The Jetstream 31 is a turboprop powered aircraft that was manufactured in regional airliner and executive transport variants. It is capable of carrying 19 passengers in the airliner configuration or 12 passengers in the executive transport configuration. Manufactured between 1980 and 1993, the Jetstream 31 has enjoyed widespread popularity and more than 170 examples, in various configurations, are still operating today. Being economical and able to access a wide range of airfields in the United States and abroad aided in its popularity. The Garrett engines have a water-methanol option allowing the 31 to be operated at higher weights from shorter airfields. Comforts include leather seating, fully enclosed lavatory, optional galley facilities, and an abundance of baggage space. The airplane has a main baggage compartment aft with a plug-type door and a ventral storage pod.
The Jetstream is quick with a cruising speed in excess of 250 knots and is powered by twin turboprop engines producing about 980 shaft horsepower each. For shorter trips, speeds can exceed 300 miles per hour. The airplane does have drawbacks, however. It is known for its healthy production of noise inside and out as Garrett is not known for producing quiet engines. Another drawback is the limited range as the distance between fuel stops is around 680 nautical miles. The 31 has a nice payload capacity as well with that figure approaching 2,000 pounds.
The airplane is known for high dispatch reliability, speed, and good payload capacity. As long as range isn’t a factor, the roomy cabin (executive layout) will make for speedy trips to regional destinations. There is no doubt the Jetstream 31 will be serving the skies for years to come.
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