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Locked out of private jet - how do you get in?

It depends on the exact model. Bobby pins or any key that physically fits will get you into some, you'll need real picks for others, and some custom jobs may require a police snap gun or a locksmith's ...
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Why do private jets such as Gulfstream fly higher than other civilian jets?

There are several reasons and none of them really have to do with a private jet being more aerodynamic than a commercial jet. Private jets have better power to weight ratio than commercial jets so it ...
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How can business jets cruise so fast?

Business jets are built to save time for their passengers, who are often quite wealthy. Therefore, the design is based around favoring speed over efficiency. Commercial airliners are built to make a ...
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Why was Concorde never sold as a private business jet?

Private business jets have a few requirements: Operational costs must be within budget. The concorde is pretty expensive to run as demonstrated by the high ticketprices you had to pay for a trip on ...
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Why don't we see business jets with wingtip fuel tanks anymore?

One of the main reasons wing tip tanks were used was to counteract some of the forces of wing bending by adding mass to the end of the wings. As time has progressed and our understanding of materials ...
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Why was Concorde never sold as a private business jet?

While it was never explicitly sold as such (although BAE would have happily delivered it as such) it was operated in such a manner on many occasions. As detailed by this former Concorde pilot, the ...
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Why are accident rates higher on smaller aircraft?

The amount of resources that go into commercial aviation are really amazing -- the amount of time, talent, money, and effort that have gone into making the airlines the safest mode of travel known to ...
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Can a private jet take off without notifying anybody and land on private land in another country?

No, you would need to arrange for customs as you are crossing an international border.
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Can a private jet take off without notifying anybody and land on private land in another country?

Yes, it is possible to land an airplane in the US at a private airport when you have taken off from a foreign airport. No, you may not do it legally. Doing this is a federal crime. Since you are ...
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Are private jets allowed to land at London Heathrow?

The answer appears to be "yes", but unless you're transferring directly from the private jet to/from an international flight in/out of Heathrow, it's a poor choice. Fees are high and delays are common....
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How can business jets cruise so fast?

cruise speed of many business jets... will be somewhere in the Mach 0.90 to Mach 0.94 area. All of the Cessna Citation series of business jets have a maximum speed (in Mach) of 0.8. All of the ...
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Will the pilot in a plane be able to tell if people are jumping up and down?

If an aircraft is large enough to have a “bedroom”, it will be too large for the movement of an average sized person in the bedroom to be noticed in the cockpit.
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Are private jets allowed to land at London Heathrow?

Yes, Private jets can land at Heathrow. Charging is based, like many airports, on aircraft weight in the first instance, but also incurred are handling charges, parking charges, and extra charges for ...
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Why don't we see business jets with wingtip fuel tanks anymore?

More modern engines need less fuel for the same thrust, so the fuel volume needed for an acceptable range has shrunk over the last five decades. Wing volume alone is now more than sufficient. While a ...
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Why do private jets such as Gulfstream fly higher than other civilian jets?

There are three main factors that let corporate jets with 50000+ ceilings get up that high. First and most importantly, they have very large wings. Partly this is because of the need for fuel ...
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Locked out of private jet - how do you get in?

The only key lock you might encounter on a corporate jet will be a pin/tumbler lock securing the outside operating handle of the main entry door. You won't find anything exotic unless the owner has ...
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What is this business jet?

The tail is quite unique. I thought about Embraer Phenom, Hondajet, and Cessna Citation, but it is none of these. I believe that your images are showing a British Aerospace 125 (aka Hawker 800/1000, ...
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Can the four-engined Lockheed JetStar II fly on one engine?

I have 3000 hours in jetstar.... The answer is no... It will not fly on one... Two yes and you really don't need that much rudder.. In the simulator with two out I used to put the inboard operating ...
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Can a private jet take off without notifying anybody and land on private land in another country?

In general*, any time people or cargo enter another country, they must do so at a designated Port of Entry, i.e. where customs and immigration officers are stationed. This is true regardless of ...
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What is the longest range single-pilot certified (FAA and/or EASA) business jet?

There aren't any civilian, current-production jets that come close to the range of the SJ30 for single pilot operations based on my research, although one or two turboprops have comparable ranges. I ...
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Why don't we see business jets with wingtip fuel tanks anymore?

The Lears with tip tanks were the 23-25 and the 35. They had laminar profiles with 9% wing thickness, the thin profile was to not have to apply wing sweep. The Lear 23 was developed from a Swiss ...
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What is the purpose of a thermal HUD for civil aviation aircraft?

That is a Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System (EVS), also called enhanced flight vision system (EFVS). The HUD shows the usual information (attitude, altitude, airspeed, etc.) and can additionally show ...
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Why are accident rates higher on smaller aircraft?

Another factor: commercial airliners tend to fly at high altitudes, over most bad weather and conditions of poor visibility for most of their flight time. Light planes are typically unpressurized, ...
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What is the longest range single-pilot certified (FAA and/or EASA) business jet?

There are only a hand full of single pilot jets in production currently and the SJ30x seems to have the longest range by far. The other competitors in the space, the Cessna Citation Mustang, The Honda ...
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Why was Concorde never sold as a private business jet?

At the time the jet was in production private jets were still in their infancy. The largest purpose built one was the Grumman Gulfstream II. I have a feeling the Concorde was a bit out of the reach ...
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How can the Cirrus Vision jet be cheaper than its competition?

I read an article on the SF-50 recently published in AOPA Pilot and, to be honest the Cirrus Jet is not even in the same league as the other aircraft mentioned. People think 'oh it's a jet for $2 mil ...
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Can a private jet take off without notifying anybody and land on private land in another country?

Think about how your question is fundamentally different from this one: If you have friend in the USA that owns a lot of land that is suitable for landing a plane, and you own a private jet with 2 ...
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Does the rule that alcohol on flights must be served by a flight attendant also apply to private flights?

In a carrier plane drinking alcohol is not allowed except when served by the operator, regardless of the number of seats. For private aircraft there is no equivalent rule. This is not a way to sell ...
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Is the airport a "No Man's Land" if I remain in the plane?

The general case is that sovereign nations tend to want control over who enters their country, so the typical expectation is that an aircraft flying in from another country will first clear customs (...
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