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Sherpa Aircraft deal with Chinese investor fails

Article | Apr 03, 2014

A deal announced in January 2013 for an infusion of cash from a Chinese investor to certify the Sherpa 650T utility tailwheel aircraft has failed.

‘I was getting a little nervous up here’

Article | Mar 27, 2014

The low-time pilot was trapped above the clouds, with bad weather for hundreds of miles. He had no autopilot, no GPS, and was not talking to ATC. Fortunately, an air traffic controller spotted him and took action.

Cirrus jet flies for certification

Article | Mar 25, 2014

The Cirrus Vision SF50 jet marked a major step toward first delivery with the first certification flight on March 24.

Cessna offers CJ3+, CJ2+ upgrades

Article | Mar 24, 2014

Cessna has upgraded the CJ2+ with Garmin avionics, also using the same avionics system in a new model, the CJ3+.

Textron completes Beech buy

Article | Mar 17, 2014

Cessna Aircraft parent Textron has closed a $1.4 billion deal to buy Beechcraft Corp., including Beechcraft's Hawker jet brand.

It takes a village: Comlux Bombardier 600 STC

Article | Mar 14, 2014

Comlux America’s STC will retrofit older Challenger jets so they can fly where Cockpit/Pilot Data Link Communications soon will be required.

Eclipse Aerospace makes first delivery

Article | Mar 12, 2014

Eclipse Aerospace has made its first customer delivery of the Eclipse 550 twin-engine personal jet.

Eclipse 550 gains approvals

Article | Feb 20, 2014

The Eclipse 550 is the first light jet equipped with autothrottles, and the FAA has also approved anti-skid brakes.

FBOs in a bind: No more freebies?

Article | Jan 30, 2014

With the traditional FBO business model being squeezed on two fronts, industry consultants recently pitched an overhaul that could prove a tough sell.

Pilot support surges for GA protection bill

Advocacy | Jan 06, 2014

On one day during each medical-certificate cycle, Richard Smith, a 40,500-hour pilot, spends about a half hour undergoing an aviation medical examination that determines if he is fit to fly. Then comes the rest of the cycle.

Legacy 450 makes first flight

Article | Dec 31, 2013

Embraer announced a successful first flight of the fly-by-wire Legacy 450 on Dec. 28.

Textron provides details of Beechcraft purchase

Article | Dec 27, 2013

Textron conducted a conference all with stock analysts Dec. 27 and provided financial details on its proposed purchase of Beechcraft for $1.4 billion.

Cessna wins approval for Sovereign+, M2

Article | Dec 23, 2013

Cessna Aircraft's bottom line is expected to improve in the first quarter of 2014 with approval for both the Sovereign+ and the M2 business jets.

Instrument Insights: Special PIC certifications

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

Anyone with an instrument rating—especially pilots who first spent hours sneaking around beneath low clouds or in poor visibilities—appreciates their new ability to fly anywhere in any kind weather.

The new soverign

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Owner/pilots who’ve reached the top of the single-pilot (SP) jet food chain—most likely in the form of a Cessna Citation CJ4 or Embraer Phenom 300—sometimes wonder, what’s next?

Quick Look: Gulfstream V

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

The Gulfstream V was the world’s first ultra-long-range corporate jet.

Cessna Citation X speed confirmed

Article | Nov 04, 2013

Cessna has reclaimed the distinction of producing the fastest civilian aircraft, with a top speed of Mach 0.935 confirmed in certification flight tests.

Flagship Falcon

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

To many, Dassault Aviation’s Falcon Jet line of business jets represents a pinnacle in the merging of technology and art.

Quick Look: Bombardier Learjet 45

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

When it was introduced in the early 1990s, the Learjet 45 was the first clean-sheet Learjet design since the first-generation Model 23 helped bring business aviation into the jet age in the early 1960s.

Safety at Santa Monica

Article | Oct 30, 2013

Senior AOPA staff fielded questions and presented evidence that should reassure Santa Monica Municipal Airport neighborhood residents during an Oct. 24 safety seminar.