The twin engine VLJis a nice choice for shorter trips, combining the comfort of a jet with the economy and shorter field performance of the Turboprop.
Very Light Jets (VLJs) are small light aircraft that typically hold a small group of 4 or 5 passengers comfortably. The very light jets are a fairly new category of aircraft, and thus are equipped with the very latest in jet engine technology which delivers the speed, quality, and fuel efficiency that allow for a more cost effective means of private jet travel.
Most of the deliveries to date have been to owner operators so
charter availability can be limited. For years we have been
presenting VLJ’s to our customers saving them substantial dollars and improving the quality of their flight experience.
If you would like more information on the VLJ for charter, please contact us or request a flight quote. We look forward to helping you plan your next trip!
The Cessna Citation Jet 4 is a light jet, taking its first flight in May of 2008. According to Cessna, “the CJ4 has added speed, range and cabin size over its predecessor (Citation Jet 3) without incurring midsize jet operating costs.” While both the CJ2 and CJ3 will remain in production and available for charter, the CJ4 offers many pilot and passenger-friendly enhancements.
The Citation Jet 4 (CJ4) was designed for versatility, able to travel 2491 statute miles before needing a fuel stop. The CJ4 cruises at
average speeds of 519 mph and like the CJ3, it offers impressive short runway capabilities, allowing it to be chartered in and out of smaller airports getting passengers closer to their destination. The CJ4 differs most significantly from previous Citation Jets in its swept wing design which was modeled after the Citation Sovereign.
The CJ4 is not only fuel-efficient, it offers single-point refueling
capabilities and can easily fly from New York to Phoenix. The CJ4is powered by two Williams International FJ44-4A engines each
offering 3,621 pounds of thrust. When designing the CJ4, Cessna’s engineers relocated the main landing gear inboard, thus reducing the track. A narrower track significantly improves ground handling of the aircraft. Cessna also prides itself on their jets’ landing gear. “The same long-stroke, trailing-link landing gear common to all CJs guarantees the softest landings and smooth taxiing.”
The CJ4’s cabin sits seven passengers comfortably, with two seats for the crew. As far as cabin amenities, the CJ4 has everything you need and more. “Six deep-cushioned, wide leather seats track in three directions and can be configured to fully recline for long,
comfortable trips. Each features a patented retractable armrest with available lumbar support and seat-side media docks.” The cabin offers WiFi, temperature control, and the highly regarded Rockwell Collins Venue™ High-Definition Integrated Cabin Management
The CJ4’s lavatory is unique because it is externally serviceable. This aircraft also has a small refreshment center and retractable tables, perfect for conducting business or for personal entertainment
purposes. The cabin measures 17′ 4″ in length, 4′ 9″ in height and 4′ 10″ in width. The external baggage space in the Citation Jet 4 is
generous at 77 cubic feet and can hold several pieces of luggage.
CJ4s are well liked by passengers and pilots alike for their
reputation of superior performance, range and speed.
The Citation Jet 2 (CJ2) was designed to be easily flown with a single pilot, able to travel 1237+ statute miles before needing a fuel stop. This CJ2 is also noted for its fuel efficiency due in large part to the two Williams/Rolls-Royce FJ44-2C turbofan engines, with 400+ lbs. more thrust than the Citation CJ1 at takeoff. The CJ2 cruises at
average speeds of 475 mph and offers best-in-class runway
capabilities, allowing it to takeoff and land at smaller airports with ease, getting you closer to your destination in less time.
Another major improvement to the CJ2 is the transition from the straight wing design of the CJ1 to a laminar flow wing. The switch to the laminar flow wings with the stretched wingspan greatly
improved overall lift-to-drag performance.
The CJ2’s cabin is also more spacious than its predecessor, stretched 33 additional inches. The cabin sits six passengers comfortably at a total volume of 248 cubic feet. The cabin is 50 cubic feet larger than the cabin of the CJ1 and can generally accommodate one more
The cabin measures 13′ 7″ in length, 4′ 10″ in height and 4′ 10″ in width. The external baggage space in the Citation Jet 2 is generous at 70 cubic feet and can hold several pieces of luggage with an
additional 4 cubic feet of baggage space on the interior. The CJ2 also has a small galley and lavatory on board.
The Citation Jet 2 avionics include: A Flight Management System, Full Glass Cockpit Technology, Dual GPS Navigation, Traffic Collision Avoidance System, and a Ground Proximity Warning System.
CJ2s are a light jet favorite of passengers and pilots alike for their fuel performance, runway capabilities, and affordability.
Our management team is always at your service. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like us to quote your next trip.
The Citation Bravo has a long range when compared to other light jets, able to travel 1484 statute miles non-stop, easily flying from New York to Miami for example. The Bravo cruises at average speeds of 459 mph and offers impressive short runway capabilities, allowing it to be chartered in and out of smaller airports closer to your destination. While its costs are similar to the Citation II, it
surpasses it significantly in performance, using far less fuel per hour. The heightened performance of the Citation Bravo is largely due to the Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines and the Bravo was the first light jet to be equipped with them. New landing gear also makes landings much smoother than comparable jets, even on uneven pavement.
In terms of comfort, the Citation Bravo is at the top of its class. The engineers designed the Bravo to have a quiet cabin with insulation and isolated interior shell to eliminate engine noise, while a seal on the cabin door eliminates wind noise. The Bravo can accommodate seven passengers with club seating, and has a partial galley as well as a lavatory on board. The cabin measures 15′ 10″ in length, 4′ 9″ in height and 4′ 10″ in width. The baggage space in the Citation Bravo is generous at 74 cubic feet and can hold several suitcases and gold bags. There is also additional storage in drawers under the seats.
Citation Bravos are well liked among pilots because they are an easy jet to fly and can be flown solo. Pre-flight, service and
maintenance procedures were also designed to aid the flight crew, while the cockpit is equipped with systems to relay traffic
information, radar to watch the weather and digital maps. Between the unmatched operating costs and passenger comforts, it is easy to see why the Citation Bravo is a passenger and pilot favorite.
Loyal Citation customers sought increased baggage capacity, longer range and more speed at a time when Lear jetswere the
champions of speed and range but were limited on cabin size and baggage area. Cessna needed to develop something bold for their loyal following.
Using the same fuselage diameter as their popular Citation VII (5’6″ x 5’8″) the Cessna design team developed 35% more baggage capacity and stretched the cabin length by 25%. Engineers doubled the thrust of the engines, increased their intake capacity and
adjusted the sweep of the wing. The result was a stunning increase in cruising speed from 506 mph to 588 mph with top speed
capability of 699 mph, creating not only a faster jet, but also a
revolutionary new model. The six-year project culminated in the birth of the “fastest civilian aircraft in the world”, the Citation X
(roman numeral ten).
The increased speed and 3,000-mile range make the Citation X very popular for coast-to-coast trips and for customers who are looking to take advantage of the possible time-saving. The fastest we have ever tracked one of our customers in a Citation Xwas 627 mph on a trip from SNA-TEB. This resulted in a one-hour time-saving over a heavyor midsize jet.
If you have the need for speed we have your answer. FlyPrivate customers have on-demand access to the entire national and
international charter fleet of the Citation X. They are popular aircraft and book up as swiftly as they fly.
The Cessna Citation Excel was first introduced to the world in 1997. The Citation Excel was modeled around the airframe of larger, super midsize jet the Citation X. The Citation Excel wings were modeled from the Citation Ultras and the fuselage is basically the same as the Citation VII, which the Excel has since replaced.
The Citation Excel(also referred to as the Citation XL, Citation XLS, or Citation XLS+) was designed for travelers looking for the space, range and comforts of a midsize jet with the cost, takeoff, and
landing capabilities of a light jet. The Excel can reach full altitude in only 18 minutes and can take off from shorter runways than any other midsize jet. The pilot-friendly design of the cockpit on the
Citation Excel allows for an easy preflight check and the Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics system allows pilots to have all the
information they need on only three display screens.
The interior of the Citation Excel can comfortably fit up to
8 passengers with several different cabin configurations. The cabin is over 18 feet long with enough height to stand up in, over a half of a foot taller than other jets in the midsize class. The interior also has sliding headrests, fold-out tables, a refreshment center, and is
quieter than competing jets. The Citation Excel has a generous baggagecompartment providing 80 cubic feet of external storage and another internal closet to hold a few smaller items.
The Citation Excel truly is a favorite amongst private fliers. There are more flights flown on a Citation Excel than any other model of aircraft. Cessna has since developed updated models of the Excel, the Citation XLSand XLS+, with newer avionics and engine
computers. The Excel is so popular because it offers the range,
comfort, and baggage capacity of a midsize jet while operating more like a light jet with it’s runway capabilities and value for the money.
To request a Citation Excel for your next trip, please contact us. We would be happy to provide you with a flight quote.
The Cessna Citation Jet 3 was flown for the first time in 2003 as an upgrade to already popular Citation Jet 2. It is the sixth generation of the popular Citation Jet series. With a number of enhancements, this light jet is extremely popular amongst private fliers looking for an economical, reliable and high-performing aircraft.
The Citation Jet 3 (CJ3) was designed for mid-range trips, able to travel 1518 statute miles (or about five hours) before needing a fuel stop. The CJ3 cruises at average speeds of 480 mph and offers
impressive short runway capabilities, allowing it to be chartered in and out of smaller airports closer to your destination.
This jet is incredibly fuel-efficient due in large part to the Williams/Rolls-Royce FJ44-3A turbofan engines that provide 480 lbs. more thrust at takeoff than the Citation Jet 2. Another
contributing factor to the improved fuel economy is the use of
natural laminar flow wings which improve overall lift-to-drag
performance and smooth landing gear which also contributes to lower fuel consumption.
When it comes to cabin comforts, the CJ3’s cabin sits six passengers comfortably, has multiple outlets for all of your electronic devices, writing tables to allow for productivity in flight, a lavatory, and a small internal baggage compartment that can be accessed while
flying. The cabin measures 16′ 1″ in length, 4′ 10″ in height and 4′ 10″ in width. The external baggage space in the Citation Jet 3 is
generous at 70 cubic feet and can hold several pieces of luggage.
CJ3s are well liked by passengers and pilots alike for their
reputation of superior performance, reliability, and affordability.
Our management team is always at your service. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like us to quote your next trip.
Launched in 2011, the Citation M2 is the newest addition to the
CitationJet 525 series small business jets. It fits perfectly between the Mustang and the Citation Jet 1 in the Cessna jet lineup. The
Citation M2 is sleek, stylish and more efficient than its predecessors, with a completely overhauled interior, longer range and ability to travel at faster speeds.
The Citation M2 is a single-pilot light jet, able to travel 1784 statute miles before needing a fuel stop. Equipped with two Williams FJ44 turbofan engines and 1965 pounds of takeoff thrust, the Citation M2 cruises at average speeds of 465 mph. The M2 can maintain maximum cruise speed up to 39,000 feet, with a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet.
Pilots love the Citation M2. For starters, it was designed for
single-pilot operation. The roomy cockpit is equipped with the new Garmin G3000 touchscreen avionics system and is built to work with the latest navigation and air traffic control systems. The M2 can get in and out of airports with shorter runways with ease, getting closer to the end destination and decreasing total travel time,
another bonus for pilots and passengers alike.
Standard avionics include:
Garmin FMS with dual WAAS-enabled GPS receivers for
Weather Avoidance Radar
Terrain Avoidance Warning System (TAWS-B)
Garmin Traffic Collision and Avoidance System (TCAS I)
Dual Altitude Heading Reference System
Dual Air Data computers
Garmin Safe Taxi
Digital Audio System
The cabin in the Citation M2 is roomier than one may expect, able to comfortably fit 4-5 passengers, with an enclosed lavatory and
adjustable club seating. The seats slide sideways toward the aisle,
allowing for ample passenger headroom while in flight. The cabin is 4′ 10″ feet wide and 11 feet long, with a cabin height of 4′ 9″. The eight large windows also give the cabin a more spacious feel. Other amenities include: climate control, in-cabin technologies, and
adjustable lighting. The M2 is able to carry 725 pounds of baggage in 46 cubic feet of storage space divided between two storage areas.
If the Citation M2 sounds like the right choice for your next
excursion, please contact us with any questions or to acquire a quotefor your next trip.
The Citation Sovereign was designed to offer exceptional overall performance, while also providing unrivaled comfort and amenities for passengers. The Sovereign’s spacious interior is over 24 feet long and offers many amenities typical of a Heavy Jet, such as a full size refreshment center, several entertainment options and a full size lavatory. It can seat up to 8 passengers comfortably and the cabin height is tall enough at 5′ 8″ that most people can stand up. The
baggage space in the Citation Sovereign is unmatched compared to other Super Midsize Jets with 135 cubic feet of baggage space.
The Citation Sovereignhas a truly impressive range with its coast-to-coast capabilities. The long range makes the Sovereign a
customer favorite because it compares to a Heavy Jet, but is more economical as far as fuel economy. It performs exceptionally well at high elevations and is very capable of take-off and landing from shorter runways.
Citation Sovereigns are also a favorite of pilots because of it’s many automatic features and easy handling. With an improved wing
design that drastically improves airflow and lift capabilities, the
Sovereign is able to cruise at speeds of 514 mph. It is equipped with Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306C turbofan engines that are flat-rates to minimize noise pollution, and provide 5,600 lbs of thrust during takeoff. From the landing gear to the brake system and unique variable gearing mechanism that adjusts the jet’s flaps to optimal angles during flight, the Citation Sovereign is hard to beat in overall performance, comfort, versatility, and range.