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Carter Aviation Technologies
Monday, 11 January 2016
Carter Aviation Technologies, LLC (Carter) is pushing ahead with plans to begin production of CarterCopters at 7,000 lbs gross weight and less. Carter is continuing discussions regarding larger classes of aircraft with major aerospace companies, but still desires to get production started as soon as possible for smaller vehicles. “We have a great deal of interest getting a relationship started with a major aerospace company to produce large-scale CarterCopters, but we cannot ignore the demand at the lower end,” explained Jay Carter. “We get frequent inquiries regarding vehicles even as small as single-place so we are going to put some energy into developing business for a smaller set of vehicles, too.” Carter has expanded its fundamental business model to go beyond technology licenses and it now includes proposals for three separate joint ventures (JVs). 
 
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Honda’s Business Jet Certified in U.S
Sunday, 13 December 2015
Honda Motor Co. said Wednesday that its HondaJet has been certified as airworthy by the Federal Aviation Administration.  The 13 meter long corporate jet can seat up to seven people and costs $4.5 million.

Honda has orders for more than 100 aircraft and plans on competing with Cessna Aircraft Co. and Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. of the United States, as well as Canada’s Bombardier Inc. and Brazil’s Embraer SA.

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Airbus Perlan 2 Completes Historic Flight
Thursday, 24 September 2015

At Roberts Field Redmond Municipal Airport in Redmond, Oregon, the Airbus Perlan Mission II glider has successfully completed its first flight in what has been a landmark moment in global aviation history. This was the first test flight of the aircraft, which next year will attempt to set a new world altitude record.

Today’s flight which was the first of many for the Airbus Perlan Mission II team as it prepares to soar the aircraft to the edge of space in Argentina in 2016. The Perlan 2 is a pressurized sailplane designed to ride air currents that, in certain mountainous regions near the north and south poles, can reach into the stratosphere.

Perlan 2 Glider
 
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Cessna Citation Latitude Awarded FAA Certification
Tuesday, 09 June 2015

Cessna Aircraft Company  today announced that the Citation Latitude business jet has achieved type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year. The new Citation Latitude represents the perfect balance of comfort and efficiency and is the first business jet to combine a roomy, flat floor, stand-up cabin, with a midsize price and best-in-class operating costs.

“From inception, we looked at every aspect of how we design, build and deliver new products to the market with the goal to further improve upon the key attributes that make the Citation so highly esteemed,” said Scott Ernest, president and CEO of Textron Aviation. “Throughout the certification program, the Latitude demonstrated breakthrough results, which are evident in the aircraft’s performance and value proposition. And now, customers can experience firsthand how the Latitude can reduce operating costs, while increasing productivity and profitability for their businesses.”

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Cessna marks 30th Anniversary of Caravan Utility Aircraft
Thursday, 30 April 2015

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, this week during the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo is kicking off a celebration of the 30th anniversary of initial deliveries of its Caravan 208 single-engine utility turboprop.

“Three decades after entering into service, the Cessna Caravan still defines the modern single-engine utility segment,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Turboprop Aircraft and Interior Design. “We continue our robust investments in the Caravan family based on customer needs, with the latest being the Grand Caravan EX.”  

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HondaJet Receives Provisional Type Certification from FAA
Saturday, 28 March 2015

Honda Aircraft Company announced today that the HondaJet has received provisional type certification (PTC) from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This achievement indicates the FAA’s approval of the HondaJet design based on certification testing, design reviews, and analyses completed to date.

“Provisional type certification for the HondaJet is a tremendous milestone for the program, and we are pleased to reach this significant step toward customer deliveries and entry into service,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “Honda Aircraft has completed nearly all of the testing and reports required by the FAA, and we are very close to achieving final type certification for the world’s most advanced light jet.”
 
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Cirrus Airframe Parachute System Successfully Deployed
Friday, 06 March 2015
A pilot flying a Cirrus SR22 aircraft from the United States to Hawaii successfully deployed the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) over the Pacific Ocean approximately 250 miles from Hawaii. The whole-airframe parachute system, which is standard equipment on every Cirrus aircraft ever made, worked as designed and resulted in both the aircraft and pilot safely landing in the Pacific Ocean under the parachute canopy, where he was quickly retrieved by a passing ship with the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard.
 
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Today is the sixth annual National Aviation Day in Canada.

To celebrate the occasion the Government of Canada is pleased to launch the call for applications for the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) – Transport Canada Civil Aviation Internship Program, and announce an exciting new aviation photo contest.

The internship program is a paid, two-month summer work term at Transport Canada headquarters in Ottawa. It is open to students interested in aviation, who are currently enrolled in grades 11 and 12, Secondary V or the first year of CEGEP.

To participate in the photo contest, send your aviation-themed photos to the email address on the Transport Canada National Aviation Day website. Entries will be added to the Transport Canada Flickr page. The winning photo (s) will be unveiled on social media and displayed at Transport Canada headquarters in Ottawa.

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The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the 2012 year-end shipments of general aviation airplanes. GAMA also expanded the data to include delivery data for helicopter manufacturers.  Most general aviation aircraft flying in the world today were built by GAMA member companies.


 

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Temporary flights restrictions will be in place over the Washington, DC area for the Presidential Inauguration festivities on January 21, 2013.

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Manufacturers delivered 369 general aviation aircraft in the first quarter, compared to 377 in the same quarter last year. During the first quarter, manufacturers shipped 369 planes, down from 377 a year ago.

 

Officials at the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado say a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was scrambled to intercept a biplane that entered restricted air space around Washington, D.C.

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The General Aviation Manufacturers Association released airplane shipment figures, and they show a 15.5% decline in the first half of the year compared with the first six months of 2010
 
ICON Aircraft has announced that it closed a $25 million round of equity funding in June, which will fund the company through the start of production of the A5. The round will also support the completion of the ongoing engineering development program and manufacturing setup phase.
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Suspected controller errors in 2010 hit 1,887 from 1,233 the previous year, according to the FAA. More than half were considered relatively minor, but reports in the most severe category rose to 43 from 37, FAA figures show.

 

 The Federal Aviation Administration today dedicated a new airport traffic control tower for LaGuardia Airport (LGA) that will replace the one that has served the airport since 1964.  In 2010, air traffic controllers at LGA handled nearly 400,000 takeoffs and landings.

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