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

TrueNorth Marks 10th Anniversary

The Ottawa, Canada company has expanded to 32 personnel and serves the airborne connectivity market.

Aviation Apps 2016: EFB Apps Gaining Features and Functions

The world of aviation electronic flight bag apps has become one of more features instead of new software.
Avionics

STC Awarded for Learjet 40/45 Waas GPS and LPV

The STC provides the required position source for ADS-B upgrades to the Learjet 40/45.
Training and Workforce

AIN Blog: The Cirrus Training Philosophy

Learning to fly the Cirrus SR20 was an education in modern training technology.
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ATC

ForeFlight Educates Users on ICAO Flight Plan Filing

Pilots can learn how to file ICAO-format flight plans to prepare for the October 1 switch from the FAA domestic flight plan filing system.
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Aircraft

Robinson Helicopter Taking Orders for R44 Cadet

The new lower-cost R44 is aimed at flight schools and utility operators, and it will offer optional air-conditioning.
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Rotorcraft

Heli-Expo Preview

The annual HAI rotorcraft show is being held in Louisville, Ky., for the first time.
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Avionics

BendixKing AeroWave Features New Antenna and Routers

The low-cost satcom weighs about 12 pounds and offers service speeds of up to 200 Kbps.
ATC

Departure Clearance Service Coming to Teterboro

The new service will simplify issuance of clearances and also speed up the process of revising clearances.
Maintenance and Modifications

Aviall Taps Into Asia-Pacific Growth Opportunities

The Boeing-owned company distributes parts for 240 manufacturers and offers repair services too.
Avionics

Safran, Duncan Team on Challenger 601 ADS-B OUT

The approved model list STC will eventually cover the Learjet 60, Gulfstream G150 and G200, Falcon 50/50EX and Hawker 800 series.
Avionics

Duncan STCs ADS-B OUT for Citation Models

The upgrade retains the original radios and transponder and meets the FAA's 2020 mandate deadline.
Aircraft

AIN Blog: Acclaim for Mooney

The new Mooney Acclaim Ultra could help revive the company's market share.
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Charter & Fractional

JetSuite Launches Cuba Charter Service

Flights are offered from 16 gateway airports in the U.S.
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Aircraft

AeroVironment Focuses on Maritime UAS Ops

The California-based UAS manufacturer offers a variety of unmanned aircraft systems capable of landing on water.
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Training and Workforce

Pilots Learning To Fly in Frasca Simulators

The company’s simulators are seeing growing interest in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Aircraft

Cirrus Expanding Asia Pacific Presence

Certification of the Vision SF50 single-engine, all-composite jet is imminent.
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Maintenance and Modifications

Associations Ask FAA: Withdraw AC On Field Approval Data

The associations want the FAA to withdraw AC 42-210A and work with industry on a better solution.
Avionics

New Garmin Transponders Add ADS-B Solutions for G1000s

The new GTX 345/335 transponders offer 1090-MHz ADS-B OUT and an optional Waas/GPS position source for ADS-B OUT.
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

AIN Blog: Would You Fly In This Drone?

What standards will passenger-carrying drones have to meet?
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Airports

Airport Tenants File New Santa Monica Part 16 Complaint

The latest complaint targets the city of Santa Monica's efforts to make airport tenants want to leave the airport.

Jetpack Is Real, and It Flies

Jetpack Aviation has accomplished the dream of real jetpack flight, powered by two tiny turbine engines.
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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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Aircraft

Gulfstream G500 Passes Flutter Testing Milestone

The new Gulfstream family is on track for G500 certification in 2017, followed by the G600 in 2019.
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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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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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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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