Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Little Jets Making Big Waves

The FAA predicts that the skies will fill with tiny jets over the coming decade. Seating six to either, these jets are smaller and cheaper than most business jets. The FAA expects 100 or so to start flying this year with many more under production.

The expectation is that these jets will serve as air taxis. For the price of a commercial ticket, passengers can be picked up at one location and dropped off at another. The tiny jets would open up service to small markets because they can take off and land at small airfields. The commute from, say, a rural town in southwest Virginia to DC would be an hour. The FAA cautions that for air taxis to be a success, more money must be invested in air traffic control in busy areas.


Blogger Evan said...

sounds like a stupid idea to me...for as many problems as we have with ATC these days, why are they pushing this?

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

The FAA doesn't claim it is pushing the idea. It says that it is looking at the market demand, with the first orders of very light jets arriving this year and with the formation of new companies devoted to air taxi service.

7:21 PM  

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