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,
Despite a dramatic decline in 2014 helicopter deliveries, forecasters at Honeywell Aerospace project a steady stream of deliveries over the next five years.
Bell Helicopter has made the first delivery of the Bell 429WLG (wheeled landing gear) in North America.
Garmin International will offer the GDL 84H and GDL 88H Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink specifically designed for helicopters.
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