is becoming a reality for our customers in the very near-term as an Ultra-Quick Build Kit, complete with engine, that leaves only the most minor items for the customer to source, and the most basic of construction tasks to complete. This will be a fully-realised kit jet product from the very first delivery.”
Customers will have the freedom to take advantage of builder assist centers or aircraft finishing services to do the work for them. With the appropriate training out of the way you can even qualify to fly the Subsonex without any previous jet experience.
Deliveries start mid-2014 and a £10,000 refundable deposit will guarantee you one of the first kits. The first ten Kit Reservation Deposit holders get an introductory price of USD $125,000 which includes the SubSonex Ultra-Quick Build Kit and the PBS TJ-100 turbojet engine plus installation accessories.
With a starting price of USD $64.5 million, the G650 is still one of the masters of large-cabin private jets. Demand is so strong that owners have started flipping them to other buyers who are willing to pay more to avoid the four-year backlog. Sellers can pull in profits of between $5 million and $7 million each time, according to a CNBC report. Last year Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone flipped his G650 to an Asian businessman for USD $72 million —at least $6 million more than his purchase price and just a few weeks after delivery from Gulfstream according to Bizjet Blogger (the jet needed too much runway to be able to take off from airports in locations where he owns homes, Gstaad being the deal breaker, apparently).
Gulfstream has has its sights set on a supersonic bizjet for many years – to be able to shuttle travelers worldwide faster than the speed of sound. In 2012 they demonstrated the ferocious speeds of the G650 by flying it around the world in a record breaking 41 hours and 7 minutes. Setting off from San Diego it covered 20,310 nautical miles at Mach 0.925, stopping in Guam, Dubai and Cape Verde before making its return to California, and taking the top speed crown from Cessna’s Citation X in the process, Gulfstream’s fiercest rival who until that point had held the title for 16 years. Last year, the newest Citation X reclaimed the crown at Mach .935, but the Gulfstream G650 can still fly more than twice as far which is a serious advantage.
The G650 soars far beyond most business jets with an outstanding payload carrying capability. You’ll reach more than 12,038 km carrying up to 18 passengers. That’s enough range to fly from New York to Dubai. Inside, Gulfstream engineers have paid particular attention to the G650’s cabin environment. In fact, they designed it from the inside out. Buyers can choose from 12 different floor plans depending on the exact mission requirements.
For details visit the Gulfstream website, www.gulfstream.com.