I'm looking to rent a jet for a trip round the world with my friends but also since I have my license and MEIR, I'll be able to fly myself and don't want to hire another pilot.

Which single pilot jet has the largest cabin and longest range?

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    $\begingroup$ How many hours of single pilot business jet experience do you currently have? I doubt you will find anyone to rent you a business jet just because you have a MEIR. $\endgroup$ Aug 25, 2018 at 22:13
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    $\begingroup$ @MikeSowsun I have 1700 hours of flying a single pilot business jet (Embraer Phenom 300) and 7000 hours of commercial flying (A380 and B777). $\endgroup$
    – Requis
    Aug 26, 2018 at 6:20

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According to Wikipedia's list of light jets, the longest ranges (for single pilot certified jets) are:

  1. SyberJet SJ30: 2205 NM
  2. Pilatus PC-24: 2035 NM
  3. Embraer Phenom 300: 1936 NM
  4. Cessna Citation CJ4: 1927 NM
  5. Cessna Citation CJ3+: 1825 NM

Sorting by max. number of passengers, we get:

  1. Pilatus PC-24: 8-11
  2. Embraer Phenom 300: 7-10
  3. Cessna Citation: 8-9
  4. SyberJet SJ30: 5-6

Considering you are already rated for the Phenom 300, this is likely your best option. Anything larger will always require a minimum crew of 2.

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    $\begingroup$ I don't like the size of the Phenom 300. Lovely jet to fly, but I'd much rather get a type rating for something else rather than fly it round the world with friends since it's cabin is a bit too small. The Pilatus PC-24 seems to be what I'm looking for so I'll most likely go for that. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – Requis
    Aug 26, 2018 at 9:53
  • $\begingroup$ Please let us know how you do finding a Pilatus PC-24 to rent because I would like to do the same thing! $\endgroup$ Dec 19, 2018 at 20:29
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelHall did you ever manage to get a rental for it? $\endgroup$
    – Eros
    Feb 17, 2022 at 23:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Eros, no… my comment was tongue in cheek because I agree with others that you won’t find one for anything other than a long term lease. $\endgroup$ Feb 18, 2022 at 0:19
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelHall Thanks for taking the time to reply to my question! It is in fact hard to rent for a couple days one of those. More so being just a regular person and not a company. Too much risk for the owners of the aircraft being damaged or stolen. $\endgroup$
    – Eros
    Feb 19, 2022 at 12:55

Well the Phenom 300 currently qualifies under this.

But without an ATP ME with a type rating in the Phenom and employment with said charter firm as a pilot, no one is going to rent the thing to you as a pilot and let you fly it. It’s not like a rental car.


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