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How to bend a Citation Mustang

Amazing story on Aviation News International about a Cessna Citation Mustang that has been repaired after being heavily damaged – a collapsed fuel tank and two broken wing spars – on its delivery flight: “The crew…heard a bang at 18,000 feet during the descent into AGC, which was followed by a left-engine low fuel pressure […]

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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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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 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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DayJet inaugural – Eclipse’s day in the, er, sun

Flight has been all over Eclipse this past week. I interviewed CEO Vern Raburn about the start-up company’s very public production ramp-up problems (watch for the feature in Flight International). My colleague John Croft flew back from NBAA in Atlanta in an Eclipse 500, and still has the silly grin on his face – you […]

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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: Epic, Kingfisher…and Airbus

It was slightly surreal to see executives from a US kitplane maker, European airliner manufacturer and an Indian airline seated side-by-side on the podium in a press conference room at a business-aviation show. But this can be an odd industry at times. The catalyst bringing the three together was not there – Indian brewery billionaire […]

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GE Honda’s very small engine for very light jets

Does General Electric now have the widest range of aircraft engines in the industry, in thrust terms at least, following the first full engine run of a GE Honda HF120 in Japan? The HF120 demonstrator reached its maximum 2,095lb thrust on the first run. That is less than 2% of the power output of the […]

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The week in aviation

In case you missed the week’s headlines, here’s a synopsis of the main events. Aviation record-setter Steve Fossett went missing on 2 September after taking off from Reno, Nevada in a Citabria. He was first to fly round the world in a balloon, in 2002; and first to fly solo round the world without stopping […]

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Brewing billionaire eyes Epic investment

Indian business newspaper Mint is reporting that Vijay Mallya, chairman of drinks giant UB Group and founder of Kingfisher Airlines, is to make a personal investment of $200 million to take a controlling stake in Oregon-based Epic Aircraft. A deal has been on the cards since billionaire Mallya – who also looks set to buy […]

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