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Piper continues strong showing in trainer market

Article | Jul 30, 2014

Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.

A new Mooney delivers its first new Mooney

Article | Jul 30, 2014

It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.

Ice protection, gross weight increase for Lancair Evolution turboprop

Article | Jul 30, 2014

Ice protection and a gross weight increase are improving the utility of the Lancair Evolution turboprop, according to Doug Meyer, CEO of the Oregon aircraft kit manufacturer.

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.

American Champion Aircraft to produce a diesel bush airplane

Article | Jul 30, 2014

American Champion Aircraft will pair its Scout bush plane with an Austro Engines diesel to increase speed, extend range, and allow its aircraft to fly in remote regions where avgas is unavailable.

Tecnam P2010 certified in Europe

Article | Jul 30, 2014

Tecnam’s new four-seat, 133-knot, 180-horsepower model P2010 has taken one big step toward U.S. certification under FAR Part 23. The company said that the airplane had earned European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification, and that deliveries would begin this week.

Flight Design says four-place aircraft on schedule

Article | Jul 29, 2014

Flight Design says production and testing of its four-seat C4 is on target despite the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

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.

First production Icon A5 makes a splash at AirVenture

Article | Jul 28, 2014

The first production Icon A5 amphibious light sport aircraft made a big splash at a company event that kicked off the EAA AirVenture show on July 27.

MVP Aero developing light sport amphib

Article | Jul 27, 2014

MVP Aero is developing a $189,000 light sport amphibious seaplane that doubles as a camper and is expected to fly in 18 months, with deliveries in 2017.

Surveillance by Cirrus

Article | Jul 23, 2014

Cirrus Aircraft is adapting its popular SR22-series aircraft for surveillance and related missions.

Piper engine mounts may crack

Article | Jul 23, 2014

Owners of certain Piper Mirage, Meridian, and Matrix models should be aware of possible engine mount cracks.

Airbus to certify electric twin

Article | Jul 17, 2014

Airbus Group plans to certify production versions of its E-Fan electric twin and has a goal of late 2017 entry into service for the two-seater, the company said in a video from Farnborough International Airshow July 14.

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.

Cirrus supplies parts

Article | Jul 16, 2014

Cirrus Aircraft has begun distributing parts directly from the factory, promising better availability and convenience.

New light sport amphib to be announced at Oshkosh

Article | Jul 10, 2014

A new amphibious light sport aircraft that promises to be a direct competitor to the Icon A5 will be announced at EAA AirVenture by MVP.aero.

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.

Cessna TTx FIKI certified

Article | Jun 30, 2014

The Cessna TTx piston single is now certified for flight into known icing, the company announced June 25.

Production HondaJet takes flight

Article | Jun 30, 2014

The first production HondaJet logged an 84-minute flight June 27, marking another milestone toward first deliveries in 2015.

'The human must be the boss'

Article | Jun 24, 2014

Approaching San Francisco International on a VFR day in a Boeing 777, the crew was "astonished" when automated systems did not respond as expected.

Sikorsky aims for smooth ride

Article | Jun 18, 2014

Helicopter engineers are developing new systems with promise to significantly reduce or eliminate main rotor vibration.

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.

Diamond diesel twin gets name change

Article | Jun 04, 2014

Austria-based Diamond Aircraft has renamed the DA52 jet-fuel-powered piston twin to DA62, the company announced June 4.