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How to choose between a private jet and a private plane? introduction

In the world of private aviation, the terms ‘private jet’ and ‘private aircraft’ are often used interchangeably. This can lead to confusion about their respective properties. However, these two categories of aircraft have different characteristics, uses and costs. It is essential to understand the differences between these aircraft in order to choose the right one for your trip. AEROAFFAIRES explains the distinction between a jet and a private aircraft.

The private plane, a diverse and flexible aircraft

The propeller-driven private plane: a historic aircraft

Propeller-driven aircraft made their debut with the first single-engine planes at the beginning of the 20th century. They gained in popularity after the First World War. Then, during the Second World War, these aircraft were used for military purposes. This led to significant advances in aircraft technology. After the war, military aircraft evolved and new technical advances were made. As a result, aircraft models diversified and metamorphosed into private propeller planes. Today, these aircraft are chartered for a wide range of activities, making a major contribution to the development and growth of private aviation.

The mechanism of the private propeller plane

The propeller-driven private jet operates on an action-reaction propulsion system. The propeller, located at the front, pushes the air backwards, propelling the aircraft forward. There are two types of propeller-driven aircraft:

  • The piston aircraft:

Its propeller is connected to an internal combustion engine. This engine system works by burning a mixture of petrol and air in cylinders. This generates a controlled explosion that allows the propeller to turn and propel the aircraft. As the propeller turns, air is redirected to the engine to cool it. In fact, piston-powered aircraft run on mechanical energy, which is transformed into a movement that enables them to take off.

Its propeller is powered by a gas turbine. Air is sucked in at the front of the aircraft, then compressed by several compressors. It is then mixed with fuel and ignited. This combustion creates hot gases that pass through a turbine that turns the propeller. This sets up the air thrust mechanism and propels the aircraft forward. The gas turbine offers efficient and economical power.

Some propeller aircraft models

Among the most popular modern piston aircraft:

The Diamond DA40:
Created in 1997, this is a single-engine piston aircraft designed by Diamond Aircraft Industries. This aircraft is appreciated for its combination of safety, efficiency and comfort. It can seat up to 4 people, including the pilot, and can reach speeds of up to 285 kilometres per hour.

The Piper PA 34 Seneca:
Introduced in 1971, it was developed by Piper Aircraft. It stands out for its performance, reliability and capacity. With room for up to 6 passengers, including the pilot, it can reach speeds of up to 378 kilometres per hour.

Among the most popular modern turboprop aircraft:

The King air 200:
Dating back to 1974, this twin-engine turboprop stands out for its reliability, versatility and performance. It can carry a maximum of 13 passengers, although its configuration allows for 6 to 9 seats for optimum comfort. It can take off and land on short runways, making it ideal for reaching remote areas. Its maximum speed is 540 kilometres per hour.

The Cessna Grand Caravan C208B:
Created in 1986, this single-engine turboprop aircraft’s excellent reputation is justified by its robustness and versatility. It is suitable for all types of flights, as it can operate on short runways and carry up to 14 passengers. Its maximum speed is 343 kilometres per hour.

The Piper PA 31 navajo:
Introduced in 1967, this is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft much appreciated for its versatility and reliable performance. It can carry between 6 and 8 passengers in relative comfort, but the space can be configured to optimise it. Its maximum speed is 370 kilometres per hour.

The private jet, an extraordinary aircraft

How a jet-powered private jet works

A private jet is powered by jet engines. Jet engines are designed to provide powerful and efficient propulsion. First, air is delivered to the front of the engine and then compressed by several compressors. The air mixes with the fuel, then hot gases are produced from the ignition of the mixture. The gases escape rapidly through a turbine. This creates a forward thrust that propels the aircraft. Private jets are generally popular because they can fly at high altitudes and speeds. As a result, the journeys offered are fast and comfortable.

Some private jet models

The Dassault Falcon 8X:
Introduced in 2016, this is a modern turboprop aircraft. It is popular for its agility and ability to land on short runways. It can seat up to 14 passengers and reach a maximum speed of 1,085 kilometres per hour.

The Bombardier Global 7500:
Created in 2018, this is an extremely spacious twin-engine aircraft with an extraordinary range. It can seat up to 19 passengers and reach speeds of up to 1,150 kilometres per hour.

The Gulfstream G650:
Dating from 2008, this aircraft boasts a luxurious, customisable interior and unrivalled comfort. It can seat up to 18 passengers and is ideal for long-haul flights. It can reach speeds of up to 975 kilometres per hour, making it a very fast private jet.

Which aircraft should I choose, a private jet or a private aircraft?

Opting for a flight on a private jet or private aircraft depends on the needs and preferences of the traveller. Private aircraft are more flexible, and are ideal for those looking to travel to more remote destinations. Their ability to land on short runways or at airports with few facilities makes them ideal for travelling to remote areas.
On the other hand, private jets, with their lightning speed and luxurious comfort, are ideal for business travellers. Flying in a jet is an effective way of saving time while enjoying remarkable comfort. These aircraft are ideally suited to intercontinental travel or journeys that require speed and optimum service.

In short, the choice between these two aircraft depends on the specific priorities of each traveller. The private jet will offer luxury and speed, while the private plane will allow comfortable journeys to more out-of-the-way destinations.

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  • What is the average cost of a private jet flight?

    Jet flights are generally more expensive than private flights. This may vary depending on the make and model of aircraft, the destination and the number of passengers. For example, a Paris-Milan flight on a jet for 4 passengers costs around €9,400.

  • What is the average cost of a private aircraft flight?

    Private flights are generally less expensive than jet flights. This may vary depending on the make and model of aircraft, the destination and the number of passengers. For example, a flight from Paris to Milan by private jet costs around €8,000 for 4 passengers.

  • Which aircraft should I choose for a 10-passenger flight?

    For a group of 10 people, a private jet would generally be more suitable in terms of comfort and capacity. Jets often offer more space and amenities for passengers, making them a more comfortable choice for larger groups.