Most of the publicity around small jets for people has focused on Duluth-based Cirrus, which has put a lot of its future in the hands of the VLJ, the very light jet concept.
But at nearly $2 million apiece, that’s not an aircraft for typical people. That’s an aircraft for corporations and businesspeople who don’t want to spend, say, $3 million for a jet. It’s not likely to revolutionize general aviation.
Sonex Aircraft of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, announced yesterday that its SubSonex jet had its first flight over Oshkosh. And it works.
The jet will include a parachute system manufactured by South St. Paul’s Ballistic Recovery Systems.
The price? $135,000.
Why so (comparatively) low? Two reasons, primarily. First, there’s only room for one person.
Also, you have to put it together yourself.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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