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Daher-Socata spearheads E-Fan project

Article | Dec 15, 2014

Daher-Socata has signed a contract with Airbus Group’s VoltAir subsidiary to design, develop, and certify the electrically powered E-Fan 2.0 aircraft.

Light sport pylon air racing planned

Article | Dec 11, 2014

A Deland, Florida, light sport aircraft manufacturer is planning the first light sport pylon air race April 1 based on the Red Bull model.

Cub's coronation

Article | Dec 09, 2014

So probable is it that anyone you meet knows something about the little yellow airplane pilots call the J-3 Cub that the phenomenon helped persuade Pennsylvania’s legislature to bestow official recognition on the aircraft this year.

Second Vision jet flown

Article | Dec 01, 2014

Cirrus Aircraft has completed and flown two of the three SF50 Vision jets needed for flight testing and certification in 2015.

Airbus crafts 'disruptive' technology

Article | Nov 19, 2014

An electric two-seater, a glider made to soar above the stratosphere, and a supersonic business jet all have something in common: backing from Airbus.

Small airplanes bounce back

Article | Nov 13, 2014

An upswing in the long-languishing small aircraft market is among the indications that have one analyst predicting the doldrums may finally be behind us.

Honda plant goes operational

Article | Nov 13, 2014

The HondaJet has made yet another step toward its certification goal of early 2015. Officials opened Honda Aero Inc.’s newly completed engine manufacturing facility in Burlington, North Carolina.

Mooney unveils diesel M10T, M10J

Article | Nov 11, 2014

Mooney is taking aim at the international market with its new M10T and M10J diesel-powered singles announced Nov. 11.

Ethiopian flight school gets diesel 172s

Article | Oct 31, 2014

Africair Inc., a Continental Diesel Master Installation Center, will install Continental CD-155 retrofit diesel engines in seven Cessna 172s for Ethiopian Aviation Academy starting in 2015, Continental Motors said Oct. 27.

GAMA releases upbeat manufacturing report

Article | Oct 31, 2014

Increased aircraft shipments and billings in the third quarter of 2014 support optimism that the industry continues its emergence from recession, said the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

Four dead in King Air crash in Wichita

Article | Oct 31, 2014

Four people died and six were injured Oct. 30 when a Beechcraft King Air B200 turboprop crashed into a pilot training center on takeoff from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas.

AOPA calls ‘USA Today’ story ‘sensationalistic and incomplete’

Article | Oct 28, 2014

USA Today has offered its readers sensationalistic and incomplete journalism with its latest story targeting general aviation, according to AOPA. The Oct. 28 article purports to examine the potential for post-crash aircraft fires.

Lockheed envisions nuclear aircraft

Article | Oct 23, 2014

Aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin stirred the pot with an Oct. 15 announcement that compact fusion could power vehicles, even aircraft, within a decade. Skeptics were quick to speak up, while Lockheed filed for patents and hopes to find partners in government, academia, and industry.

AOPA Fly-In: Kick back in the sun

Pilot Magazine | Oct 22, 2014

Join us for the unofficial end to the flying season on November 8 at St. Simons Island, Georgia.

OpenAirplane teams with Cirrus

Article | Oct 21, 2014

Standardized training offered by Cirrus is now accepted by OpenAirplane, thanks to an agreement between the companies.

Bellanca AD extends fuselage crack inspections

Advocacy | Oct 21, 2014

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive to require continued repetitive inspections of aft fuselage structures for cracks on some models of Bellanca airplanes.

Quest Aircraft signs China Kodiak dealer

Article | Oct 19, 2014

Quest Aircraft Co. has signed a China dealer for its Kodiak and eventually will do limited assembly and manufacturing there.

Gulfstream intros new G500, G600

Article | Oct 15, 2014

Gulfstream Aerospace has just added two more long-range, wide-cabin airplanes to its line of business jets: the G500 and G600.

Phenom Update

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

The recession has taken its toll on all business jet manufacturers, but Brazil’s Embraer appears to have felt its sting the least.

Quick Look: Astra SPX

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

The Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) Astra SPX can trace its roots back to the twin piston Aero Commander 500.

Mandate by other method?

Advocacy | Oct 01, 2014

Maintenance experts have asked the FAA to clarify whether recurring inspections of Cessna 210-series aircraft can be mandated without following required rulemaking procedures.

Cessna announces extended range for Latitude

Article | Oct 01, 2014

The Cessna Latitude business jet will range farther and takeoff shorter than originally announced, Textron Aviation officials announced Oct. 1. Flight test data reveals improved performance in several phases of flight.

Super Tucano delivered

Article | Sep 30, 2014

The first A-29 Super Tucano was delivered Sept. 25, a tangible victory for Embraer and workers in the new factory in Jacksonville, Florida.

Armed Cessnas in demand to fight terrorists

Article | Sep 18, 2014

The U.S. government has announced plans to boost the ranks of armed Cessna Grand Caravans fighting terrorists in the troubled Middle East.

Presidents meet in Wyoming

Article | Sep 11, 2014

The first fly-in meeting of the Young Presidents' Organization's Aviation Network drew more than 150 people to Alpine Airpark, an upscale fly-in community in the natural beauty of far western Wyoming.

CJ3+ certified

Article | Sep 11, 2014

Cessna’s update of the popular Citation CJ3 earned FAA certification less than six months after the company announced the new model.

Waypoints: New again

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

By the time you read this, some lucky pilot will be contemplating a future flying our Debonair Sweepstakes airplane, the twentieth such sweepstakes airplane we have delivered to a member since 1993.

Dassault expands

Article | Sep 03, 2014

Dassault Aviation’s U.S. subsidiary has broken ground on a $60 million expansion of its completion center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

SAM Aircraft company for sale

Article | Aug 28, 2014

Thierry Zibi announced Aug. 27 that SAM Aircraft, the company he founded to build a distinctive light sport aircraft, is for sale.

HondaJet creator honored

Article | Aug 25, 2014

HondaJet designer (and Honda Aircraft Co. CEO) Michimasa Fujino is being honored by fellow engineers for his innovation.

Scorpion tour seeks customers

Article | Aug 13, 2014

Textron AirLand’s Scorpion jet, designed for surveillance and light attack, is participating in military exercises and exhibitions even as flight tests continue.

Get the skinny on weight-and-balance apps

Apps of the week | Aug 11, 2014

Check out four apps that take the weight off doing weight-and-balance calculations.

Cessna CJ3+: a plus for the CJ3

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2014

This upgraded CJ3 will be equipped with Garmin’s most advanced flight deck, the G3000 touch-screen avionics suite. Now, pilots fluent in Garmin will no doubt give the CJ3+ a closer look.

Pilatus rolls out PC-24 bizjet prototype

Article | Aug 06, 2014

Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft rolled out its first prototype PC-24 twin bizjet Aug. 1 in a dramatic unveiling before thousands of spectators.

P&E Ownership: Birth of a blade

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

When discussing MT-Propeller’s line of natural composite propellers, you might be tempted to say, “Everything old is new again.” But you would be mistaken.

Crossing the threshold

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

The flight from Charleston, South Carolina, would be my first in the new model, an upgrade from the Eclipse 500, which itself had several versions of varying capabilities during its short production run.

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.