What it's like to fly aboard the Blackshape Prime, a private jet dubbed the 'Ferrari of the Sky'

What it's like to fly aboard the Blackshape Prime, a private jet dubbed the 'Ferrari of the Sky'

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Aerial shot of the Mornington Peninsula in Melbourne, Australia

  • The Blackshape Prime is a new luxury two-seater aircraft that flies like a high-end sports car.
  • The Prime's frame is made of carbon-fiber, one of the same materials used on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
  • The aircraft is ideal for experienced hobby pilots or novice fliers.

While supercars may satisfy a driver's need for speed, The Blackshape Prime jet aims to the choice for high-speed air travel.

Melbourne, Australia-based PLA Aviation Services have unveiled a sleek two-seater luxury aircraft called the Blackshape Prime, which has been dubbed the "Ferrari of the Sky." And rightly so; the aircraft's high-end carbon-fiber frame makes it lighter and smoother than its competitors, allowing it to cut through the air and turn with ease.

But the Prime's most impressive feature is its speed. It can hit about 174 mph (280 kilometers per hour), which is on par some of quickest small passenger aircraft.

It can travel a distance of up to 685 miles (1,100 kilometers) before it needs to refuel, making it a great, albeit flashy, way to travel.


The plane is great for for airplane aficionados, but is also enjoyable for novice flyers, like myself. The aircraft features dual controls for both the pilot up front and the passenger in back, allowing the passenger to be a back-seat pilot, of sorts.

Nic Waugh, owner of PLA Aviation Services, which exclusively distributes the aircraft in Australia and New Zealand, describes his motivation to buy the plane: "There really is nothing else like this on the market," he said. "You've heard cars described as the ultimate driving machine, well this is really the ultimate flying machine."

According to Waugh, The Prime outshines comparable aircraft on the market: "Other small aircrafts can feel pretty rough and ready, whereas this is smooth and flies like a much larger plane."

"If you've got a sports car in the garage, why not have one in the hangar?" Waugh added.

I was one of the first in Australia to test the plane. Scroll down to see how it went ...