- The benefits of using very light jets
- Six different very light jet types
- Amenities that come with using a very light jet
A Very light jet is a category of small business jets which seats four to eight people with a maximum takeoff weight of 10,000 pounds or less. Very light jets are intended to have lower costs to operate than conventional jets and are meant to be about to operate on smaller runways as short as 3,000 ft for personal use or small destination air taxi services. Many very light jet models are under development or awaiting certification, six that have been made public is the Cessna Citation Mustang, the Eclipse 500, Embraer Phenom 1000, Honda HA-420 and the Cirrus Vision SF50.The Citation Mustang was the first very light jet to be produced and the Cirrus Vision SF50 is the first single-engine very light jet to be made.
Quite possibly the best definition of a light jet on our list, the Cirrus Vision is the only certified single-engine jet available for sale to the public. An evolution on the best selling Cirrus SR22 piston airplane, the Vision is popular among current Cirrus customers who are looking to step up to jets. Much like its little brother, the SF50 has a simple single-lever throttle with computer engine management and even a whole airframe parachute. This jet can hit speeds of up to 350 mph and costs about $2 Million. The Eclipse may well be recognized as the original Very light jet. Unfortunately, Eclipse Aviation busted because of a bad habit of over-promising and under-delivering. The good news is that the plucky little aircraft generated enough good faith from customers that a group of investors came to the rescue and formed what is now ONE Aviation. The company reworked the original design and continued delivering a solid little jet.