Monthly Archives: March 2013

Wright Brothers Not First to Fly

By Robert Goyer / Published: Mar 14, 2013 In a startling announcement a few days ago, Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft has named the flight by Connecticut aviation pioneer Gustave Whitehead as the first successful powered flight in history, beating the Wright Brothers by more than two years. Jane’s, which calls itself the world’s foremost authority on aviation […]

Beechcraft Corp. is formally protesting the Air Force’s award of a $427.5 million light air support contract to Sierra Nevada and Embraer.

By Molly McMillin The Wichita Eagle Beechcraft Corp. is formally protesting the Air Force’s award of a $427.5 million light air support contract to Sierra Nevada and Embraer. The Air Force two weeks ago awarded the contract for an initial order of 20 planes for use in Afghanistan. Loss of the contract is a blow to Beechcraft, […]

First New Citation Sovereign rolls out of Cessna Assembly

WICHITA, Kan., March 4, 2013 — Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the first production New Citation Sovereign rolled off the production line in the company’s Wichita, Kan., manufacturing facility. The New Citation Sovereign is one of six new Cessna aircraft expected to hit the market this year. “This rollout […]

Analysts See Growing Market For Electric Aircraft

Examples Range From Sailplanes To Hybrid Helicopters Powered By Solar Energy, Batteries A new study from ASD Reports examines the possible future role of electric aircraft as part of the aviation landscape. The report posits that electric aircraft serve the need for reduced noise, air and ground pollution and reduced global warming. According to the […]

Engine Investigation Clears F-35 To Return To Flight

By Guy Norris guy_norris@aviationweek.com Source: AWIN First March 01, 2013 The temporary grounding of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been lifted after investigators determined the turbine blade crack which prompted the stand down was an isolated event. “Based on the findings from our initial on-wing inspection to our subsequent inspections in our lab, we determined […]