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Setting the Record Straight

Business jet attempts to surpass world distance and speed record.

Ardenbrook, Inc. to Attempt Flight Distance Record in 6614 – 13,228 pound Weight Class.

National Aeronautic Association asks pilot to attempt new record for this class.

HAYWARD , CA (PRWeb) November 1, 2006 – In the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 1st , pilots Matt Brooks and Alan Cirino will attempt to set the record for distance in the 6614 – 13,228 pound Weight Class and concurrently for speed between the West Coast and East Coast. The aircraft will leave from the Hayward Executive Airport, and head east.
Ardenbrook, Inc. has already carved a proud record into the Aviation History Books. In May of 2004, a flight crew headed by Matt Brooks set a Round the World record “West Bound” for the weight class listed above in his Cessna Citation 501 FJ44 Eagle II.

The National Aeronautic Association recently queried Brooks as to whether he had any interest in attempting the previously-unset record of the greatest distance flown between two points. After the distance flight, Brooks and Cirino will reposition the aircraft to Lincoln, NE and plan on attempting three more records: (1) Time to Climb (without payload) to 3000 meters (9842 feet), (2) Closed Circuit Course - 1000 km (539.9 miles), and (3) Closed Circuit Course - 2000 km (1079 miles).

The flight is sponsored by the NAA, Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., Williams International, LLC., and Mather


About Setting Records

NAA (National Aeronautic Association) encourages pilots of all levels of experience to set records—dozens of records are established each year. National and world records can be set in any type of aircraft and for a variety of different tasks—including altitude, speed and distance. Airplane records are classified by engine-type and aircraft weight, making it possible for a variety of aviators—even pilots owning small single-engine planes--to establish a national or world mark.
Many of aviation's early heroes once held aviation world records at some point in their careers—the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, just to name a few. Many of today's aviation greats hold records that still stand—like Chuck Yeager, John Glenn and Bob Hoover.
NAA also administers records with the many air sports in the United States—disciplines such as gliding, soaring, ballooning, parachuting, aeromodeling and ultralights.

The five records we are after, all in our Weight Class of 6614 – 13,228 pounds are:

  1. Trans-continental speed record across the United States. The course can be between any two airports on opposite coasts but both the departure and destination airport can be no farther than 60 kilometers from their respective coast line. This record was set on November 18, 1991, by Terry Kohler in a Citation 501 similar to ours but powered by Pratt and Whitney engines. His average speed was 375.9191 Knots (432.6 mph). We have to beat this record by 1% or 3.76 knots per hour faster. We have chosen to fly between San Diego, CA and Jacksonville, FL, a distance of 1800 nautical miles and with mother nature’s cooperation in the form of some particularly strong jet stream currents in the lower part of the USA our November 1st run should bring in a victory.
  2. Concurrently with record number one we hope to set the as yet vacant distance record for our aircraft type.
  3. In addition to the Trans-Continental speed record and the Longest Distance Record for our weight class, the flight will also set the record (currently  vacant) for Speed Over a Recognized Course - San Diego, CA to  Jacksonville, FL.
  4. Record number three is a time to climb, without payload, from a standing start (brake release) to 3000 meters (9842.51 feet)and is currently held by Edward Wachs who set this one in a Lear Jet 24 launching from Kenosha, WI on February 6th, 1989. His time was 52 seconds. We have to beat that by 3% or 50.44 seconds. For this attempt we are going to relocate to Lincoln, NE where the air is cold and the air traffic congestion much less of a factor. The altitude achieved shall be the true altitude measured from sea level as defined in the relevant country by the nation survey. This attempt will be made on November 2, 2006.
  5. (and 6!)  Records 4 and 5 are for Speed over a closed circuit, without landing. Course    lengths of 1,000 (539 miles) and 2, 000 kilometers (1079 miles). These records are currently vacant. The flight shall be made over an out-and-return course (with or without an intermediate turn point), which must be approved or declared. The distance may be achieved over more than one lap of the course. Before crossing the start line the aircraft must fly level within 100 meters for the last 1,000 meters. The altitude of the aircraft at the finish line must not be less than its altitude at the start.