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Town enacts noise rules

Advocacy | Apr 17, 2015

The town of East Hampton, New York, voted April 16 to approve local limitations on aircraft operations, with fines and other penalties.

Universal announces InSight Integrated Flight Deck

Article | Apr 08, 2015

Universal Avionics’ InSight Integrated Flight Deck uses synthetic vision and Jeppesen’s Airport Mapping Database to create high-resolution airport diagrams.

Test pilot leads Textron pistons

Article | Apr 08, 2015

Doug May, named Textron Aviation's piston airplane chief April 3, said, “I consider myself one of those passionate aviation enthusiasts.” May spoke to AOPA about his plans for the future.

Quick Look: Challenger 604

Pilot Magazine | Apr 07, 2015

In 1995, Bombardier certified the Challenger 604, which began deliveries as 1996 models.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

1. Who was first to fly around the world backwards?

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

Several days after his sixty-second surgery for life-threatening wounds suffered in an explosion in Afghanistan, Sgt. Jesse Murphree became the 10,000th passenger flown by volunteer pilots of the Veteran’s Airlift Command.

HondaJet gets provisional type certificate

Article | Mar 27, 2015

Honda Aircraft announced March 27 that it had received FAA provisional type certification for the HondaJet, paving the way for final type certification “in the next few months.”

Gulfstream wins Collier Trophy for G650

Article | Mar 12, 2015

The G650 business jet’s contributions to business aviation “through significant technological advancements in aircraft performance, cabin comfort, and safety” earned Gulfstream Aerospace the 2014 Robert J. Collier Trophy, the National Aeronautic Association announced March 11.

The king of speed

Pilot Magazine | Feb 06, 2015

Cessna’s original Citation X was introduced in 1990, and the first production aircraft was delivered to golfing legend Arnold Palmer.

Quick Look: Citation Bravo

Pilot Magazine | Feb 05, 2015

Like so many other designs in aviation, the Citation II was reborn into the Bravo because of improvements in engine design.

Field of seven vies for Collier Trophy

Article | Feb 04, 2015

Seven aviation and aerospace endeavors are in the running for the 2014 Robert J. Collier Trophy, awarded annually by the National Aeronautic Association.

Latitude rolls out

Article | Jan 30, 2015

Cessna Aircraft staff gathered around the first production Citation Latitude to celebrate another step toward certification of an aircraft important to the firm’s future.

Learjet 85 program stalls

Article | Jan 16, 2015

Bombardier Inc. shares tumbled following an announcement that the company would ‘pause’ the Learjet 85 program, lay off 1,000 workers, and write off $1.4 billion.

Automation: A balanced approach

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2015

The debate about the proper role of automation in the cockpit probably started the day that Sperry Corporation developed the first autopilot in 1912.

Garmin ADS-B certified for Gulfstream G150

Article | Jan 06, 2015

An automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) installation by Garmin has been certified for the Gulfstream G150 mid-sized business jet.

Dassault rolls out Falcon 8X

Article | Dec 17, 2014

Dassault Aviation on Dec. 17 rolled out the first of its new line of ultra-long-range business jets—the Falcon 8X.

Aircraft valuation: What’s in a number?

Article | Dec 09, 2014

What’s an airplane worth? When a business aircraft buyer comes to a bank for financing, the bank may call in someone like American Society of Appraisers Senior Accredited Appraiser Richard Berkemeier for a valuation.

Airbus crafts 'disruptive' technology

Article | Nov 19, 2014

An electric two-seater, a glider made to soar above the stratosphere, and a supersonic business jet all have something in common: backing from Airbus.

The inside story of an Ebola evacuation mission

Article | Nov 19, 2014

When Mike Ott’s dad took him up for his first airplane ride in a Piper Cherokee, little could he imagine that his current flying job would attract worldwide attention.

Small airplanes bounce back

Article | Nov 13, 2014

An upswing in the long-languishing small aircraft market is among the indications that have one analyst predicting the doldrums may finally be behind us.

Honda plant goes operational

Article | Nov 13, 2014

The HondaJet has made yet another step toward its certification goal of early 2015. Officials opened Honda Aero Inc.’s newly completed engine manufacturing facility in Burlington, North Carolina.

BizAv showtime

Pilot Magazine | Nov 11, 2014

Every autumn the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) holds its annual convention, an event that serves as the turbine-powered world’s biggest get-together.

Mentor Matters: Descend/climb via procedures

Pilot Magazine | Nov 11, 2014

Jet pilots often face arrival and departure procedures that are significantly more complex than those flown in pistons or turboprops.

Business aviation: Never boring

Article | Nov 10, 2014

If variety is the spice of life, business aviation may add flavor to an aviation career.

Collect your reward

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

The rewarding return to formation flying reminded me how important it is to continually challenge ourselves to expand our aviation horizons, both to increase proficiency and to increase aviation’s value equation.

GAMA releases upbeat manufacturing report

Article | Oct 31, 2014

Increased aircraft shipments and billings in the third quarter of 2014 support optimism that the industry continues its emergence from recession, said the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

Embry-Riddle selects four Hoover scholars

Article | Oct 28, 2014

Four students studying to become professional pilots at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have been named recipients of $25,000 scholarships that honor aviation luminary Bob Hoover.

Flight Display offers wearable controller

Article | Oct 21, 2014

Flight Display Systems now lets passengers control their cabin environment and entertainment from a wearable device that looks like a watch.

Bombardier launches Challenger 650

Article | Oct 20, 2014

Bombardier has launched the 12-passenger Challenger 650 with an order from launch customer NetJets.

Sabreliner recasts itself as jet refurbishment center

Article | Oct 20, 2014

Sabreliner isn't just for Sabreliners anymore. New owners and management have recast it as a jet refurbishment and parts center.

Nextant names dealer for refurbed jet, turboprop

Article | Oct 20, 2014

Nextant, rebuilder of the Beechcraft Hawker 400 and King Air 90, has named Piedmont Aircraft as the eastern dealer for the Nextant 400XTi and the G90XT.

HondaJet preparing for deliveries in 2015

Article | Oct 20, 2014

After years of preparation and engine development that had frequent delays, HondaJet is ready for prime time with certification set for the first quarter of 2015.

Honeywell forecasts increased jet deliveries

Article | Oct 19, 2014

Honeywell's annual forecast of jet deliveries based on interviews with operators shows signs of improvement for the jet industry.

Gulfstream intros new G500, G600

Article | Oct 15, 2014

Gulfstream Aerospace has just added two more long-range, wide-cabin airplanes to its line of business jets: the G500 and G600.

Phenom Update

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

The recession has taken its toll on all business jet manufacturers, but Brazil’s Embraer appears to have felt its sting the least.

Bizjet tests laser turret

Article | Oct 02, 2014

A Falcon 10 donated to the University of Notre Dame has been put to work testing a laser turret for the military.

Boom times

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

Sloulin Field International Airport was never designed for explosive growth. But that’s what it has. Sloulin Field is the airport right in the middle of the fastest-growing micropolitan area in the United States.

Strategy: Alternate realities

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

From the first moment a pilot touches the controls of an airplane until the very last, there should be a CFI-induced phrase scrolling around in his head each and every time he climbs into the cockpit.

Cessna announces extended range for Latitude

Article | Oct 01, 2014

The Cessna Latitude business jet will range farther and takeoff shorter than originally announced, Textron Aviation officials announced Oct. 1. Flight test data reveals improved performance in several phases of flight.

Supersonic bizjet project hits 'high gear'

Article | Sep 25, 2014

Aerion, the Reno, Nevada, company formed in 2002 to reintroduce supersonic flight to commercial aviation, has found a collaborator for its work.

CJ3+ certified

Article | Sep 11, 2014

Cessna’s update of the popular Citation CJ3 earned FAA certification less than six months after the company announced the new model.

Wings over Asia

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

Want to fly your own airplane around the world? Me, too. Since 2008, Air Journey has been specializing in escorted air tours that make that fantasy come true.

Cessna CJ3+: a plus for the CJ3

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2014

This upgraded CJ3 will be equipped with Garmin’s most advanced flight deck, the G3000 touch-screen avionics suite. Now, pilots fluent in Garmin will no doubt give the CJ3+ a closer look.

Pilatus rolls out PC-24 bizjet prototype

Article | Aug 06, 2014

Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft rolled out its first prototype PC-24 twin bizjet Aug. 1 in a dramatic unveiling before thousands of spectators.

Briefing: Dusty flies again

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2014

The action may be animated, but the production team behind Disney’s new film Planes 2: Fire and Rescue, sequel to the 2013 animated feature Planes, strove to keep every detail as realistic as possible.