July 30, 2006
— Ace and I think I need a Lear jet.
The Eclipse 500. This little jet received its FAA certification recently. You can have one for a mere 1.5 million bucks. There is a waiting list.
I know. Most of you don't think about the cost of a private jet. They cost more. A lot more.
This little jet is going to turn the private air transportation industry on its head for two reasons... one, it's cheap. two, it can handle shorter runways. i.e. it's easier to go places that aren't congested.
Posted by: EFG at July 30, 2006 09:07 AM (rneoM)
Posted by: Mark at July 30, 2006 09:17 AM (V9ydJ)
Posted by: shawn at July 30, 2006 09:18 AM (ibtCa)
Posted by: Eric J at July 30, 2006 09:21 AM (5PRM2)
With a plane that flies as fast as a Lear but costs 20 times less, you need to pool maintenance and flight crews to be cost competitive.
That's gonna happen. You can afford to sell a seat from Dallas to New York that competes with AA.
Not "cheaper". But in the neighborhood. So much so you'd say "uh, airport bullshit? or $500 more and no airport bullshit"?
I know what I'd do.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at July 30, 2006 09:27 AM (wQVZr)
Two words: Drug smuggling.
Oh, and imported hookers.
Posted by: harrison at July 30, 2006 09:34 AM (yYMAJ)
Posted by: kevlarchick at July 30, 2006 09:36 AM (otuOL)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at July 30, 2006 09:41 AM (wQVZr)
No, we think of the potential for a pressure leak, losing all your oxygen, lapsing into unconsciousness, and flying on autopilot until you run out of fuel or are shot down by the military. Cost has nothing to do with it.
Posted by: shawn at July 30, 2006 09:46 AM (ibtCa)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at July 30, 2006 09:48 AM (wQVZr)
Posted by: mcmorris at July 30, 2006 09:50 AM (4io9Y)
Posted by: alessandra at July 30, 2006 10:18 AM (n/PLG)
It'd be a good thing, I think, to see the end of DFWs and O'Hares.
Posted by: John at July 30, 2006 10:18 AM (30uPm)
Posted by: Dogstar at July 30, 2006 10:42 AM (Z07fE)
Posted by: DaveS at July 30, 2006 10:45 AM (m/5FH)
That's what opens up the market. You gotta have 4500 feet to land a Lear.
This one, not so much.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at July 30, 2006 10:49 AM (wQVZr)
Posted by: Alear at July 30, 2006 10:55 AM (eruDT)
Posted by: Eric J at July 30, 2006 11:12 AM (5PRM2)
Posted by: Kevin at July 30, 2006 11:29 AM (++0ve)
Posted by: Dogstar at July 30, 2006 11:31 AM (Z07fE)
Girls. Make some money.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at July 30, 2006 11:47 AM (wQVZr)
Complimental goggles included, w/your choice of color and zodiac logo.
Posted by: Dogstar at July 30, 2006 12:18 PM (Z07fE)
Posted by: richard mcenroe at July 30, 2006 12:44 PM (agsQN)
You all might enjoy this video of some extreme low-level flight. These are supposed to be Mirage F1 AZ's flown by the South African Air Force. John at OPFOR posted the link a couple of weeks ago.
Posted by: Brett Bullington at July 30, 2006 02:05 PM (/QYGF)
Posted by: Kanelin at July 30, 2006 03:56 PM (us6Iz)
Posted by: spurwing plover at July 31, 2006 04:23 AM (760E/)
It's an executive jet.
I love how they call it an "SUV of the skies" - it's more like the "Mazda Miata of the Sky"
An SUV would be something like this:
Posted by: Jeff at July 31, 2006 08:13 AM (yiMNP)
I was a final assembler at Bombardier-Learjet in Wichita, KS for almost 6 years. The 40 and 45 are selling again.
Ace, make sure you check out the Premier 1 from Raytheon and the new Cessna Citation Mustang. Small BizJets are the future. Let me know when you get your airplane!
Posted by: Glenn Cassel at July 31, 2006 04:08 PM (j6kCT)
Posted by: angel at January 15, 2007 04:49 AM (gvsH6)
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