The Citation Mustang is a single-pilot business jet and is the smallest of the Cessna Citation family. Introduced in 2002 as an all-new entry-level four-passenger business jet, the Citation Mustang has a cruise speed of 340kt and a maximum operating altitude of 41,000ft.
The Mustang (four-seat cabin) is the smallest of the Citation business jet family which currently also includes the Citation CJ1+ (five seats), CJ2+ (six seats) and CJ3 (six seats), Encore+ (seven seats), CJ4 (eight seats), XLS+ (nine seats), Sovereign (nine seats) and the largest, the Citation X (eight-seat cabin). More than 5,000 Citations aircraft are in service worldwide.
The Eclipse 500 very light jet is manufactured by Eclipse Aviation at its production facility in Albuquerque in New Mexico. The Eclipse 500 is marketed for pilot/owners, aircraft charter and air taxi services, as an economical and luxurious six-seat twin turbofan jet.
The twin-turbofan jet engines provide maximum altitude of 12,497m (41,000ft) which avoids most severe weather systems. The aircraft provides a cruise speed of 685km/h (370kt) and a 2,408km (1,496 miles) range with four occupants.
The Raytheon Beechjet 400A light business jet first flew in 1990. The aircraft was renamed the Hawker 400XP (extra payload) in May 2003. The aircraft has also been upgraded with an increase in gross weight of 90kg (200lb). This represents an extra passenger or extra fuel for increased range. The 400XP business jet provides seating for a maximum of nine passengers. Maximum range with a four-person payload is more than 2,734km (1,476nm) with IFR reserves and cruise speed is 778km/h (483mph). Typical layouts for the Hawker 400XP are for an eight-seat configuration with private lavatory compartment and refreshment facilities.
Cabin length is 4.72m with a width of 1.50m and a height of 1.45m. There is a 0.57m³ capacity for baggage. The Honeywell Ovation C series cabin entertainment system, with the XM Satellite Radio service and Teledyne AvVisor cabin information system, is available as an option.
The Cessna Citation Jet/CJ series (Model 525) are American turbofan-powered light corporate jets built by the Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas. The Citation brand of business jets encompasses six distinct “families” of aircraft. The Model 525 Citation Jet was the basis for one of these families, which encompasses the CJ1, CJ1+, CJ2, CJ2+, CJ3, and CJ4 models. The Cessna Citation CJ1 (also Model 525) was developed as an improved version of the original Citation Jet. The CJ1 improved on the Citation Jet by adding a more-modern EFIS avionics suite and a moderate increase in maximum takeoff weight. The CJ1 has been replaced by the CJ1+, which shares the same airframe but has an additional updated avionics package, and FADEC to allow the engines to be controlled by computer rather than mechanical controls.
The typical cabin configuration consists of executive club leather seating for up to 6 passengers with a range of 1,300 nautical miles.
The Cessna Citation CJ2 (Model 525A) is a 5′ stretch extension of the Cessna Citation CJ1 (Model 525) first delivered in the year 2000. The 525A comes in two forms, the original CJ2 and the newer CJ2+, which has updated avionics, increased performance, and FADEC controls. The CJ2+ was first delivered in April 2006.
The typical cabin configuration for the CJ2 consists of seating for up to 7 passengers and 2 crew with a range of approximately 1,613 nautical miles making this aircraft ideal for flights from Florida to New York or Texas to California.
The Cessna Citation CJ3 continues the legacy of the CJ family by offering even more cabin volume, more powerful engines and increased range. The Citation CJ3 is almost 2 feet longer than the Citation CJ2, giving the tallest of passengers plenty of legroom to stretch while effortlessly cruising at 45,000 feet.
With a maximum range of nearly 2,000 nautical miles, the CJ3 separates itself from other light jet aircraft in its class. Typical configurations will accommodate up to 7 passengers in executive, club style leather seating with plenty of aft baggage space for golf clubs.
The Citation II, Model 550, was a direct development from the Citation I. The earlier aircraft’s success in the market led Cessna to believe there was demand for a larger aircraft that utilized the same design philosophy. The result was the Citation II, which had a maximum seating capacity of 8. In addition to more seats, the plane had more powerful JT15D4 engines, faster speeds and longer range. First flight was on January 31, 1977, and the aircraft was certified for two-pilot operation in March, 1978. A total of 603 aircraft were built before the Citation II was replaced by the Bravo in the production line.
The Citation II is a phenomenal business jet that remains very popular today; the Citation II has a maximum range of 2,000 nautical miles which makes this aircraft ideal for trips such as Chicago to Florida and Texas to New York.
After stretching the Citation I to make the II, Cessna decided to increase the size of the cabin again, stretching the fuselage by another 20 inches (510 mm), resulting in the largest member of the straight-wing family, the Model 560 Citation V.
The first engineering prototype flew in August 1987, and certification was granted in December, 1988. The aircraft utilized the T-47A’s JT15D5A engines for extra performance. By the time the aircraft was superseded in 1994, 262 had been built.
The Learjet 31A entered service in 1994 and the 200th aircraft was delivered in the year 2000. The 31A is a seven-passenger light jet which is fast (cruise speed 845km/h) but also carries low operating costs per nautical mile. The Learjet 31A routinely flies at altitudes between 45,000ft and 47,000ft (13,716m to 14,326m).
The cabin has a floor level cabin width of 0.9m and can seat up to seven passengers. The cabin is fitted with a club-style three-seat divan and four adjustable seats and folding tables. There is 1.13m³ of baggage space and an external baggage locker is available which increases the total baggage capacity to 1.47m.
The Learjet 35 entered into production in the mid 1970’s and remains in service today. As one of the fastest light jet aircraft available, the Learjet 35 is a popular choice for executives and business travelers who require speed as a necessity when traversing the country.
The Learjet 35 also boasts a range of 2,000 nautical miles, giving it the ability to travel between many major city pairings across the USA with ease.