Foley: VLJs Are Just Small Jets

 - November 2, 2009, 4:46 AM

The marketing hype surrounding very light jets (VLJs) has “largely subsided,” according to Brian Foley, president of business aviation consulting firm Brian Foley Associates, and the VLJ “has yet to prove that it’s anything more than a subcompact business jet. This is in contrast to a time when ‘revolutionary’ and ‘disruptive technology’ were industry buzzwords, and at least one now-defunct manufacturer [Eclipse Aviation] had forecast its own yearly production numbers in the thousands.” While the VLJ was marketed as a distinct category, Foley explained, it is “nothing more than a downward market extension.”