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The types of business aircraft vary widely, ranging from propeller-driven aircraft to jets to helicopters. The fleet includes everything from piston aircraft not much bigger than a car and capable of flying just a few hundred miles before re-fueling, to jets that seat more than a dozen people and are capable of making non-stop international flights. However, the vast majority of business aircraft seat six passengers in a cabin roughly the size of a large SUV and fly an average stage length of less than 1,000 miles. Depending on their capability, these aircraft may fly at altitudes below the airlines (below 20,000 feet) or above the airlines (above 40,000 feet).
Piston aircraft used for business typically fly relatively short missions of 300-400 miles, using very small general aviation airports that are often without air traffic control towers. Continue.
Turboprops are an attractive option for businesses that need to fly missions requiring 600-1,000 miles of travel between general aviation airports that often have runways too short to accommodate jets. Continue.
Like their turboprop counterparts, jet interiors are often configured similar to a small office, where co-workers can meet and make productive use of time en route to a destination. Continue.
Helicopters are often attractive to businesspeople because of their ability to land at a variety of heliports and outlying airports and are typically used for very short business aviation flights of less than 100 miles, at altitudes of less than 1,000 feet. Continue.