The Sun Shines, But Not on Eclipse Alone: Other Small Jet Companies Show Their Wares at AirVenture

While the recently-announced Eclipse is the newest small jet to be announced in a fancy fashion, it is by no means alone: Others are way ahead of it in the certification process. While the economy remains stable and bizjet manufacturers are selling new airplanes to fractional ownership companies as fast as they can make them, several new small jets are being developed are in various stages of development, including one that you can buy today, but only as a kit. Among them are the VisionAire Vantage, the Century Jet 100 and the Maverick Twinjet. All are competing for the light-light bizjet market, which their makers hope will still exist by the time their dreams emerge from the FAA's labyrinthine certification process. AVweb's Liz Swaine raises the question of whether any of them will be able to attract enough investment to see them through that process.

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