Matt Thurber

Matt Thurber, editor-in-chief at AIN Media Group, has been flying since 1975 and writing about aviation since 1978 and now has the best job in the world, running editorial operations for Aviation International News, Business Jet Traveler, and In addition to working as an A&P mechanic on everything from Piper Cubs to turboprops, Matt taught flying at his father’s flight school in Plymouth, Mass., in the early 1980s, flew for an aircraft owner/pilot, and for two summer seasons hunted swordfish near the George’s Banks off the East Coast from a Piper Super Cub. An ATP certificated pilot and CFII, Matt is type-rated in the Citation 500 and Gulfstream V/550. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Matt and his team cover the entire aviation scene including business aircraft, helicopters, avionics, safety, manufacturing, charter, fractionals, technology, air transport, advanced air mobility, defense, and other subjects of interest to AIN, BJT, and FutureFlight readers.

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European Rotors Opening Next Week in Madrid

Rotorcraft show is the largest such event in Europe
Madrid, Spain

FAA Grants Approval for Thales AStar 4-axis Autopilot

EASA and Transport Canada approvals to follow
Thales StableLight autopilot for Airbus H125 helicopter

STCs Underway for Klatt Works AR Oxygen Mask

The Klatt Works mask helps pilots fly the airplane in case of smoke in the cockpit
Klatt Works Saved Augmented Reality Oxygen Mask System on Boeing 777

Schweizer Completes First OEM Certified Helicopter

The program adds new life to older Schweizer helicopters
Schweizer S300CBi helicopter
Maintenance and Modifications

AMAC and Mukamalah Aviation Collaborate on VIP MRO

Saudi and Gulf region customers to benefit from MRO agreement
AMAC Dubai Airshow 2023

Boeing Agrees To Further SAF Development

SAF is needed to help the Middle East reduce emissions
Boeing SAF Dubai Airshow 2023

Safety Standdown Addresses Integrity Impact on Safety

Integrity means more than just bolting on a safety program
Bombardier Safety Standdown 2023
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Lufthansa Technik Reveals 777-9 Cabin Design Concept

The cabin design maximizes the jet's 340-sq-m interior
Lufthansa Technik CelestialStar Boeing 777-9 interior design concept
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

Bombardier To Retire Senior Notes and Issue New Notes

Plans to issue new notes come after strong projections for 2023
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Maintenance and Modifications

Eagle Program Keeps Citation Excels Flying

Making Excels like-new adds value to older airframes
Citation Excel Eagle business jet modification

Flying Firefighters Upgrading to Universal Avionics

The upgrade adds Universal's modern InSight avionics
De Havilland Canada CL-415 firefighting aircraft

Garmin Releases Biggest-ever Pilot Watch

The new watch adds a flashlight and ECG capability
Garmin D2 Mach 1 Pro watch
Maintenance and Modifications

Honda Aircraft Simplifies Ownership Tasks

The Aircraft Management Services program helps with maintenance management
Honda Aircraft Aircraft Management Services

GE Honda Aero Continues Neat SAF Tests

This second test was conducted in Japan
GE Honda Aero Engines HF120
Training and Workforce

CAE, Sun Air Boosting Bizav Pilot Capabilities

The pilot development program will help train new pilots
CAE and Sun Air Jets collaborate on new pilot development program
Maintenance and Modifications

PJM Expands Northeast U.S. MRO Services

Resources are available for owners of classic business aircraft
King Air 350ER

ForeFlight’s Portfolio Gains New Features

Simpler purchasing and oceanic plotting have been added
ForeFlight 3D engine-out procedure
Maintenance and Modifications

Gama Aviation Selling Jet East to West Star for $131M

Deal expected to close in November
Jet East Booth NBAA-BACE 2023 (Photo: Mariano Rosales/AIN)

FlightAware Adds Helicopters to Global Tracking Service

New technology enables tracking of hard-to-find helicopters
FlightAware Global for Helicopters
Charter & Fractional

Broker Sees Easing of Charter Trip Availability

More aircraft are becoming available for charter
Planet 9 charter business jet

More Honeywell Guided Visual Approaches Now Available

Pilots can fly guided visual approaches by hand or coupled to the autopilot
TEB Jeppesen chart
Cabin Interior and Electronics

SpaceX Logs Sale of Starlink for Trans-Exec Fleet

The Starlink satcom system costs $150,000, and service is $25,000 a month
SpaceX Starlink Aviation airborne hardware
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Heads Up Technologies Buys Alto Aviation

Alto Aviation was founded in 1997
ALTO product line

Echelon Is Bigger, Faster Honda Light Jet

Timeline calls for certification and entry into service in 2028
HondaJet Echelon Mock Up Interior NBAA2023
Regulations and Government

Flight Pro Releases Trip-planning Tablet App

Flight Pro Connect app consolidates trip planning information
Flight Pro Connect

Genesys Aerosystems Makes Moog Transition

While pursuing special-missions work, Genesys still supports its GA products
Genesys’s integrated avionics and autopilots

Cirrus Adds Auto Radar to Vision Jet G2+

Radar upgrade simplifies building a picture of thunderstorm activity
Auto Radar help pilots see what's happening in thunderstorms
Maintenance and Modifications

Jet East Expanding, Adds Mobile Engine Teams

Jet East has grown rapidly since it was acquired by Gama Aviation
Jet East West Palm Beach team members
Cabin Interior and Electronics

SmartSky Lite Is Latest Addition to Connectivity Lineup

NBAA-BACE attendees can try out the Lite system at the static display
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Training and Workforce

Universal Avionics Taps AI for Second Grand Challenge

Goal is to develop new AI-based solutions and products
Universal Avionics artificial intelligence tools