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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Avionics

Garmin On-site Training Helps Pilots Learn Avionics Details

The two-day training class for the G500/G600 MFDs and GTN navigators is a valuable experience.
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Airports

Santa Monica Appeals FAA's Ruling To Keep Airport Open

The FAA determination was made last December, and it requires the city of Santa Monica to keep its airport open through 2023.
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Airports

AIN Blog: The Mother of All TFRs

Super Bowl 50 and a visit by President Obama will shut down much of the airspace in the San Francisco Bay Area to most general aviation operations.
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FBOs

Signature Flight Opens 'World’s Largest FBO' at SJC

Signature Flight Support's new San Jose FBO includes a 60,000-sq-ft hangar that can fit two 767s.
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AIN Blog: Flying Therapy

Does flying an airplane have a positive effect on Alzheimer's sufferers?
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Aircraft

Trip Report: Embraer Phenom 300

The Phenom 300 showed its capabilities during a delivery flight from Brazil to Florida.
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Charter & Fractional

Seven Business Jets Added to Clay Lacy Aviation Fleet

The addition of seven jets to Clay Lacy Aviation's fleet indicates strong interest in charter bookings.
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Accidents

NTSB Notes Icing Issues in Phenom 100 Crash

The Phenom 100 crashed short of the runway in Gaithersburg, Md., on Dec. 8, 2014.
Avionics

Sandel Signs Stevens Aviation for Avilon Installations

The Avilon integrated flight deck is designed for easy installation in about five days.
Charter & Fractional

Legacy 500 Joins Million Air Dallas Charter Fleet

The fly-by-wire jet is a pleasure to fly, both for pilots and passengers.
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Avionics

Associated Air Center Receives BBJ CPDLC STC

The installation is part of the Fans upgrade.

EASA STC Features Dac International A-D Converter

The converter is part of a Tcas II Change 7.1 upgrade for Falcons.
Security

AIN Blog: Hoist On Its Own TFRs

Hoist On Its Own TFR
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Avionics

Cockpit Avionics: NextGen Upgrade Pace and STC Approvals Accelerating

Business aircraft owners and operators have many more choices now for NextGen upgrades, some of them more cost-effective than others.
Aircraft

Bombardier Moves To Direct Sales, TAG Steps Down as Rep

In line with this change, Bombardier and TAG Aeronautics have “amicably elected” to end their contractual agreements.
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Safety

AIN Blog: Notams Still Incomprehensible

The FAA's Notam system is still broken, and for safety's sake it needs to be fixed.
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Aircraft

Epic E1000 Prototype Enters Flight-test Program

The first prototype of the Epic E1000 single-engine turboprop is one of two that will fly the flight test campaign.
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Airports

Graffiti Vandals Strike at Van Nuys Airport

The latest tagging incident involves three jets parked on the south side of Van Nuys Airport.

AIN Blog: On the Wings of Christmas Elves

Business aviation volunteers helped make the holiday season special.
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Training and Workforce

DOT OIG Seeks Further FAA Work on Controller Training Contract

The original controller training contract, issued to Raytheon, was awarded in 2008 and updated in 2010.
Security

Notam Outlines New TSA Waiver for Flights Through U.S. Airspace

The new Notam applies to foreign-registered aircraft weighing fewer than or equal to 100,309 pounds.
Avionics

Bad Elf Crowd-funding Aims To Cut Cost of ADS-B IN Receivers

The Bad Elf Kickstarter offers four configurations of a new portable, low-cost ADS-B IN receiver.
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Training and Workforce

FAA Moves Comment Period for AMT School Regulation Change to February 1

The rule change would allow AMT schools to amend curriculums using a simpler process.
Maintenance and Modifications

Learjet 20 XR Mods Now Have Hushkit

Deadline for Stage 3 noise compliance was Dec. 31, 2015, and now all Learjet 20 series can be modified to meet the requirement.
Avionics

AIN Blog: NextGen Capabilities Available Now

When ADS-B is fully implemented, ATC infrastructure will finally realize all the benefits that GPS promised 25 years ago.
Avionics

AIN Blog: Component Improvements Drive Aircraft Efficiency Gains

New engines, avionics and systems are providing incremental improvements in performance and efficiency.
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Safety

AIN Blog: Local Legislators Don’t Want Your Drones

Model aircraft and drone operators are facing new local restrictions on where they can fly.
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Avionics

FAA Releases Revised ADS-B Advisory Circular

New version of AC 20-165B includes significant changes to help facilitate ADS-B OUT upgrades.
Safety

Court Decides That Flight-sharing Websites Are Illegal

The FAA's claim that flight-sharing websites offer illegal flights for compensation or hire is supported by an appeals court decision.
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Avionics

Industry Coalition Outlines Concerns With New LightSquared Test Plan

LightSquared has emerged from bankruptcy and is forging ahead on a test plan it says will protect GPS receivers from interference.