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Embraer wins light support aircraft contract, again

Article | Feb 28, 2013

The Air Force, acting to award a year-delayed contract to acquire a light attack aircraft for use in Afghanistan, selected Brazilian manufacturer Embraer and its U.S. partner, Sierra Nevada Corp., to supply 20 A-29 Super Tucano turboprops to the military at a total cost of $427 million.

Analyst forecast sees bright future for rotorcraft

Article | Feb 26, 2013

Because civil and military rotorcraft markets often run counter-cyclical to one another, it makes for a more stable sales environment for helicopters, with military frequently compensating for any civil slack and vice versa.

Supersonic bizjet wing enters new test phase

Article | Feb 21, 2013

Aerion Corp. is moving closer to realizing the dream of a supersonic business jet.

Beechcraft emerges from bankruptcy, minus Hawker

Article | Feb 19, 2013

Beechcraft Corp. opened a new chapter in its history with a Feb. 19 announcement that the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process is complete.

GAMA issues ‘mixed’ 2012 GA deliveries report

Article | Feb 12, 2013

General Aviation Manufacturers Association data for 2012 illustrate a year of flat or slightly declining sales in most segments of the fixed-wing market, with an increase in turboprop deliveries--and new products in the pipeline--suggesting signs of a long-awaited recovery.

Aeronautical milestones compete for Collier Trophy

Article | Feb 05, 2013

Seven projects and teams that advanced aviation and aerospace during 2012 are in the running to receive the National Aeronautic Association’s Robert J. Collier Trophy when a new recipient is selected March 11.

Nextant Aerospace names new president

Article | Jan 16, 2013

New Nextant Aerospace President Sean McGeough will use his experience as a Hawker Beechcraft executive to make the aircraft remanufacturer a player in the business jet market.

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.