The cost of certification


Since AirVenture 2012, I’ve been part of several discussions about the way — and reasons why — aircraft become certified. Sound boring? Yes and no.

One way this might get your interest is to consider if Icon Aircraft, which is developing the A5, could join Cessna in going Primary Category instead of Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA). (Disclaimer: I have no information about any such decision from Icon — this is merely a discussion.) Perhaps even more to the point is the price of airplanes based on their certification cost.

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Airplane shipments increase

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Airplane shipments increased 5.9% in the first six months of 2012 compared to 2011,  while the accompanying value of the airplane deliveries rose 13.2%, according to figures released today by  the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

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Hawker Beechcraft gets court nod to negotiate with Chinese company


The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has approved Hawker Beechcraft’s motion to enter into exclusive negotiations with Superior Aviation Beijing Co., Ltd. Approval give Hawker Beechcraft up to 45 days to exclusively negotiate with the Chinese company to buy its general aviation line for $1.79 billion. The Wichita-based company’s defense line is not included in the deal.

As part of the agreement, Superior will make payments over the next month to sustain Hawker Beechcraft’s jet business. An initial deposit of $25 million is payable before the end of the week and a second $25 million deposit is payable within 30 days, company officials said.

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