Fixed-wing aircraft

April 26, 2010 - 8:28am

Airbus will have to compress the original 15-month flight-test program planned for the A350-900 into a 12-month exercise to accommodate an extension of the program's detailed design phase. The flight test program will involve five airplanes-all but one of which will fly in 2012, according to the company.

March 31, 2010 - 6:11am

For the first time since 1988, a new-manufacture production Twin Otter took to the Canadian skies as Viking Air flight tested the first conforming series-400 aircraft at its final assembly facility in Calgary in February. The Victoria, B.C.-based manufacturer acquired the type certificates for the former de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk through DHC-7 Dash 7 from Bombardier in 2006.

February 23, 2010 - 10:44am

Humans beware. Computers want your job, and considering that they’re smarter, better looking and will work for no pay, they’ll probably get it someday. For professional pilots that could mean preparing for the day when the captain is a software app and you’re just along for the ride. 

January 29, 2010 - 8:36pm

With its first A400M in the air, Airbus Military is embarking on an intensive flight trials campaign, with the aim of clearing the baseline common standard aircraft (CSA) configuration for service in 2012. As political controversy surrounded the airplane, with Airbus threatening to stop funding, the flight test team made good progress.

January 27, 2010 - 10:24am

In 2008, the FAA issued new rules affecting pilots who fly the remaining fleet of more than 350 Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprops.

January 27, 2010 - 9:52am

With its first A400M in the air, Airbus Military is embarking on an intensive flight trials campaign, with the aim of clearing the baseline common standard aircraft (CSA) configuration for service in 2012. As political controversy surrounded the airplane, with Airbus threatening to stop funding, the flight test team made good progress.

January 18, 2010 - 8:28am

Boeing has completed initial airworthiness testing on the 787 Dreamliner, the company announced last Friday. The milestone will allow more crewmembers to take part in flights and more airplanes to join the flight-test program, Boeing said.

December 14, 2009 - 6:49am

Boeing completed high-speed taxi tests on the first 787 Dreamliner on Saturday, marking the last in a series of functional tests planned in preparation for first flight. Boeing’s “window” for flying the airplane opens tomorrow at 10 a.m., when, depending on the weather, the 787 could fly for the first time, from Paine Field in Everett, Wash.

November 24, 2009 - 10:24am

The crash of an aeromedical Cessna Citation 550 into Lake Michigan more than two years ago has prompted the NTSB to recommend that the FAA require all Part 91K and Part 135 operators to incorporate upset recovery and related checklists and procedures into their training programs.

October 14, 2009 - 11:29am

If NBAA’s vast array of aircraft at the static display isn’t enough to satisfy your aviation cravings or if the roar of a radial engine sets your pulse racing, you will be pleased to learn the Orlando area is home to one of the country’s finest collections of vintage aircraft.

 
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