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Textron, the parent company of Cessna, is getting ready to fly the prototype of the Scorpion light attack jet it's developing with a company called AirLand Enterprises LLC. The joint venture hopes to have the Scorpion flying by Dec. 5. Read More
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Textron, the parent company of Cessna and Bell Helicopter, announced on Friday that it has agreed to buy two flight simulation and aircraft training companies -- Mechtronix, based in Montreal, and Opinicus Corp., based in Lutz, Fla. The two companies will be combined with Textron's existing training and simulation business for military pilots in South Carolina to form a new unit, Textron Simulation & Training Systems. The new business is expected to generate annual revenues over $100 million, Textron said. Read More
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Travel bookings for November and December are up nearly 70 percent compared to the same period last year for Sentient Jet, the company announced recently. The change reflects "the continued resurgence in private aviation," according to the company news release. The Sentient Jet fleet accumulated more hours over the summer than it has in the last five summers, the company said. Also, Wheels Up, a new company selling membership-based travel in a fleet of King Air turboprops, said this week it has a new "Uber-like" mobile app in the works that will launch next month. The app will make it easy for travelers to book flights and to share rides, the company said. Read More
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China has taken a major step toward opening its airspace for general aviation operations, Reuters has reported. The government said that effective Dec. 1, companies and individuals flying in a private jet or helicopter no longer need to have their flight plans pre-approved by the military. Flights will still need to be OK'd by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, and civilian aircraft must stay out of designated no-fly zones. The change should make it much easier for North American companies like Cessna and Bombardier to sell jets in China, Reuters noted. Read More
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With a cruise speed of around 270 knots and a price tag of nearly $5 million, the 2013 Pilatus PC-12NG isn't the fastest or the least expensive single-engine turboprop on the market. It is, however, arguably in a class of its own. That's because it has a cabin that can carry 1,200 lbs. of payload while carrying over 400 gallons of fuel, the ability to operate from unpaved runways, and a huge 53x52-inch cargo door. In this video, Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano takes a look at the airplane. Read More