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News and developments about airplanes, helicopters and unmanned air vehicles used in all varieties of operations, including airlines, military, business, commercial, general aviation and private.

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Micro flyer draws attention here and in war

Among the defense products on display at Honeywell’s Farnborough International exhibit one that is likely to catch the eye is the new micro air vehicle (MA
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Messier-Bugatti Leads ‘More Electric Aircraft’ Project

Landing gear maker Messier-Bugatti hosted the launch meeting for the distributed and redundant electrical nose gear steering system (DRESS) project on June
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BA plays villain in Concorde sequel

If Concorde were the child of quarrelsome adults, the tabloids might label this a “tug of love,” but by whatever name it goes, British Airways seems to end
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Another Start-up Hopes To Ride VLJ Bandwagon

Earthjet–a proposed new light-jet air-taxi network–says that it has narrowed the choice of manufacturers to two companies to build the start-up’s envisaged
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Movers & Shakers: P&WC at forefront of VLJ revolution

From very large to very light jets about to crest the horizon, Pratt & Whitney Canada engines power some of business aviation’s most exciting designs.
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GA Deliveries Breaking Records

On Friday, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported record-breaking shipment and billing figures.
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Sabreliner keeping them looking and flying like new

By March, Sabreliner Corp.
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F1 Kestrel Finally Stretches Its Wings

On Saturday afternoon, Farnborough Aircraft’s F1 Kestrel prototype (N352F) lifted off the runway at Bend Airport, Ore., for its maiden flight.
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Embraer inks deals for dozens of Phenom jets

The meteoric sales pace set by Embraer for its new line of very light jets only gained more momentum at this year’s NBAA Convention, as the Brazilian manuf
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Citation orders here tally $360M

Cessna Aircraft received orders here for 22 of its Citation-series jets in a number of deals totaling more than $360 million.
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Gulfstream positioned for sales growth

“It’s a good improvement year over year,” said Gulfstream Aerospace president Bryan Moss at the company’s press conference here, commenting on the company’
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Cirrus booth is a tease for ‘The-jet’

Drop by the Cirrus booth (No.
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Honda names U.S. service providers

Honda Aircraft has selected four U.S.
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Company seeks funds for its Avanti lookalike

Ravi Tripuraneni is here at NBAA’06 promoting his design for the RT-700, a new piston-powered twin-engine airplane with a three-lifting-surface design simi
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BBJ celebrates 10th birthday with 12 orders

Boeing Business Jets celebrated its 10th anniversary yesterday with cake, champagne and good news.
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Twin Commander value hike sought

The father and son team of Jim and Mark Matheson marked the advances in fleet support for the Twin Commander Aircraft, since their acquisition of the compa
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SATSair buys 50 SR22s for new air taxi service

SATSair, the Greenville, N.C.
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Can a t-prop be a VLJ? Epic Dynasty says it can

Just because an airplane swings a propeller doesn’t mean it can’t be a VLJ.
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Saint-Gobain radomes go on both Phenoms

Saint-Gobain Flight Structures is supplying all the nose radomes for the Embraer Phenom 100 and 300, the company announced at a press conference here on Mo
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Brazilian Buys First New PC-12

Pilatus has sold its first $3.35 million Next Generation PC-12 to a Brazilian operator.
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Eclipse 500 Gets Provisional FAA Certification

Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse Aviation, was flanked by some 200 company employees this afternoon at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., to announc
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A400M on target for October 2009 delivery

By the end of this month, Airbus France will deliver the first forward fuselage section for the A400M military transport.
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UCAV gains apparent but debate rages on cost, uses

Having led the way with unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) concept demonstrations, the U.S.
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Testing the New Technologies

The key technologies being investigated in the current UCAV programs are advanced flight control for tail-less, blended-wing-body configurations; autonomou
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Honda Gives Green Light for HondaJet

Honda announced this morning at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., that it will “enter the HondaJet into the growing very light jet market.” According to pro
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Lockheed Insists F-35 is Worth the Wait, Cost

The reduced radar cross-section of the F-35 allows it to evade most enemy air defenses, both airborne and ground-based.
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Bubbles fail to deflate Boeing’s composites plan

Failure of a large Boeing 787 composites fuselage-barrel test section is not expected to delay the new jetliner’s initial services with Japan’s All Nippon
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787 the product of a bold new doctrine

Boeing adopted the mantle of systems integrator in a big way with the 787, calling on a group of international partners to produce complete subassemblies f
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Cessna's Jet Sales and Deliveries Climb

The first half of this year saw considerably improved sales and deliveries of Citations compared with the first half of last year, according to second-quar
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Gulfstream Headed for a Record Year

Gulfstream delivered 54 business jets in the first half of this year versus 41 in the first half of last year, according to figures released yesterday by p