I flew a guy a few years ago who asked about this jet and the cost. I told him 2012ish and about 100 million each, and he didn't bat an eye. He did say he'll buy one.
Lots depend on the Fed relaxing supersonic rules before anyone will drop a lot into R&D. If it's viable, I don't doubt NJ will be one of the biggest customers. That said, after the Hawker 400XP and 4000 issues, there will be proof in performance and reliability before we commit.
How many people use a G550 for domestic use versus international? The concorde was very popular, even after the crash.
I've been following Aerion's development for years now.
Their plan has always been to have an airplane that is efficient transonic (.95-1.02 ish) for overland flight and then pump up to about 1.4-1.6 overwater so that they won't have to rely on the law being changed. Other manufacturers (Gulfstream, Dassault) have proceeded on the notion of "silencing" the sonic boom and then they'll magically get Congress to change the law. With the overwhelming and undue influence the environmental lobby has in Congress, keep dreaming. They'll NEVER change the law. Especially to benefit Mr. Moneybags. Way bad P.R.
I've always thought Aerion's approach was the more realistic. By keeping max speed under 1.6M means no exotic materials and off the shelf engines (Pratt -219's if memory serves). The only problem is, given the current economic environment, limited availability of credit, etc., I think it is now much less likely that they can find a risk-sharing OEM to launch the program anytime soon, if ever which is a shame. Although Gulfstream continues to research boom-reduction technology, I don't think they have any plans to build an SSBJ and are concentrating instead on the 650.
Teterborough to London to Teterborough to the hotel!
10 hour turn,
Teterborought to London to Teterborough. To the hotel!!!!
You get the picture!!!!
Plenty of guys will bid it I'll bet!
Have fun guys!
Do you think the politicians would ever allow that thing to land at TEB? Have fun at Newburgh. Probably would get quite a few flights to Dubai and Abu Dhabi.