Corporate Aircraft 60 Years Apart
I have chosen to design my working life around my passion for flying. I enjoy introducing people to the wonder of flight, teaching people to fly and flying people around in their private aircraft. The other day I had the unique opportunity to fly two corporate aircraft that were built 60 years apart. I flew Estelle, built in 1952, as my commuter to an airport where I picked up a Phenom 100, built in 2012. What a great feeling, jumping into Estelle, firing up the 7 cylinder radial with all the sounds and smells associated with vintage aircraft. Then flying slow and low across the landscape. The Phenom 100 feels, looks and smells new, because it is. This particular Phenom has only a handful of hours on it and it shows. Jumping in the Phenom brings on a completely different experience. Everything is designed for safety, speed and efficiency. In the Cessna 195 I cruise around at altitudes between 2,000 and 10,000 feet at 140 MPH. In the Phenom I cruise around at altitudes between 25,000 and 41,000 feet at over 400 MPH. It is hard to believe that these two corporate aircraft were built only 60 years apart. 60 years prior to Estelle, our Cessna 195, airplanes were only figments of the imagination. What will we replace the corporate aircraft of today in 2075? Only time will tell. My dream is that we have supersonic corporate aircraft. The technology is there, we are currently limited by the sonic boom that is created and the huge amount of fuel necessary to make airplanes go that fast.