Cessna Stallion

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Phil - I find your aviation postings very informative. I would be interested to hear your comments regarding the Cessna Stallion. FADEC engines, longer range, more useful load, faster BUT more expensive and 20+ year old/ high time airframe. Your thoughts? http://www.sijet.com/Img/LightJet_comparisons.pdf

-- Ron Van Orden, December 18, 2007


I think those re-engined old Citations are quite good in terms of range (since they have the old fuel tanks and the new fuel-efficient engines). But you have to recognize that with a plane that old and wiring that complex that there will probably always be something minor wrong with the plane. You are not going to have squawk-free flights. Also, the speeds are substantially higher than on a Mustang or Phenom 100, so the plane is less friendly to beginners.

-- Philip Greenspun, December 18, 2007