Matt Thurber
Editor-in-Chief

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 FutureFlight.aero. 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 fixed-wing pilot and CFII and commercial helicopter pilot, 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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Cabin Interior and Electronics

Enidine Showing HIC Damper and UltraLoc Buttons at AIX

The new components offer designers more flexibility and customization
ITT Enidine UltraLoc seat locks
Rotorcraft

Milestone Leasing Two AW169s to Northern Rescue

The two helicopters are the leasing company's first placement in New Zealand
Northern Rescue Helicopter Leonardo AW169 helicopter
Aircraft

First G700 on U.S. Registry Enters Service with Avjet Global

The backlog of G700s is starting to dwindle as more enter service
Gulfstream G700 business jet
Maintenance and Modifications

First Customer Selects AkzoNobel VR Painting Training

Operators can "see" the quality of their virtual paint application
IAC virtual reality paint training using AkzoNobel equipment
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Thornton Aviation Completes G650 Starlink Installation

The installation took three weeks and was done while the airplane was down for maintenance
Thornton Aviation Starlink satcom installation on Gulfstream G650
Rotorcraft

Bell Testing 429 Helicopter Autonomy Laboratory 

The fly-by-wire Bell 429-based flying lab is capable of autonomous flight
Bell ALFA 429 flying laboratory
Rotorcraft

Legislators Kill Hawaii Air Tour Insurance Bill 

The bill would have required liability insurance of $20 million per person
Moloka'i
Charter & Fractional

Mx and Personnel Costs Cut Berkshire Hathaway Earnings

The company's aviation revenues grew while earnings dropped
Phenom 300 (Photo: NetJets)
Accidents

R44 Crash Final Report Cites Maintenance Errors

Missing hardware led the NTSB to conclude that pilots and maintenance personnel performed "inadequate inspections"
NTSB report R44 helicopter accident
Maintenance and Modifications

Bolen Applauds NBAA Maintenance Conference Success

The event in Portland attracted attendees from 46 states
NBAA Maintenance Conference 2024
ATC

DOT Inspector General Report Faults FAA NextGen Progress

U.S. NextGen air traffic management may not be as transformational as originally promised
Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General Report
Maintenance and Modifications

Maintenance Tech Salaries Growing but Lag Pilots'

Technicians need to be better informed about their worth—and advocate for themselves
NBAA Maintenance Conference maintenance competition
Maintenance and Modifications

Jets MRO Earning Wyvern Wingman Certification

The process begins with an initial audit followed by checks every 24 months
Wyvern Jets MRO partnership
Rotorcraft

Learning To Fly Helicopters in the Guimbal Cabri G2

How a long-time fixed-wing pilot transitions to the rotary-wing world
Guimbal Cabri G2
Maintenance and Modifications

NBAA Business Aircraft Maintenance Conference Opens in Portland

Annual event brings together the aviation maintenance community
Nate Dietsch and Ed Bolen at the 2024 NBAA Maintenance Conference
Rotorcraft

China’s GDAT Buying up to 20 Airbus H175 Helicopters

The H175s will be marketed by GDAT Group's newly formed GD Helicopter Finance
Airbus Helicopters H175
Safety

AVSS Launches SMS Program To Meet New FAA Regs

Program designed to help operators meet the new rules and also enhance their safety programs
Aviation Safety Solutions classroom
FutureFlight

Harbour Air Plans to Electrify Fleet with MagniX Engines

MagniX’s electric propulsion unit is undergoing tests at a NASA facility
Article image
Rotorcraft

Airbus Celebrates First Flight of Racer Compound Helo

The high-speed helicopter's design has already generated 90 patents
Airbus Helicopters Racer high-speed helicopter
Avionics

ForeFlight Crowdsources AHRS-based Turbulence Reports

The reported turbulence layer shows not only three turbulence levels but smooth air as well
ForeFlight reported turbulence on iPad
Maintenance and Modifications

TrustFlight Tech Log Connects with FL3XX Software

Accurate flight data is quickly available to operations teams
TrustFlight Electronic Tech Log software
ATC

NTSB Chair Commends FAA Move To Improve Controller Rest

The changes to controller rest time could result in more mandatory overtime
Maintenance and Modifications

Aero-Dienst and Dassault Extend Service Center Contract

The German MRO group has been working with Dassault for the past 17 years
Aero-Dienst and Dassault
Rotorcraft

Bell Mexico Delivers 800th Helicopter Cabin 

The Chihuahua facility manufactures structures and components for a variety of Bell rotorcraft
Bell Mexico helicopter cabin manufacturing
Rotorcraft

Recoil STCs Super Puma T1000-E Firefighting Tank

The carbon-fiber tank can carry 1,000 gallons of water plus 35 gallons of foam
Precision Super Puma helicopter equipped with Recoil T1000-E firefighting tank
Avionics

Leading Edge Upgrades R44s with 5G-tolerant Radalts

The radar altimeters are essential for helicopter terrain avoidance and warning systems
Leading Edge Flight Academy helicopters
Airports

FAA Picks uAvionix ADS-B System To Prevent Incursions

FlightLine offers a lower-cost alternative to airport surveillance systems
uAvionix FlightLine ADS-B surveillance and situational awareness system
Charter & Fractional

NetJets Pilot Union Votes To Ratify Tentative Agreement

The agreement includes salary increases and quality-of-life improvements
NetJets
Rotorcraft

Safran Renews U.S. Coast Guard Arriel Support Contract

The five-year contract covers 240 engines powering MH-65 helicopters
U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter
Maintenance and Modifications

WingWork Jumps into Bizav Maintenance Software Market

The software platform offers maintenance tracking and other management features
WingWork maintenance software platform