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For the second time in a month, Cessna Aircraft has announced a new business jet, this time a large-cabin aircraft with an initial offering price of $13.9 million and a base price of $14.9 million. The Citation Latitude is priced between the Citation XLS+ and the Citation Sovereign models. The prices are in 2011 dollars and tied to an escalator. The wing, engine nacelles, tail, and mechanical flight controls are very much like those on the Sovereign, although winglets that one Cessna marketing executive likes to call Eco-tips will be added. The most important feature of the all-new aluminum fuselage is the flat-floor, six-foot cabin height. It maintains a 6,000-foot cabin pressure at 45,000 feet. Read more and watch AOPA Live® >>
It’s time for a recovery. Morgan Stanley Managing Director and Senior Analyst of Aerospace Heidi Wood—among the top aerospace/defense stock pickers three years in a row—joined AOPA Live to talk about the bounce back of business aviation. Wood said that historically, business jet recessions don’t last longer than three years. The industry is just now at that mark. Another positive sign is that U.S. corporate cash balances are at an all-time high, which means companies are in a position to buy jets. One thing that could help the recovery process along, however, is a decrease in “political overhang,” she said. Watch AOPA Live >>
Honeywell: Rebound in 2012
Honeywell Aerospace’s twentieth annual forecast of business aviation activity projected the delivery of 10,000 new business jets between 2011 and 2021, worth $230 billion. While that may be a sanguine prognosis, Honeywell was more cautious about short-term activity. For example, Honeywell estimates 600 to 650 bizjet deliveries in 2011—a figure that’s down 15 percent from 2010’s 732 deliveries. Read more and watch AOPA Live >>
Eclipse now taking orders for new jets
Eclipse Aerospace announced Oct. 10 at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas that it is taking orders for the Eclipse 550 twin jet with first deliveries scheduled to begin in 2013. The 550 is a derivative of the Eclipse 500, which was certified in 2006. However, only about 260 of the aircraft were delivered before the manufacturer, Eclipse Aviation, filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2008. Read more and watch AOPA Live >>
China on the march
The China Business Aviation Group’s CBAJET press release begins by saying “the giant has awakened,” meaning that China is on the move, aviationwise. In a press conference, CBAJET’s Jason Liao explained the inevitability of China’s domination of the business jet market. Liao said the Chinese bizjet market is expanding at 25 percent per year. By 2018 China will be the largest market in terms of aircraft delivered, with $11.68 billion worth of imports. Read more >>
Embraer racks up Chinese orders
Minsheng Financial Leasing, the fastest-growing aircraft leasing agency in China, signed a firm order for 13 of Embraer’s Legacy 650 large-cabin business jets. The first delivery of the $30 million, 3,900-nautical-mile, 14-seat airplanes should take place by the end of 2011, Embraer said. Read more >>
When it comes to showing off the prowess and versatility of business aviation, the National Business Aviation Association knows how to pull out all the stops. This year at its annual convention in Las Vegas, Oct. 10 through 12, the association displayed dozens of business aircraft worth hundreds of millions of dollars at Henderson Executive Airport. The display featured the Embraer Legacy 650, Gulfstream G650, Hawker 200 mockup, Lear 85 mockup, a Cessna Mustang, Piaggio Aero, and a Twin Otter Viking. View the slideshow >>
John Deere showcases benefits of business aviation
With business aviation constantly barraged by criticism over the last few years, you might wonder how a publicly traded company justifies a fleet of transcontinental business jets. In the case of John Deere, the question is rarely asked by shareholders who instead recognize the effectiveness of the global company’s management. Dave Everitt, president of the Agriculture and Turf Division of the Moline, Ill.-based company says his job would be nearly impossible without the benefits of business aviation. Read more and watch AOPA Live >>
Embraer releases status update on product lines
Embraer’s President of Executive Jets Ernie Edwards revealed that the company’s newest facility—at the Melbourne, Fla., International Airport—is in the process of completing its first airplane, a Phenom 100. The airplane will be delivered to its owner later this year. The 80,000-square-foot Melbourne plant has 80 employees, Edwards said, and is geared up to do final assembly, interior completion, and painting of the Phenom 100. Embraer also announced it has hired enduring, energetic martial arts movie star Jackie Chan as its brand spokesman. Read more >>
Phenom 100 set to be high-flying classroom
The world’s first airborne classroom is set for a 2013 takeoff with adventurer and educator Barrington Irving in the left seat. Irving in 2007 at age 23 became the youngest person to fly around the world solo and the first African-American to make such a trek. His trip was meant to inspire youth to consider aviation as a career. Read more and watch AOPA Live >>
HondaJet certification delayed by engine
It was a good news and bad news day for HondaJet during a press conference at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas Oct. 10. GE Honda Aero Engines ran into a couple of problems with the HF120 engine that will delay certification until the second half of 2012. The HF120 engine failed to pass an on-ground ice ingestion test, leading to a redesign. The test involved slab ingestion such as might occur if the engine’s anti-icing system were to fail, said William Dwyer, president of GE Honda Aero Engines. Read more >>
Citation Ten on track for 2011 flight
Cessna Aircraft’s new Citation Ten will fly before the end of the year, with deliveries planned for the second half of 2013. Cessna officials said the program is adhering to its original schedule. Cessna showed a mockup of the aircraft cabin at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas. The aircraft has a G5000 avionics system and Clairity, Cessna’s new cabin information and entertainment system that is received on an iPad or smartphone. Read more >>
Hawker jets to get overwater approval
In early 2012, Hawker Beechcraft expects the FAA will grant approval for extended overwater operations such as San Francisco to Hawaii for the Hawker 800XP, 800XPR, 850XP, and 900XP. Read more >>
Bell 407GX certified
The newest model of the Bell 407, the 407GX, has received FAA certification following its introduction in February and certification by Transport Canada earlier this year. It has a Garmin G1000H glass flight deck and is claimed to be the only helicopter model so equipped. In addition to most features found on the G1000, the G1000H has synthetic vision and terrain avoidance specially designed for helicopters. Bell has received more than 60 orders, with the first expected to deliver later this year.
Rockwell Collins brings touch screens to King Airs
The Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system will be offered as a retrofit display option for Pro Line 21-equipped King Air aircraft through Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support. It is expected to be certified in 2013. Read more >>
Cape Girardeau officials say Commander missed payment
The Southeast Missourian says Commander Premier Aircraft failed to post a $140,000 bond by the deadline, allowing the city to evict the company from its premises at the local airport. That doesn’t necessarily mean an end to a valiant effort to bring back a quality aircraft that placed among the higher-end, luxurious single-engine piston aircraft. Read more >>
‘Women Airborne’ takes 210 aloft in Canada
Inspired by the efforts of similar groups in the United States and Canada, pilots at Lyncrest Airport near Winnipeg, Manitoba, took 210 women and girls on flights on Sept. 10. They believe they now hold the record for the greatest number of females flown at the same airport on the same day. The youngest rider was 2 years old and the oldest was 86, according to the Springfield Flying Club. One woman rode public transportation to the closest stop and then walked eight kilometers to the airport so that she could take a flight. Read more >>
Learn, play, serve GA-style
The rebuilding effort continues on Cat Island of the Bahamas, after Category 3 Hurricane Irene decimated many houses on the island in August. Bahamas Habitat is offering pilots a way to help with the rebuilding while gaining flight training and a little play time all in one weekend. The nonprofit organization’s semiannual Fly-In & Help Out event will take place Oct. 20 through 23. Bahamas Habitat will train pilots how to fly internationally and fill out and submit the required Customs and Border Protection Electronic Advance Passenger Information System manifest. Read more >>
Soaring returns to NC to mark centennial
For nine minutes and 45 seconds on Oct. 24, 1911, Orville Wright piloted a glider above the dunes of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. One hundred years later, aviation enthusiasts will gather there to celebrate that record-setting flight. Wright’s record held for nearly 10 years, and started the sport and science of modern soaring, according to the First Flight Foundation. Read more >>
A diagnosis, a reclaimed dream
When he got the diagnosis, it felt like his life had turned upside down. Aeronautical engineer and private pilot Timothy Garrett thought multiple sclerosis could spell the end of his flying. But more than 22 years later, he is flying an airplane he built and sharing his story of hope with other MS patients across the country. Garrett returned to flying in 1992 with a special issuance medical certificate and finished building a Zenith airplane in 2006. Since then, “I’ve been flying like crazy,” he said. Read more >>
AOPA Now: CAF helps rally GA
AOPA President Craig Fuller visited Midland, Texas, for a Rally GA event that’s part of the Commemorative Air Force’s annual AIRSHO. The morning brought cloudy skies after a full night of rain—something that hadn’t happened in more than a year and was a welcome relief from the drought in that part of Texas. The clouds did nothing to dampen enthusiasm for a day filled with airplanes and excitement. Read more >>
Hover Power: Helicopter instructors
Because of the highly responsive characteristics of helicopters, the briefest bit of inattention by a CFI can result in an accident. An instructor and his student were practicing hover taxiing before concluding the last of three flights in a Bell 47D—a model known for its docile flight characteristics and forgiving nature. The student had trouble that day maintaining rotor RPM during maneuvers, so the CFI looked inside to check as the student started to apply collective. When the CFI looked back outside, the helicopter was nose high and rolling to the right. Read more >>
AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association announced plans in September to request an FAA exemption to allow pilots to fly recreationally with a driver’s license/self-certification medical. Find out why they are seeking the exemption, what limitations it would entail, and how you can help as experts from both associations discuss the details on AOPA Live. You also can sign up to receive email alerts on the progress of the request, including a notice when you can submit comments to the FAA. The associations plan to submit the request after the first of the year. Watch AOPA Live >>
Navy pilots and the dream
What does it take to live your dreams as a Naval aviator? The film Speed and Angels gives viewers a look at the passion and motivation that moved two young Naval aviators through their training. Producer Paco Chierici and Jay Consalvi, a subject of the movie, spoke with AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman at AOPA Aviation Summit about the film, supporting ground troops in Iraq as a “high-speed cheerleader,” and the joys of general aviation. Watch AOPA Live >>
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Safety & Proficiency
It’s a fact of life: Many new instrument pilots soon come to realize that keeping up with recent instrument experience requirements is a challenging commitment. Practice instrument approaches are a way to give your recreational flying added value by counting the instrument procedures flown toward recency requirements, and by giving you a chance to fly approaches other than the same old home-airport ILS. Are you good to go under IFR? Read more and take the poll >>
Learn the ropes of special issuance in Webinar
More than 25,000 pilots with otherwise-disqualifying medical conditions can fly thanks to a special issuance medical certificate. Special issuance authorizations provide the FAA with flexibility in granting medical certificates to pilots with serious medical conditions and require pilots to provide periodic interim medical reports. Find out more about this type of authorization in a Webinar Oct. 26, hosted by Gary Crump, AOPA director of medical certification. Sign up for the 3 p.m. or 9 p.m. Eastern session.
Learn the finer points of cockpit weather
Datalink has made weather flying safer than it’s ever been, but it’s no guarantee you won’t get in over your head. The Air Safety Institute's online course IFR Insights: Cockpit Weather is meant to help pilots avoid dangerous mistakes by looking at what matters in the real world: What's this radar image telling me—and not telling me? What’s the big picture here? In short, how can I use datalink both to complete more trips and to minimize risk? Find out >>
Going cross-country? Quiz yourself!
When was the last time you flew a long VFR cross-country? If you normally fly instruments—or just tend to stay local—it’s easy to lose touch with some of the finer points of old-fashioned cross-country flying. Put away your approach plates and grab your thinking cap for this week’s Air Safety Institute safety quiz, sponsored by the AOPA Insurance Agency. Take the quiz >>
Improve your safety by learning from others
Gain valuable knowledge about flying safely by learning from the mistakes of others. Using your ePilot personalization preferences, like "piston single-engine" or "turbine," the Air Safety Institute's Accident Database generates a list of accidents that have been added to the database in the past 30 days. If you haven't personalized your newsletter, select your aircraft preferences from the "types of aircraft" section on the ePilot personalization page.
Leading Edge: What Happens in Vegas…
The Single-Pilot Safety Standdown, held in conjunction with the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas, featured presentations on how to fly single-pilot better. National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener recounted an accident of an overloaded Pilatus PC-12 that crashed in Montana because the pilot neglected to use anti-icing additives in the fuel and then delayed too long in diverting to another airport. AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg discussed runway excursions. One recurrent theme in most of the presentations was the ever-present human factors. Read more >>
Business aviation defended by supporters
Angry defense of business aviation by several industry and political leaders dominated the opening session of the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas Oct. 10. Despite economic uncertainty, it may prove to be one of the best attended shows with the largest number of exhibitors in years. Still, one observer who had talked with aviation companies in the Las Vegas Convention Center for the past two days said, “I don’t even see cautious optimism. I see cautious pessimism.” Read more >>
Hawker Beechcraft CEO takes on Obama administration
More info needed in Calif. avgas suit
A federal judge requested additional briefings Oct. 3 before ruling on a motion to dismiss a case brought by California producers, distributors, and sellers of leaded avgas, the National Air Transportation Association announced. The coalition of FBOs and avgas distributers brought the suit in response to a threat of legal action from the Center for Environmental Health over the businesses’ distribution of leaded avgas. Read more >>
Suggested flight training improvement strategies reviewed
An aviation industry educational task force with the goal of reforming flight training has moved into a new phase of its work, with AOPA submitting responses to six recommendations issued in the project’s preliminary report. AOPA presented comments to recommendations that emerged from the 2011 Pilot Training Reform Symposium hosted by the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE). AOPA served as a sponsor of the event. Read more >>
Pilots attend safety seminar in Santa Monica
How pilots can promote safety, be good neighbors, and showcase their airport’s benefits for the community and its economy are always subjects worth review. Pilots at the Santa Monica, Calif., Municipal Airport heard renewed guidance in those areas Oct. 3 during an Air Safety Institute safety seminar. Read more >>
Community works to save Texas airport
Abernathy, Texas, city officials are working with AOPA members and Airport Support Network volunteer Tom Porterfield to find ways to help make the airport self-sufficient and raise money for airport improvements. AOPA has weighed in on the importance of the airport to the area.
FAA fixes turbojet proficiency compliance deadline
The FAA has amended a recent rulemaking, which set a requirement for pilots of turbojet-powered aircraft to undergo a pilot-in-command proficiency check, to give affected pilots a year from the effective date to take the initial required checkride. The final rule, which was published Aug. 31 and goes into effect Oct. 31, will now give pilots of single-pilot turbojet-powered aircraft and, with some exceptions, turbojet-powered experimental aircraft, until Oct. 31, 2012, to meet the new initial requirement under FAR 61.58. Read more >>
Bureaucratic system makes small businesses wait
The FAA’s current and proposed methods for prioritizing aircraft certification projects leave small businesses at a disadvantage, AOPA told the agency Oct. 3. Even though their products may offer important improvements, small businesses report facing delay after delay in obtaining FAA certification for projects labeled Category 2, 3, or 4, AOPA said, urging the agency to provide a reasonable path to certification for those products.
Are you ready for the new AOPA Lifestyles?
On Nov. 1, AOPA membership will become even more valuable to you, whether at work or play, inside the cockpit or out. Get a hint in this video. Watch AOPA Live >>
Fly Well: Stealing fire
The story goes that Prometheus, keen to help mortals, stole fire from Zeus, which rather irritated the big guy. The punishment meted out was for our man to be bound to a rock where a vulture would devour his liver. Those Greek deities were smart; they knew that the liver could regenerate, so poor old Prometheus was condemned to have that gourmand raptor repeat his daily repast. Forever. Although many insults are forgiven as the liver recovers and new cells appear, many diseases can damage the liver, none so stealthy as hepatitis C. Read more >>
A gift that keeps giving
We’ve all received one—a gift we politely accept, and then toss to the back of the closet never to be seen again. From the ever-popular holiday sweater to the latest gadget being pitched on TV, some gifts will never see the light of day. Luckily there is hope for gift givers and receivers alike this holiday season, and it comes in the form of the AOPA Holiday Ornament. Sure to add charm to any tree, the second in AOPA’s line of commemorative ornaments features an aircraft that embodies the spirit of aviation, a beautiful 1940 Waco. Read more >>
Windows Mobile, BlackBerry app free to members
AOPA members can have airport services, FBO information, airport diagrams, and more at their fingertips, all for no extra cost. With AOPA Airports apps for Windows Mobile and BlackBerry, you can download the entire airport database wirelessly and take it with you wherever you go. The application was developed by Hilton Software, maker of the popular WingX product. Download it today >>
AOPA Career Opportunities
Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? We’re looking for a director of media relations, Web business analyst, donor relations specialist, medical certification assistant, associate editor–Web, associate editor–Web/ ePilot, production assistant–Web, .Net developer, aviation technical specialist, and manager of airspace and modernization. To learn more about other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.