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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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Last of the Challenger 604s

The last Bombardier Challenger 604, S/N 5665, rolled off the assembly line at the Canadian OEM’s Montreal plant on October 3.
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VLJ Backers Take Their Case to Capitol Hill

Three of the major players in the very light jet (VLJ) arena appeared before the Senate aviation subcommittee to address concerns that the new breed of air
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Avanti Deliveries Can’t Keep Up with Demand

Piaggio shipped only three Avantis in the first nine months of this year, hardly enough to keep up with demand, particularly from one of the OEM’s largest
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Cessna testing the waters with a follow-on to Sovereign, Citation X

Cessna is offering NBAA attendees a sneak peek of what its next Citation might look like.
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Despite Airbus upheaval, ACJ family is thriving

Troubles in the executive suites at Airbus and in the now-delayed A380’s 300 miles of wiring have seized the headlines, but Richard Gaona, the company’s vi
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Island Air Grounds Q400

Excess capacity created by Mesa Air Group’s Go! unit has forced Hawaii’s largest turboprop island hopper, Island Air, to ground its Bombardier Q400 only fi
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The PiperJet begins a new era for 70-year-old maker

Piper Aircraft president and CEO Jim Bass yesterday unveiled the company’s next generation aircraft–the single-engine, six-seat PiperJet, an airplane price
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Honda sets a price and reveals specs for its VLJ

Honda Aircraft revealed a number of intriguing details about the HondaJet program yesterday, including the airplane’s price, performance figures and the fi
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Embraer sells 20 Phenoms

The VLJ juggernaut showed no sign of slowing as Embraer landed another firm order for its line of very light jets, this time from Clearwater, Fla.-based Av
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First Customer SJ30 To Be Delivered

Mark Fairchild, v-p of sales and marketing for Sino Swearingen Aircraft, announced two firsts at the company’s press conference on Monday, both involving t
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Despite crash of prototype, Spectrum forges ahead on VLJ

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Honeywell’s TFE731-50 to power Hawker 900XP

Honeywell’s turbine engine folks are poised for show and tell about something new from something old–the time-tested TFE731 turbofan family–and something a
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Second Grob SPn prototype takes to skies over Germany

Less than a year from its planned service entry next September, the all-composite Grob SPn light jet is preparing to make a serious push on the North Ameri
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Orders for Phenoms build

One year after Embraer announced that it was jumping into the VLJ and light jet markets with a capital commitment of more than $200 million, the company ha
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Spectrum launches S-33 follow-on

Start-up manufacturer Spectrum Aeronautical announced last month that it has selected the GE/Honda HF120 turbofan engine to power a new $6.2 million (2006
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Ready or not, VLJs are here

There are 12 very light jets currently in development, in flight-test or recently certified.
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Pilot Report: Sino Swearingen

A sage old pilot once neatly captured the purpose of business aviation: “People buy airplanes because they want to go places…fast.”
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More than 40 Falcon 7X trijets on production line

Certification of Dassault’s 69,000-pound (maximum takeoff weight) 7X remains on track for early next year.
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New Turboprops: The VLJ invasion isn't hampering turboprop development

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BA609–The Bell Agusta BA609 tiltrotor program is progressing on schedule.
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Grob readies network as SPn program picks up the pace

Grob, the German company that is developing the versatile, all-composite SPn light jet, has created a U.S.
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New Bizjets: Strong economy fuels new-aircraft development

Aerion

Aerion SSBJ–Aerion continues on track with development efforts for its supersonic business jet.
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Cessna says the CJ4 is family’s fastest yet

Cessna’s Citation CJ4 isn’t just another derivative of the CitationJet family–it is a clean-sheet design that incorporates some of the best features found
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Midsize Freedom jump-starts the GE/Honda era

Spectrum Aeronautical (Booth No.
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Raytheon launches Hawker 900XP, 750

Raytheon has announced a broadening of its Hawker product line by introducing the Hawker 900XP and the Hawker 750, both derivatives of the Hawker 850XP.
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Eclipse targets hefty initial production run

Eclipse Aviation CEO Vern Raburn surprised the attendees at a packed NBAA press conference yesterday when he predicted the company would build 525 airplane
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Pilatus reveals upgraded PC-12

Pilatus chose Honeywell’s Sunday evening media event to announce a Next Generation PC-12 featuring a more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada turboprop engine
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Cessna XLS+ will upgrade XL/XLS

Cessna yesterday unveiled plans to upgrade one of its most popular Citation models–the XL/XLS.
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Piper’s plans to reveal VLJ today; Cirrus backs off talk of a jet ‘soon’

While Piper Aircraft is poised to unveil a new compact jet at its booth (No.