Cessna Mustang #400 rolls off assembly line

Cessna Aircraft Co. recently rolled its 400th Citation Mustang off the assembly line at its Independence, Kan., facility. This milestone was accomplished in a little more than five years since the Mustang’s first delivery in November 2006.

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Cirrus debuts five seating capacity

Cirrus Aircraft has introduced expanded seating capacity in its SR20, SR22 and SR22T general aviation aircraft models, available for 2012.

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Like LSA seaplanes?

Life is good if you like LSA seaplanes. Here’s a quick look at five that are either on the market or in development.

Today SeaRey reigns as far and away the most successful and proven design, with nearly 600 flying. [Read more...]

A trip to pick up a new plane results in a true GA experience


This past January, I purchased a 1941 Piper J-5A Cub Cruiser from a friend in Port Angeles, Wash. I thought that flying the airplane home to Lenhardt’s AirHaven in Oregon would be an easy task. After all, it’s only a couple hundred miles away and, even though the Pacific Northwest is not known for its hospitable winter VFR weather, I knew it was doable with patience and flexibility. In the end, however, bringing the J-5 back to Hubbard, Ore., proved to be more than just a trip to pick up an airplane.

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Tecnam P2006T MTOW increased


The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued Major Change Approval 10037759 confirming the increase in the Tecnam P2006 Twin’s Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) to 1230 kg (2,706 pounds).

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Tecnam introduces the P92 Sea-Sky Hydroplane

Tecnam has introduced the Tecnam P92 Sea-Sky Hydroplane. [Read more...]

Jiminy Cricket!

The fuselage is together, the panel in place, the primer on the airframe. Now comes the daunting task of choosing the final color for that airplane you built yourself. Sometimes, the airplane will tell you what color to paint it, notes Mark Swalley of Gig Harbor, Wash.

Swalley has a green Zenith CH 701 SP that bears a distinct resemblance to a grasshopper or cricket — so much so that there is an image of Disney’s Jiminy Cricket on the fuselage.

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Eclipse Jet Experience goes on tour

The Eclipse Jet Experience is traveling to cities across the country this month. The “experience” includes two hours of instruction.

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Help design the C4

How would you like to help a popular Light-Sport Aircraft manufacturer design its first four-place aircraft? If the answer is yes, Flight Design wants to hear from you.

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A new pilot…and future aircraft owner

Mark Donovan, who wrote a story for us earlier this year about Flying Solo at Half a Century, sent us this message earlier this week: “I just wanted to let you know that I finally got my Private Pilot’s License on Nov. 13. It took a little bit longer than I had planned (7.5 months in total), but it was well worth the effort and wait. I’m now out flying every weekend, even in the winter wonderland of New Hampshire, and am investigating buying a plane (debating between a Cessna 172 and a Husky).” Congratulations Mark!