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HondaJet brings first production aircraft to AirVenture

Article | Jul 28, 2014

The first production HondaJet made its public debut at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 28.

Flight testing moving forward on the Cirrus SF50 Vision jet

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Flight testing is moving forward on the Cirrus SF50 Vision jet and customer deliveries are expected in late 2015, Cirrus officials said.

Textron on a (special) mission

Article | Jul 16, 2014

Textron Aviation, parent of both Cessna and Beechcraft, is pushing the intelligence and surveillance capabilities of its GA product line at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Citation X+ delivered

Article | Jun 30, 2014

Cessna’s Citation X+, an updated (and faster) version of the 1996 Collier Trophy winner, has been delivered. The company announced FAA certification and first delivery on June 26.

Cessnas deliver Special Olympians to games

Article | Jun 17, 2014

More than 100 Cessna aircraft delivered hundreds of athletes to the start of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey on June 14.

Swearingen mourned

Article | May 22, 2014

Edward Swearingen, an aircraft designer who made a lasting mark on aviation, died May 15.

Falcon extends range

Article | May 21, 2014

The Dassault Falcon 8X, announced in Geneva, will offer 6,450-nautical-mile range and the largest cabin in the Falcon line.

Supersonic jet concept supersized

Article | May 21, 2014

Aerion Corp., a Nevada firm working to bring a supersonic business jet to market, announced a shift to a larger prototype based on market research.

Gulfstream stretches G650 legs

Article | May 20, 2014

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has announced the G650ER, an extended-range version of the G650 that vaulted the company into the market lead.

Second launch: Swearingen design gets update

Article | May 07, 2014

The Utah firm that purchased the SJ30 type certificate in 2011 has broken ground on the first phase of a planned factory.

Aircraft shipments up

Article | May 02, 2014

Aircraft shipments and billings for the first quarter of 2014 showed signs of continued recovery, with increases in both piston and business jet sales.

Fly-Ins/Indianapolis:From the track to the sky

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

On the heels of the Indianapolis 500, AOPA’s Fly-In at Indianapolis Regional Airport (MQJ) May 31 will turn heads from the track to the sky.

Sherpa Aircraft deal with Chinese investor fails

Article | Apr 03, 2014

A deal announced in January 2013 for an infusion of cash from a Chinese investor to certify the Sherpa 650T utility tailwheel aircraft has failed.

‘I was getting a little nervous up here’

Article | Mar 27, 2014

The low-time pilot was trapped above the clouds, with bad weather for hundreds of miles. He had no autopilot, no GPS, and was not talking to ATC. Fortunately, an air traffic controller spotted him and took action.

Cirrus jet flies for certification

Article | Mar 25, 2014

The Cirrus Vision SF50 jet marked a major step toward first delivery with the first certification flight on March 24.

Cessna offers CJ3+, CJ2+ upgrades

Article | Mar 24, 2014

Cessna has upgraded the CJ2+ with Garmin avionics, also using the same avionics system in a new model, the CJ3+.

Textron completes Beech buy

Article | Mar 17, 2014

Cessna Aircraft parent Textron has closed a $1.4 billion deal to buy Beechcraft Corp., including Beechcraft's Hawker jet brand.

It takes a village: Comlux Bombardier 600 STC

Article | Mar 14, 2014

Comlux America’s STC will retrofit older Challenger jets so they can fly where Cockpit/Pilot Data Link Communications soon will be required.

Eclipse Aerospace makes first delivery

Article | Mar 12, 2014

Eclipse Aerospace has made its first customer delivery of the Eclipse 550 twin-engine personal jet.

Eclipse 550 gains approvals

Article | Feb 20, 2014

The Eclipse 550 is the first light jet equipped with autothrottles, and the FAA has also approved anti-skid brakes.

FBOs in a bind: No more freebies?

Article | Jan 30, 2014

With the traditional FBO business model being squeezed on two fronts, industry consultants recently pitched an overhaul that could prove a tough sell.

Pilot support surges for GA protection bill

Advocacy | Jan 06, 2014

On one day during each medical-certificate cycle, Richard Smith, a 40,500-hour pilot, spends about a half hour undergoing an aviation medical examination that determines if he is fit to fly. Then comes the rest of the cycle.

Legacy 450 makes first flight

Article | Dec 31, 2013

Embraer announced a successful first flight of the fly-by-wire Legacy 450 on Dec. 28.

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.