|Quoting 2H4 (Reply 2):|
Oh, I'm not suggesting otherwise. I'm just curious about the requirements and selection process.
I find it surprising that the FAA requires such a vast array of bizjet types, and would like to learn more about their specific mission profiles.
The FAA's current jet aircraft fleet looks like this;
2x 727 (Long Range)
1x GIV (12-14+ pax 3200nm-4500nm $17,000,000.00)
-700 (14-18 pax 6500nm $41,000,000.00)
-600 (8-12pax 3200nm $8,000,000.00 -- 13,000,000.00)
-60 (6-8 pax 2000nm $4,500,000.00 -- 7,000,000.00)
3x HWK-800A (6-8 pax 2100nm $4,300,000.00 -- $6,000,000.00)
, in my opinion, has a very needed place in the FAA fleet. The size alone is 20+ feet longer than the Challenger. Cargo and Passenger capability is far better in a G-IV
than in the Challenger. The BD
-700, like the G-IV
is clearly out ranged compared to the rest. I don't think a fleet of 2+ BD
-700's is necessary. They are the FAA and their coverage should maily be the 50 United States. The G-IV
should be able to do JFK
with one stop going non-stop back, though it would be pushing it's range. It would also be able to do JFK
non-stop both ways. So, while I think it is a bit odd to have a Gulfstream in such a large fleet of Lear's (now Bombardier), Hawkers, and Challengers (Essentially Bombardier), it does hold it's own in the fleet if you take a step back and look at what they're working with.
So again, my guess is just nitch aircraft.