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Wheels Up unveils breast cancer awareness 'Pink Plane'

Article | Sep 29, 2015

Wheels Up is taking breast cancer awareness to new heights when the membership-based private aviation company’s specially outfitted pink Beechcraft King Air 350i takes off to invite contributions Oct. 1.

Reno air races off to fast start

Article | Sep 17, 2015

A record 19 aircraft are racing in the Jet Class at the fifty-second National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada.

1 plane, 1 pilot, 2 saves

Article | Sep 16, 2015

For Brian Rowser, rescuing Christian Herrera was the second occasion in two weeks that a search flight he piloted produced a happy ending.

Gulfstream crew attempted fatal takeoff with controls locked

Article | Sep 10, 2015

The flight crew of a Gulfstream G-IV business jet that crashed on takeoff from Laurence G. Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts, May 31, 2014, failed to perform a flight control check, resulting in critical controls still being locked during the takeoff attempt, the NTSB concluded Sept. 9.

Garmin debuts new touchscreens

Article | Sep 09, 2015

Garmin revealed that it has developed a new touchscreen control system—the GTC 580—designed for use with its G2000, G3000, and G5000 avionics suites, and the Cirrus Vision SF50 Jet single-engine turbofan will be its launch customer.

Latitude tours into service

Article | Sep 01, 2015

Cessna’s Citation Latitude has reached its first customers, and the company is putting the new midsize jet on a coast-to-coast tour.

Think Global Flight spreads education message

Article | Sep 01, 2015

California nonprofit Think Global Flight recently completed a "two-month around the world flight of adventure educating and inspiring" more than 20,000 students.

Legacy 450 gets FAA certification

Article | Sep 01, 2015

Embraer announced that its newest design—the Legacy 450—has earned FAA certification.

Cirrus jet takes ‘significant’ step toward certification

Article | Aug 26, 2015

Cirrus Aircraft's Vision SF50 jet has achieved a "significant milestone" toward certification with FAA issuance of type inspection authorization for the aircraft.

Big jets fall behind in sales

Article | Aug 24, 2015

The generally accepted wisdom that big jets are selling best while small jets wither is no longer true. Now the big jet sales are fading but smaller ones continue sales growth.

Market Report: Ups and downs

Pilot Magazine | Aug 10, 2015

It almost seems natural that when worldwide climates are at their respective extremes, so are the seasonal sales cycles.

Aviation Legends: The world according to Clay Lacy

Pilot Magazine | Aug 10, 2015

Aviation legend Clay Lacy has become synonymous with jet aircraft and Southern California, so it’s with some surprise that when he appears at a Wichita Aero Club luncheon, he’s introduced as a native son.

Touch and go

Pilot Magazine | Aug 10, 2015

Enter the Pro Line Fusion Touch. Rolled out earlier this year, the launch platforms for this avionics suite will be the Beech King Air 350i, 250, and C90GTx.

Aircraft shipments slip

Article | Aug 03, 2015

Aircraft and helicopter shipments slipped in the first half of 2015, and the Export-Import Bank impasse may spell more trouble for U.S. manufacturers.

FBW fears

Pilot Magazine | Jul 07, 2015

For those wanting to transition from their Citations, Hawkers, Learjets or turboprops, a culture shock awaits.

Large-jet step-up

Pilot Magazine | Jul 07, 2015

For longtime owner-pilots of light jets, the step from the largest jet that can be flown single-pilot to an aircraft that requires a two-pilot crew often seems insurmountable.

Buried in a boneyard

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

'That’s All, Brother' navigated through intense German fire and low clouds to drop the first Allied troops to land in Normandy, France, on D-Day, commencing Operation Overlord.

Eclipse 500 factory refresh

Article | Jun 30, 2015

ONE Aviation, formed by the merger of Eclipse Aerospace and Kestrel Aircraft announced in April, is offering a "factory renewed" Eclipse 500 for $2.2 million.

Citation Latitude certified

Article | Jun 08, 2015

Cessna Aircraft Co. has a new Citation ready for delivery. The company announced FAA certification of the Latitude June 5.

Turbine: Two trips

Pilot Magazine | Jun 08, 2015

The irony is that to the uninformed, a “small” airplane can be anything from a Piper Cub to a Citation X.

Citation Latitude, King Air get upgrades, enhancements

Article | May 18, 2015

Textron Aviation subsidiaries Cessna and Beechcraft are both upgrading key aircraft in their lineups, with new King Air features and improved Latitude performance.

Bombardier cuts deeper

Article | May 15, 2015

Bombardier Inc. has taken another bite out of its bizjet production, announcing 1,750 layoffs and blaming soft demand for the Global series.

Home schooled

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2015

What’s most unusual about the ProFlight course is not what happens in Carlsbad. It’s what happens at your home or office in the weeks leading up to the training.

Pilatus PC-24 makes first flight

Article | May 12, 2015

The Pilatus PC-24 jet flew for the first time May 11 in Switzerland for nearly an hour.

Checkride redux

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

The 61.58 ride amounts to a repeat of the full, initial type rating checkride, complete with simulated emergencies and procedures that must be flown to the practical tests standards set down for airline transport pilots.

Aircraft market slips

Article | May 11, 2015

First-quarter aircraft shipments slipped, and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association is urging U.S. lawmakers to alleviate some of the drag.

Fly-Ins: Welcome back

Pilot Magazine | May 11, 2015

Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) will host AOPA’s second 2015 regional fly-in.

Cirrus Aircraft's Vision comes to Knoxville

Article | May 06, 2015

Cirrus Aircraft's long-awaited jet program took a big step forward this week when the company announced that deliveries and training would take place in a new Knoxville, Tennessee-based facility.

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.

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.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

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

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.

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.

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.

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+.

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.