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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    2016-2017 Undergraduate Team Aircraft Design Competition

    Light Business Jet Family – Request for Proposal

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    Important Dates

    • Letter of Intent: 10 February 2017
    • Proposals due: 10 May 2017
    • Winners Announced: 10 June 2017


    The business aviation market was hit hard during the recent economic recession. Demand dropped significantly for business jets and the manufacturers invested in developing new jets and upgrading existing models. In recent years, the economy has struggled as the business jet manufacturers have cautiously launched their new aircraft to meet new demand. Business jets continue to offer great value in business travel with comfort.

    The category of light business jets is loosely defined here as aircraft which weigh roughly 13,000-22,000 lb., carry 5-10 passengers, and may have US coast to coast range, depending on payload and winds. This category has several current examples from a variety of manufacturers: The Bombardier-Learjet 40, Cessna Citation CJ3+, the SyberJet SJ30, and Embraer Phenom 300 are a few examples.

    New business jet designs typically offer higher cruise speed, larger cabins, and updated technology compatibility. The business passengers continue to expect a comfortable and connected work environment so they can maximize productivity while enroute to their destination. Shorter trip time enables last minute and urgent trips to be completed on short notice to a wide range of destinations. Another key capability is short runway operability, allowing departure locations closer to users’ home base and final point of destination which enables even short trip times.

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