ANN's Own Juan Jimenez Breaks Record Held Since 1976!
Guinness World Records has awarded Juan Jimenez the record for
the World's Smallest Jet. Jimenez is the owner of a BD-5J Microjet,
US registration N3038V. He lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with his
wife and son.
Jimenez, a pilot since 1974, began building his own aircraft in
1996. The BD-5 jet, which he purchased as an unfinished project in
2001 from Quentin Campbell in Australia, is his third BD-5
After the aircraft arrived from Australia, Jimenez worked
continuously to make it ready for flight. About a year before
finishing the project, he realized that he might have the lightest
BD-5J Microjet ever built, and preliminary weight measurements
In June, after completing the aircraft, Jimenez asked Guinness
World Records for permission to challenge the record for World's
Smallest Jet, which had been held by Bobby Bishop and his Silver
Bullet BD-5J since 1976. With Bishop's blessing, Jimenez submitted
his record attempt information in October 2004, and was
awarded the record on November 22.
The Federal Aviation Administration is in the final stages of
issuing the aircraft an Experimental, Exhibition (Group IV)
airworthiness certificate. Because there are no DAR's in Puerto
Rico, the local FSDO handles all experimental aircraft
airworthiness certifications. This also means that it takes a
little longer, but on the positive side, there is no cost
Once the certificate has been issued, Jimenez says he'll begin
flight testing the aircraft, which he has named "El Guaraguao" --
a type of red-tailed hawk (Buteo
jamaicensis) that thrives on the Caribbean island.