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Recovery signs seen in aircraft deliveries

Article | Aug 10, 2012

New airplane deliveries logged during the first six months of 2012 point to "positive signs" for the manufacturing sector, said an industry association.

Swearingen SJ30 prepares for comeback

Article | Jul 20, 2012

The Swearingen SJ30 business jet that has been on the verge of starting production for a decade is, well, on the verge again. The Cedar City, Utah, City Council has agreed to grant a $15,500 economic incentive to the current owner of the type certificate, Metalcraft Technologies, to establish a factory.

Cessna, Bell had good second quarter

Article | Jul 19, 2012

Cessna Aircraft turned in a great second quarter, with revenues increasing $111 million and delivery of Citation jets up to 49, compared to 38 for the second quarter of last year. Textron Chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly said that in the last half of the year there could be a 'deceleration' as customers face economic uncertainties and hold on to their cash.

NetJets orders new aircraft, deals total $9.6 billion

Article | Jun 12, 2012

The pioneer in aircraft charter and management, and fractional jet ownership, is adding hundreds of mid-size jets to its fleet: NetJets announced June 11 that 125 firm orders have been placed with Bombardier and Cessna, along with additional options that could raise the total up to 425 aircraft for delivery by 2016.

Despite downturn, aircraft manufacturing critical

Article | May 31, 2012

Aviation groups said a newly released report on the state of the business aircraft industry highlights challenges facing the sector and confirms the "critical importance" of aircraft manufacturing to the nation's industrial base.

Pilot, Citation V speed travel for sick children

Article | May 17, 2012

Greg Greenbaum uses his Cessna Citation V jet to fly volunteer missions with Atlanta-based Angel Flight Soars. According to Executive Director Jeanine Chambers, Greenbaum, who has been a pilot since 1995, is one of her most dedicated volunteers, flying 25 missions since joining Angel Flight Soars in 2005, including 10 in 2012 alone.

Bombardier, Cessna announce new jets

Article | May 15, 2012

Analyst Richard Aboulafia described the jet market as "an absence of pessimism," and that, given the past four years, is seen as an improvement. In this environment, two manufacturers have launched three new models.

GA manufacturers log ‘mixed’ performance

Article | May 10, 2012

General aviation shipments and billings fell 2.1 percent in the 2012 first quarter, as segments showed mixed performances and industry leaders monitored congressional action that could improve availability of financing.

Back to a supersonic future

Article | Apr 26, 2012

When they lower the boom, we may get the word from a general aviation pilot who directs research that is blazing new trails and solving old riddles in aerodynamics.

Hawker Beechcraft loses more ground in 2011

Article | Apr 17, 2012

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association released revised sales data this week that shows general aviation deliveries from Hawker Beechcraft dipped 7.5 percent in 2011, twice the industry average.

High-level talks

Advocacy | Apr 05, 2012

Dozens gathered April 5 to listen to the top executives from several aviation associations participate in a roundtable discussion about the issues facing the industry. Paula Derks, president of the Aircraft Electronics Association moderated the panel as part of the AEA fifty-fifth annual International Convention and Trade Show.

Morgan Stanley expert: Chinese white knight saves Cessna, not HBC

Article | Apr 04, 2012

In an exclusive interview with AOPA, Morgan Stanley Managing Director Heidi Wood shed some new light on recent developments in the business aviation manufacturing segment.

Bombardier: Certified synthetic vision HUD delivered

Article | Apr 03, 2012

Formula 1 champion Niki Lauda took delivery of the first Global 5000 jet equipped with a head-up display featuring synthetic vision on March 28.

Turbine market shows mixed signals

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

Manufacturing officials look for signs of recovery.

Cessna signs up with China, again

Article | Mar 27, 2012

On the heels of March 23 agreements to prepare China to build Cessna airplanes, the company followed up with yet another agreement. This one appoints Beijing's DINGSHA GA Tech Service Center as a Cessna Citation authorized service facility. According to a press release, the new facility will provide maintenance for North Asian operators of airplanes in the Citation XLS+ family, the Citation Sovereign, and the Citation X.

Cessna seeks Chinese joint venture

Article | Mar 26, 2012

Cessna Aircraft Co. and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) said they have signed two documents that will lead to the manufacture and certification of Cessna aircraft in the People's Republic of China.

AOPA Aviation Roundtable group descends on SimCom

Article | Mar 22, 2012

For some, it was a chance to visit an airplane from the past. For others, a chance to experience a whole new category of flying. For all, a chance to meet other pilots from across the country and share flying stories. Typical of AOPA Aviation Roundtable experiences, the strangers in the room became instant friends once aviation pleasantries were exchanged.

Citation M2 makes first flight

Article | Mar 12, 2012

The Cessna Citation M2 prototype made its maiden flight March 9, and Cessna parent Textron hopes the new jet - essentially a Citation CJ1+ with an updated interior and Garmin avionics - will log its first sales in 2013.