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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.

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.

Honeywell reins in jet forecast

Article | Nov 15, 2015

Honeywell's annual jet sales prediction shows the lowest 10-year forecast in several years, citing the overall lackluster economic recovery.

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.

Pelton named EAA CEO

Article | Nov 11, 2015

Jack Pelton has been named CEO of the Experimental Aircraft Association, after serving for three years as its volunteer chairman.

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.