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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.

Op-Ed: Helping General Aviation Take Off

Advocacy | May 28, 2014

The third class medical is an example of an old, well-intended rule that needs to be updated. U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita explains how the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act aims to do just that.

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.

HondaJet progresses

Article | May 20, 2014

Honda Aircraft Co. reported the new HondaJet remains on track for delivery in 2015, with a new color option unveiled in Geneva.

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.

Icon announces move to Northern California

Article | May 15, 2014

Southern California-based Icon Aircraft announced May 14 that it will relocate to a 140,000-square-foot facility in the city of Vacaville, about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco.

New composite prop certified

Article | May 14, 2014

McCauley Propeller Systems announced FAA certification of the Blackmac Carbon Series three-blade, constant-speed, composite propeller May 9.

Blackhawk boost

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

It seems that no matter how optimized an airplane design may be, there’s always room for improvement.

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.

AOPA FOUNDATION JOINS FAA TO LAUNCH AVIATION WEATHER SAFETY CAMPAIGN

News release | May 05, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation has joined with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and over a dozen other general aviation (GA) stakeholders on an eight month safety campaign titled, “Got Weather?” to help GA pilots prepare for potential weather challenges they may encounter during the 2014 flying season.

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.

Electric April

Article | May 01, 2014

Two-seat solar and battery-powered prototypes were announced, and the "rock stars" of electric research and development gathered in California, marking significant progress in electric aviation.

Quicksilver SLSA official

Article | Apr 30, 2014

Quicksilver has received final FAA approval to begin selling its two-seat trike, the Sport S2SE, as a factory-built special light sport aircraft.

Textron cuts 750 jobs

Article | Apr 25, 2014

With the purchase of Beechcraft by Textron now complete, Textron Aviation followed through on promised job cuts with 750 layoff notices, fewer than some expected.

Penn Yan Aero extends engine warranties

Article | Apr 23, 2014

Engine overhauler Penn Yan Aero announced that it is extending the warranties on overhauled and experimental aircraft engines, effective immediately.

Mooney to sell first new airplane in online auction

Article | Apr 10, 2014

Mooney, back in the business of producing high-performance aircraft in Kerrville, Texas, since February, will sell its first completed airplane in an online auction.

General aviation giants

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

General aviation has always attracted larger-than-life personalities.

Briefing: Where it all began

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

It was 1939 and war was looming in Europe. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president of the United States.

TBM 900 debuts to public at Sun 'n Fun

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Daher Socata is on hand at Sun 'n Fun with the first two of the four new TBM 900s recently delivered to the United States. It was the first public showing of the new design.

Training Tip: Power check

Article | Mar 31, 2014

Do you make it a point to check for full engine power during the busy takeoff phase, with all its multiple tasks?

Continental, ASI acquire rights to twin Cessna F406

Article | Mar 26, 2014

Continental Motors and ASI Innovation of Reims, France, have acquired rights to build the Cessna F406 turboprop airplane.

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.

First TBM 900s delivered

Article | Mar 25, 2014

The first two TBM 900s were delivered to their owners in a ceremony held March 24 at the Fantasy of Flight Park in Polk City, Fla.

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.

Eclipse Aerospace makes first delivery

Article | Mar 12, 2014

Eclipse Aerospace has made its first customer delivery of the Eclipse 550 twin-engine personal jet.