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Innova Aerospace buys Sierra Industries and Sabreliner

Article | Nov 19, 2015

Innova Aerospace officials announced several new initiatives, including a program to re-engine and modernize Beech King Air C90-series airplanes.

Daher offers aid to charter operators

Article | Nov 17, 2015

Daher realizes that many of its customers are charter operators using the TBM turboprop for on-demand flights and is offering them special support.

Cessna turboprop powered by GE's answer to PT6

Article | Nov 17, 2015

GE Aviation has searched for a way to conquer the market now held by rival Pratt & Whitney Canada ever since buying Walter Engines in 2008. Cessna's new turboprop may be the answer.

Sixth Falcon 8X arrives at NBAA

Article | Nov 17, 2015

Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. reported that its new Falcon 8X is now more than two-thirds of the way towards FAA and EASA certification.

Cessna reveals name of new jet

Article | Nov 16, 2015

Cessna is simultaneously bringing three new jets to market. One of them, the Latitude, is already touring the world on sales calls. Next up, Longitude, followed by Hemisphere.

Hourly operating costs of 45 jets compared

Article | Nov 16, 2015

In an exclusive report, AOPA talks to aircraft purchase advisor Conklin & de Decker to compare variable hourly operating costs for 45 business jets that likely will be at the National Business Aviation Association convention.

Nextant G90XT wins FAA certification

Article | Nov 16, 2015

The FAA has granted certification just two years after Nextant Aerospace, based in Cleveland, announced it would refurbish a King Air, the Nextant G90XT.

EASA considers commercial single-engine ops

Article | Nov 12, 2015

European regulators took a step toward allowing single-engine commercial operations that have long been approved in the United States and elsewhere.

Perlan 2, carefully shaken

Article | Nov 11, 2015

The Perlan 2 glider, built to reach the edge of space and unlock secrets of the upper atmosphere, was in California for ground vibration tests.

Piston sales falter

Article | Nov 09, 2015

Aircraft sales data released Nov. 6 by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association showed piston and turboprop sales in a continued slump.

Meet the new boss

Pilot Magazine | Nov 06, 2015

Floatplane pilots always want more performance, and that’s the Boss 182’s strong suit.

The drone pro

Article | Nov 04, 2015

A pilot who long ago built a general aviation business in New Jersey was also among the first unmanned aircraft operators approved for commercial work.

Bombardier takes $4.9 billion hit, cancels Learjet 85

Article | Oct 29, 2015

Observers knew Bombardier's cash situation was worsening, but not by as much as the $4.9 billion loss the company reported for the third quarter, canceling the Learjet 85 in the process.

Textron hints at new Cessna jets

Article | Oct 27, 2015

Cessna will discuss details of the new Longitude and show its now-delivered Latitude jet, and the company may even announce a new jet program during the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas in November.

GAMA welcomes electric/hybrid aircraft

Article | Oct 26, 2015

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association has established a new associate member category for electrically powered and hybrid-propulsion aircraft.

Mooney offers certified used program

Article | Oct 13, 2015

Mooney Aviation now offers a certified used-aircraft program developed in cooperation with Premier Aircraft of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Wright factory restoration moves forward

Article | Oct 06, 2015

The National Aviation Heritage Alliance is finalizing plans to purchase (and then restore) the Wright brothers' original aircraft manufacturing factory in Dayton, Ohio, which is owned by a redevelopment company.

P&E: Savvy Maintenance

Pilot Magazine | Sep 03, 2015

One of the most significant announcements, at this year’s EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh was that Continental Motors had acquired the assets of Danbury AeroSpace of San Antonio, Texas.

Airvan flies on floats

Article | Sep 02, 2015

Alaska floatplane operators will be getting a new choice soon when the Mahindra Aerospace Airvan on floats comes online in 2016.

Pilot Briefing: Budget Buy

Pilot Magazine | Sep 02, 2015

Cessna 182 is a heavy lifter

Latitude tours into service

Article | Sep 01, 2015

Cessna’s Citation Latitude has reached its first customers, and the company is putting the new midsize jet on a coast-to-coast tour.

Cirrus jet takes ‘significant’ step toward certification

Article | Aug 26, 2015

Cirrus Aircraft's Vision SF50 jet has achieved a "significant milestone" toward certification with FAA issuance of type inspection authorization for the aircraft.

Just Aircraft explains accident

Article | Aug 13, 2015

ust Aircraft issued a statement Aug. 8 attributing co-founder Troy Woodland’s Aug. 2 crash landing to engine failure caused by water in the fuel.

F-35 Lightning public debut shows the right stuff

Article | Aug 04, 2015

After 15 years of political wrangling, setbacks, and successes, an F-35 Lightning II made its civilian airshow debut July 23 at EAA AirVenture.

Aircraft shipments slip

Article | Aug 03, 2015

Aircraft and helicopter shipments slipped in the first half of 2015, and the Export-Import Bank impasse may spell more trouble for U.S. manufacturers.

Textron acting on 2012 idea for turboprop

Article | Jul 28, 2015

First announced by the former Hawker Beechcraft in 2012 as part of a new family of piston and turboprop aircraft, Textron Aviation is planning a 280-knot turboprop.

Bristell offers share program for new aircraft

Article | Jul 21, 2015

Light sport aircraft manufacturer Bristell is betting that while you will rent a 40-year-old Cessna 172, what you really want is a new airplane.

Mooney making strides globally

Article | Jul 21, 2015

The Mooney Airplane Co. is now Mooney International Corp., a nod to the Kerrville, Texas-based manufacturer’s global reach.

Piper: Investment continues after layoffs

Article | Jul 21, 2015

In an EAA AirVenture 2015 press briefing, Piper Aircraft CEO Simon Caldecott commented that “above everything else, we must match production rates with market demand.”

Cessna sells Caravans on floats to China

Article | Jul 20, 2015

China's AVIC Joy Air Holdings has ordered 20 Cessna Grand Caravan EX Amphibian aircraft.

Textron Aviation to use McCauley props on several models

Article | Jul 20, 2015

Textron Aviation says it will get performance enhancements for the Cessna Grand Caravan EX, Cessna TTx, and Beechcraft Baron by using McCauley propellers.

Lockheed buys Sikorsky

Article | Jul 20, 2015

The oldest name in helicopters is changing hands: Lockheed Martin has struck a $9 billion deal to purchase Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp.

Tecnam makes introductory price of P2010 permanent

Article | Jul 20, 2015

The Italian Tecnam P2010 four-seat airplane was to have been sold for $345,000 as an introductory price only. Now, the company has announced that it is the permanent price.

Top Cub certificate sold to Chinese

Article | Jul 20, 2015

CubCrafters has sold the type certificate for its Top Cub to Liaoning Cub Aircraft Corp. of Yingkou, China, but will continue to manufacture the model for non-China markets.

Slowing sales trigger layoffs at Piper

Article | Jul 17, 2015

Piper Aircraft, citing a sales slowdown and economic instability in some of its markets, announced that it will lay off up to 150 workers.

Training Tip: Clearances, abbreviations, readbacks

Article | Jul 13, 2015

A well prepared, well practiced flight test applicant can create a positive impression on a designated examiner long before you head to the practice area.

Large-jet step-up

Pilot Magazine | Jul 07, 2015

For longtime owner-pilots of light jets, the step from the largest jet that can be flown single-pilot to an aircraft that requires a two-pilot crew often seems insurmountable.

Letters: From our June 2015 issue

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

Wow! We received a tremendous number of responses to Tom Haines’ editorial on the problems with solving the declining pilot population.

Eclipse 500 factory refresh

Article | Jun 30, 2015

ONE Aviation, formed by the merger of Eclipse Aerospace and Kestrel Aircraft announced in April, is offering a "factory renewed" Eclipse 500 for $2.2 million.

Icon's A5 is for real

Article | Jun 18, 2015

After flying the first fully conforming Icon A5 on June 17 in California's Napa Valley and landing on both water and a hard-surface runway, AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman says the amphibious LSA more than lives up to its high expectations.

Icon gets go-ahead to produce A5

Article | Jun 17, 2015

Icon Aircraft has completed an FAA audit that gives the company the green light to start producing its long-awaited special light sport amphibious airplanes.

Missouri Cub Scouts learn aviation at Zenith day camp

Article | Jun 15, 2015

More than one hundred Missouri Cub Scouts climbed into cockpits, pulled rivets, and learned about aviation from pilot and Zenith Aircraft Co. President Sebastien Heintz.

Cirrus named AOPA Supporting Sponsor

Article | Jun 09, 2015

AOPA welcomed Cirrus Aircraft as a Supporting Sponsor June 9. Cirrus Aircraft is the first general aviation aircraft manufacturer to participate in the AOPA Corporate Partnership program.


News release | Jun 09, 2015