The Spectrum S-33 Independence is a very light jet designed and built by Spectrum Aeronautical using a carbon fiber construction process that makes the airplane weigh about two thirds as much as a comparably sized aluminum-frame airplane.The aircraft is designed to cruise at 45,000ft.
Weight & dimensions
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The Spectrum S-33 Independence is a very light jet designed and built by Spectrum Aeronautical using a carbon fiber construction process that makes the airplane weigh about two thirds as much as a comparably sized aluminum-frame airplane.
The aircraft is designed to cruise at 45,000ft. at speeds up to 415 Kts (Mach 0.72) and fly as far as 2000nm (3700km) while using about half the fuel of comparably sized aluminum-framed business aircraft. FAA and JAA Type Certifications of the S-33 Independence were expected to be completed in 2009, but were not. The company has provided no press releases to explain the long delay in gaining certification.
The aircraft is reported to be able to accommodate 5–6 passenger seats, a full-sized private lavatory, and will have a maximum take-off weight of 7,300lb., with a range of over 2,000 miles.
The retail sales price of the aircraft, which is equipped with Williams FJ-33 engines is supposed to be US-$3.95 million. The aircraft is to be released about 12 months after the bigger S-40 “Freedom”. In May 2011 Spectrum president Austin Blue is quoted: “We are still trying to get the programmes advancing, but it is not easy”.