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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.

Nextant scores huge jet order

Article | Oct 23, 2013

Nextant takes another leap ahead of Beechcraft in competition to refurbish the Hawker 400 fleet.

Flexjet orders 60 Learjet 85s

Article | Oct 22, 2013

In September, Bombardier announced that its Flexjet fractional ownership division made a historic firm order for 245 Bombardier business jets. That number included 25 Learjet 75s, 30 Learjet 85s, 20 Challenger 350s, and 10 Challenger 605s, plus options for 160 more Bombardier jets.

Jackie Chan buys first Legacy 500

Article | Oct 22, 2013

In a normally staid National Business Aviation Association convention, Jackie Chan shows up at an Embraer press conference, buys a Legacy 500, and plays to an adoring crowd.

Bizjet flight ops grow in US, flat in Europe in 2014

Article | Oct 22, 2013

Avinode, a jet charter broker and management firm, predicts better jet activity in the United States and a flat but slight growth in Europe in 2014.

Rockwell Collins offers 3-D display

Article | Oct 22, 2013

Rockwell Collins now offers its first 3D moving map called Airshow 500 for private jets.

Dassault intros the Falcon 5X

Article | Oct 22, 2013

Dassault Falcon Jet introduced its new Falcon 5X, an all-new design that promises to redefine the super-mid-sized category.

SJ30 still going strong after all these years

Article | Oct 21, 2013

Ed Swearingen's idea for a business jet in the 1980s may finally reach market.

Cessna: Bright future for bizjets, none for Skycatcher

Article | Oct 21, 2013

At the National Business Aviation Association convention, Cessna CEO Scott Ernest updated reporters on new products emerging from the production line. He said Cessna’s bizjets were looking up but said the Skycatcher had no future.

Tamarack active winglets to be sold by Cessna

Article | Oct 21, 2013

Tamarack Aerospace has won an agreement with Cessna Aircraft to sell, market, and install winglets on smaller Citation business jets.

Embraer announces upgrades, design changes

Article | Oct 21, 2013

Embraer today revealed several big changes now in the works for its line of executive jets.

Jet deliveries down in Honeywell forecast

Article | Oct 20, 2013

Honeywell's latest jet industry forecast shows deliveries down, but value holding due to a trend toward larger, more expensive jets.

Pilot rates milestone birthday a success

Article | Oct 18, 2013

Two grueling flight tests and a mountain of paperwork aren't what most people imagine when it comes to a fun way to celebrate a birthday.

Cessna jets lead third quarter loss

Article | Oct 18, 2013

Cessna has an expected loss in the third quarter, but are better times to come?

Jet industry stirring, but still hospitalized

Article | Oct 16, 2013

Market reports show jet sales are still struggling, and flight activity is low but improving or dropping, depending on whose data you trust.

Summit shaping up to be Texas-sized

Slideshow | Oct 09, 2013

The old saying, "Everything's bigger in Texas," is holding true for AOPA Aviation Summit 2013. About 400 exhibitors are filling the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas, and nearly 100 aircraft are flying in to Fort Worth Meacham International Airport for the static display at Airportfest.

Embraer promises upgrades to bizjets

Article | Sep 27, 2013

Embraer will roll out the "Phenom 100 2014 edition" along with new features on the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 at the National Business Aviation Association convention.

Cessna designs low-cost military jet

Article | Sep 17, 2013

AirLand Enterprises company is marketing a low-cost tactical and surveillance aircraft to the U.S. Air Force.

Crop dusters go to war

Article | Sep 11, 2013

The general aviation industry has sent another airplane into battle, fitting the Thrush 710 crop duster with missiles, rockets, and precision targeting capabilities.

Flexjet purchased by Ohio investment group

Article | Sep 05, 2013

Kenn Ricci, who founded two fractional jet ownership companies, now adds Flexjet for the luxury end of his market.

Quick Look: Citation X

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

Cessna says The Citation X is the world’s fastest business jet, capable of flying from New York to Los Angeles in about four hours.

Waypoints: Probability of success

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

“Decision height,” I said out loud, as the altimeter pointer passed through 700 feet msl and just as the voice in the right seat shouted, “Go around!”

Citation makes M2 first production flight

Article | Aug 27, 2013

Cessna has announced the first flight of a production Citation M2.

Opinion Leaders blog launches

Article | Aug 21, 2013

Is this the beginning of the end of VFR flying? Will AirVenture shrink to a fraction of its current size? What’s so bad about the “dive and drive” approach? Leaders in aviation are sharing their opinions on these topics and more in AOPA’s new Opinion Leaders blog.

Quick Look: Gulfstream II

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

The Gulfstream II (G-1159) was developed in the mid-1960s by Grumman Aircraft as a successor to its Gulfstream I twin turboprop, the original purpose-built business airplane. On May 5, 1965, the production go-ahead was given for the $4 million, sweptwing, 19-passenger jet, which was powered by two aft-mounted Rolls-Royce Spey Mk 511-8 turbofans.

Will we all be flying diesels?

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Does the rise of the Jet A-burning diesel aircraft engine signal an evolution or a revolution for today’s avgas-powered airplanes? Neither, according to a series of interviews with diesel-engine manufacturers and experts.

Cessna financial results down in second quarter

Article | Jul 18, 2013

Cessna parent company Textron issued its second quarter earnings report.

Mentor Matters: Runway analysis

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

In a previous article, I discussed the fallacy that jet aircraft may not legally depart IFR unless able to maintain any specified departure procedure (DP) climb gradient following the loss of an engine. While many pilots widely believe this true, the AIM is clear in stating that DPs assume normal aircraft performance with all engines operating.

Pilot Briefing: New York to Tokyo in two hours

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

If Richard Lugg has his way, the next generation of supersonic civilian aircraft will shoot through the sky powered by engines that turn out a massive electrical charge, much of it converted into thrust with megawatts left over to silence the sonic boom.

Quick Look: Cessna Citation III

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

The Citation III (Model 650) was Cessna's first mid-size business twinjet. Unlike the smaller, slower, straight-wing Citation I and II, the Citation III was a clean-sheet design featuring a swept supercritical wing (including composite wing components), a T-tail, and two Honeywell TFE731-3B-100S turbofans rated at 3,650 pounds of thrust each.

Plane Spotter: 'Ejets' from Embraer

Article | Jun 21, 2013

A plane spotter doing some research in the regional airline neighborhood of a bustling commercial-service airport is likely to notice a sleek jet that looms larger than the 50-seat commuter aircraft with which it often shares gate space.

Two weeks to triumph

Article | Jun 19, 2013

Eight teenagers got down to business on their first day of a two-week odyssey in which they will help to build two Glasair kit airplanes.

Used aircraft values still dropping

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Cars depreciate dramatically as they are driven off the dealer's lot and house values drop with the economy, but aircraft historically have not only kept their value, they sometimes exceeded it.

Mentor Matters: Expanded circling protection in effect

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

For years, circling approaches in the United States have been more difficult to execute while providing less safety margin, relative to those in most of the rest of the world. After years of deliberation, the FAA is finally bringing some needed changes to the protection afforded to circling aircraft.

HondaJet CEO confident in light jet market

Article | May 22, 2013

While challenged by engine flight test problems and a struggling economy, the president and CEO of Honda Aircraft remains optimistic that his light jet will be the right airplane at the right time.