The dream of a $800,000 dollar new personal jet died with the bankruptcy of Eclipse Aviation in 2008. Marketeers even changed the name of the category from “Very Light Jet” to “Personal Jet.”
A few patient buyers did get 85%-complete, flyable planes for around that price, and a total of 260 planes were shipped, but today a new personal jet starts at $3 million.
The world won’t see another $1 million jet until a cost-conscious manufacturer unafraid of product cannibalization steps forward. Robinson, are you listening?
|Mfg||Model||FAA Cert.||Engines||Avionics||KTAS/NM (IFR)/PAX||2011 Price|
|Cessna||Citation Mustang 510||2006||2 x PW615F-A||G1000||340/1,150/5||$3.2|
|Cessna||Citation M2 525||2013?||2 x FJ44-1AP-21||G3000||400/1,300/7||$4.195|
|Eclipse Sikorsky||550||2008||2 x PW610F||Avio||375/1,125/4||$2.695*|
|Embraer||Phenom 100||2008||2 x PW617-F||G1000||390/1,160/4-6||$3.9|
|Honda||HondaJet||2013?||2 x GE Honda HF120||G3000||425/1,180/6||$4.5*|
|Hawker Beechcraft||Premier 1A||2005||2 x FJ44-2A||Collins Proline 21||450/1,400/6-7||$6.5?|
|Sino Swearingen SyberJet||SJ30-2||2005||2 x FJ44-2A||Honeywell||486/2,500/6||$7.5|
– Eclipse 550 uses EA500 type certificate and will start assembly in Poland in 2013.
– Adam A700 never shipped before their bankruptcy.
– Diamond D-Jet has had funding problems, but is still in development in London, Canada.
– PiperJet Altaire is still in development or review. It will use 1xFJ44-3AP, G3000, goes 360/1,200 and target price is $2.8 million.
– Eclipse Aerospace is selling upgraded EA500 as TE500 for $2.195 million. 375/1,125/4.
– Nextant 400XT is a FAA-certified remanufactured Beech 400 using 2xFADEC-controlled Williams FJ44-3AP engines with Collins Proline 20A avionics for $4-$5 million and goes 460/2,005/4.
– Cirrus Vision SF50 is still in development and will use G1000 and 1xFJ33-4A-19 and will go 300/1,100/6.
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