As far as I know, there's no Russian purpose-built bizjet. However I heard some agencies are using/offering modernized YAK-40 planes as some kind of bizjets, with re-furbished interiours and so on.
that is not exactly true.. currently several OKBs work on creating specifically "BizJets"- tu-414, tu-314 and some more. Yak- 40 HAS INDEED been offered as a bizjet, but the problem is with it's range- although plane is rugged and can land and take off virtually anywhere- it has been designed for short-to-medium range hops, not transatlantic flights.
IL-96 has winglets and it's a modernization of IL-86. It carries slightly fewer passengers than IL-86 but has benefited in range. I believe it has a glass-cockpit provided by "Honeywell". IL-96M is offered with Pratt-Witney engines. manufacturers must've been hoping that some other countries would like to buy this model but...guess not.
kind of true there, Leha : ) the only thing I have to add is that -96 and -96M is a hell of a DEEP modernization of -86... they both differ as much internally as externally. il-86 offered greater seating, but lacked range, while -96 has about same seating capacity, but has MUCH longer endurance.
Yeah, older Russian planes needed more crew members compared to Western
alternatives. I think even the twin-turboprop AN-24 (the one like Fokker-27 "Friendship") needed six or five crew members. A captain, a co-pilot, a navigator, an engineer, and a communicator (radist, who maintains the radio communications with the tower). Newer planes aren't that "crew members hungry" :)), I suppose.
yup... KVS, Zam-KVS, Stukach (rasist), Krayniy (BM) and, oftenly nafigator (read in russian case!), although all KVS are trained at advanced navigation level.
talking about older models- An-24 was made in 1976. it needs 4 Crews ar least.
Mi-8 was made in 1957, requires 3 crew memebrs. An-2 was made in 1947 (!!!) and requires only 2 people! : ))
talking about Refery- oftenly, a Check-pilot was included as a crewmember, also- when planes were flying as military transports, sometimes (rearely) a Secret Service man would be included "to keeps things straight"
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