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Javelin: your own personal fighter jet
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Posted on 12/17/2006 6:34:49 AM PST by Flavius

The Javelin is a new jet, currently in flight testing, that combines the best elements of a business jet with the handling and performance of a fighter. The $2.8m two-seater jet can climb at 10,000 feet per minute and cruise at 0.90 Mach (525 KTAS). The baggage compartment even has room for two golf bags. I spoke to Rob Fuschino, vice-president of operations and chief test pilot at the plane's manufacturer ATG to find out more.

How’s the test program going?

It’s going very well. Right now, the flight test program is with a pre-production prototype aircraft. We’ve flown it five times and retracted the gear. It’s just come out of modifications and we’re doing the paperwork to begin full envelope expansion. The modifications will allow fully movable and retractable flaps.

The prototype was built specifically to gather the information to validate the wind tunnel information. It has the shape of the aeroplane so that we could go up and validate the numbers in the big wind tunnel in the sky. A lot of the internal systems are not production standard.

At Centennial Airport here in Colorado, the runway is being resurfaced and we expect to start flying in the second week in July when it's done.

How does the prototype fly?

Rob Fushino standing in front of the Javelin Rob Fuschino It's exceeding our expectations. Performance-wise it’s right where we thought it would be.

Handling is an area that I love as a former military test pilot with a masters in control theory. As part of our design requirements we want the plane to be completely predictable and precise and never surprise the pilot. We also want the airplane to be extremely manoeuvrable but not get you into trouble.

We have a unique flight control system that combines hydraulics and electrical actuators which lets us do all our stability augmentation through electronic means. This means we can smooth out any rough edges in the flying qualities of the airplane, although the handling is exceptional as it is. If you lose hydraulics you get a manual reversion and now your stick is controlling the flying surfaces directly.

What systems do you have planned?

* Pressurisation. Right now its 8.6psi which allows an 8,000 foot cabin at 45,000 feet. This will give you a shirt sleeve environment but there are operating regulations that require single pilots to wear masks above 35,000 feet.

* Ejection seat. Not on the civilian aircraft. It’s a dual engine aircraft that must meet FAR 23 and EASA regulations. It’ll be like any other GA aircraft. Ejection seats are more of a liability than a help. The canopy has been designed so that you will have an easy time getting in and out of the aircraft. It’s not like airstairs but we have a boarding ladder that we’ve done good ergonomic studies.

* Deice. It will be certified for known icing.

* Bird strike protection. Even though there is no requirement for bird strike protection in FAR 23, we’re building the windscreen thick enough to protect the pilot and passenger up to 240 knots.

* Avionics. The cockpit is going to be an immersive environment for the pilot and passenger. We have a two-screen configuration but we are looking at a three-screen configuration for a number of reasons because so much is going to be done through the glass so we want to reduce the pilot workload. It’s a very integrated airplane much of the control of systems will be through the glass. We’ll have WAAS-enabled GPS and we’re planning for expansion capabilities for ADS-B, LPV (GPS WAAS approaches), an option for colour weather radar, an option for fighter-style heads up display (but not forward-looking infrared) and we’ll be RVSM capable. We also have traffic awareness and EGPWS. We’re with Avidyne right now.

Pilot certification

It is a jet so in order to be licenced you’ll have to have a type rating. I see safety as a three-legged stool. The first leg is the plane itself. The second leg is training. A lot has been done with FITS and FAA training requirements. We’ll go above and beyond those. We’ll partner with a major training program but we’ll keep tight control of the syllabus. We’ll take best practices from FITS and military and civilian Part 121 air carrier training. We’re going to split 50:50 between simulator and actual flight training. We want to immerse the pilot in the real experience. We plan to offer to the best training in the industry. We also have a 1,500 hour minimum including a minimum of 200 hours of turbine time – we’re not taking Baron pilots who are stepping up. Most of our optionholders already own a jet.

The third leg is what I call operational excellence. In an airline you have an operations manual and oversight. We’re going to ease into that with mentor pilots drawn primarily from a military background. It’ll be tailored to each particular pilot. We don’t have the ability to fire anyone so we have to use a bigger carrot so we’re going to use our customer service program to roll all of the customer service together with constant engagement with our pilots. We’ll have turkey shoots, newsletters, safety magazines. We can make all that part of the recurrent training.

What will you need to do before you are certified?

We’re going to have four aircraft in the flight test program. The first conformed aircraft should be flying at the end of '07 and we have a one-year program due to finish at the end of 2008.

How confident are you that you'll get there in the end?

As normal for start-up manufacturers, we’re trying to build an airplane and a company at the same time. But the plane has captured the attention and imagination of many people including large aircraft companies (including Israeli Aircraft Industries).

We have a unique market segment. We have a dual market, much like Pilatus, with military and civilian customers. Also, we’ve been very successful so far in raising funds. We have 100 employees now.

This is not an easy thing to do – there are huge barriers to entry. Regulations make it a steep mountain to climb. But I think we’re over the hump.

Okay, I want one. If I order today, how much will it cost and when will I get it?

If you order now, you can expect delivery in 2010 although we do have some possibilities for 2009. We have 107 deposits in the book. The price is $2.795m in 2005 dollars.

It looks like I'll need to get a few more clicks on my Google adverts!

Be patient. I have no doubt that we’re going to be a success and that the aircraft is going to change the marketplace!



TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fighterjet; ohyeah
that is so sweet

i wont one bad

1 posted on 12/17/2006 6:34:51 AM PST by Flavius
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To: Flavius
The $2.8m two-seater jet


Lot of money to carry 2 golf bags and a buddy.

Now if they put two 25MM cannons and a couple of air to air missiles on board I would consider.
2 posted on 12/17/2006 6:40:55 AM PST by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: Nailbiter

Let's get two ...


3 posted on 12/17/2006 6:41:21 AM PST by IncPen (When Al Gore Finished the Internet, he invented Global Warming)
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To: Flavius

Does anyonoe know if it started life as the BD-10?


4 posted on 12/17/2006 6:43:52 AM PST by GBA (God Bless America!)
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To: Flavius


5 posted on 12/17/2006 6:46:56 AM PST by radar101 (LIBERALS = Hypocrisy and Fantasy)
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To: GBA

i really dont know

but now i really have to start trading better to afford one of these things

wonder if one can make it fly on biodiesel


6 posted on 12/17/2006 6:47:08 AM PST by Flavius (Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Flavius

bump


7 posted on 12/17/2006 6:48:49 AM PST by Centurion2000 (If the Romans had nukes, Carthage would still be glowing.)
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To: Flavius

seems like a really small market niche. I say it fails due to lack of buyers.


8 posted on 12/17/2006 6:49:26 AM PST by LC HOGHEAD ("Liberalism is a religion, if not an out and out cult.")
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To: Flavius

It's cool, but even the 40 year old F-4 could do mach 2. I suppose making this jet supersonic would make it magnitudes more expensive. I've heard that you can buy surplus MIG's, for that matter.


9 posted on 12/17/2006 6:49:27 AM PST by Sam Cree (don't mix alcopops and ufo's - absolute reality)
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To: Recon Dad
Now if they put two 25MM cannons and a couple of air to air missiles on board I would consider.

Now there's an idea. I can see it now...

"The Javelin. A first-line jet to equip your personal AVG. For when your government is too PC to do the blatantly necessary. Take it for a test flight, and receive a stack of complimentary target maps."

10 posted on 12/17/2006 6:49:48 AM PST by guitfiddlist (When the 'Rats break out switchblades, it's no time to invoke Robert's Rules.)
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To: Recon Dad

Can it straife Tehran??? If so I'll take 3!


11 posted on 12/17/2006 6:55:35 AM PST by Doc Savage ("You couldn't tame me, but you taught me.................")
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To: Flavius

well...up until now, I couldn't think what I wanted for Christmas...


12 posted on 12/17/2006 7:02:40 AM PST by Mac1 (=)
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To: Flavius

From the 4 photos under the photo of the fighter, I can see they used a lot of stealth technology!

Seriously, they should have built a 3 seater, given the fact that that there's room for 2 golf bags... Pilot, Passenger, and caddie.

Mark


13 posted on 12/17/2006 7:08:33 AM PST by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: Flavius
Its an underpowered, under-winged death-trap.

They kept the wings small to get decent speed from those puny engines. That thing will fall like a rock without thrust. There is only enough lifting surface to barely keep it in the air. The wing should twice a large as it is, but then it would probably only do 300kts.

Its junk.
14 posted on 12/17/2006 7:21:27 AM PST by Pukin Dog (I will vote for Hillary Clinton for President, before I will vote for John McCain.)
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To: Recon Dad
Lot of money to carry 2 golf bags and a buddy

I bet Rush has one

15 posted on 12/17/2006 7:22:22 AM PST by Kewlhand`tek (When you take things in backwards, everything comes out backwards.---Savage)
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To: Flavius
Your photos are gone because you were stealing bandwidth.

You shouldn't hot-link photos from other people's websites.

Download the photos to your hard drive, then upload them to http://tinypic.com and link to them from there. Tinypic is free.

16 posted on 12/17/2006 7:28:55 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: GBA

It doesn't seem to be BD-10 derived... I found this info. at
http://www.aerofiles.com/

Peregrine
Peregrine Flight International, Minden NV.
1994 = Continuation of Bede BD-10 with GE J85 as a home-builder kit. A crash in testing killed the president of the company. Acquired by Fox Aircraft of Minden, but its president, too, was killed in a crash. In 1996 Monitor Jet Corp of Canada took over but, despite claim of 12 standing orders, no production was forthcoming. Next? SEE Vortex.

Vortex
1997: Vortex Aircraft Co, San Diego CA on acquisition of rights to Bede assets.
PhoenixJet 1998 = Resurrection of twin-tail Bede BD-10, but redesigned with subsonic wing as a military JPATS primary trainer.

Not a very good record.... I remember Fox Aircraft and the large hangar they had at Minden NV. They had about 5 completed when one crashed due to asymmetric flap deployment, if I remember correctly....


17 posted on 12/17/2006 7:32:39 AM PST by az_gila (AZ - need less democrats)
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To: Flavius

what caliber of ammo?


18 posted on 12/17/2006 7:33:34 AM PST by greasepaint
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To: Flavius

BUMP!!


19 posted on 12/17/2006 7:35:14 AM PST by painter (We celebrate liberty which comes from God not from government.)
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To: Flavius

They need to radically redesign aircraft. Eliminate the long nose and look at it from a circular standpoint. You know, like UFOs are.


20 posted on 12/17/2006 7:37:48 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Why can't Republicans stand up to Democrats like they do to terrorists?)
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To: Flavius

The Harley Davidson of the flight set.


21 posted on 12/17/2006 7:40:47 AM PST by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: Pukin Dog

The wings looked awefully small to me too, more of a guided cruise missle look.

I suppose they could have named it "Okha".


22 posted on 12/17/2006 7:44:05 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Pukin Dog
There is only enough lifting surface to barely keep it in the air.

My first thought...

I wouldn't go up in it... it would be better suited as a drone or a cruise missile...

23 posted on 12/17/2006 7:45:13 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: Pukin Dog
You may have also noticed that they didn't mention fuel consumption and range. I would be willing to bet that it is severely limited in range like under 500 nautical miles.

So if you wanted to go anywhere it would be takeoff, climb, land and repeat. Flight planning would be done by considering who had the fastest fueling service : )
24 posted on 12/17/2006 7:46:59 AM PST by LeGrande
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To: Recon Dad
Lot of money to carry 2 golf bags and a buddy.

Yes and being transported from hole to hole seems to be a most formidable feat for a near mach 1 golf cart.

25 posted on 12/17/2006 7:53:52 AM PST by EGPWS
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To: Sam Cree
I've heard that you can buy surplus MIG's, for that matter.

Flying mach 1 or greater is still illegal over the continental US anyway.

26 posted on 12/17/2006 7:59:24 AM PST by EGPWS
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To: Flavius

Nice Plane!I could use one in my garage. The First pic looked real sharp although the others looked like the plane was in stealth mode (invisable).


27 posted on 12/17/2006 8:08:26 AM PST by puppypusher
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To: Sam Cree

I've heard that you can buy surplus MIG's, for that matter.



I've seen prices of around $250k for a Mig19 ,, buy two , one for spares... for me I'll go with a PC12 .. for those of you dreaming of a ground attack mode you could just start with a Citation and build in a bellygun like they do in some south american countries..


28 posted on 12/17/2006 8:21:41 AM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: LeGrande; All
You may have also noticed that they didn't mention fuel consumption and range. I would be willing to bet that it is severely limited in range like under 500 nautical miles.

modernpilot.com - Javelin your own personal fighter jet

 

 

Javelin Performance and dimensions

Engines: Two – 1,800 pound thrust, turbo-fan Williams International FJ33-4A-18M

Seating capacity: Two, tandem

Max gross weight: 6,200 pounds

Dimensions

  • Wing span: 23.25 feet
  • Length: 36 feet
  • Height: 10.5 feet
  • Wing area: 120 square feet
  • Cabin width at canopy interior sills: 28.5 inches
  • Cockpit interior width at elbows: 36 inches
  • Maximum outside cabin width: 40 inches
  • Cargo/Baggage: up to 200 lb (room for two golf bags)

Performance

  • Take-off ground roll (std day, SL, 6,200 lb): 1,800 feet
  • Balanced field (std day, SL, 6,200 lb): 3,000 feet
  • Max rate of climb: 10,000 ft/min
  • Time to climb to 41,000 ft (ISA, std day, 6,200 lb): 13 min.
  • Cruise speed (ISA, std day, 5,500 lb, 35,000 ft): 0.90 Mach, 525 KTAS, 600 mph
  • Stall speed in landing configuration (6,080 lb.): 110 KCAS
  • Approach speed: 132 knots (at max gross weight)
  • Approach speed: 114 knots (at landing weight)
  • Landing distance (std day, SL, 6,080 lb, full flaps): Ground Roll: 2,200 feet; Over 50 ft: 5,000 feet
  • Landing Distance (std day, SL, 4,575 lb, full flaps): Ground Roll: 1,800 feet; Over 50 ft: 4,200 feet
  • Certified ceiling: 45,000 feet

Range and endurance

  • IFR Range (M 0.80): 1,200 nm
  • Endurance: 3.5 hours
  • Fuel capacity: 280 gallons
  • Economy cruise (0.80 Mach at 45,000 ft) = 75 gal/hr
  • High-speed cruise (0.90 Mach at 35,000 ft) = 109 gal/hr

Price 2005: $2.795 million (will be indexed, taxes not included)


29 posted on 12/17/2006 8:56:04 AM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Flavius
Javelin


Personal Fighter Jet

Personal Fighter Pig

30 posted on 12/17/2006 9:11:37 AM PST by sully777 (You have flies in your eyes--Catch-22)
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To: Stoat

Those seem to be very good performance numbers :) Now if I only had a spare 3 million lying around. Of course I would like to be able to fly to Hawaii, or across the pond....


31 posted on 12/17/2006 9:35:59 AM PST by LeGrande
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To: Pukin Dog

"Its an underpowered, under-winged death-trap."

You forgot one more attribute: it is uninsurable. There is not an underwriter out there that would write a policy on one of these. Single-engine turboprops cost $25k per year at the very low end (<$1mm hull value). Pilot requirements are high for even turbine malibus; I cannot imagine what this would require: 5000' landing rwy? 110 KIAS Vso? This is not the answer for GA, that's for sure.


32 posted on 12/17/2006 9:37:55 AM PST by nj_pilot
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