Monthly Archives: July 2012

Cessna Eyes New Turboprops

Competition in the six- to eight-seat business aviation turboprop market could soon hot up as Cessna ponders whether to launch a single that would compete on price and performance with several existing or new turboprops in the sector, including the Epic E1000 and Kestrel turboprop. Although the company says it has been flying an engineering […]

Diamond Jet

Diamond Aircraft revealed the latest version of its much-awaited D-Jet at EAA AirVenture, and issued a brief update on the single-engine jet’s progress. Most evident are the D-Jet’s redesigned winglets. Gone are the original winglets, which were of a conventional vertical-sail design. The new winglets are subtler in appearance and are more closely blended into the […]

Must Read: China Airborne by James Fallows

  Greg Waldron   Depending on who you talk to, China is either the graveyard or the future for major airframers like Boeing and Airbus. It will also, supposedly, be the world’s greatest market for both general and business aviation, with millions of Chinese taking to the skies for pleasure and business. In China Airborne, journalist […]

New Owners for Cirrus same as for Hawker…the game is to own GA assets on the cheap

By Robert Goyer / Published: Feb 28, 2011 In a phone call to Flying, Cirrus Aircraft president Brent Wouters said that the deal would give Chinese firm China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company (CAIGA) 100 percent ownership of Cirrus. Financial details of the merger weren’t immediately released pending notification of shareholders. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and […]

China revives Cirrus SF50

China revives Cirrus SF50 By Thomas A. Horne   “This is the biggest announcement in the history of the company,” said Cirrus President Dale Klapmeier in a recorded statement played at a press conference at the Aero Friedrichshafen convention, adding that “the end is in sight”—a reference to the completion of the SF50’s certification. Todd […]

As Cirrus Goes, So Goes Hawker Beechcraft

  Early last year, at the Asian Aerospace show in Hong Kong, I watched eager Chinese purchasers line up for tours of all sorts of aircraft, including business jets large and small. As I describe in my book, I even saw a business-jet purchase completed in cash. It’s all part of the gold-rush era for many […]

HBC Wins Court Clearance To Negotiate Sale To Superior

By Kerry Lynch Source: AWIN First Hawker Beechcraft is beginning exclusive negotiations to sell most of the company to Superior Aviation Beijing after receiving approval from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on July 17. HBC on July 10 formally sought court clearance to begin the negotiations after receiving a […]