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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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Pilatus Correcting PC-12 Pitch Problem

A new pitch actuator will be required in some 330 U.S.-registered Pilatus PC-12s if the FAA adopts a proposed AD.
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CJ2+ Flight Tests Progressing

Two weeks after first flying the Citation CJ2+ prototype on April 2, Cessna had logged 18 hours in nine flights in the new business jet.
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Bombardier Delivers First Global 5000

On April 18 Bombardier delivered the first completed Global 5000, a truncated, shorter-range version of the Global Express.
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Piper Delivers 200th Meridian

Early last month Piper delivered the 200th Malibu Meridian since the turboprop single entered service in November 2000.
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New air-quality standards proposed

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has proposed a standard that will define air quality and comfort lev
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Pelton leads resurgence at Cessna, eyes growth opportunities

How has this year been for Cessna?

This year has continued to be a growth year for Cessna.
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In The Works: Additions and Deletions

For the first time, AIN is identifying which aircraft have been added to or deleted from the “In The Works” charts because of the volume of chang
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In The Works: Diamond D-Jet

First flight of Diamond Aircraft’s D-Jet has apparently slipped from this past October to sometime next year, according to the company’s Web site.
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In The Works: Adam A700

Adam Aircraft’s A700 VLJ is “moving along swiftly,” company president Joe Walker said last month at the NBAA Convention.
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Embraer Picks Garmin’s G1000 Avionics for Its Phenom Twinjets

It was a close race, but in the end Brazilian airplane builder Embraer chose the Garmin G1000 avionics system for the company’s in-development very light j
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Primus Epic CDS/R Certified in Avanti

Honeywell, headquartered in Morristown, N.J., has found homes for its newest EFIS retrofit, the Primus Epic CDS/R cockpit, in Canada and Germany.
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ATR Lands another Big Sale

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) placed a firm order for seven new 48-seat ATR 42-500s during a November 2 signing ceremony in Karachi.
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Embraer Revisits Russian Market

A trade accord between Brazilian president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and Russian president Vladimir Putin reached during Lula’s October visit to Moscow cal
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OEMs see 50-seat RJ market dwindle

Twilight has fallen unceremoniously on the heyday of the 50-seat regional jet, and Bombardier’s October 28 announcement that it would suspend production of
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New engines are at the heart of Rekkof RJ revival

Following earlier unsuccessful efforts, revival of the 79- and 107-seat Fokker 70 and 100 regional jets could now depend on the development of a “new, more
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Piaggio delivering first Avanti II

The Avanti II won EASA certification in October, and delivery of the first new-version aircraft was scheduled for shortly after the Dubai Air Show (Novembe
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Falcon 7X might go 6,000 nautical miles

Changes to the Dassault Falcon 7X, now in flight test, could increase its IFR range to as much as 6,000 nm at Mach 0.80, Dassault Aviation said at the NBAA
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‘I’ve Sold More Than You’ Department

Boeing at the NBAA Convention last month said it surpassed orders for 100 Boeing Business Jets, while Airbus Industrie announced it had reached orders for
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Business Jets Measure Ozone Depletion For German Researchers

German aerospace research agency DLR has enlisted the services of two business jets for some extensive environmental research intended to measure ozone dep
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Pilatus Ups PC-12 Performance and Price

Pilatus’ PC-12 turboprop single will receive several upgrades next year, raising the base price of the aircraft by $80,000 to $2.79 million and a typically
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STC for Falcon 50 Engine Upgrade Delayed

Premier Aircraft of East Alton, Ill., continues to work with Honeywell on an engine upgrade program for the Falcon 50 expected to be completed in the third
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Matheson Buys Twin Commander Aircraft

Twin Commander Aircraft, the Arlington, Wash.
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Business aircraft shipments soar in ’05

Manufacturers delivered 738 general aviation turbine airplanes in the first nine months of this year, some 28 percent more than the 577 delivered in the sa
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KaiserAir rescues Canadian GIV crew stranded in Siberia

One Thursday in January, Tim Slater, an assistant chief pilot for Oakland, Calif.-based KaiserAir, received a call from his dispatcher telling him he would
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ICAO Concerned about A380 Wake Vortices

The horizontal distance currently required between lighter and heavier aircraft to avoid wake turbulence might have to be doubled for smaller aircraft flyi
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Piaggio: Avanti Announcement Premature

Although Piaggio named two new completion centers for the Avanti at the NBAA Convention last month, Tom Appleton, president and CEO of Piaggio America, tol
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A380 demos ‘gee whiz’ weight performance

To professional aerospace observers, there should be no such thing as culture shock, but even after several years of Airbus A380 gestation some of its vita
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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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