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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.

Showdown

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Until the HondaJet, Cessna's new Citation M2, the Cirrus Vision SF50, the Diamond D-JET, or the new Eclipse 550 enter the light-jet arena, there will be just two serious competitors in the market for new light jets under $4 million: Cessna's Citation Mustang and Embraer's Phenom 100.

Air Force halts controversial contract

Article | Feb 28, 2012

The Air Force announced on Feb. 28 an abrupt about-face following a well-publicized dogfight over a contract to build light air support aircraft for Afghanistan. Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley, in a short statement that caught many by surprise, said the decision to award the contract to Brazilian manufacturer Embraer, by way of Sierra Nevada Corp., will be "set aside" pending an internal Air Force investigation.

While shipments down, GA officials confident industry ready for rebound

Article | Feb 22, 2012

In announcing another year of declining aircraft shipments in 2011, general aviation manufacturing officials Feb. 22 made it clear that the industry's stagnant performance won't turn around without supportive policies from the federal government.

Flying into the Big Game

Article | Feb 09, 2012

"Welcome to Indy. You're the first piston we've seen all weekend," the van driver said as he drove two pilots across the ramp to Million Air's welcome hangar, complete with a red carpet and enclosed canopy for Super Bowl weekend.

Hawker Beechcraft protests trainer contract

Article | Feb 08, 2012

After Embraer's A-29 Super Tucano won a bidding contest worth $355 million over Hawker Beechcraft's AT-6, HBC was stunned. The company launched an all-out effort to review and reverse the decision, but Sierra Nevada Corp., which partnered with Embraer for the Super Tucano bid, says the Air Force got it right.

Cessna shows positive revenue in fourth quarter

Article | Jan 25, 2012

Cessna finally turned a long-awaited corner in the current economic recession, but has firmly identified itself as a small- and medium-sized jet manufacturer for the future. Piston-engine aircraft not only survived in the fourth quarter of 2011, but helped lead the way to higher revenues.

Citation Ten makes first flight

Article | Jan 18, 2012

Cessna Aircraft Co. said that its new Citation Ten made its first flight, just two years after being announced at the 2010 National Business Aviation Association convention.

Black Diamond Jet Team set to sparkle

Article | Jan 12, 2012

Around the time that major league pitchers and catchers report to spring training camps in Florida, the jet team billed as "America's premier civilian squadron" will start practicing for shows that will feature a new twist: the addition of a seventh aircraft in the role of a dynamic solo.