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April 30, 2007, 6:38 AM

Embraer has begun construction of its second Phenom 100 airframe and is on schedule for planned first flight in the middle of this year and entry-into-service in the middle of next year. The first all-metal Phenom 100 VLJs will be assembled at Embraer’s main plant in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

April 30, 2007, 6:36 AM

Robert Harold Cooper, often referred to by those who knew him as “a true gentleman” and known to his friends at Gulfstream Aerospace as “Captain Bob,” died March 17 while playing golf with friends, as reported briefly in AIN’s April issue (page 108).

April 30, 2007, 6:35 AM

Proponents awaiting European approval for commercial single-engine operations at night or under instrumental meteorological conditions (SE-IMC) should not hold their collective breath. It could be another three years before formal clearance for such

April 30, 2007, 6:31 AM

NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker was busy stumping about issues related to GA safety last month. He spoke to a group of airport executives and FAA representatives at an airport technology seminar about the importance of runway incursion safety.

April 30, 2007, 6:29 AM

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has called for a hearing later this spring on falsified medical certificates after the Transportation Department’s Inspector General found “egregious” cases of airmen lying to the FAA about medical conditions to pass their medi

April 30, 2007, 6:27 AM

Cessna continues to push forward with the certification of the CJ4, the latest model in the CJ line. The company completed the first test flight of the aircraft’s powerplant, the Williams FJ44-4A, last month aboard a company CJ2 flying testbed. The Wichita-based airframer deemed it a success.

April 30, 2007, 6:21 AM

Jets for Vets, a new initiative sponsored by an aircraft dealers association, is arranging free flights on corporate aircraft for military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families.

April 30, 2007, 6:20 AM

State-owned Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) agreed last month to purchase Carlyle Group’s Landmark Aviation and Standard Aero Holdings for $1.8 billion. If the deal makes it through the lengthy approval process as proposed, it will be DAE’s first venture into the U.S. market.

April 30, 2007, 6:19 AM

Stage III Technologies, which received an STC two years ago this month for its hush kit for Gulfstream IIs and IIIs, plans to have its long-awaited first installation under way in August at Western Jet in Van Nuys, Calif.

April 30, 2007, 6:18 AM

For the 15th consecutive year, Agustin Melgar staged his annual business aviation show in Toluca, Mexico. This year the name of the annual March event changed from what would have been “Aero ’07” to the Mexican Business Aviation Exhibition.

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