What is a 'Very Light Jet' or VLJ?

Also known as light jets, micro light jets, microjets, mini-jets, personal jet, personal plane, private jet, private plane

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"Top Gun" fans with a few million dollars to spare... Listen up!

While technically considered a VLJ, ATG's Javelin is in a class of its own when compared to other microjets.  This two-seat, military style jet is aimed at attracting a niche within a niche - civilian pilots with a need for speed.  According to George Bye, "The Javelin will be the fastest civil-certified aircraft in the world. It will go right to FL45 at Mach .92 with unparalleled economy."

In the June 2006 issue of the "Robb Report", the Javelin was chosen as the "Best of the Best" for personal aircraft.  Take a look at this fact sheet:

  • Engines: two 1,800-pound thrust, turbofan Williams International FJ33
  • Seating capacity: two, tandem
  • Cabin width:
  • Canopy interior sills: 28.5 inches
  • Cockpit interior width at elbows: 36 inches
  • Maximum outside cabin width: 40 inches
  • Maximum gross weight: 6,900 pounds
  • Empty weight: 4,655 pounds
  • Wing span: 25.1 feet
  • Length: 37 feet
  • Height: 10.5 feet
  • Wing area: 149 square feet
  • Wing load: 46 psf
  • Takeoff ground roll (std day, SL, 6,900 pounds): 2,000 feet
  • Balanced field (std day, SL, 6,900 pounds): 3,200 feet
  • Maximum rate of climb: 9,000 fpm
  • Time to climb to 41,000 feet (ISA, std day, 6,900 pounds): 17 minutes
  • Cruise speed (ISA, std day, 5,100 pounds, 35,000 feet): 0.87 Mach, 500 KTAS, 575 mph
  • Stall speed in landing configuration (6,900 pounds.): 98 KCAS
  • Stall speed in landing configuration (5,380 pounds): 86 KCAS
  • Approach speed: 120 knots (at maximum gross weight)
  • Approach speed: 105 knots (at typical approach weight, 5380 pounds)
  • Landing distance (std day, SL, 6,900 pounds, full flaps)
  • Ground roll: 2,400 feet
  • Over 50 feet: 4,000 feet
  • Landing distance (std day, SL, 5,380 pounds, full flaps)
  • Ground roll: 2,000 feet
  • Over 50 feet: 3,400 feet
  • IFR range (long range cruise speed): 1,000 nm
  • Endurance: 3.5 hours
  • Fuel capacity: 280 gallons
  • Fuel consumption at mid-cruise weight
  • Economy cruise (0.75 Mach at 45,000 feet): 73 gph
  • High-speed cruise (0.86 Mach at 35,000 feet): 133 gph
  • Certified ceiling: 45,000 feet
  • Cargo or baggage: up to 200 pounds
  • Price 2005: $2.795 million (will be indexed, taxes not included)

Aviation Technology Group in the News...
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