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Textron to buy Beechcraft

Article | Dec 20, 2013

Cessna Aircraft owner Textron will buy Beechcraft for $1.4 billion in a major consolidation of U.S. general aviation manufacturers, multiple news outlets reported Dec. 20.

Can airshows come back?

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Airshows in the United States have endured many setbacks in their long history, but no single season has brought as much adversity as 2013.

Six 'pioneers' to join aviation hall of fame

Article | Dec 17, 2013

Six aviation trail-blazers including the first female U.S. jet airline captain, an Apollo astronaut, an air racer, a record-setting test pilot, and a pair of brothers renowned for aircraft design innovation will be enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2014.

Factory trike awaits FAA approval

Article | Dec 16, 2013

Flight testing of a factory version of the Quicksilver Sport 2S, the first of two models with factory-built versions planned, is complete.

Aviation Legends: Walter Extra

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

For 25 years, German aircraft designer and former aerobatic competitor Walter Extra has created a unique combination of unmatched style, performance, refinement, and reliability.

New law gives GA reason to be thankful

Advocacy | Nov 27, 2013

Just as many were headed out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Thanksgiving holiday, the general aviation community found one more reason to be thankful as the long-awaited Small Airplane Revitalization Act became law.

New Red Tails monument honors subset of Tuskegee Airmen

Article | Nov 25, 2013

A monument to the Red Tail pilots was three years in the making.

Milestones: The PT6 at 50

Pilot Magazine | Nov 20, 2013

Fifty years ago this month, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) developed the first production units of its legendary PT6 series of turboprop engines.

Aircraft certification bill to reduce cost of flying

Article | Nov 14, 2013

Congress on Nov. 14 gave final approval to a bill that requires the FAA to streamline the certification methods for smaller general aviation aircraft, advancing an initiative that should reduce the cost of upgrading existing aircraft and bringing new aircraft to market.

Maryland airport to stay open under new owner

Article | Nov 12, 2013

A real-estate investment enterprise that acquires properties in "depressed markets around the world" is the new owner of the Cecil County, Md., airport, and plans to keep it in operation.

Swift Fuels gains ASTM approval

Article | Nov 11, 2013

An Indiana company has secured ASTM approval for a high-octane and unleaded formula that could replace 100 LL.

Synergy Air RV-12s: Focus shifts to deliveries

Article | Nov 11, 2013

Synergy Air is building another dozen RV-12s in the S-LSA category.

JA Aero Club's creation inspired by AOPA research

Article | Nov 05, 2013

The Sugar Grove, Ill.-based JA Aero Club was created in part because of AOPA's 2012 research on flying clubs.

Cessna Citation X speed confirmed

Article | Nov 04, 2013

Cessna has reclaimed the distinction of producing the fastest civilian aircraft, with a top speed of Mach 0.935 confirmed in certification flight tests.

Classic in the making

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

It happens at 125 miles per hour. That’s the speed at which the sound of the rushing wind drowns out the growl of the Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer’s 180-horsepower engine.

Propelling GA with a united front

Article | Oct 24, 2013

A united front by the aviation associations can bring about positive change, but changing FAA priorities and budget challenges threaten to give airlines an upper hand.

Nextant scores huge jet order

Article | Oct 23, 2013

Nextant takes another leap ahead of Beechcraft in competition to refurbish the Hawker 400 fleet.

HondaJet is in the market to stay

Article | Oct 21, 2013

HondaJet is ramping up all resources as it simultaneously builds a workforce and its dealer network.

GE boosts fuel efficiency in Passport engine

Article | Oct 21, 2013

GE Aviation has improved performance and reduced fuel burn in its Passport engine.

FAA's shutdown recovery will take time

Article | Oct 17, 2013

The reopening of the government on Oct. 17 was welcomed by an aviation industry eager to get back to normal business.

'Passion for the mission' brings Raburn to Titan

Article | Oct 16, 2013

Vern Raburn will lead Titan Aerospace in a quest to make its vision of filling the void between aircraft altitudes and satellite orbits a reality.

Cirrus: First conforming Vision jet to fly in 2014

Article | Oct 10, 2013

Cirrus Aircraft expects to fly its first conforming SF50 Vision jet in early 2014 and the company will be able to build up to 150 new aircraft a year when the program is in full production.

Quick Look: Bombardier Challenger 300

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

Bombardier’s Challenger 300 has been the most successful of the super-midsize business jets, which combine the spacious cabins of larger business jets with the operating economics of mid-size, turbofan-powered aircraft.