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Cessna CEO Scott Ernest told aviation media at NBAA 2013 in Las Vegas the company's made-in-China S-LSA Skycatcher has "no future" but he didn't have much to say about it other than that. His answers were also short when he was asked about the progress of the diesel-powered Cessna TurboSkylane JT-A following the test article's off-airport landing earlier this year. Asked specifically about the Skycatcher, Ernest responded "There's no future for the SkyCatcher." When asked if the company was ending production of the LSA, Ernest answered by repeating, "there's no future." Ernest told reporters that Cessna's TurboSkylane JT-A program was supported by the company. He declined to directly address the test aircraft's mishap and when asked if that meant the aircraft hasn't flown since the incident, Ernest said, "I just answered the question." So, AVweb asked for more details. Read More
The future of Cessna single-engine programs caught the attention of media attending NBAA 2013 in Las Vegas. AVweb's Glenn Pew talked with Jodi Noah about the full range of propeller-driven products. Read More
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Dassault unveiled the only new clean-sheet design so far at NBAA 2013 in Las Vegas on Monday and it appears aimed at maintaining its standing in the mid-to-super-midsize market. The Falcon 5X is described as the "biggest and most advanced Falcon jet." Read More
New range, new power, new jet with more room -- from Dassault. Unveiled at the National Business Aviation Association exhibition held in Las Vegas in October 2013, the Dassault Falcon 5X is the company's latest offering. Read More
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Beechcraft delivered the first of perhaps many King Air 350i aircraft to Wheels Up, a start-up membership-based service that will take as many as 105 of the twin turboprops if things work out as hoped. "Today’s delivery is the culmination of many months of collaborative work between the Beechcraft and Wheels Up teams to structure a program for mutual success,” said Shawn Vick, Beechcraft VP of Sales and Marketing. Read More
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True Blue Power unveiled two new lithium ion batteries for general aviation aircraft Monday at the 2013 National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas. The Wichita-based company, which is a subsidiary of Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, introduced ship's power batteries aimed at both the twin business jet market and the turboprop and piston single segments. Read More
True Blue Power says it's created safe, reliable, and affordable lithium ion batteries for general aviation aircraft. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with the company's VP of Engineering, Brett Williams, at NBAA 2013 in Las Vegas. Read More
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The market is looking better than expected for business jet manufacturers but mostly for those with large-cabin, long-range aircraft according to the annual Honeywell Business Aviation Outlook. The analysis, which is released every year on the eve of the National Business Aviation Association convention, says large-cabin platforms will account for 80 percent of the money spent on new business aircraft in the near term. Read More
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Long-time aviation industry executive Bob Kromer has joined Blackhawk Modifications as its senior vice president of sales and marketing. Kromer will join the staff at Blackhawk's Waco, Texas headquarters. “Bob’s technical experience and global market knowledge will further strengthen and expand our depth and capability in these two extremely critical areas of the company,” said Blackhawk CEO Jim Allmon, who announced the appointment at NBAA 2013 in Las Vegas. Read More
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