Private jets are often thought of as being a luxury and part of many celebrity and entrepreneurs’ lifestyles. These days, they are both available to buy or hire, depending on how many times you are going to use them. They are ideal for flying around the country or even abroad at your own convenience, without being restricted to certain times on public flights. This makes them great for last minute trips and also provides a sense of privacy.
A private jet is sometimes also known as a business jet, executive jet, corporate jet or bizjet, as they are very popular with business people who need to jet off at short notice and without the restrictive flight times of normal flights. They can often take up to around 19 people within the aircraft, and are sometimes also used by emergency services who need to quickly fly a patient to the hospital particularly if access by car or ambulance is unavailable within the area, perhaps due to it being a remote location or because of ground weather hazards. Helicopters are sometimes also used instead, but private jets are occasionally used by government officers and the army for security purposes or because of ease and speed.
There are various different types and sizes of private jet available, with five main types of business jet categories. Some popular heavy jet makes include Airbus, Boeing and Embraer, while large cabin jets can be Bombardier Aerospace, Dassault or Gulfstream Aerospace. These are the most expensive and have a big capacity.
There are also super mid size jets such as Cessna, Bombardier Aerospace, Embraer, Dassault, Gulfstream and Hawker Beechcraft.
Mid size jets are ideal for longer range travel including transcontinental journeys and are able to take even more people on board. These makes can include Bombardier Aerospace, Dassault, Cessna, Embraer, Gulfstream and Hawker Beechcraft.
There are also light jets, which have access to smaller airports and can fly at decent speeds, including makes such as Cessna, Bombardier Aerospace, Grob, Embraer, Sino Swearingen, and Hawker Beechcraft. Very light jets are even smaller and have a lower maximum take-off weight, being able to take off only from small airports. These makes include Cessna, Cirrus Design, Comp Air, Adam Aircraft Industries, Diamond Aircraft Industries, Eclipse Aviation, Embraer, Epic Aircraft, Honda, Piper and Spectrum Aeronautical.
Most will come with a professionally trained pilot while some businessmen prefer to fly them themselves if they are qualified to do so. However, different operators will own and manage these sorts of jets, which are flight departments, charter companies and fractional ownership (similar to time shares).