Glossary of Aviation Terms | Light Jet
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A light jet is a jet aircraft with a maximum certificated takeoff weight of 41,000 pounds or less. Sometimes referred to as "baby jets", the light jet is quickly becoming one of the most desired ways of transportation for charter companies, their customers, and businesses. With the ability to travel long distances at high speeds while maintaining low fuel consumption, the cost passed along to the customer for the charter of a light jet is often lower than that of other charters and comes with a better range of amenities. Since the light jet is a fairly new addition to the jet community, their production also comes with many options.
A light jet usually seats four to eight people. They have a range of speeds from three to four hundred knots and can travel up to 3000 miles. Since the light jet weighs so little, it can reach its cruising altitude faster, thus allowing for lower fuel consumption and lower operating costs. If you are buying a light jet, then you can have it produced with such amenities like DVD players, TVs, satellite TV, music players, and phones. Light jets can have options for different seating, such as couches and recliners, and though normally they don’t contain a bathroom, they do have refrigerators to store refreshments. Depending on your budget, you can even order a light jet with Internet access.
Today, light jets are tending to be more a favorite by companies. This is, of course, for a few reasons. The first being operating costs. Since the light jets are of such light weight and can fly at high speeds and altitudes, their fuel consumption is lower. The most expensive part of a flight for a jet is usually the taxi, takeoff, and climb times to cruise altitude. With less weight, all this time becomes reduced. Another reason why it is gaining popularity is because of its ability to visit many airports. While airliners have the more populated cities covered with scheduled flights, they often cannot flight in and out of airports with smaller runways. Small cities and rural towns generally do not get the privilege of being graced with an airliner's presence. Light jets can land on runways with lengths as low as 3000 ft, making them able to land at even most general aviation airports. This is a benefit to both the company owning the light and the business using it. It allows for the attraction of a wider range of customers and gives them the convenience of landing at an airport right in the vicinity of their destination.
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