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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+.

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.