Maverick Jets Working on Another Very Light Jet

 - November 16, 2006, 4:31 AM

After operating below the radar for several years, Maverick Jets, now headquartered in Jackson, Wyo., revealed it is working on a next-generation Maverick Leader called the SmartJet. The five-seat, twin-turbofan, all-composite SmartJet has a planned mtow of 4,160 pounds, an empty weight of 2,150 pounds, a normal cruise speed of 277 knots at 22,000 feet and a max range of 1,250 nm. Jim McCotter, Maverick Jets president and owner, said the company will disclose the name of the airplane’s engine maker “later this year.” He expects first flight of the SmartJet in the last quarter of next year and FAA certification in spring 2009. The certified SmartJet currently lists for $899,000. Maverick Jets has built some half a dozen “custom” Leaders (meaning 51-percent owner-built). In 2003 the company had planned to certify a Williams FJ33-powered Leader in Europe and produce it with Tiblisi Aerospace Manufacturing in the republic of Georgia but these goals were not realized. McCotter also hopes to develop the single-engine SoloJet and the twin-engine amphibious SeaJet.