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Charter Aircraft Guide

Selecting the right aircraft for an air charter trip can sometime be a daunting task. There are a myriad of options and pricing can seem rather intimidating. The following are some basic categories of airplanes that are available for your next charter flight:

Single-Engine Piston

Cirrus SR22 The single-engine piston airplane is the entry level charter airplane. Depending on the ariplane it will have between 4 and 6 total seats. However, the pilot seat(s) are included in that number and weight restrictions usually reduce the number of usable seats by one or two seats. This means that most single-engine piston airplanes are good for 1-2 passengers on trips of less than 250 miles. Aircraft in this category include the Cirrus SR22, the Cessna 172, and the Piper Saratoga. These single-engine airplanes fly at speeds between 120 and 190 miles per hour.

Light Twin

Beechcraft Baron 58The twin-engine piston airplane has been popular for many decades as an economical airplane with the improved safety margin of having a second engine. Light Twins typically have 6 total seats. However, the pilot seat(s) are included in that number and weight restrictions usually reduce the number of usable seats by one or two seats. This means that most light twin-engine piston airplanes are good for 1-3 passengers on trips 150 - 350 miles. Airplanes in this category include the Beechcraft Baron, the Cessna 310, and the Piper Seneca. These light twins fly at speeds between 160 and 230 miles per hour.

Cabin Class Piston Twin

Piper Navajo ChieftainThe Cabin Class Piston Twin Egine airplane also has the improved safety margin of having a second engine and is built with a larger cabin. This larger cabin creates a center aisle between the seats giving a little more elbow room to make the flight more comfortable. Cabin Class Twins typically have 6 -9 total seats. However, the pilot seat(s) are included in that number and weight restrictions usually reduce the number of usable seats by one or two seats. This means that most cabin class twin-engine airplanes are good for 1-5 passengers on trips of 150 - 400 miles. Some Cabin Class twin-engine airplanes are pressurized allowing for higher altitudes and more comfortable flights. Airplanes in this category include the Piper Navajo, the Cessna 414, and the Cessna 421. These light twins fly at speeds between 190 and 240 miles per hour.

Turboprop Airplanes

Pilatus PC12Turboprop (sometimes called jet prop) airplanes are similar in size to the Cabin Class Twins but are powered by jet engines that turn the propeller. Turboprops are available in single engine or multi-engine version. They are faster and fly higher than piston powered airplanes. They are suitable for up to 4-8 passengers depending on the model and the distance being flown, and are great for trip distances of 250-600 miles. Airplanes in this category include the Beechcraft King Air, the Pilatus PC12, and the Cessna Conquest. Turboprop airplanes fly at speeds between 250 and 325 miles per hour.

Jet Airplanes

Cessna CJ3Jet airplanes are the upper end of the air charter market. With speeds ranging from 400-500 miles per hour, jets are designed to transport passengers quickly to long distance destinations. Airplanes in this category include the Learjet, the Cessna Citation, and the Beechjet. Jets are available in almost any seating configuration from 5-8 passenger seats for most business jets, all the way up to a large airliner.

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