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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 services. This doesn't correlate with aircraft price: the larger and more advanced, the less likely it is to have any locks at all. At the high end, jumbo jets ...


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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 is easier to ascend to greater heights. Commercial jets also carry more fuel which needs to be burned off to lighten the plane to go higher. It’s easier to ...


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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 one of them. Fuel is only part of that costs; maintenance is a pretty big part of that as well. Be able to land and take off close to where the CEO has his ...


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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 has grown as well as our ability to design structures better the need for tricks like this has gone away. As our general understanding of aerodynamics has ...


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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 recorded history is really extraordinary, and the results reflect that. Design Aircraft are expensive, but a part of that expense is the extreme care that has ...


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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 pilot of the Concorde, the plane regularly flew as a charter with small passenger loads of VIPs often. So even though no one ever owned it specifically for private business it served ...


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No, you would need to arrange for customs as you are crossing an international border.


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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 smuggling something, you may not care about the legality. When you are eventually caught, you will go to prison. Your assets will be confiscated by and forfeited ...


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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. With no fewer than 13 other airports to choose from, chances are that one of the others will be a better choice. Luton and Farnborough are the most popular ...


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Here in the US (you didn't specify where, and this is different in other countries), traveling domestically in your own private aircraft is much like traveling in your own private car. Except in very specific situations, you are not generally required to go through security, and at many, many smaller general aviation airports airport security is almost non-...


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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 noise/emissions rating, as well as a different price for night landings. Many airports use similar pricing structures. Heathrow publishes their landing ...


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The same thing that prevents the passengers in your car from hijacking it and using it to run people down or drive it through a mall: It's your private car and you generally know the people that you let in to it. The same applies to private aircraft.


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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 typical 1950s era jet engine would consume 1 pound of fuel for every hour and pound of thrust (= 28 g/kN·s), comparable engines of recent design consume less ...


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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 gone out of his way to install something. Just about all pin tumber and disc detainer locks can be picked fairly easily with some skill and practice and the ...


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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, or DH125 Jet Dragon). They were produced from 1977 to 2013, and most of them have been in service for the air forces of Japan, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia. Source:...


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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 volume for range requirements, but it's mainly that you need the extra wing area to be able to fly that high with a reasonably efficient indicated airspeed at 50000 ...


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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 engine at 98% and modulate the outboard engine to control speed/sink doing that it really only needed 1/4 rudder trim


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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 whether traveling by land, sea or air. Trying to enter other than at a PoE is usually a serious crime, and in the case of flying without a proper flight plan, may ...


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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 consulted Aviation Week's "Business Airplane's 2012" and the only other light jets listed with a long range are the Embraer Phenom 300 with a range of 1,954 nm, ...


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Technically no, but in the spirit of your question, yes. All aircraft, including those operated for private and commercial purposes, are governed by 14 CFR 91 - General Operating and Flight Rules. 14 CFR 119 specifies additional regulations that govern certain types of aircraft and operations, including larger private aircraft and commercial operations: ...


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The reason the TSA searches baggage going onto commercial flights is to prevent people from hijacking or destroying commercial airliners1. If you are going on your own private plane, you can bring scissors or just about anything you like on your own plane, since you're already the pilot and if you want to fly it to Cuba or crash it into Monsanto ...


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What security measures are in place to prevent unauthorized passenger access to the controls of private jets? None. The passengers outnumber the pilots, and unlike commercial jets are not outnumbered by passengers who prefer the original scheduled route to the new one. It would also be very easy to arrange pickup at a quiet airstrip, kill the crew, stuff ...


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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, with a ceiling of 12,500 feet (up to 15k feet for short periods of time), which puts them in the conditions of bad weather or poor visibility, not only during ...


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In the US this is (sort-of) true: For private aviation the responsibility for security of the flight falls on the operator of the flight, which usually means the crew is handling any "screening" of passengers. Typically if you're flying on a private aircraft you're a known quantity: Executives flying around in GM's jets are going to be GM employees (or ...


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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 Jet and the D-Jet come in roughly in the 1300-1500 mile mark which is far less than the SJ30x. Depending on how far you are willing to stretch the planes ...


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Those are the fairings containing the mechanisms for the engine's reverse thrust system. See this photo (copyrighted) of the similar reverse thrust "buckets" deployed on a Citation 550. See this example of a similar thrust reverser system deployed on a different aircraft type: Image source, public domain See also Wikipedia's article on Thrust Reversal ...


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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 form a Swiss fighter design, Bill Lear Sr. sold his electronics company, bought the design, and founded his bizjet corp. Hail Bill! Story of Bill Internal fuel volume of a thin ...


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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 of all firms at the time. In addition by the time the SST had gone into full production, it had largely fallen out of favor for noise and environmental reasons....


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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 pilots in Colombia, can you takeoff in private property without notifying anybody on what you have on the plane and where you are going or anything like that ...


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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 - I want one' but remain fairly ignorant of exactly what that means compared with other jet aircraft. The primary differences in performance between the ...


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