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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.

Legacy 500 poised for first flight

Article | Oct 10, 2012

As the overall business jet market faces an upcoming decade of "slow growth" or "continued crisis," Embraer Executive Jets is taking aim at new segments of the market, preparing for the first flight of its Legacy 500 midsize business jet this quarter.

NTSB faults Gulfstream for G650 test crash

Article | Oct 10, 2012

The test flight crew got no warning of the impending stall before control was lost and four people died in the April 2, 2011, crash of a Gulfstream G650 during certification testing in Roswell, N.M., according to NTSB investigators.

Private jet travel pitched at first-class price

Article | Oct 04, 2012

For those craving private jet perks on a budget, a California company has created a patent-pending system to schedule travel on private jets from 40 U.S. cities to more than 500 airports.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2012

Flying wild at AOPA Summit Alaska’s pilots to host ‘Adventures in Flying’ You’ve watched them fly through severe turbulence and battle fierce winds, deal with airsick passengers, and squeeze million-dollar aircraft into a hangar with mere inches to spare to prevent a severe case of hangar rash during the cold Alaskan winter months. They’re John Ponts, Luke Hickerson, and Doug Stewart—featured pilots on Discovery Channel’s Flying Wild Alaska.

New Brazilian aircraft based on cutting-edge design

Article | Sep 19, 2012

A new four-place composite aircraft from Brazil boasts a 315 horsepower, six-cylinder Lycoming aerobatic engine; a 192-knot cruise speed; and 1,632 pounds of useful load.

'Ultra-ultra' G650 gets type certificate

Article | Sep 07, 2012

The ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 business jet received a type certificate from the FAA Sept. 7, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced. The G650 is able to carry eight passengers and a crew of four at Mach 0.85 on nonstop legs of 7,000 nautical miles, enough to link Dubai with New York and London with Buenos Aires, according to Gulfstream.

Analysts see signs of aircraft market recovery

Article | Sep 06, 2012

With deliveries picking up, there are signs of hope for the suffering aircraft market, but is the rebound permanent?

New take on ‘X’ plane wins NASA grant

Article | Sep 05, 2012

Cleared for Mach 2 after departure, this supersonic jet of the future would yaw 90 degrees and put a new set of wings into the wind.

Pilots: Nick Baker

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

Meet Capt’n Nick. A business-jet captain for NetJets Aviation, who flies affluent clients to destinations in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean, Nick Baker also transports less well-heeled passengers to a place they’ve never been before—the aviation world of yesteryear.

Cessna reclaims title of fastest jet

Article | Aug 24, 2012

Cessna engineers have found a way to boost the speed of the Citation Ten, the follow-on to the Mach 0.92 Citation X, from Mach 0.92 to Mach 0.935. That beats the Gulfstream 650, once the fastest business jet in the world, which flew at Mach 0.925.

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.