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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 Launches Regional PC-12 Meetings

Pilatus Business Aircraft, the Colorado-based subsidiary of the Swiss company, is launching a series of one-day regional conferences for owners and operato
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Embraer thinks big with the Lineage 1000

Embraer delivered on its promise to expand its line of business jets with the introduction last month at EBACE of the Lineage 1000 jet derived from its fly
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New Gulfstream to grow in girth?

When he announced first-quarter results, Nicholas Chabraja, chairman and CEO of Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics, said that new Gulfstreams will
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Lack of recorders impedes probe

The final NTSB report on the Dec.
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FAA OKs Avanti II

Piaggio Aero obtained FAA certification of its Avanti II turboprop late last month.
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Will Hawker 450 Move to Front Burner?

Raytheon Aircraft might make a “formal announcement later in the year” on a new or derivative business jet.
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Caravan Safety Initiative Launched

Cessna has joined with the FAA and the Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA) for a Caravan “educational and awareness campaign.” The coalition “w
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Part 25 NPRM Aimed at Bizjet Interiors

The FAA is developing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) addressing special requirements for the interiors of transport-category business jets.
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Dassault Ratchets Up Customer Support

A Falcon parts price guarantee program and a program to improve dispatch reliability are two of the latest efforts Dassault has launched as part of a plan
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In the Works: Antonov

An-148–Due for imminent certification by Russian and Ukrainian civil aviation authorities, the An-148 stands nearly ready for delivery this year to Russian
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In the Works: AVIC I

ARJ21–China’s AVIC I Commercial Aircraft (ACAC) continues its deliberate march toward a 2009 introduction of the 90-seat ARJ21-700,
the first
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In the Works: Bombardier

C Series/900X/Q400X–Officially still alive as a program but downgraded in status from an imminent launch candidate to a loosely defined study, the p
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In the Works: Sukhoi

Superjet 100–Plans for the airplane known until July as the Russian Regional Jet appeared to have crystallized early this year, when Sukhoi publishe
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Phenoms Selling Phenomenally Well

“As of June 30, our executive jet firm order backlog stands at $1.25 billion,” Embraer chairman, president and CEO Maurício Botelho said last month.
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ERA 2006: Régional adds muscle with Europe’s first Embraer E190s

In the little more than five years since its formation, Air France domestic partner Régional has evolved from three distinct, ailing French domestic carrie
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More Time To Comment on Limitations NPRM

The comment period on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish operational life limitations designed to prevent widespread fatigue damage primar
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Now one decade old, BBJ inspires new ideas

Hard to believe perhaps, but 10 years have passed since Boeing entered the executive aircraft market by unveiling a dedicated corporate 737 variant, the Bo
Boeing Business Jets
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Post-maintenance stall tests raise safety concerns

An incident on May 4 this year in which a Hawker 800A lost more than 10,000 feet during a post-maintenance stall test underscores the potential risks of st
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European companies research possible SSBJ

Supersonic transport research carried out within the European Commission’s 6th Research Framework Program has received attention since Italian manufacturer
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King Air 300 sprouts winglets

BLR Aerospace expects to receive an STC for winglets for the King Air 300 in late summer or early fall.
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In The Works: Cessna Citation Mustang

Cessna began function and reliability (F&R) flight-testing on the Citation Mustang early last month, the last step before gaining type certification from t
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In The Works: Dassault Falcon 7X


The Falcon 7X flight-test program is progressing on schedule, with four of the trijets logging more than 850 hours during 275 test flights.
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In The Works: Aerion SSBJ

After an initial round of meetings with potential OEM partners on its supersonic business jet (SSBJ), Aerion is refining its business case.
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In The Works: Comp Air 12

Comp Air of Merritt Island, Fla., last month unveiled plans to certify its 10-seat, all-composite Comp Air 12 turboprop single.
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In The Works: Diamond D-Jet

Following initial flight-testing in late April, the Diamond D-Jet single-engine very light jet resumed flight testing after installation of its data acquis
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In The Works: ATG Javelin

Aviation Technology Group in late June announced several design changes to its two-place Javelin twinjet.
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In The Works: Spectrum 33

Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.-based Spectrum Aerospace said flight testing of its Spectrum 33 very light twinjet is progressing on schedule.
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Retrofit Primus Epic suite coming for Avantis

Bringing an updated cockpit to the Piaggio Avanti makes sense.
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Max-Viz Launches EVS Program for King Airs

Max-Viz has announced an STC program that will bring the company’s EVS-1000 enhanced-vision system to the King Air 90 through 300 series.
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Special Conditions for Falcons OK’d

The FAA finalized special conditions for safety standards covering installation of enhanced flight visibility systems (EFVS) in Dassault’s Falcon 900EX and