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The Citation Latitude, the first in the line of new midsized business jets that Cessna hopes will challenge Embraer in that market, made its maiden flight on Tuesday and it went well according to Cessna. The aircraft, which was announced a little over two years ago at NBAA 2011, flew for 2.5 hours, climbed to 28,000 feet and topped out at 230 mph on this flight. Read More
An Ethiopian Airlines 767-300 en route to Rome landed in Geneva instead on Monday morning, after the first officer reportedly locked the captain out of the cockpit and hijacked the flight. The airplane, with 202 on board, was in Italian airspace when the captain left the cockpit to use the restroom, according to The New York Times. The first officer then locked the cockpit door and activated a transponder hijack code. Italian fighter jets were scrambled, and they escorted the 767 out of Italian airspace. The airplane landed in Geneva at 6:02 a.m., and the first officer taxied off the runway, opened a cockpit window, and exited via a rope. He was unarmed, and told security officers he was in danger in Ethiopia and asked for asylum, according to the Times. He was immediately arrested. Read More
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More used business jets (2303) were sold in 2013 than in any previous year and asking prices are on the way up according to the annual review of bizjet sales by JetNet. The amount of used inventory has also dropped by 0.9 percent to 12.5 percent of the worldwide fleet. Read More
Business jet activity is showing a steady increase in Europe and the biggest jump is being recorded by the smallest aircraft. WingX Advance, a German research and consulting company, says very light jets recorded a whopping 23 percent increase in flights in January of 2014 compared to January of 2013. Read More
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The General Aviation Manufacturers Association is holding its annual luncheon today to announce the sales numbers of its members from last year but some companies just couldn't wait to spread their good news. On Tuesday, Piper jumped the gun with a news release saying its sales and revenue increases were in double digits in 2013, thanks to its focus on the training market. Read More
The FAA is casting a wide net to find candidates for thousands of air traffic controller jobs -- and in doing so, it's trying some new strategies, which has caused distress among some who were on track to qualify under the old strategies. Students enrolled in any of the FAA-approved Collegiate Training Initiative programs at 36 sites around the country were never guaranteed a job with ATC; however, they were placed in a direct-hire pool of applicants the FAA would mine to fill vacancies. Under the new wide-net hiring policy, CTI graduates compete with everyone else who applies, on an equal footing. Read More
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Red Bull has added Croatia as an eighth stop on its air-racing calendar this year, which starts next week, Feb. 28, in Abu Dhabi. Races also will be held in Malaysia, Poland, Great Britain, the U.S., and China. The new Croatian race will be held in Rovinj, a picturesque tourist resort on a small peninsula that juts out into the Mediterranean Sea. Twelve seasoned aerobatic pilots will compete under new rules that aim to make the competition more about pilot skill and less about aircraft performance. The races also will include a new Challenger Cup for a crop of eight young new pilots. Read More
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