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At its San Marcos, Texas, Skyport, Redbird ignited a frenzy of flight activity when it announced that it would sell avgas for $1 a gallon. Two weeks after the program ended, flight activity is still up at least threefold. Does that prove the experiment worked? Read More
How many pilots will come out for $1 avgas? A lot. Even some who have given up flying. At Redbird's third annual Migration training conference, Jerry Gregoire debriefed us on the success of Redbird's recent promotion -- and its potential implications for the future of aviation fuel. Read More
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Just three months after announcing it, Redbird is finalizing details for a flight school power-by-the-hour lease program on its Redhawk diesel project. The lease deals could be available as early as next February. Read More
By now, you're likely familiar with Redbird's diesel-powered Cessna Skyhawk conversions (called "RedHawks"). At the Redbird Migration conference in San Marcos, Paul Bertorelli asked Roger Sharp when and flight schools can get their hands on them. Read More
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Game theory is gaining favor as a means of training in all sorts of disciplines, and now Redbird wants to try it with aviation. At the company's third annual Migration training conference in San Marcos, Texas on Tuesday, Redbird's Jeff Van West explained the new program. It's currently in the experimental and testing phase but could be ready for a more complete rollout in three years or so. Read More
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A Canadian newspaper is reporting that the pilot of a Cessna 172 who died in unusual circumstances in a crash at Nashville International Airport early Tuesday has the same name as a convicted bank robber and alleged child pornographer who said he was embarking on a 30-minute flight. Read More
A full-scale test article built by Sierra Nevada Corporation in support of its effort to build a commercial crew and cargo vehicle that would serve the International Space Station flew freely for the first time last Saturday, completing a smooth descent and landing, but it then skidded off the runway when one landing gear failed to properly deploy. The lifting-body Dream Chaser autonomous test vehicle was carried to 12,500 feet by an Erickson Air-Crane helicopter above Edwards Air Force Base. After its release, the company said, "the vehicle adhered to the design flight trajectory throughout the flight profile." Less than a minute later, Dream Chaser smoothly flared and touched down at 160 knots on the runway centerline, but the left main gear did not extend, and the aircraft skidded off the side of the runway. Read More
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Vickers Aircraft has unveiled a new LSA amphibian design powered by a Lycoming IO-360 engine that they say will be ready to start deliveries by next summer. The Wave prototype, which has been in the works for about three years, hasn't yet flown, but it's "80 percent finished," company director Paul Vickers told AVweb this week. "We have achieved our production weights on completed assemblies that include wings and tail," Vickers said. The components are built from a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber. "We can state with confidence that we will achieve our design weight to enable the Wave to be certified LSA," he said. It will sell for under $180,000, he added. Read More
The video posted online recently of an unusual bushplane diving off the edge of a cliff is an attention-getter -- the tiny, two-seat, two-engine, bubble-canopied, tundra-tired airplane shows off some extreme flying capabilities. But those capabilities are not just for show, Alec Wild told AVweb this week. Wild, a wildlife conservationist living in Kenya, says the DoubleEnder evolved from "years of experience bush-flying and dreaming about what could be improved upon." The goal behind the project "was to make a better airplane, not necessarily the most marketable airplane," he said. When the design is finalized, he said, the aircraft may be offered for sale as a kit. Read More
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Embraer plans to assemble its new fly-by-wire Legacy 450 and 500 business jets at an expansion of its Melbourne, Fla, operations. The company announced Tuesday that, subject to various approvals, the company will add an assembly line for the midsize aircraft in 2014 and the first Legacy 500 will be delivered from there in 2016. Read More
The NTSB has found no evidence of tire malfunctions on a Cessna Citation that crashed at Santa Monica Airport last month, according to the safety board's preliminary report. At least one eyewitness had reported at the time that a tire blew out during the landing. In its report, the NTSB said on-scene investigators found no airplane debris on the runway, and all three landing-gear tires were inflated. The tires showed no unusual wear patterns. The local tower controller said the pilot didn't express any problems over the radio before or during the landing. All four people on board were killed when the airplane ran into a hangar and a fire ensued. Read More
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At the moment, they seem to be the only riders on the horizon so we better hope so. Read More
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This central Chinese city is well on its way to becoming the Wichita of China. But when will demand for general aviation in China really materialize? Maybe the question of when isn't really relevant. Read More
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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
Beechcraft's King lives on with new upgrades in the 350i model. Read More
Pilatus Aircraft has seen great success with their PC-12 single-engine turboprop. The manufacturer is now venturing into the jet market with the PC-24 twin jet -- a corporate comfort aircraft capable of flight in and out of unimproved airstrips. Read More
Eclipse Aerospace president Mason Holland delivered the first Eclipse 550, boasting new upgrades to a customer at the National Business Aviation Association exhibition in Las Vegas, October 22, 2013. The aircraft hosts avionics upgrades and enhanced and synthetic vision systems. Read More
Nextant Aerospace has hade a business of "remanufacturing" the Hawker Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP -- offering a new aircraft experience at a used aircraft price. Now it's expanding that business model to the King Air, refitting the aircraft with GE engines. Read More
Rockwell Collins brings enhanced vision to light jets with the EVS-3000 vision system and HGS-3500 display, which employs a new space-saving design. The company will bring the products to market with Embraer in 2015 aboard the Legacy 450 and, later, Legacy 500 business jets. Read More