Pathfinder P1 – Light Business Jet
Nathan Johnson, Jason Chapman, Elliot Kane, Robert Plafker, Alejandro Navarro, Matthew Schoenau
The Pathfinder P1 is a light business jet capable of transporting up to six passengers and their baggage on regional flights with ranges as shown in fig. 1. The P1 will be desirable for charter and corporate operations, with the additional appeal as an entry-level personal jet due to its capability for single pilot operation. With a takeoff field length of 2600 ft at sea level, as seen in fig. 2, the Pathfinder P1 is poised to meet the ambitious takeoff and landing performance that distinguishes light jets without sacrificing the essential element of passenger comfort that defines the executive jet category.
The Pathfinder P1 follows the conventional business jet layout, featuring a low wing, twin turbofan engines mounted to the rear fuselage, and a T-tail. To ensure passenger comfort the fuselage has a larger constant cross-section, shown in fig. 3, including a fully enclosed lavatory—a non-standard feature on light business jets. The cabin, at just over fifteen feet long, is one of the longest of the light business jet class, allowing for customizable seating configurations to suit client needs. Furthermore, the wing design enables the P1 to achieve a 400 KTAS maximum cruise speed while also delivering the notable short takeoff and landing performance. In conclusion, the spacious cabin and excellent field performance sets the Pathfinder P1 apart from the competition.
Maximum Cruise Speed:
Long Range Cruise Speed:
Take-off Distance (ASL, dry, no wind):
No Flaps: 2593 ft / Full Flaps: 2441 ft
Maximum Takeoff Weight:
Engine Static Thrust
1400 lb. (6 passengers + baggage)
2050 nmi (Includes NBAA IFR Reserves)
Limit Load Factors:
+3.46 / -1.39
4 – Passenger Range
1620 nmi (Includes NBAA IFR Reserves)