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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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Feds Charge Air Ambulance Operator

Roy Horridge, owner of grounded Houston-based Air Ambulance by B&C Flight Management, and William Sexton, a former mechanic and officer with the firm,
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‘Scheduled Air Shuttle’ in the Works

Business Aircraft Group plans to launch a “scheduled air shuttle” service between Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport and several cities that are under consi
Charter & Fractional

Fractional Prefers Hawker

FractionAir is eliminating its Beech Diamond and Beechjet regional fractional programs to focus on its Hawker fractional jet management program.
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Canada’s Safety Board Wants Caravan Limits

If Transport Canada decides to accept a recommendation from that country’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB), Canadian-registered Cessna Caravans would be
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DayJet plans for Southeast service launch

Air-limo startup DayJet of Delray Beach, Fla., late last month revealed its launch region–the Southeast–and said it would start on-demand, per-seat operati
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Mitsubishi Buys MU-2 Service Center

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA), the Addison, Texas-based subsidiary of the Japanese company that built the MU-2 turboprop twin, has acquired In
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Eclipse 500 Facility Going Up in Florida

Eclipse Aviation has begun building a service center at Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport, Fla., for its Eclipse 500 very light twinjet.
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Bilingual Flight Attendants Wanted

German charter operator Cirrus Aviation recently issued a call for 20 cabin attendants to crew its growing fleet of large business jets.
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Embraer plans more business jets

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer left no doubt that it plans to become a major player in the business aviation market over the next decade.
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Bizav Accidents Continue Downward Trend

The first quarter of this year continued the downward trend in fatalities from turbine business aircraft accidents.
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Start-up hopes to outfox other VLJ competitors

Tony Fox, the 84-year-old entrepreneur credited by those with long memories as being the father of the very light jet, last month sold the 1970s-era Foxjet
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Aerion SSBJ Rocketing Forward

Reno start-up Aerion, which is developing a supersonic business jet (SSBJ), is evaluating different means of demonstrating full-scale supersonic natural la
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Airbus ACJs Join Elite 180-Minute Club

Airbus airline and corporate jet versions of the A319 and A320, as well as the A321, recently received FAA approval for 180-minute extended-range commercia
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Alerts Issued on Premier I Drain Holes

An FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin issued May 17 says fuel drain holes in the main landing gear bay auxiliary bulkhead might be missing on s
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Pilatus Takes the PC-12 to Camp

Camp Systems is now the exclusive factory provider of maintenance tracking for the Pilatus PC-12.
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Some Tires Need More Than a Kick

Reports of tread separations and bulges on Goodyear Aviation nosewheel tires on Gulfstreams and Global Expresses have resulted in a proposed Airworthiness
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In The Works: Embraer Phenom 100

Early last month Embraer announced it cut the first metal for its Phenom 100 very light jet.
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In The Works: Grob G180 SPn Utility Jet

Grob Aerospace recently announced significant enhancements to its G180 SPn light jet.
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In The Works: Dassault Falcon 7X

Last month Dassault said its engineers have validated several improvements to the Falcon 7X– such as increased mtow, engine thrust, fuel capacity and wingl
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In The Works: Raytheon Hawker 4000

On May 31, Raytheon Aircraft reached the FAA’s five-year time limit for certification of the Hawker 4000 (née Horizon) under Part 25 amendments that existe
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Charter & Fractional

Phenom chosen for Euro charter operations

A Zurich-based start-up charter operator announced at EBACE last month its plans to place into “low-cost, on-demand” charter service a fleet of Embraer Phe
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A look at the MU-2's Reputation

In his review of the MU-2 accident data, Greg Feith, a former NTSB investigator and aircraft safety consultant, tried to validate or dispel the following p
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In The Works: Excel-Jet Sport-Jet

Excel-Jet’s four-seat, single-engine very light jet, the Sport-Jet, flew for the first time on May 14 from Colorado Springs Airport.
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In The Works: Gulfstream QSJ

Gulfstream Aerospace president Bryan Moss dismissed the company’s long-discussed “Quiet Supersonic Jet” (QSJ) during last month’s EBACE, prompting the airc
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VLJs Cause a Buzz on Capital Hill

The Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) vision of providing safe, reliable and affordable air transportation for every community in America will mo
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Dassault Offers EFB Option

Gulfstream was the first to add electronic flight bag portable computers to its options list, and now Dassault has followed suit by selecting the PilotView
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EMS Satcom Antenna Will Fly on Bombardier Globals

Bombardier has selected the eNfusion AMT-3800 high-gain satcom antenna from Canada’s EMS Satcom as a factory option on the Global Express XRS and Global 50
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Pilot training essential to improve MU-2 safety

MU-2 operators can expect to have to complete a more stringent flight-training program, similar to a type rating, as a result of the FAA’s inquiry into the
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Avanti Weighs in with Mtow Increase

The Piaggio Avanti has received an FAA-approved handbook change for a 550-pound mtow increase.
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HondaJet Will Linger at Oshkosh This Year

The HondaJet will make an encore appearance at this month’s EAA AirVenture, July 24 to 30 in Oshkosh, Wis.