A Malibu with a jet engine on the back!

The HondaJet is beautiful, but no one could say the same of the single-engine Piper very light jet, also drawing crowds at NBAA, but nowhere as many as the Honda. People have called it a Malibu with a jet engine stuck on the back. I wouldn’t disagree. It’s pitched at a very different market though, […]

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Honda jet, the industry newcomer

One of the biggest attractions on the exhibition floor is the Honda jet. This industry newcomer has been drawing admiring crowds since the show opened. It’s a beautiful aircraft – at the top end of the new very light jet sector. HondaJet has the actual aircraft on a rotating area, as well as a cabin […]

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NBAA is so slick…

If there’s a big aviation show as slickly organised as NBAA, I haven’t visited it yet. At most air shows, visitors and journalists are treated at best as sheep or a group of 10-year-olds on a visit to the zoo and at worst as potential terrorists by surly security goons or dim-witted, ill-briefed staff. It’s […]

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Is the Javelin the aircraft for you?

If you need a very light jet but always wanted to be a fighter pilot,the Javelin is the aircraft for you. “Everything about this aircraft needs to say performance and cool,” says founder George Bye. Watch the prototype Javelin test flight here. Manufacturer ATG is aiming to fly the aircraft at the end of next […]

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The first Eclipse 500 is about to be delivered

Entry-level or very-light jets are one of the biggest stories of the convention. They have been for years, but this is the first NBAA where they have turned from vision to reality. I was at the Eclipse press conference a few hours ago. After years of waiting, the first Eclipse 500 is about to be […]

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Will Embraer launch more business jets?

Will Embraer launch more business jets? Outgoing boss Mauricio Botelho hints that it might. Embraer has approached this market in a very cautious way. While its main focus was on developing the 170 and 190 families of regional jets, it quietly began establishing itself in the business aviation market with the ERJ 135-based Legacy. It […]

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Grob’s light jet is to make a big splash

Grob may not be much of a name in business aviation but its new SPn composite light jet is going to make a big splash, including in North America. The Bavarian company has just been bought by the parent of its marketing partner on the SPn, Swiss-based ExecuJet. The six-seater sells at $7.15 million and […]

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The Piaggio P180 is the sexiest business aircraft around

Piaggio has just announced in its press conference that its long-expected business jet will be announced next year. No details but it will be “larger” than the P180 Avanti, its sole product. Chief executive Jose diMase. There had been suggestions that the aircraft might be announced at NBAA, but diMase said the company is “fine-tuning […]

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Cessna unveils its large cabin aircraft concept

I’m in the Cessna press conference and the manufacturer has just unveiled its large cabin aircraft concept. Cessna has a mock up here at the show and is looking for feedback from potential customers. A go/no-go decision will be taken next year, but don’t expect to take delivery any time soon. Cessna’s Roger Whyte says […]

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The Flight Evening News team hard at work

Here’s a picture of the Flight Evening News team at work. Our first issue of three at this year’s show comes out in a few hours. You can catch up with all the news from the show here. Flight Evening News is a unique product. Launched at NBAA in Las Vegas in 2004 and published […]

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