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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Latest from Matt Thurber

EASA STC Features Dac International A-D Converter

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

Associated Air Center Receives BBJ CPDLC STC

The installation is part of the Fans upgrade.
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.
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.
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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Airports

New Moves Made To Keep SMO Operating Equitably

Santa Monica Airport Association is preparing a new Part 16 complaint to be filed with the FAA.
Aircraft

Embraer Delivers Executive AirShare’s 30th Phenom

Executive AirShare's 30th Phenom is painted in colors from the Brazilian flag, with the Brazilian and U.S. flags painted on the tail.
Avionics

Gulfstream STCs Gogo UCS 5000 in GIV/GV

The UCS 5000 is a “smart” router capable of managing multiple onboard networks.
Aircraft

Qatar Airways Takes Delivery of First G650ER

Qatar Executive, the private jet division of Qatar Airways, has ordered up to 30 G650ERs, G500s and G600s.
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Aircraft

FAA Type Certificate Issued for HA-420 HondaJet

A celebration of issuance of the HondaJet's type certificate was held December 9 at Honda Aircraft headquarters in Greensboro, N.C.
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Airports

Santa Monica Obligated by Grant Assurances Until 2023

The FAA has determined in response to a Part 16 complaint that Santa Monica must comply with grant assurance obligations in running its airport.
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Charter & Fractional

Executive AirShare Celebrates 15 Years, New Phenom 300

The fractional-share operator's fleet has grown to 49 aircraft, and it is taking delivery of a second Phenom 300.
Aircraft

Cirrus Teases Vision SF50 Performance Numbers

Cirrus Aircraft releases the Vision SF50 single-engine jet's performance capabilities.
Avionics

Transport Canada Approves Latitude Satcom Data Unit

Latitude's TSO'd DL 150 meets the need for FANS 1/A+ data link communications and offers autonomous flight tracking and acceleration monitoring.
Aircraft

Icon Amphib Attracts All Types of Flyers

Icon has tallied more than 1,500 orders for the two-seat folding-wing amphib, and deliveries began in August.