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Embraer 'Consolidating Position' »

Embraer says it has no near-term plans to develop new ultra long-range or supersonic business aircraft. At the National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando on Monday, Marco Tulio Pellegrini, the CEO of Embraer Executive Jets, said the company, which didn't enter the business jet market until 2000, has plenty on its plate. More

Textron Opens NBAA Convention »

Textron Aviation launched NBAA's annual Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando on Monday morning, with a news conference marking their first appearance at the show since uniting the Cessna and Beechcraft lines under one corporate umbrella. The company brought 12 aircraft to the static display at Orlando Executive Airport, with turboprops and jets from both lines, including the newly certified Citation CJ3+ and the Citation X+, which regained for the company the claim to the world's fastest civil aircraft when it was certified in June. More

Short Final »

While a young second lieutenant at nav school at Mather Air Force Base in 1983, I was trundling along in a T-37 in the high teens on a training mission. I overheard the following conversation between an Air Force pilot and a controller who was apparently unfamiliar with the Northern California air space and the SR-71s and U-2s that routinely flew from Beale AFB. ... Air Force Pilot: "Oakland Approach, Air Force XX for FL600." ... Oakland Approach: "AF XX, Oakland Approach. If you can reach it, it's yours. Cleared for FL600." ... Air Force Pilot: "Roger that, Oakland Approach. Descending to FL600." ... The pilot and I just looked at each other and laughed! Only in America! -- Chris Fairchild More