Is Tesla Making an Electric Aircraft?

  • Elons plan for an electric aircraft
  • The Battery power it will take to power an electric aircraft

 

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has hinted at the possibility of Tesla manufacturing their very own electric jet producing zero-emissions. Musk’s biggest struggles with creating an electric plane is creating a battery with enough energy to enable a plane to take off. The battery would need to produce 400 watt-hours per kilogram for this to happen, about 150 watts-hour per kilometer more than the Tesla Model 3. Musk sees his batteries hitting the 400-500 watts hour per kilogram range in the next couple years, so be on the lookout for Teslas electric aircrafts. The aircraft Musk has in mind would have a vertical takeoff, or be a high-speed design that would need the long runways of current jets. 

Even though Musk wants to produce an electric aircraft, his main focus is still on cars and clean energy as well as rockets. Cars emit much more global carbon dioxide, around 24%,  while aviation only accounts for about 2.4% of the problem, which is why electric cars is Musk’s main priority. In spite of his enthusiasm for the electric jet, Musk’s plans hinge on Tesla’s willingness to enter the aviation business. Until Tesla is onboard with his high-flying ideas, it is not likely his invention will become a reality anytime in the near future.


Nextant Aerospace

  • Inside Nextant most popular aircraft, the Nextant 400XT
  • Nextant manufacturing program
  • Comparing the 400XT to the G90XT

 

Nextant Aerospace, founded in 2007,  is a company which is best known as the first company to introduce the concept of business jet remanufacturing. The first aircraft Nextant introduced to the market was the Nextant 400XT, equipped with Williams FJ44-3AP engines that emit 3,050 pounds  of thrust and a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system. The 400XT offers alternative seating configurations, a Rockwell Collins cabin, entertainment systems, LED lighting and Wi-Fi connection. At the October 2018 NBAA convention, Nextant showcased a brand new 400XTe with a price tag of $4.5 million that could hold up to 9 passengers.

Nextant aircraft remanufacturing program replaces engines or any other components needing to be fixed. This complete overhaul manufacturing program will leave the aircraft with 90% new parts with the airframe being the most significant original part. One the aircraft is fully remanufactured, buyers are offered a two-year whole aircraft warranty, pilot training with a simulator and a service network including nine facilities in the United States. 

The 400XT can hit speeds upwords of Mach .78 with a maximum range of 1,500 nautical miles. The $2.8 Million Nextant G90XT is a remanufactured King Air with the engines replaced with Czech GE H75s and a brand new cabin. This aircraft has 10% better fuel burn than the Nextant 400XT, as well as lower maintenance costs. The G90XT has a range of 1,000 nautical miles before needing a fuel stop with a single pilot while holding three passengers. 


Wheels Up Experience Inc Stock UPDATE

  • Update on the Wheels Up stock using the ticker $UP
  • Whether or not you should buy/sell Wheels Up Experience Inc stock
  • How Wheels Up has put over 15,000 hours on their N900UP aircraft

 

As of August 30th, Wheels Up Experience Inc using the ticker $UP has hit an all time low of $6.67, having them down over 15% in the past month. Investors are hurting big with this stock being down. As the first private aviation company on the New York Stock Exchange, Wheels Up looks to push private aviation to the next level and expand their market to millions of customers. Investors are now questioning if Wheels Up can hit their target stock price that they were promising to hit, and are starting to sell the stock at a loss.

In the last five days $UP has has been hovering right under $7.00, but Today, Monday, August 30th, the stock has decreased in value by over 40 cents a share. If this trend keeps happening, we may see Wheels Up Experience keep decreasing in value as shareholders start to sell their shares.

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This photo obtained by Privatejetsclub.com shows the lease agreement between Wheels Up Partners LLC and Textron Financial Corporation for N900UP in December of 2019. You can track this aircrafts activities by clicking here. As of December 29th, 2019, this aircraft had 15192.5  total hours on it. Private Jet Clubs has predicted the current hours on this aircraft is north of 19,000. After 21 long years, this tired Citation X (N900UP) is still flying to this day for Wheels Up according to Flight Aware, a digital aviation company that operates the world’s largest flight tracking and data platform. These factors should be considered whether purchasing an aircraft, investing in stock or flying with an aircraft provider, such as the well-known ones like NetJets or WheelsUp.


Bombardier Challenger Aircrafts


 

Bombardier was started by a young mechanic named Joseph-Armand Bombardier. He wanted to help people travel, making the first “snow vehicle” at the age of 15 to help people travel across the snowy roads of Canada. In 1970, Bombardier entered the railway business with its first acquisition outside of Canada: Lohnerwerke in Vienna, Austria, a manufacturer of motor scooters and trams, and its subsidiary, the engine manufacturer ROTAX. Sixteen years after diversifying into rail transportation, Bombardier took flight in the aerospace sector in 1986 with the purchases of Canadair, the leading Canadian aircraft manufacturer of Challenger widebody business jets, and the CL-215 firefighting aircraft. The Challenger 350 and Challenger 650 are best sellers offering world-class interior design, worldwide reach and low operating costs.

The Challenger 350 is a super-midsize jet and is purposely built for efficient performance and comfort. Its spacious, stand-up cabin is littered with craftsmanship that you will not find in any other aircrafts. There touchscreen technology and unique sound dampening capabilities keep your in-flight experience smooth and quiet. The Challenger 650 is the newer version of the Challenger 605. The Challenger 650 features two extra executive seats to accommodate up to 12 passengers, upgraded engines offering a higher thrust rate to reduce takeoff field length, and larger appliances in the galley to assist with faster meal preparation. There are 86 Challenger 650 business jets operating around the world today. Most of these jets are owned fully and the rest are in fractional ownership or being leased. 


Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

  • The History of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
  • In depth descriptions of the G-IV and the G500

 

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation is an American aircraft company and a subsidiary of General Dynamics. Gulfstream Aerospace designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and services business jet aircrafts. GAC has produced over 2,000 aircrafts since 1958. The most notable Gulfstream consists of the G280, G550, G600 and the G650. The company that evolved into Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation started in the 1950s, when Grumman Aircraft Engineering Co developed a twin turboprop business aircraft. This aircraft was known as the Grumman Gulfstream I which could seat 12 passengers, had a maximum speed of 350 mph and a range of 2,200 nautical miles.

The Gulfstream GIV was designed and built by Gulfstream Aerospace from 1985 until 2018. Over 900 units have been produced and the last G450 was delivered on January 19 2018 after 365 deliveries over 12 years, ending a 30 year production run. The first GIV made its flight on September 19, 1985. The model received type certification from the FAA on April 22, 1987. The wings have a weaker, more swept outboard shock resulting in a lower cruise drag. These aerodynamic improvements result in an increase in range of over 300 nautical miles.

The Gulfstream G500 are twin-engine business jets designed and manufactured by Gulfstream Aerospace. The G500 was taxiing under its own power and it first flew in 2015.  The G500 has an average fuel burn of 430 Gallons per hour and has a maximum range of 5,300 nautical miles. Also, the G500 has a minimum take off distance of 5,300 feet compared with the G600 requiring at least 5/700 feet to take off.


Hawker Aircraft Limited

  • The history of Hawker Aircraft Limited
  • Comparing the Hawker800 to the Hawker750
  • The history of Hawker Beechcraft Corporation
 

 

Hawker Aircraft Limited was a British aircraft manufacturer responsible for some of the most famous products in British aviation history. Hawker has its roots from the early 1920s when Harry Hawker started Hawker Aircraft Limited and took advantage of the great depression in order to purchase other aircraft companies and start to design aircrafts. The Hawker legacy is maintained by the American company Raytheon who produced business jets under the “Hawker” name. The first Hawker was the Hawker Humpback in December 1920. That was followed by the Hawker Duiker and the Hawker Hind.

The Hawker 800 is a mid-size business aircraft. This jet is similar to most modern aircrafts with the fuselage sections, wings and control surfaces being manufactured and assembled in the United Kingdom in a combination of Hawker Beechcraft’s own facility.  A variant of the Hawker 800 is the Hawker 750 and is a lower-cost, lighter-weight and shorter-range version of the 800. This jet competes with the Citation XLS and the Learjet 60. These jets are able to fly nine passengers over 2,400 nautical miles and are being sold for $10-$13.5 million.

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation was an American aerospace manufacturing company that built the Beechcraft and Hawker business jet lines of aircraft between 2006 and 2013. In 2006, Raytheon sold the company to Goldman Sachs and Onex Corporation. The deal left Raytheon with a heavy debt which made the company struggle to support itself with the economic crisis of 2008. In may 2012, the company entered bankruptcy, filing voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 in the US Bankruptcy Court.


Lear Jet Aircrafts

  • Lear Jets history in private aviation
  • Deep dive into the most popular Lear Jet model the Lear Jet 40
 

 

LearJet was one of the first companies manufacturing private aircrafts. In 1990, the Canadian aviation company Bombardier Aerospace purchased the Learjet corporation and the jets were renamed as the “Bombardier Learjet Family.” Learjet started out of Kansas with over 3,200 employees. Even though there were multiple aircraft companies located in Kansas, Learjet was the most prominent. Even though the company started in 2013, the company is still located in the same location in Wichita, Kansas and is currently getting ready to be renovated by expanding the flight test center.

The Learjet 40 is a light business jet produced by Bombardier Aerospace. This jet is powered by two Honeywell TFE731-20AR engines. These are known as the “AR” engines. The 40 model takes the place of discontinued light Learjet 31A in the Learjet model line, with several welcome performance and comfort improvements taken from the 45 model. The Learjet 40XR is an upgraded version introduced in 2004 offering high takeoff weights, faster cruise speeds and a faster time-to-climb rate as compared to the Learjet 40. This increase was due to the upgrade in engines to the TFE731-20BR engine. The Learjet 45 has retractable tricycle-type landing gear. The single nose wheel has steer-by-wire control and retracts forward. The twin wheel main landing gear units retract inwards and are fitted with anti-skid multiple-disc brakes.


Cessna Citation Jets

  • Private Jets that Cessna has manufactured
  • The history of Cessna and how they have made themselves one of the biggest jet companies
  • Deep dive into the most popular Cessna Citation Jets
 

 

Citation Jets are a type of Business Jet designed by Cessna starting in 1972 that has logged over 35 million flight hours with over 7,500 Citations being delivered making it the largest business jet fleet. The Citation fleet started with the Citation I in 1969, followed by the Citation II, III, VI, and VII. The Citation I is a single pilot jet introduced in 1977 with production ending in 1985 for this jet. The Citation II is a single pilot jet that has upgraded avionics and an upgraded engine allowing for faster travel and takeoff distance. The Cessna Citation CJ4 jet elevates your travel experience from the moment you step on the jet. The amenities Cessna offers on their jets are eye catching and luxurious. This Aircraft delivers great performance and features such as single pilot refueling, a serviceable bathroom and excellent range on this aircraft.

The Citation Latitude is the #1 best selling midsize business jet with class leading performance, a spacious cabin and standard equipment that steps about midsize jet expectations. The Citation Latitude offers a wide, flat-floor with a cabin height of 6 feet. This Jet can also take you 2,700 nautical miles before needing a refuel stop so you could fly from Los Angeles to New York in one trip. The low cabin altitude keeps you feeling refreshed with class leading bag departments to accommodate all of your luggage whether you are flying for business or pleasure.

The Cessna Denali turboprop flight deck takes full advantage of the advancements in today’s technology using touchscreens for controls, voice commands, and wireless connectivity. Some standard features that come with the Denali are Dual Garmin FMS with dual WAAS- enabled GPS receivers for navigation, dual attitude heading reference system, synthetic vision technology, and digital audio systems. The GE Catalyst engine is the first clean sheet engine in more than 30 years that incorporates proven technologies to offer more efficiency, more reliability, more performance, and simplified ownership.