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Cessna this week started deliveries of both the all-new Citation M2 light jet and the Citation Sovereign+, an upgrade to a design in service since 2004. The M2, in the works since 2011, offers a six-passenger cabin and aims to provide a step up for Mustang owners and turboprop pilots. The single-pilot-certified jet can cruise up to 400 knots and fly up to 1,300 nm nonstop. The Sovereign+ adds Garmin G5000 avionics, auto-throttles, winglets, and new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D engines. Read More
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Honda Aircraft Company announced that it had received Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) for the HondaJet and that its customer service facility had achieved FAA Part 145 certification as a repair station. TIA means that the FAA has evaluated technical data from the manufacturer and finds that it appears the aircraft will meet the regulations for certification. Read More
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The headquarters of the International Association of Machinists has overruled local leaders in Seattle and ordered a vote on Boeing's latest contract offer to guarantee production of its new 777X in Washington. The vote will be held Jan. 3. Read More
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The FAA and NORAD both are doing their part to keep an eye on Santa's Christmas deliveries this week. NORAD's site features games, movies, music, and of course, on Christmas Eve, live tracking of Santa's route around the globe. The FAA is promoting NextGen at its Christmas site, saying the system "helps Santa deliver presents more efficiently." Read More
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In 1976, famed aviation businessman and movie pilot Clay Lacy was asked to fly one of the strangest stunt acts in aviation: The Human Fly. In this exclusive AVweb video, he explains how the project came into being. Read More
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Brian Breighner of Cumberland, MD joins us this week in wishing all AVweb readers the happiest of holidays. Click through for more reader-submitted photos. Read More
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In an emerging aircraft refurbishment market, Smithville, Ohio-based Aircraft Sales Inc. stands out with a comprehensive and highly customized rebuild process. In this AVweb video, Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano presents an inside look at the company's Pristine Airplane refurbishment process. Read More