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Citation CJ4 Will be Announced at NBAA Convention

Prompted by inquiries last week from AIN, Cessna today will confirm in a short press release that it is introducing the Citation CJ4 at the NBAA Con
Engines

Williams-powered Citation Conversion Gets STC

Citation modification specialist Sierra Industries last week received an STC for its Stallion conversion, a Citation 500/501 powered by Williams FJ44-2A tu
Aircraft

Hawker 4000 Exemptions Granted with Conditions

The FAA has granted, with conditions, Raytheon Aircraft’s request that the Hawker 4000 be temporarily exempted from having to meet certain Part 25 fuel tan
Aircraft

Initial Hawker 4000 Customers Might Face Retrofits

Operators that take delivery of Hawker 4000s during the exemption period face a mandatory retrofit if any design changes are necessary.
Aircraft

Sino Slips on SJ30 Production Ramp-up

On Friday, Taiwanese-backed Sino Swearingen furloughed 100 production-line workers at its San Antonio final assembly plant for the SJ30 light jet, as well
Aircraft

Eclipse 500, Citation Mustang in Tight Race

It's going to be a photo finish between the Eclipse 500 and Cessna Citation Mustang in the race for full FAA type certification (TC).
Aircraft

Industry Perspective: Dassault

The industry’s fortunes have changed dramatically in the last three years, swinging wildly from the lowest of lows to almost unimaginable heights.
Aircraft

Citation Mustang in the Homestretch

Cessna is halfway through the 150-hour function and reliability (F&R) flight-testing on the Citation Mustang very light jet, the last step before gaining P
Aircraft

Overrun Arresting System Saves Falcon 900

A Falcon 900 (N699BG) owned and operated by Erg Aviation II overran Runway 1 during landing at Greenville Downtown Airport, S.C., on July 17, but was stopp
Aircraft

Sanctions Threaten U.S. Part in Sukhoi RJ

Responding to queries from AIN about U.S.
Aircraft

Honda Sets Up Aircraft Subsidiary

Honda Motor revealed today that it has established Honda Aircraft, a wholly owned subsidiary, to handle development, sales and production of the HondaJet.
Aircraft

Pre-owned Aircraft Report: Prices for used jets are falling, but bargains are still few and far between

This year quickly established itself as one of “rebalancing” of used business jet of inventory and aircraft pricing.
Aircraft

Aerion expects partners on SSBJ by NBAA 2007

Would-be supersonic business jet (SSBJ) maker Aerion (Booth  No.
Aircraft

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.
Aircraft

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
Charter & Fractional

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
Aircraft

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.
Aircraft

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
Aircraft

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
Aircraft

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
Aircraft

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
Aircraft

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
Aircraft

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
Aircraft

Despite crash of prototype, Spectrum forges ahead on VLJ

Spectrum Aeronautical (Booth No.
Aircraft

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
Aircraft

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
Aircraft

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
Aircraft

Ready or not, VLJs are here

There are 12 very light jets currently in development, in flight-test or recently certified.