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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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2005 Pre-Owned Aircraft: Business Jets

Looking back on the past year, no one could have predicted just how active the pre-owned market would be.
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2005 Pre-Owned Aircraft: Turboprops

ellers of used turboprops, many of whom AIN contacted at last month’s NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., generally remain optimistic that the turnaro
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SPn prototype to complete envelope expansion soon

The flight-test program of the Grob Aerospace G180 SPn Utility Jet is progressing well, officials at the German manufacturer said last month at a briefing
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UK Parliment to investigate CIA jets

British lawmakers will probe allegations that the UK government has been allowing the U.S.
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Spectrum Aeronautical unveils the newest entry to VLJ market

Start-up Spectrum Aeronautical of Encinitas, Calif., joined the crowded very light jet segment last month when it unveiled a nine-seat, $3.65 million all-c
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OEMs focus on derivatives, not new models

While the business aviation industry remains healthy and forecasts predict continued growth, the established OEMs announced only incremental product upgrad
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Possible new life for 328Jet series

An insolvency administrator has signed a letter of intent with Germany’s RUAG Aerospace Services to take over from bankrupt AvCraft the Dornier 328 type ce
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SJ30-2 finally earns FAA type certification

Following a nearly 20-year development program marked by financial and management challenges, technical issues and a fatal crash in 2003, San Antonio-based
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New Business Airplanes

Adam Aircraft

A700–The A700 is a twinjet derivative of the Englewood, Colo.
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Boeing explores business jet variant of 787

As Boeing Business Jets closes in on the sale of its 100th BBJ, the company is also deep into computer concepts of an executive/VIP variant of the new Boei
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JetBlue’s new EMB 190 fills blue-yonder niche

A chill in the air and an unseasonably hard rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm last month in São José dos Campos, Brazil, as U.S.
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Eclipse takes delivery of first flight-ready autopilot for VLJ

Marking an important milestone on the Eclipse 500’s development path, Meggitt last month delivered the first flight-ready autopilot hardware to Eclipse Avi
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New Regional Aircraft: East plays catch-up in race for RJ prominence

Antonov: An-148–The only aircraft program ever launched in the former Soviet Union without direct public funding continues its march toward C
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Global XRS on track for TC okay by year-end

When Bombardier announced the Global XRS follow-on derivative of the Global Express, the Canadian manufacturer promised an airplane that represented added
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QTA maintaining GII/GIII hush kit installation pace

by Gordon Gilbert
Quiet Technology Aerospace (QTA) continues to install Gulfstream II and III Stage 3 hush kits at the rate of about one per month sin
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King Air 350 Heavy Certified

On September 20 Raytheon Aircraft received Part 23 commuter category certification of a King Air 350, a milestone in the company’s plan eventually to offer
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Mitsubishi Support FAA MU-2 Review

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, which services the MU-2 fleet outside Japan, expressed its approval and cooperation with the FAA’s safety evaluation o
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Eclipse Repairing Damaged Aircraft

Eclipse Aviation’s fourth conforming flight-test aircraft, N505EA, which made a gear-up landing on September 4 at Albuquerque International Sunport, will b
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FSI to provide Mustang VLJ training

Cessna has selected FlightSafety International (FSI) to provide training for pilots and mechanics of the Citation Mustang very light jet (VLJ), and the tra
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First Production Citation Mustang Takes to the Air

One month ahead of schedule, the first Citation Mustang production aircraft (S/N 0001) took to the air on August 29.
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Third Falcon 7X in Flight Test

Since our new business airplane report was finalized, a third Falcon 7X, S/N 03, joined the flight-test program.
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First BBJ Sold In China

One month after the inaugural Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in Shanghai, China, Boeing Business Jets received its first-ever order from a
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AOPA Says FAA Wrong About MU-2

“The MU-2B turboprop does not need yet another certification review,” according to AOPA.
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Piaggio Set To Deliver 100th Avanti

Around the beginning of this month Avantair was expected to take delivery of another Piaggio Avanti.
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Legacy Moves to a Higher Plane

Embraer’s Legacy business jet received Brazilian and FAA certification to use airports with elevations of up to 9,500 feet msl, allowing operations to Tell
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Bombardier Delivers 150th Global

Bombardier recently delivered the 150th aircraft in its Global series.
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Japan to test next-gen SST concept

apan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans soon to resume flight tests of a remote-controlled scaled experimental airplane in its quest to develop a
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Ibis Ae270 likely needs wing redesign

While Ibis Aerospace officials have been cheering publicly for months that the Ae270 Spirit turboprop single is nearing FAA and EASA approval, their mood b
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In The Works: Aviation Technology Group Javelin

Aviation Technology Group’s Javelin twinjet prototype completed its maiden flight from Denver Centennial Airport on September 30.
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In The Works: Cessna CJ2+

Cessna received FAA type certification of its CJ2+ on October 3.