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Cessna flies SkyCatcher, goes fishing for pilots

The debut of a new Cessna piston single is a rare event – as far as I can work out the last one was the Model 177 Cardinal in 1967 – so mark 8 March 2008 in your diaries. That’s when Cessna’s Model 162 SkyCatcher light sport aircraft flew for the first time (from Cessna […]

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Eclipse finds the money – the VLJs will keep coming

Welcome to the fast-changing world of who owns who in general aviation… Eclipse has secured more than $100 million in new equity to fill the hole in its finances left by the failure to deliver on its promise of producing 500 VLJs in its first year (it built 103). The money is coming from ETIRC, […]

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Is Cirrus for sale, or not?

Is No2 light-aircraft maker Cirrus Design looking for a buyer? There are a couple of conflicting reports out there, but I side with the reliable Molly McMillin of the Wichita Eagle. She quotes Cirrus spokeswoman Kate Dougherty as saying controlling shareholder Arcapita “buys and sells companies…they are not in the airplane manufacturing business”. Cirrus is […]

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Is ATG’s Javelin VLJ another cash casualty?

UPDATE – this statement has just been released by ATG: “ATG, with the help from a Wall Street banking institution, has been seeking funding to continue its Javelin high performance business jet and military trainer for the past 12 months. Due to circumstances beyond ATG’s control, it is unlikely that adequate funding can be secured […]

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Cessnas from Shenyang and Oregon

In one week Cessna has agreed to buy the assets of Columbia Aircraft and outsource the manufacture of its new light sport aircraft to China. Both decisions owe a lot to the company’s booming business-jet production, which is filling its factories as well as its coffers. Cessna has already sold almost 900 Model 162 SkyCatcher […]

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Rolls puts “made in the USA” on new bizjet engine

Rolls-Royce is to assemble engines in Singapore and a new site in the USA, in part to be closer to its customers and in part to reduce its exposure to the dollar. It is interesting to see the US, where the domestic industry is fiercely criticised for outsourcing, become a preferred location for “insourcing”. Rolls […]

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Still life in the old Tiger?

Nothing ever really goes away in aviation. Take the AG-5B Tiger, which True Flight Aerospace plans to build in Valdosta, Georgia. This is the four-seater that Tiger Aircraft built in Martinsburg, West Virginia till it went bankrupt in January. It is the same Tiger first produced by Grumman American in 1974. Grumman American was bought […]

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Your chance to nominate next year’s Collier winner

It’s that time of year again. The US National Aeronautic Association is calling for nominations for the 2007 Collier Trophy, awarded each year for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America (sorry Airbus, no Collier for the A380). You have until 31 January 2008 to submit your nominations to NAA (to find out […]

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Defence exec takes over: what next – Boeing KC-787?

Ever since Boeing took over McDonnell Douglas in 1997, the company has tried to project a “One Boeing” image. It has never been true. The commercial and defence sides of the company have different cultures. So Boeing has worked to bridge the divide, moving executives between the businesses. The latest move sees an Integrated Defense […]

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The week in aviation

Here are a couple of headlines you may have missed: Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin caused a stir when their VIP Boeing 767-200 was spotted at NASA Ames’ Moffet airfield in California, normally off limits to non-government aircraft. NASA subsequently acknowledged it had signed an agreement to let the 767 use Moffet in […]

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