June 21, 2013
By Dan Namowitz
A plane spotter doing some research in the regional airline neighborhood of a bustling commercial-service airport is likely to notice a sleek jet that looms larger than the 50-seat commuter aircraft with which it often shares gate space. With its two engines mounted beneath winglet-tipped, swept wings, Embraer’s E-170, a member of the Brazilian manufacturer’s Ejet family “looks and feels like a mainline aircraft,” its maker says. E-170s in service in the US Airways Express fleet seat 69 passengers, with nine seats in a first class section and 60 more in coach.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
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.
New draft airman certification standards are available for review on the FAA’s website. In addition to releasing the draft standards, the FAA also announced that it would be deleting questions from the private pilot airplane knowledge test, effective Feb. 9.
A California charter school has teamed up with a glider school to give students a potentially life-changing opportunity.
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