Transcontinental Business Jet - the Titan T5
Ethan Narad, Nicholas Leacox, Austin Berg, Ben Li, Manami Iwahori
The Titan T5 is a Part 23 certified midsize business jet capable of carrying 4 to 8 passengers with transcontinental capabilities. Defining characteristics of this transcontinental aircraft include its luxurious cabin height (5’6”) and the versatility it provides through its accessibility to small commercial and general aviation fields. Development of the Titan T5 is planned to take 8 years, with the aircraft’s first test flight occurring between 2025 and 2026, and the aircraft’s full certification being achieved in 2028. The Titan T5 has a unit cost of $10.9 million. The figure below shows the cabin cross-section of the Titan T5 in comparison to competing Part 23 certified midsize business jets.
The Titan T5’s 4-passenger range of 2180 nautical miles provides customers with the ability to cross North America and access key destinations such as Hawaii, as seen on the range map below. With eight passengers, the T5 allows for one-stop flights to anywhere on the continent with a range of 1630 nautical miles.
|Max Payload||2250 lbs|
|Cabin Length||20 ft 10 in|
|Cabin Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Cabin Width||6 ft 2 in|
|4 pax. Range||2180 nmi|
|Service Ceiling||45500 ft|
|Flaps-down Stall Speed||90 kts|
|Max Speed||507 kts|
|Takeoff Distance||2920 ft|
|Landing Distance||2500 ft|
The Titan T5 design follows a conventional business jet layout with some key distinguishing features such as a large fuselage, an all-moving horizontal tailplane, and fuselage mounted engines. A three-view drawing of the aircraft is presented below.
The Titan T5 has a system of three fuel tanks, two wing tanks and a central tank located forward of the main wing spar. These tanks provide storage space for 1037 gallons of fuel. A majority of this fuel is stored in the T5’s wings, which have a planform area of 300 square feet and a sweep of 19 degrees to minimize transonic drag rise. The Titan T5 uses a hydraulically boosted control system for the ailerons, elevators, and rudder. The single-slot fowler flaps are deployed using redundant, external, electromechanical actuators.
The performance of the aircraft is comparable to the competitors in terms of range and speed, but payload capacity is on the lower side of the competition at 2,250 lbs. This allows for a capacity of 8 passengers, and is a reflection of this aircraft’s focus on range and luxury rather than its cargo utility. Powering the airplane are 2 Williams FJ44-4A-QPM turbofan engines, each producing 3,600 lbs of static thrust at sea level. During idle operations, the FJ44-4A-QPM is the only engine in its class certified to provide auxiliary power, allowing for cool conditioned air to greet its owners at all times.
With its class-leading headroom and range, the Titan T5 provides the best Part 23-certified experience on the market. The Titan T5: For Titans of Industry.