The very light jet, or VLJ, is one of the latest innovations in the aviation industry. It is defined by the National Business Aviation Association as a single-pilot jet with a weight of 10,000 pounds or less. Typically, a VLJ has a seating capacity of five or six passengers, an automated cockpit, and two engines.
The main advantage of getting a VLJ is that it costs a lot less than larger aircrafts. For instance, the average cost of an Eclipse 500 VLJ is about $1.5 million, whereas a new Hawker 400XP light jet costs around $7 million and the mid-sized aircraft Citation Sovereign costs close to $16 million. Also, the cost of operating a VLJ is very much lower, with its variable operating cost per hour (including fuel, maintenance, insurance, and replacement parts) amounting to roughly $370. On the other hand, it costs $1,447 to fly the Hawker 400XP for an hour and $1,974 to fly the Sovereign.
Being “very light”, a VLJ comes with a very small cabin, which can be just slightly more than 4 feet high. In comparison, a light jet or mid-sized jet usually has a cabin height of around 5 feet or more. Another concern with the VLJ is its baggage space, which can be as little as 16 cubic feet. Due to its lack of space, the VLJ is not a preferred option for those who wish to travel in larger groups.
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