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Textron adds service programs

Article | Apr 21, 2016

Textron Aviation Inc., owner of the Cessna, Beechcraft, and Hawker brands, has launched new service and support programs for aircraft already in service.

Siemens electrifies power discussion at AERO

Article | Apr 21, 2016

The all-electric Magnus eFusion two-seat airplane made its first flight on April 11 in Hungary and was first seen at AERO Friedrichshafen in Germany on April 20.

Piper M600 enters FAA flight testing

Article | Apr 20, 2016

Eight FAA flight test pilots began evaluating the Piper M600 this week, paving the way for certification of the new single-engine turboprop by early in the third quarter of 2016, according to Piper CEO Simon Caldecott.

Europe gets its first HondaJet

Article | Apr 20, 2016

Honda Aircraft delivered its first European HondaJet April 20, the next step in the production ramp that will lead to approximately 40 deliveries in the next 12 months, according to President and CEO Michimasa Fujino.

Factory Zenith STOL announced

Article | Apr 12, 2016

An Alabama builder of light sport aircraft has struck a deal with Zenair to produce factory-built Zenith STOL CH 750s, priced at $99,990.

Piper scores big with UND training contract

Article | Apr 06, 2016

The University of North Dakota selected Piper as its next training airplane, an order worth more than 100 Archers and Seminoles.

RDD offers Lancair IV-P conversion

Article | Apr 05, 2016

With all the extras owners wanted on their Lancair IV-P aircraft, stall speeds went up with the extra weight. RDD offers a conversion to solve that.

‘Every pilot’s dream’

Article | Apr 05, 2016

Sonex Aircraft JSX-2 jets were deployed to Sun 'n Fun to wow the airshow crowd, and potential homebuilders.

Sonex shows new B models for first time

Article | Apr 02, 2016

Sonex Aircraft is showing the Sonex B and Waiex B kitplanes for the first time at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida.

Lancair puts piston engine on Evolution

Article | Apr 01, 2016

Lancair has completed an idea interrupted by the recession of 2008, putting a piston engine on its turboprop Evolution.

Flight Design deliveries flow again

Article | Apr 01, 2016

Flight Design light sport aircraft deliveries have resumed, but from a new supplier in Taiwan following financial troubles of the German company that led to receivership in February.

Icon’s gambit

Article | Mar 31, 2016

Icon Aircraft will soon begin delivering the A5 amphibious light sport aircraft to customers willing to sign a purchase agreement that imposes many restrictions.

Piper trims M-class prices

Article | Mar 23, 2016

Piper Aircraft Inc. has cut prices on the lower end of the M-class turboprops, anticipating the arrival of the M600 to top it off.

Remos GXiS to hit US market

Article | Mar 17, 2016

Remos AG, the German maker of light sport aircraft, has announced a new model, new management, and a new distribution center for North America.

TBM 900 gets safety upgrades

Article | Mar 08, 2016

Daher, the French manufacturer that builds the TBM 900 single-engine turboprop, announced several new safety enhancements to the airplane at the recent Singapore Airshow.

Piper delays M600 to third quarter

Article | Mar 07, 2016

It was back to the drawing board for Piper engineers after the single-engine turboprop M600 failed to make speed goals that owners said they needed.

Sun Flyer prototype delivered

Article | Mar 04, 2016

Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. has taken delivery of its Sun Flyer, a proof-of-concept, two-seat, solar-electric-powered trainer.

Spritely spotter arrives from Down Under

Article | Mar 03, 2016

A Portland, Oregon, maker of utility aircraft will soon build a two-seat spy plane called Seeker, found in many places and made previously in Australia.

Cessna ends dealer network

Article | Mar 03, 2016

Cessna has ended its piston-engine dealership network in the lower 48 states. At least five former dealers have been offered a referral contract.

Pratt & Whitney offers Blackhawk XP rebate

Article | Mar 03, 2016

Pratt & Whitney is offering up to $65,000 until May 31, 2016 for those who purchase Blackhawk XP engine upgrades.

Sikorsky salutes rescuers

Article | Mar 02, 2016

Sikorsky honored Los Angeles firefighters at the 2016 Heli-Expo for their bravery in a daring and successful helicopter rescue.

Rotors showcased in Louisville

Article | Mar 02, 2016

Despite a precipitous fall of the oil and gas portion of the industry, the Helicopter Association International's 2016 convention was surprisingly upbeat.

Flight Design in receivership

Article | Feb 24, 2016

Flight Design, the German company that established itself as a leader in the light sport market, has filed for receivership.

Diamond DA62 certified by FAA

Article | Feb 24, 2016

The FAA has certified the Diamond DA62 that was approved last April in Europe, making customer deliveries possible in the United States.

Sonex gets roomier

Article | Feb 22, 2016

Sonex Aircraft has announced new versions of the Sonex and Waiex kitplanes that give pilots more room to maneuver in the cockpit.

NASCAR’s McMurray drives Cessna

Article | Feb 18, 2016

When NASCAR’s Jamie McMurray races across the Daytona International Speedway in a Cessna-flagged Chevy Feb. 21 during the Daytona 500, he will have more in common with pilots than the company logo. Check out these eight surprising similarities between NASCAR drivers and pilots.

New Merlin LSA takes flight

Article | Feb 17, 2016

Chip W. Erwin has crafted a little kitplane dubbed Merlin that sports one seat and many features for $34,900, complete with basic instruments.

Cirrus reveals new features of 2016 models

Article | Feb 17, 2016

Cirrus Aircraft is drawing on the allure of luxury automobiles to highlight new features of its 2016 SR-series models.

Mooney introduces new Acclaim, Ovation models

Article | Feb 11, 2016

Mooney has upgraded its top-of-the line M20 Acclaim and Ovation models with new features that include a left-side door and keypad flight management system.

Aircraft market takes hits

Article | Feb 10, 2016

U.S. airplane makers posted relatively steady sales for 2015, but many foreign manufacturers saw declines in airplanes sold and revenue.

Dornier chooses Diamond

Article | Feb 03, 2016

Dornier Seawings, the modern descendant of an aviation icon, has chosen one of general aviation’s more recognizable names, Diamond Aircraft, to build the Dornier Seastar.

Flight Design reduces lead time

Article | Feb 02, 2016

Flight Design USA, producer of popular light sport aircraft, has inked a deal with AeroJones Aviation of Taiwan to produce aircraft for the U.S. market.

Actor Jackie Chan buys Legacy 500

Article | Feb 02, 2016

The next time actor Jackie Chan films a movie or visits one of the dozens of charities he established, chances are good that he will arrive in his new Embraer Legacy 500 business jet.

Textron streamlines turbine service

Article | Jan 27, 2016

Textron Aviation has created a call center for owners of Beechcraft, Citation, and Hawker brand jets and turboprops who need unscheduled maintenance.

Cirrus launches interactive flight ops manual

Article | Jan 26, 2016

Cirrus Aircraft launched an Apple iOS-based interactive flight manual designed to give pilots everything they need at their fingertips to perform safe flight operations, the company announced Jan. 21.

Innovator makes maiden flight

Article | Jan 21, 2016

A small team with a homegrown dream took to the skies over Cartersville, Georgia, having produced an aircraft as striking as it is unusual.

Mitsui takes ownership stake in Quest Aircraft

Article | Jan 19, 2016

A $10 million investment this month will net Mitsui & Co. a 12.5-percent stake in Quest Aircraft.

Zenith, Zenair buy SAM Aircraft

Article | Jan 19, 2016

Zenith Aircraft and Zenair announced Jan. 18 that the businesses had purchased SAM Aircraft, maker of the experimental SAM LS.

Carter pitches copter partners

Article | Jan 07, 2016

Carter Aviation Technologies is seeking joint venture partners to build small-scale versions of the CarterCopter as it talks with manufacturers about producing large machines.

Mooney M10T trainer makes first flight

Article | Dec 23, 2015

Mooney International has made the first flight of the M10T proof-of-concept trainer aircraft. Certification is expected in the next few years.

AOPA, FAA host GA Engine Summit

Advocacy | Dec 17, 2015

AOPA and the FAA recently hosted a two-day GA Engine Summit to discuss ways for the industry and government to work more effectively together.

Science Channel show to feature Piper Aircraft

Article | Dec 14, 2015

Piper Aircraft and its M500 single-engine turboprop will be featured in a segment of the Science Channel’s “How It’s Made” documentary series Dec. 17.

HondaJet earns type certificate

Article | Dec 10, 2015

Another aviation first occurred in North Carolina on Dec. 9 when the FAA awarded a type certificate to Honda Aircraft’s first airplane, the HondaJet.

Registration open for student aircraft design competition

Article | Dec 07, 2015

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association and nonprofit Build A Plane announced that registration is open through Jan. 31 for their fourth Aviation Design Challenge.

Gulfstream to trim 1,100 jobs

Article | Dec 03, 2015

Business jet manufacturer Gulfstream will trim 1,100 jobs, but testing of its new 18-passenger G500 will proceed as planned.

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.