Diamond Plans Small Passenger Plane »

Diamond Aircraft Industries is partnering with Russia's Rostec to develop a low-cost, 19-seat, diesel-powered, composite utility aircraft designed to service communities in vast reaches of the country that have no road or rail links. The aircraft will be designed to replace the ancient An-2 biplanes and L-410 turboprops that ply these obscure routes now. "An-2 and L-410 [aircraft] currently in service have low fuel efficiency and high operating costs," said Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov. "Creating a principally new aircraft will fulfill this niche and allow us to replace the obsolete fleet." Russia doesn't currently build any aircraft in that range and those built in other countries are updates of old designs, he said. More

A350 First Flight Friday »

It's been a few years since there was a first flight of a clean sheet airliner design but it seems likely there will be two by the end of the month. Airbus announced the first flight of its A350 will be June 14 at 10 a.m. in Toulouse, France. Assuming that goes well, the A350 will become the main attraction at the Paris Air Show, which starts June 17. The company rolled out the prototype of the XWB (extra wide body) aircraft a month ago with a full paint job and the aircraft has been undergoing ground tests. The A350 is a direct challenge to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the highly successful Boeing 777, a new model of which will be on display at Paris. Meanwhile, in Canada, Bombardier is planning to fly its new CSeries single-aisle airliner by the end of the month. More

Embraer Releases Legacy 500 Short Film »

Embraer has released a splashy new promotional video featuring its business jet spokesman, actor Jackie Chan. The video, described by Embraer as a "cinematic short film," has the production values of a Hollywood trailer and packs a plot, special effects and generous views of the cabin into a six-minute package aimed at getting across the leading-edge technology of the Legacy 500 business jet. More

SyberJet Lines Up Incentives »

The new owners of the rights to the former Sino Swearingen SJ30 business jet have been offered an "aggressive" incentive package to build the aircraft in Cedar City, Utah. The company is now called SyberJet. The package would be worth about $10 million in property tax relief for an enterprise touted to create 1,200 aerospace jobs in the town, which is about 250 miles south of Salt Lake City. "This is the best incentive we've offered to anyone in recent years," said Brennan Wood, director of the Office of Economic Development. The state is also reportedly reaching for its checkbook to sweeten the deal. SyberJet is also considering San Antonio, Texas, as its home but it's not clear what incentives have been offered there. Although the light jet market that the SJ30 would re-enter is the weakest segment of business aviation, SyberJet CEO Chuck Taylor says the aircraft's performance sets it apart. More

Embraer Unveils Legacy 500 At EBACE »

Embraer will fly its prototype Legacy 500 midsize business jet to the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva next week in the first public showing of the aircraft. Corporate Jet Investor is reporting that Embraer will also bring along its 2013 model Lineage 1000. "EBACE, Europe's premier business aviation gathering, is an excellent showcase to debut the Legacy 500 and the 2013 Lineage 1000," said Ernest Edwards, president, Embraer Executive Jets. The Legacy 500 was announced at the 2008 EBACE and had its first flight last November. Meanwhile, EBACE continues to be the go-to show for business jet vendors and customers in Europe. More

RANS S-19 »

Randy Schlitter's latest design is purpose built for Light-Sport rules but intended to be one of the easiest-to-build kits around. More

Barefoot Flying »

Sport Air Aviation's Corsario delivers wet and wild fun. More

A Closer Look at the Comp Air 12 »

Comp Air owner and president Ron Lueck is wearing a giant smile this week at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla. That's because the Comp Air 12 made it to the airshow as promised, just days after making its maiden flight. In a media briefing on Tuesday morning, Lueck said the airplane flew gear down at 35 percent power from the company's headquarters in Merritt Island, Fla., to Lakeland, clocking a modest 135 knots the whole way. The gear couldn't be retracted due to a wiring error -- the gear indication lights illuminate green whether the gear is extended or retracted, which Lueck said will be fixed shortly after the turboprop single makes the trek back home next Monday. Due to customer input, the final Comp Air 12 will be five feet longer to comfortably accommodate six passengers, baggage and a lav. (The shorter version currently on display at Sun 'n Fun will eventually be redesignated as the Comp Air 14, which will be available only as a kitbuilt.) FAA certification for the $2.5 million Comp Air 12 is expected in early 2010. More

Airbus A380 and A340 Photo Gallery »

In-flight photos of Airbus's ultra-capacity A380 and ultra-long A340-600 sent to us by an AVweb reader. The Swiss Alps provide the backdrop. More