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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.

Learjet 85 plant to expand, add jobs

Article | Jan 10, 2012

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft, jointly announced plans to expand the company's Learjet 85 production facility in Wichita, with the promise of 450 jobs being added over the next seven to 10 years.

Analysts: Hawker Beechcraft faces uphill fight over AT-6

Article | Jan 04, 2012

A federal judge could rule as early as next week on a bid by Hawker Beechcraft to halt a U.S. Air Force light attack and reconnaissance contract recently awarded to Brazilian manufacturer Embraer.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

The three of us on board the Beechcraft A36 Bonanza lapsed into a comfortable quiet as we watched the Mid-Atlantic states scroll by on the life-sized moving map out the window. Connecticut turned into New York and then New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and finally Maryland as we slipped into the pattern at Frederick Municipal on that fall Sunday morning for an arrival home after nearly a week at AOPA Aviation Summit in Hartford. With two of the six seats removed, we had gear stacked nearly floor to ceiling in every nook and cranny. Even then, the old Bonanza, a product of the Nixon era, sprinted upward at 1,000 feet per minute right after takeoff, still more than 100 pounds short of its maximum gross weight. With our full load of fuel, we could have continued on to Chicago, Louisville, Atlanta, or Charlotte.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Owatonna overshoot

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

Runway excursions -- something other than a planned departure from the pavement during takeoff or landing -- are now a focus of safety officials. It seems there has been an increase in the number of accidents and incidents, especially in jet aircraft. Unfortunately, in light aircraft, we’ve been departing runways inappropriately, and with great regularity, all along. While many of these accidents result in little more than damaged egos and hardware, they have the potential to be deadly. Such was the case of a Raytheon Hawker HS125-800 business jet on a Part 135 charter to Owatonna, Minnesota.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

'Plane Jane' makes last flight; Flight Design readies first certified design; Eclipse jets can cruise at 41,000 feet again; Test Pilot - general aviation trivia quiz; Rebirth at Big Reed Pond in Maine; Airshow performer Greg Poe dies of heart attack; Tom Poberezny retires as EAA president; GA industry news icon Dave Sclair passes;

Courting a jet rating

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

The red master warning light gives us the bad news 38,000 feet over Bimini.The pressurization system in our Cessna CE-525 CitationJet has failed on a night flight to Miami, and it's time to hustle down to an altitude where we can remain conscious without supplemental oxygen.

Make it an easy transition

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

No company has built more business jets than Cessna. And while the market has been hard on all used business jets these past couple of years, the Citations have held up as well as any. With the used market beginning to firm up a bit, the time is right to consider a business jet before the best of the lot are gone. The lighter end of the Cessna CJ line - CJs, CJ1s, and CJ2s - can provide great value and, with their respectable flying habits, make for an easy transition to those new to turbines. Light jet expert Cyrus Sigari explores just how versatile the CJ fleet is in "The Deal on CJs,".

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2011

Aviation group leaders unite, explore troubling issues What affects one segment of the aviation industry ultimately affects everyone involved in aviation, be they business jet owners, helicopter pilots, or airport operators, said leaders of the industry associations in a recent roundtable discussion. “We are, in fact, all part of the general aviation community, and anything that affects one segment affects us all,” said Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2011

‘Gucci Girls’ fly Air Force tanker It took lots of arranging, since there is only one female Boeing KC–10 flight engineer in the U.S. Air Force, but for one mission an all-female crew operated an aerial refueling tanker above the Middle East.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

The elephant at AirVenture The elephant in the room at this year’s EAA AirVenture is a 246-foot-long Zeppelin, the Farmers Airship, that will be offering $400 rides for 45 minutes above the Oshkosh show and surrounding areas. The airship is operated by Airship Ventures, based at Moffett Field in California, and gives rides along the West Coast from Long Beach to Seattle.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

Solar Impulse makes international flight Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are a step closer to their goal of circling the Earth, nonstop, in a solar-powered airplane. In May, the delicate craft flew from Switzerland to Brussels, Belgium.

Turbine Pilot: Britain to Brazil

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

With its first foray into light business jets, Embraer has created quite a phenomenon with its Phenom 100 and 300. With aggressive pricing and quality products, the Brazilian manufacturer has sucked up remarkable market share in the very light and light jet segment.

Brits invade Florida

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

Piper’s first jet project, the Altaire, leverages the 84-year-old company’s knowledge in building airplanes and blends it with input from a group of project executives who have roots in another legendary aircraft manufacturer, Britain’s Hawker Siddeley. Hawker Siddeley was an amalgamation of British manufacturers.

Trial by type rating

Article | Jul 01, 2011

Brazilian manufacturer Embraer, traditionally known as a builder of 50- to 100-seat airliners, began a new strategy in 2005. That’s when the company decided to enter the business jet market.

Logbook entry

Article | Jun 01, 2011

The general aviation manufacturing industry has experienced a lot of turbulence in the last two and one-half years as a result of the global economic downturn and the media’s perception of business aviation. But, optimism is returning.

Sales revival

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

Sales of new general aviation aircraft fell off a cliff in 2009 and remained depressed until the fourth quarter of last year. And then, airplane-dealer phones started ringing again.

Logbook entry

Article | May 01, 2011

Here’s a thought your boss—who may not receive AOPA Turbine Pilot—might not come up with on his or her own. If you’ve been wondering when and how to move up from your present turbine aircraft, get ready to push those throttles forward.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

Three green. Out of five general aviation economic recovery indicators, three—flight activity, corporate profits, and tax policies—are showing positive signs, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported February 22 during its State of the Industry address.

II for the road

Article | Apr 01, 2011

Anyone in the market for a used business jet knows that there are deals aplenty these days. Yes, the inventory of used jets has dropped slightly from 2008’s highs, but you can still find highly capable, well-maintained airplanes.

Logbook entry

Article | Mar 01, 2011

Compiling business jet and turboprop accident statistics has been an objective of mine since the early 1960s. When I was a Navy carrier pilot and safety officer—and later a Pan Am pilot—I met an insurance executive who was concerned about insuring the new business jets and turboprops being bought by corporations.

Trials and travails of the SJ30

Article | Jan 01, 2011

Owners of Emivest Aerospace hope a new investor will be found by the time you read this, and that the SJ30 business jet company can emerge from bankruptcy stronger than ever. The question now is, how did the troubled jet company get in trouble in the first place? Turbine Edition Table of Contents Editor in Chief Tom Haines on AOPA Pilot's Turbine editions JetPROP DLX: PA-46 Pump-Up Aircraft Inspections: You Have Choices Spoiler Alert Systems Synopsis Logbook Entry: Commentary A fast answer is that Emivest owners, based in Dubai, did everything right but had their money tied up in banks in Dubai and investment firms in New York that failed after 2008 in the current recession.

CJ4 debut

Article | Dec 01, 2010

Cessna’s new Citation CJ4 takes the company’s CJ line one step closer to the midsize business jet category. The CJ4, announced in 2006, is the seventh of the CJ series (eighth, if you count the Mustang) and offers more in every department: power, speed, cabin size, and plenty of equipment that ordinarily would be optional.

Lots of new products in development

Article | Dec 01, 2010

The recession was the elephant in the room at the Atlanta convention of the National Business Aviation Association in October, where manufacturers talked mostly about life after the recession and products they will deliver. Some of the news stories were about predicting the start of the recovery, with three companies agreeing on the year 2012.

Waypoints

Article | Dec 01, 2010

In this challenging downturn, economic forecasting makes weather forecasting look like a piece of cake. At least in meteorology you have physical properties that can’t be changed.

A global approach to GA

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

Little support by the government for “rich people” and their aircraft. A government concerned about terrorist attacks by small aircraft.

Waypoints: Why your next engine may be a turboprop

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

Dateline: 1990—Citing the product liability crisis in aviation and related dearth of piston-aircraft manufacturing, aircraft manufacturers consol- idate product lines and focus on the more lucrative business jet market. Turboprops, despite the recent success of the Cessna Caravan, are projected to be the next market segment eviscerated.

Pilotage

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

There’s a lot to like about flying a light piston-powered airplane for hire, beyond just getting a modest check in the mail for the effort. In fact, it’s that very effort that is central to job satisfaction.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

With the nighttime curfew for Colorado’s Aspen-Pitkin County Airport looming, the crew of the Gulfstream III undoubtedly felt pressure to make the landing into the terrain-challenged field. A domineering passenger on the charter flight, as well as his dozen guests on board, were heading from Los Angeles to a party in Aspen.

Pilotage

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

Yesterday was a two-leg, four-hour, 590-miles-of-flying day. A good day, I’d say.

Phenom 300 debut

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

Although American business jet manufacturers are reeling from the recession’s sting, the same can’t be said for Brazil’s Embraer. Sure, sales are down, but Embraer forges ahead with its new line of business jets, racking up sales that mainly take market share from Cessna’s Citations and Hawker Beechcraft’s Hawker jets.

Pilotage:

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

We don’t just fly airplanes, we develop relationships with them. After nearly two years in 861, I can say that I have a fine relationship with it.

Bombardier Aerospace reports fourth quarter results

Article | Apr 01, 2010

Bombardier Aerospace reports reasonably good results for the fourth quarter of the company's fiscal year that ended Jan. 31, and for the full year, considering that it has weathered a severe economic downturn.

Hearing what they expected to hear?

Article | Oct 06, 2009

Multimedia Features View an animation that recreates this runway incursion. Take the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's Runway Safety online course.

Take a safety pause

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

There are many things that we take for granted in our aviation adventures—and none more so than simply getting to the runway and back in one piece. We assume airplanes will go where they are told, ground vehicles will stay out of the way, and all will be right with the world.

Turbine Pilot Special Section: The Next Airplane

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

John Hayes’ two-decade march through airplanes of ever-increasing capability and complexity seems, in hindsight, as if it were carefully planned from the start. ‘AOPA Pilot’, Turbine Edition, OCTOBER 2009 Table of Contents D-JET Dawn Moving to turbine power Up and coming The next airplane Brazilian breakaway Before you buy, prebuy It wasn’t.

Turbine Pilot Special Section: Brazilian Breakaway

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

There are aircraft deliveries and then there are deliveries. Some can involve trips over rather ordinary geography, others to more exotic locales.

Turbine Pilot Special Section: Moving to turbine power

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Since November 2008, turbine flying has taken a body-blow. That’s when Ford, GM, and Chrysler executives flew to Washington, D.C., to ask Congress for bailout money.

Starting a revolution

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2009

From its Los Angeles loft offices to its desert flight test location, to its sports-car design and action-sports marketing, ICON Aircraft consciously sets itself far apart from the staid traditions of Wichita aircraft manufacturers. ICON’s sleek, folding-wing amphibian, the A5, first rolled out at a glitzy, star-studded Hollywood party instead of an industrial hangar.

AirCam: Dream Machine

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

The first takeoff is always a little unnerving. It’s not just that you’re sitting in a flying canoe, or that you’re climbing as fast as a business jet.

Pilotage: The price of fuel

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

Mark Twombly is the AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer at Page Field in Florida. Last month I wondered why general aviation isn’t flying more now that the price of fuel has dropped back down from its recent highs.