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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.

Quick Look: Cessna CitationJet

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

The Model 525 CitationJet is the quintessential entry level jet.

Crossing the threshold

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

The flight from Charleston, South Carolina, would be my first in the new model, an upgrade from the Eclipse 500, which itself had several versions of varying capabilities during its short production run.

Embraer touts milestones

Article | Jul 30, 2014

Business has been very, very good for Embraer recently. Among all light jets, Embraer’s offerings have scored impressive competitive milestones.

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+.