Sport-Jet Latest Contender in Very Light Jet Market

 - March 22, 2007, 8:12 AM

The single-engine, four/five-passenger Sport-Jet is the latest aircraft to join the very light jet race. The aircraft is under development by Excel-Jet of Monument, Colo., whose president is Bob Bornhofen, designer of the Maverick Leader kitbuilt jet. Bornhofen, who is not associated with Maverick Jets of Melbourne, Fla., told AIN that he hopes to have the first preproduction Sport-Jet prototype in the air by the end of the year. The engine will be either a Williams International FJ33 or (the powerplant selected by Cessna for its Mustang very light twinjet) a Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615. Certification of the Sport-Jet is planned for late 2006, with a selling price of “less than $1 million.” The Sport-Jet is being designed to fly four passengers 1,000 nm and cruise at 340 knots at 25,000 feet, according to Bornhofen.