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Aero-TV: The Farnborough Kestrel – All Carbon-Fibre Business Aircraft

Farnborough Director Adrian Norris Updates ANN on the Kestrel Aircraft

Conceived as a new chapter in business aircraft, the Kestrel represents the application of advanced aerodynamics combined with state-of-the-art carbon-fibre composite construction. Developed by the British company, Farnborough Aircraft, the Kestrel made its first flight in July of 2006. 

Finally, at the Farnborough Air Show in 2008, the aircraft made its debut for European aviation enthusiasts.  After Farnborough Aircraft came under new ownership at the beginning of 2009, the company has re-dedicated itself to seeking full certification of the Kestrel.

Designed as a single engine turboprop business jet, the Kestrel merges speed, comfort, and operational flexibility unparalleled in the world of business and private jet aircraft. Due to its robust construction and heavy-duty undercarriage, the aircraft is capable of landing on the shortest of unprepared strips including sand, gravel, and grass.

The 1000hp PT6 engine, however, allows the Kestrel to seamlessly integrate with the kind of jet traffic found at commercial airports. The aircraft sustains a climb rate at maximum weight of more than 3,100 feet per minute and a maximum cruise speed above 350 knots.

Able to travel distances up to 1,500 nautical miles, the Kestrel is optimized to carry up to six passengers in luxury class comfort. Customers can choose from multiple cabin configurations including fitted private lavatory and pressurized luggage bay.

The aircraft’s luxury, however, does not translate to high operating costs.  Designed with a low-maintenance airframe and single-pilot capability, the Kestrel’s cost per mile equals less than two thirds of those of small business jets with the same speed, payload, and comfort. 

Farnborough Aircraft hopes that the Kestrel will offer a perfect cost effective solution for clients who need the benefits of business jet flexibility without the high price of airline travel.

FMI: http://www.farnborough-aircraft.com/the_kestrel.asp, http://www.aero-tv.net, http://www.youtube.com/aerotvnetwork, http://twitter.com/AeroNews

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