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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Aircraft

Second Citation Ascend Test Article Takes Flight

The program is on track for entry into service in early 2025
Cessna Citation Ascend P1 business jet first flight
Accidents

Missing Bizjet Wreckage Found in Lake Champlain

Jet's location has been a mystery since it crashed in 1971
N400CP missing jet crashed in Lake Champlain
Rotorcraft

VAI Lauds End of West 30th St Heliport Closure Effort

The New York State bill would have closed a critical facility
West 30th Street heliport, NYC
Rotorcraft

German Federal Police Order 44 Airbus H225s

The helicopters will be flown in disaster-relief and firefighting missions
Airbus H225 for German federal police order
Charter & Fractional

NetJets Lawsuit Accuses Pilots' Union of Defamation

An ongoing dispute shows no signs of abating
Avionics

Honeywell Preparing FMS-guided Visual Approach for KHPN

The new approaches give pilots visual guidance at challenging airports
Sound visual approach Runway 34 at Westchester Country Airport
Maintenance and Modifications

MD Helicopters Signs First UK Service Center

Skytech Helicopters has been maintaining MD rotorcraft for more than 20 years
Skytech Helicopters maintenance hangar
Rotorcraft

VAI Opens Nominations for Salute to Excellence Awards

The awards recognize outstanding contributions by industry participants
Harold Summers the late VAI director of maintenance
Charter & Fractional

Air Charter Association Moves Broker Training Online

Online training will make broker qualification more accessible
Glenn Hogben, CEO of the Air Charter Association
Rotorcraft

FAA, National Park Service Impose Cuts on Air Tour Business

Operators believe the air tour management plan process isn't being fairly applied
 Rushmore Helicopters and Black Hills Aerial Adventures
Safety

TrustFlight Releases Centrik 5 SMS Upgrade

The new release is the largest since the platform was introduced in 2012
TrustFlight's Centrik 5 safety management system platform
Avionics

Garmin STCs Cockpit Upgrade for Citation CJ2

Dealers can now install a new Garmin avionics system in the CJ2
Garmin avionics for Citation CJ2 business jet
Training and Workforce

Survey Highlights Benefits of Home Flight Simulation

Low-cost flight simulators can help improve training outcomes
Home flight simulation benefits
Maintenance and Modifications

Wingform and MRO Insider Partner on Pre-buy Inspections

The collaboration aims to help brokers improve efficiency and lower costs
Aircraft

Flying Piper’s Turboprop-single M700 Fury

More power gives pilots a big boost in performance
Piper M700 Fury
Avionics

Pilots Can View Wake Turbulence Alerts on ForeFlight App

The alerts graphically display potential areas of dangerous wakes
ForeFlight wake turbulence alerts
Aircraft

Donald Trump Sells Citation X to MM Fleet Holdings

The sale of the jet raised a reported $2.5 million
Citation X previously owned by former President Donald Trump
Avionics

ForeFlight Adds Tracking and Trip Support Services

New features expand the services available to aircraft operators
ForeFlight Dispatch tracking
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Satcom Direct Is Expanding Connectivity Options

Always-on and redundant satellite service will soon be available
Satcom Direct electronically steered antenna installation
Training and Workforce

CAE Meeting Bizav Customers in Local Markets

Demand for pilots and technicians is driving the training business
rendering CAE Vienna training centre
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Starlink Aviation Dealer Numbers Expanding Rapidly

Business jet owners are showing strong interest in Starlink systems
Elevate MRO Starlink satcom installation
Rotorcraft

Shell Signs with CHC Helikopter for North Sea Support

The contract is a continuation of the CHC-Shell relationship
CHC Helicopter Sikorsky S-92
Rotorcraft

Panterra Buys Blackhawk Fitted with Extensive Ace Mods

Upgrade includes avionics and firefighting equipment
Sikorsky Blackhawk helicopter
Avionics

Flight Tests Could Pave Way for Quantum-based INS

UK government is funding research into spoof-proof navigation technology
UK quantum test flights in RJ100 aircraft
Avionics

EASA Addresses AI Implementation in Updated Concept Paper

Concepts include visual guidance and virtual copilot technology
Daedalean visual landing system
Rotorcraft

Sumitomo Mitsui and LCI Order 21 Airbus Helicopters

Deal for H145s, H160s, and H175s includes firm orders for 14 and options for seven
LCI and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing helicopter order
Rotorcraft

VAI Rallies Members To Help Keep NYC Heliport Open

A state bill threatens to close the heliport permanently
West 30th Street Heliport in Manhattan
Avionics

Hands On: Flying Honeywell’s FMS Guided Visual Approaches

Visual approaches may look easy, but formal guidance is a significant safety enhancement
Honeywell cockpit Simulator
Avionics

Southeast Aero STC Amended for SPZ-equipped Hawker 800s

Upgrade breathes new life into a venerable airframe
Hawker 800 with Collins autopilot
Safety

ACSF Safety Symposium Highlights Risks, Opportunities

The annual gathering was held at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University campus
cockpit