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Used aircraft values still dropping

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Cars depreciate dramatically as they are driven off the dealer's lot and house values drop with the economy, but aircraft historically have not only kept their value, they sometimes exceeded it.

Mentor Matters: Expanded circling protection in effect

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

For years, circling approaches in the United States have been more difficult to execute while providing less safety margin, relative to those in most of the rest of the world. After years of deliberation, the FAA is finally bringing some needed changes to the protection afforded to circling aircraft.

HondaJet CEO confident in light jet market

Article | May 22, 2013

While challenged by engine flight test problems and a struggling economy, the president and CEO of Honda Aircraft remains optimistic that his light jet will be the right airplane at the right time.

Pilatus unveils PC-24

Article | May 21, 2013

Calling it a "super versatile jet," Pilatus on May 21 introduced its new, $8.9 million PC-24 twinjet at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exposition in Geneva.

Boeing puts BBJ 3 on display at EBACE

Article | May 20, 2013

A Boeing 737-900ER customized for opulent private travel and dubbed the Boeing Business Jet 3 was displayed for the first time in Geneva.

Bombardier announces Challenger 350

Article | May 20, 2013

The Challenger 350 expands the Bombardier Aerospace bizjet line with creature comfort and 3,200-nautical-mile range with eight passengers.

Bizjet concept aims to shatter sound barrier in near-silence

Article | Apr 30, 2013

On the ground, the sonic boom--an aerodynamic phenomenon that has stumped engineers for decades--would be as loud as rustling leaves if HyperMach Aerospace Industries succeeds in proving a business jet concept.

Cessna Citation Sovereign makes first production flight

Article | Apr 30, 2013

Cessna announced April 30 that the upgraded Citation Sovereign has made its first production flight, with performance and handling declared "exceptional" by Cessna's production test pilot.

Cessna to pause entry-level jet lines

Article | Apr 17, 2013

Cessna Aircraft Co. will pause its entry-level jet production lines to await a stronger demand, a move that has caused parent company Textron to reduce its forecast for earnings per share in 2013.

Harrison Ford rallies support for ATC towers

Article | Mar 20, 2013

Editor’s note: The FAA on March 22 named the 149 federal contract towers that will begin closing April 7. “It’s about safety and jobs,” reiterated Harrison Ford time and time again as he addressed the House General Aviation Caucus March 19.

Mars exploration earns NASA/JPL a Collier Trophy

Article | Mar 14, 2013

The National Aeronautic Association awarded the 2012 Robert J. Collier Trophy to the NASA /JPL Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Project Team. The team the same day revealed that Mars might have once supported a habitable environment, based on analysis of a rock found near an ancient stream bed.

Buyer confidence a 'shot in the arm' for helo industry

Article | Mar 05, 2013

The next five years will be bright for civil helicopter demand, with strong demand focused on the first three years, according to Honeywell Aerospace's helicopter outlook released March 5.

Embraer wins light support aircraft contract, again

Article | Feb 28, 2013

The Air Force, acting to award a year-delayed contract to acquire a light attack aircraft for use in Afghanistan, selected Brazilian manufacturer Embraer and its U.S. partner, Sierra Nevada Corp., to supply 20 A-29 Super Tucano turboprops to the military at a total cost of $427 million.

Analyst forecast sees bright future for rotorcraft

Article | Feb 26, 2013

Because civil and military rotorcraft markets often run counter-cyclical to one another, it makes for a more stable sales environment for helicopters, with military frequently compensating for any civil slack and vice versa.

Supersonic bizjet wing enters new test phase

Article | Feb 21, 2013

Aerion Corp. is moving closer to realizing the dream of a supersonic business jet.

Beechcraft emerges from bankruptcy, minus Hawker

Article | Feb 19, 2013

Beechcraft Corp. opened a new chapter in its history with a Feb. 19 announcement that the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process is complete.

GAMA issues ‘mixed’ 2012 GA deliveries report

Article | Feb 12, 2013

General Aviation Manufacturers Association data for 2012 illustrate a year of flat or slightly declining sales in most segments of the fixed-wing market, with an increase in turboprop deliveries--and new products in the pipeline--suggesting signs of a long-awaited recovery.

Aeronautical milestones compete for Collier Trophy

Article | Feb 05, 2013

Seven projects and teams that advanced aviation and aerospace during 2012 are in the running to receive the National Aeronautic Association’s Robert J. Collier Trophy when a new recipient is selected March 11.