This is not meant to be totally extensive but to cover the main aircraft.
A/C Range MaxCruise Seats Cost/Hr. Price
ECL5 1280 375 KTAS 4 $302 $1.3 million
FA10(used) 1920 492 KTAS 4-7 $835* $1.5 million (about)
CitationJet 1300 389 KTAS 4 $675* 2 million< CMustang 1300 340 KTAS 4 ___ $2.4 million
D-Jet 1012 315 KTAS 4 N/A $850,000
*Estimated from PQ. I changed gas to $4.5 instead of like $2.
No one of the aircraft is the best. It totally depends on what you want. You can check out operating costs at PlaneQuest.
The Eclipse 500 has good airspeed and range for its operating costs. It only seat four passengers. But then again it’s a LVJ. That seems to be the average seating for LVJs. I think the Eclipse 500 is a well rounded aircraft. It’s an good airplane for a good price.
The Falcon 10/100 are very fast and have a long LVJ range. Its operating costs are high but worth it if time>money. For flights from Seattle to LA, about 900 nm, it would take 2 hr. It seats 6 so you can take extra CEOs along. If I had $1.5 million for a jet and the money to fly it, It would be my number one choice. (I like the high airspeed.) The D-Jet is a cheapest jet around by far (in $100,000s). By June 2006 economics it should sell for around $927,000. It is very slow and its range way less (in the 100s of nm) than competing models. From Seattle to LA it would take 3 hr. I sure its operating costs are less than the Eclipse if not the same. Its turbofan is the one Cessna uses on the Citation V. I do not have very many stats on the Citations so I won't say to much. I just ordered a brochure from Cessna on the Mustang.
I gonna do one for turbocharged props and turboprops too. This one is Jets only.
Which aircraft would you choose and why. Would it be for pleasure, business, or something else. Let’s hear it from all you out there.
I’d take the Falcon because of its airspeed, range, and it seats 6.