Aviation

De Havilland stopped building the Twin Otter more than 20 years ago, but hundreds are still flying, and now a Canadian company is building brand-new updated versions. The tough twin turboprop can...
With this new, clean-sheet design, the Learjet 85’s designers aimed to incorporate all the latest technologies while preserving the robust aerodynamic performance for which the venerable Learjet line...
The Matrix is basically the same as Piper’s 1980s-era Malibu Mirage, but with an unpressurized cabin and a smaller price tag. This offering initially seemed unlikely to wow buyers, but in 2008, its...
2010 marked the 25th production year of the Caravan, Cessna’s rugged propeller-driven workhorse, which can be equipped with pontoons for amphibious takeoff and landing. The Caravan’s single 675 hp...
Boeing offers a range of options from its venerable stable of airliners adapted to executive needs. The 737 line is branded as the Boeing Business Jet, or BBJ, in several variations. Also available...
The Airbus Corporate Jetliner family offers a range of choices for executive versions adapted from its stable of airliners. The A318 Elite has executive cabin layouts for 14, 18, or 19 passengers;...
Although Airbus has yet to deliver any executive versions of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the A380, it has reportedly sold at least one to a private buyer who plans to turn it into a “...
The Flexjet 25 Jet Card program (operated by Jet Solutions) is offering its first 10-hour summer jet card, the lowest amount ever featured on a jet card, starting at just under $50,000 through May 14...
Embraer started deliveries of its latest executive jet, the Legacy 650, last November, when the first of the fleet joined a charter operation in the United Kingdom. The large-category jet offers the...
Gulfstream is on track to deliver its biggest-ever business jet, the $64 million G650, in 2012, and already the company is showing off the state-of-the-art features that will fill the 53-foot-long...
Two days, four vintage airplanes, and 80 minutes of flying comprise the Dixie Wing Fighter Pilot Fantasy Camp in Atlanta. No flying experience is needed to participate. Campers start in the Stearman...
Flexjet 25 offers the perfect stocking stuffer: a limited-edition jet-card package with 25 hours of private jet travel plus an exclusive three-day getaway in Napa Valley. The gift card includes a...
Hawker Beechcraft has beefed up its single-pilot composite-fuselage Premier II jet with new winglets and the latest Williams International jet engines and rebranded it as the Hawker 200. The new $7.5...
Since 1996, the X model has topped Cessna’s line of Citation jets, holding the “fastest civilian aircraft” title with speeds of more than 600 mph. Now it’s getting a makeover: Cessna is adding 15...
Pilots looking for a unique challenge now can purchase a $10,000 annual membership in the Pacific Prowler Command in Fort Worth, Texas, and gain access to a fleet of rare vintage warbirds. The...
Germany’s Extra Aircraft is best known in the U.S. for high-end aerobatic sport planes, but the company is trying to change that with a ramped-up effort to market its six-seat Spirit 500 turboprop in...
Cessna’s Citation Mustang is popular with owner/pilots transitioning into a jet for the first time, and to help ease that step up, Cessna now offers mentor pilots to act as coaches. The “Ease Into...
The new 900LX replaces the 900EX in Dassault’s line of Falcon business jets, offering the same quiet and spacious cabin—almost 40 feet long—as the EX, but with expanded range. The 900LX can fly...
Private jets are a great way to travel, and now a new offer for British Airways customers makes it easier to access the CitationAir fleet in North America and the Caribbean. The PrivateConnect...
For pure flying pleasure it’s hard to beat an open-cockpit biplane, and now pilots can enjoy that classic experience in a brand-new Waco with a modern computerized instrument panel. Waco Classic...
Italy-based Tecnam has certified its roomy four-seat twin-engine P2006T for the U.S. market. The Rotax engines can operate on standard auto fuel, helping to reduce the operating costs of the twin to...
For the last eight years, the Cirrus SR22 has remained the best-selling single-piston aircraft on the market—a distinction further accentuated by the fact that the four-seat turbo prop continues to...
Popular with owner-pilots, the TBM 850 delivers speed and range comparable to that of some smaller jets. The standard Garmin G1000 avionics are easy to manage for a single pilot, and they are...
The Avanti II has a distinctive look, with two turboprops mounted facing backwards near the tail, and a small forward wing, called a canard, near the nose. It all adds up to efficient travel for up...
The problem with some business-jet interiors is that they feel like mailing tubes for humans: cramped, limiting spaces designed for nothing beyond the efficient transport of travelers from one...
Wink Hartman, a Wichita, Kansas-based businessman who owns several energy companies and a health-care facility, logs many hours aboard his King Air 350, traveling from Kansas to operations in Texas,...
Although the wings of an airplane may seem purely utilitarian, like the tires on a car, they are, in fact, marvels of engineering and design. Even small tweaks can produce significant changes in...
Bombardier invested two years of market research into the design of this airplane, and industry experts agree that the effort paid off. The fuel-efficient aircraft can fly from the West Coast to the...

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