Owning a private aircraft opens endless opportunities within the realm of travel and business. A very important question one might ask is what category aircraft one must purchase to accommodate their needs, a light cabin aircraft or a mid size cabin aircraft. Many would believe that a light cabin aircraft would accommodate the average passenger. However, with limited movement and short flight time, mid-size cabin aircraft may be the way to go. These aircraft provide greater comfort and significantly more freedom for nonstop flights.
A light cabin aircraft is ideal for shorter trips where your destination is up to three hours flight time in optimal conditions. Typically seating from 6-7 passengers these aircraft offer a max speed of approximately 480 miles per hour taking you up to 1400 miles. Within the United States, realistic one-way trips may include New York City to Atlanta or Los Angeles to Denver. Most small aircraft have limited movement throughout the cabin and some have an enclosed or curtained lavatory. Some popular aircraft within this category include Citation Jet, Learjet 31, Hawker Beechcraft Premier, Citation Bravo, Beechjet 400A, Citation V/Ultra, Citation Encore, Learjet 40, Learjet 40XR, Learjet 45, and the Learjet 45XR.
A midsize cabin aircraft tends to be the ideal aircraft to own within the private aviation industry. Best for nonstop trips throughout the United States, their standard travel range is up to five hours of flight time or 2,200 miles. These aircraft seat approximately 6-8 passengers, however, offer ample room to move around the cabin and a fully enclosed lavatory. Trips from Miami to New York or Chicago to San Francisco are possible in absolute comfort with features including a galley with room for serving food and drinks and a more comfortable interior arrangement with a taller cabin than light cabin aircraft. Although extra room is provided, a flight attendant is usually not present. Midsize Aircraft are also capable of landing on smaller runways which do not limit landing at certain smaller airports that might be more convenient than large airports. Popular options for midsize aircraft include Citation III, Citation VII, Citation Excel/XLS, Learjet 60, Hawker 800XP, Astra SPX/G100/G150, and Hawker 800/850/900.
Cessna Citation Bravo Light Cabin Aircraft
Cessna Citation Longitude Mid Size Cabin Aircraft