Flying » Used Business Aircraft Review

June 5, 2016
Bombardier's Challenger 850
You’ve long been able to obtain ultra-large-cabin comfort for around $10 million by converting a used regional commuter jet into a first-class executive aircraft. That has seemed like a hard-to-beat bargain for business jet travelers who crave roomy cabins—until now.
April 10, 2016
Cessna Citation VII
Virtually every category of aircraft has an entrant that does nothing particularly well. It’s not a worst in class, it’s not a best in class. It’s just…OK. And so it is with the Cessna Citation VII.
February 14, 2016
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When I was 10 my dad bought a Cessna 182. When you’re that age, any airplane is cool, but the Cessna was pretty much a Buick with wings. While I enjoyed the flights we took in it and hanging out at the airport, the aircraft picture that ended up on my bedroom wall was of an Aerostar. This futuristic-looking mid-wing piston twin oozed cool factor.
November 24, 2015
AgustaWestland AW109E Power
A few relatively minor concerns notwithstanding, this feature-packed and stylish model delivers excellent value. The AgustaWestland AW109 light twin helicopter has been on the market since 1976 and has undergone several permutations, gaining weight, interior width and power along the way. Timeless Italian styling and fast speed have made this helicopter a popular choice for executive transport for decades.
September 30, 2015
Dassault Falcon 900B in flight
Big cabin, great short-runway performance and long legs. This has been the winning formula for Dassault’s Falcon 900 series for nearly 30 years through multiple upgraded iterations, the latest of which is the $43.3 million 900LX.
August 9, 2015
Gulfstream’s G550
Since Gulfstream introduced the G550 in 2003, it has sold close to 500 of them for two big reasons: range and cabin comfort. Although the larger, faster and slightly longer-legged G650 has replaced the G550 as the manufacturer’s flagship in recent years, the earlier aircraft remains in production and popular.
June 14, 2015
Cessna's CJ3 offers long-range and a spacious cabin.
Cessna’s entire line of Citation CJ light jets has remained popular over the years. Offering varying degrees of stretch of the same diameter fuselage, the models share certain characteristics. But talk to CJ owners and it quickly becomes apparent that one variant stands out above its siblings as the perfect combination of range, performance and operating economics: the seven- to nine-passenger CJ3, which first entered service in 2004.
April 27, 2015
Boeing 767 on the tarmac.
Feeling cramped in your large-cabin bizjet? Maybe you need one of these.
February 9, 2015
The airplane can comfortably transport four passengers across the continental U.S. and also is a favorite for transatlantic crossings.
The Bombardier Challenger 604 is a wide-bodied marathoner that offers lots of refurb options.
January 18, 2015
Perched on its gear, it sits high off the ground with a menacing rake that oozes speed and taunts you at the same time. (Photo Courtesy of Piedmont Aircraft)
I pushed the power levers forward. Both engines came to life and I was quickly jammed back into my seat. In a blink we were at 120 knots—jet speed. I heaved the control yoke toward me, climbed out of Milwaukee into the starless black night and headed out over the wintry waters of Lake Michigan.

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