KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6833 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1628 times:
Too many rules against this...the FAR's virtually guarantee that at the 50 seat capacity level, you must be using a multi-engined aircraft.
IIRC, the FAR's in the U.S. specifically state that the maximum number of pax seats that can legally be utilized in a single-engined aircraft is 9.
I remember talking to a Cessna Caravan sales rep at an airshow once who told me that U.S. operators could only have 9 seats, where as there were several operators in Africa and South America that were routinely operating with 13-14 seats installed in their Grand Caravans.
Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
Cloud4000 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 655 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1599 times:
Single-engine business jets are untapped market, and there are several companies that have designs for such an aircraft: 4-5 seat aircraft, with a 1,500 mile range, priced under $2 million on the high end.
Quote: Now a recognised sector of the business jet spectrum, the VLJ class covers aircraft ranging from Diamond’s four-seat, single-engined D-Jet to Embraer’s Phenom 100, which has a cabin rivalling that of larger entry-level business jets. What they have in common is that they are lighter – and cheaper – than the smallest business jets now available.