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Textron Reports Higher Jet Sales for 2014 »

Textron Aviation saw business jet deliveries rise in 2014 despite a lower fourth quarter, The Wichita Eagle reported this week. The owner of Cessna and Beechcraft said it delivered 159 jets last year, a 12 percent increase. Fifty-five were delivered in the fourth quarter of 2014, down from 62 in the same quarter a year ago. More

Cessna Assembles First Production Citation Latitude »

Cessna Aircraft Company rolled out the first production Citation Latitude at its Wichita, Kansas manufacturing facility on Thursday, the latest step in the jet's type certification process. The Latitude will seat nine and feature the widest fuselage of the Citation series. It will also have a new environmental system, Garmin G5000 avionics, two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D1 engines, and standard auto-throttles. Cessna currently has four flying aircraft that have accumulated 500 flights and 1,200 hours. More

New This Week »

AVweb's search of news in aviation turned up new aircraft sales for RedHawk Aero, a commercial drone repair-and-return-to-service from Robotic Skies, and two new STCs -- air conditioning for the Cessna 206 series, and a VG kit for Diamond aircraft. More

Trans-Pacific Balloonists Exceed Distance Record (Updated) »

The Two Eagles balloon crew that launched last week in Japan has now achieved one of its goals -- the flight on Thursday passed 5,260 miles, the current world record for distance in a gas balloon. Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev are also on track to beat the record for time aloft, just over 137 hours, if they keep flying until Friday morning. More

Investigators: AirAsia First Officer At Controls Before Crash »

The first officer of the AirAsia jet that crashed into Java Sea in December was at the controls as the aircraft stalled into the ocean, investigators said Thursday. The Airbus A320 disappeared from radar en route to Singapore, killing all 162 people on board. Recovery efforts continue for bodies and pieces of the aircraft as the flight and data recorders, retrieved earlier this month, are analyzed. So far the data revealed the jet went into a steep climb and then stalled before the crash. More

Malaysian Government Declares MH370 Disappearance An Accident »

The missing Malaysian Airline flight MH370 was an accident, and all 239 people on board are presumed dead, the Malaysian government announced Thursday in a BBC report. Meanwhile, the search for the Boeing 777 continues in the southern Indian Ocean. Four vessels are using sonar technology to search the ocean floor. More

AOPA Offers Aircraft Financing For Flying Clubs »

Flying clubs purchasing aircraft can now obtain special financing from AOPA, the association announced Wednesday. AOPA Aviation Finance Co. offers four options for start-up clubs and existing clubs shopping for additional aircraft. "Flying clubs offer pilots of all skill levels the benefit of shared aircraft ownership and a ready-made community of like-minded aviators," said Adam Meredith, president of AOPA Aviation Finance Co. More

FAA Issues No-Drone Reminder For Super Bowl »

The FAA reminded drone operators on Wednesday that the perennial Super Bowl Sunday TFR applies to them too, not just pilots of manned aircraft. The Super Bowl NOTAM, published earlier this month, includes the standard restrictions of GA operations such as flight training and sightseeing as well as "model aircraft operations, model rocketry and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)." More

The Weekender: Chili, Chowder and Pancakes »

The Weekender's SocialFlight calendar has everything from ski flying up north to summer-like fun in the southwest, whatever your preference. EAA Chapter 745 will host a Ski Fly-in/Drive-in Pancake Breakfast Saturday at Benson Airport in Minnesota. The private turf runway is not plowed, so it's tailored for skiplanes if there's snow on the ground. More

Piper Unveils Meridian's Upgraded G1000 »

Piper Aircraft introduced the latest version of its Meridian M500 turboprop on Wednesday, announcing an enhanced Garmin G1000 avionics package and new features. "As part of our on-going product improvement initiatives, we saw an opportunity to give our customers the latest improvements in proven avionics technology with electronic stability protection, under speed protection and automatic level mode among other improvements," Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott said. More