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Embraer adds two – that makes four, or is it five?

Embraer’s board has approved the launch of the MLJ medium-light and MSJ mid-size business jets. They are to enter service in 2012 (MSJ) and 2013 (MLJ). They come hard on the heels of the launches of Cessna’s large-cabin Citation Columbus and Gulfstream’s ultra-long-range G650. Bombardier has also unveiled, but not formally launched, the mid-size Learjet […]

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Is the Hawker 4000 finally ready?

Hawker Beechcraft has just put out a nice press release about its achievements in its first year as a private company. Record sales, record backlog etc, etc. What’s not included on the list is delivery of the super mid-size Hawker 4000. The official word is “soon”, maybe with weeks, but I’m not holding my breath […]

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Gulfstream sticks to its traditions with the G650

Gulfstream has launched its G650 widebody business jet. A new Gulfstream is big news and the G650 looks, well, like a Gulfstream. It looks like a pumped-up G550, but it’s all-new, including the type certificate, which will say GVI – sixth in an illustrious line stretching back 50 years to the GI (my favourite). It’s […]

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Hawker Beechcraft hires a name to conjure with

In an aviation community as cosy, and as busy, as that of Wichita, Kansas, it’s inevitable people will move from company to company, between Cessna, Learjet, Beechcraft, Boeing and Spirit. But here’s one move that’s worth noting: Hawker Beechcraft has just hired Russ Meyer III as its director of new product development. He is the […]

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GAMA: business aviation just keeps on going

I’ve been waiting for the axe to fall. Every analyst call, every press briefing, I’ve been braced to hear the boom is over, and the bust has begun. I’m talking about business aviation. Today (12 February) it was the General Aviation Manufacturers Associations’ opportunity to burst the bubble at its annual industry review in Washington, […]

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Adam stops work as its funding flatlines

VLJ developer Adam Aircraft has suspended operations – hard on the heels of ATG, which hit a similar wall when it came to funding. Before I have my say here’s Adam’s statement, issued on Feb 11: “In a difficult but necessary move, Adam Aircraft Industries suspended operations today at its facilities in Colorado. This measure […]

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Cessna sets sail for new territory with Columbus

Someone was going to say it, so Cessna’s sales boss Roger Whyte got in first, calling today (February 6) Cessna’s “Columbus day” (after a US holiday). Why? Because today the company unveiled its Citation Columbus large-cabin bizjet in Washington, DC. The name was picked by Cessna because this is the first Citation designed to take […]

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A composite-fuselage Gulfstream?

Conspiracy theory time. Aviation International News is linking the appointment of new director of composite technology at Gulfstream to the company’s plans for a new flagship bizjet. An aircraft with a composite fuselage. And AIN is not alone in making the connection. Here’s how the thinking goes. Gulfstream’s parent General Dynamics makes no secret of […]

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Fujino-san’s HondaJet – more than a little potty

Not every aircraft designer gets the chance to put their creation into production, and Michimasa Fujino is making to most of his opportunity to build a new company, Honda Aircraft, to produce his design, the HondaJet. The HondaJet is bucking convention in several areas: its overwing-mounted engines, laminar-flow aerodynamics, and composite fuselage. Now Fujino-san is […]

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NBAA: supersonics – which boom is the problem?

With all the manufacturers busy working on new products to appear over the next year or so, proponents of supersonic business jets are struggling to get a hearing. It’s particularly tough for the two independent teams that need an OEM to get their designs off the drawing board. There are essentially three players with three […]

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