April 8, 2014
New categories such as kit airplanes and Light Sport aircraft have joined the old standards from the 1950s like the Cessna 172, but most new aircraft built today feature advanced technology including glass cockpits, satellite navigation, and electronic engine monitors.
Business jets flirt with the speed of sound and fixed-gear four-seaters fly at more than 200 knots, compared to the Cessna 172’s honest 110 knots.
New aircraft feature carbon fiber with tailwheel designs like the CubCrafters Carbon Cub using it for lighter weight and greater performance.
While small business jets lag in deliveries, turboprops promise to keep the market going as a recession ends.
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Light Sport Aircraft,
Time is running out for potential tailwheel pilots to bid on a package of tailwheel training at Lakeland, Florida-based Tailwheels Etc.—including two hours in a 1940 Stearman Kaydet biplane—in this year’s AOPA Foundation online auction.
Dassault Aviation on Dec. 17 rolled out the first of its new line of ultra-long-range business jets—the Falcon 8X.
Congress has passed an omnibus spending bill that keeps the FAA, and other government agencies, funded through September 2015.
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