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Gulfstream marks G650 milestones

Article | Dec 27, 2012

The first Gulfstream G650 has been delivered, and the company has also landed an FAA production certificate for the ultra-long-range jet.

Industry analysts offer predictions for 2013

Article | Dec 27, 2012

The general aviation industry saw its highs and lows in 2012, including the defeat of user fees (again), the third class medical petition, a slow recovery for aircraft sales, and new products. Industry analysts weighed in on what they thought would be the big issues facing GA in 2013.

A look back at GA travels around the world

Article | Dec 20, 2012

In 2012, AOPA staff traveled the world to offer advice to budding aviation communities, report on emerging technology, and step into the shoes of pilots who fly over different topography and in a foreign regulatory landscape.

10 aircraft milestones from 2012

Article | Dec 17, 2012

A flying car flew, a storied aircraft went diesel, and manufacturers in Austria and Brazil celebrated first flights of new airplanes: A number of milestones distinguished 2012 for general aviation as manufacturers strove to bring new products to market.

New iPad mount available for larger aircraft

Article | Dec 14, 2012

One of the first questions a new iPad-owning pilot has to answer is where to put the large device in the cockpit. Icarus Instruments is hoping to be the answer for owners of larger aircraft.

Fly-by-wire Legacy 500 makes first flight

Article | Nov 27, 2012

Embraer Executive Jets' 3,000-nautical-mile Legacy 500 made its first flight Nov. 27, the company announced.

Learjet 85 wing assembly arrives in Wichita

Article | Nov 20, 2012

A wing assembly for the first Learjet 85 flight test aircraft has arrived in Wichita, Kan., where final assembly will begin soon.

China reveals plans for long-range bizjet

Article | Nov 20, 2012

China has been striving for years to produce home-grown aircraft, but the results have not yet wowed the world market. In the view of one analyst, the latest announcement from Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) shows no signs of departing that pattern.

Hawker Beechcraft sheds more jobs

Article | Nov 08, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft has briefed employees of a plan to cut about 410 jobs and close facilities in Little Rock, Ark.; San Antonio; and Mesa, Ariz., all part of a plan to emerge from bankruptcy while closing the business jet lines.

General aviation manufacturers log increase in sales

Article | Nov 07, 2012

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association logged an uptick in deliveries through the third quarter, and urged lawmakers to settle the fiscal uncertainty that is believed to be dampening demand.

Phenom 100 Four Years On

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2012

Embraer's entry level jet gets its report card.

Heard at NBAA2012

Article | Oct 31, 2012

Find out which manufacturing company's chairman apologized to customers, which Congressman said there is a "cease fire" on business aviation, and what it will take for the business jet industry to recover - all this heard at NBAA2012.

Joint venture to put Williams engines on Citations

Article | Oct 31, 2012

Sierra Industries is joining forces with Clifford Development to develop and market Williams International FJ44 engine upgrades for the Cessna Citation business fleet.

Nextant has something new in the works

Article | Oct 31, 2012

Nextant Aerospace has a new modification project in the works, but can’t say just what it is until January. The company now offers modifications to the Hawker 400, dubbed the 400XT, in competition to one approaching certification by Hawker Beechcraft called the Hawker 400XPR.

Bizjet market needs 3-percent economic growth for comeback

Article | Oct 30, 2012

"Forbes" Publisher Rich Karlgaard says the business jet market will recover when the nation's economy grows at 3 percent or better per year. It's currently growing 2 percent yearly.

Bombardier opens second Amsterdam training center

Article | Oct 30, 2012

Bombardier's new training center in Amsterdam will be the first to train pilots of Global 5000, 6000, 7000, and 8000 airplanes in Europe.

Cessna upgrades Sovereign, hints at new line

Article | Oct 29, 2012

Cessna's upgrades to the Sovereign, including a G5000 cockpit and autothrottles, a boost in range of 150 nautical miles, and improved short-runway performance, have gone through 800 hours of flight testing.

Gulfstream touts G650, G280, and biofuel

Article | Oct 29, 2012

Gulfstream Aerospace boasts that its newly certified ultra-large-cabin G650 has proven to fly faster farther than any other airplane in the business jet fleet: 6,000 nautical miles at Mach 0.90.

Honeywell forecasts modest growth in jet deliveries

Article | Oct 29, 2012

This year’s Honeywell forecast calls for modest growth in aircraft deliveries in the 2012-2013 time frame, compared to 2011. But even so, some 30 percent of flight departments signaled that a purchase might be in the offing within five years.