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February 10, 2021

Textron Unveils New Citation CJ4 Gen2

Offers Extensive Interior Upgrades

“With the CJ4 Gen2, we focused on a design that enhances passenger comfort with an elevated cabin to match the performance capabilities already trusted by Citation CJ4 owners,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Customer Experience. “Developments in technology have allowed us to introduce new design elements. A first for Citation light jets are the CoolView Skylights and a vanity option, which give our customers the atmosphere of a large aircraft with light jet performance capabilities.”

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No Surprise: Poor Decision Making, Spatial Disorientation Blamed in S-76B Crash

The NTSB Issued A Total Of Four Safety Recommendations To The FAA

The NTSB determined during a public meeting Tuesday, a pilot’s decision to continue flight under visual flight rules into instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in the pilot’s spatial disorientation and loss of control, led to the fatal, Jan. 26, 2020, crash of a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter in Calabasas, California. The pilot and eight passengers died when the helicopter, operated by Island Express Helicopters, Inc., entered a rapidly descending left turn and crashed into terrain. The flight departed from John Wayne Airport-Orange County, Santa Ana, California, and was bound for Camarillo, California.

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AEA Completes 2020 Year-End Avionics Market Report

Total Sales Exceed $2.2 Billion For The Year

AEA has released its 2020 year-end Avionics Market Report, and total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales for the year amounted to $2,223,729,327, or more than $2.2 billion as reported by the participating companies. The dollar amount represented a 26% decrease in total year-end sales compared to 2019, which set a record-high total that topped $3 billion. It also marked the lowest amount of sales in the report's nine-year history. During the fourth-quarter months of October, November and December, sales decreased 28.1% compared to the same time frame one year ago.

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Joby Aviation Makes A Few Bucks

Taking Key Step Towards Certifying Aircraft

Joby Aviation tells ANN that it has begun generating revenue as part of achieving another major milestone in the Agility Prime program. The company also announced that it has agreed to a ‘G1’ certification basis for its aircraft with the FAA. This agreement lays out the specific requirements that need to be met by Joby’s aircraft for it to be certified for commercial operations. Agility Prime is a unique program that seeks to accelerate the development of a commercial market for advanced air mobility and encourage American innovation. Joby’s participation in the program will provide the US Government with valuable data and insight into the operation and performance of eVTOL aircra

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Reporting For Duty: American Flyers's First Piper Pilot 100i's

American Flyers Operates Six Training Facilities

American Flyers has received the first eight Pilot 100i aircraft from Piper. Mike Bliss, the Chairman of the American Flyers National Safety Board, explained “This airplane will enable us to maintain our policy of "round dial" training for the Private Pilot Certificate and the first half of the instrument rating. It creates a stronger pilot by reinforcing the basic skills and foundations necessary to become a safe and proficient pilot.”

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LuxStream Now Available on Gulfstream G350, G450, GV, G550

LuxStream, Launched In Late 2019, Offers Speeds Up To 25 Mbps In The United States

Western Jet Aviation and Collins Aerospace have completed an STC with the FAA to install the KuSAT-2000 SATCOM terminal on Gulfstream GV and G550 aircraft. With the recent completion of the STC, Western Jet Aviation now holds STCs to offer KuSAT-2000 systems with LuxStream service on G350, G450, GV and G550 aircraft. LuxStream, launched in late 2019, offers speeds up to 25 Mbps in the United States and 15 Mbps globally via SES’s managed Ku-band satellite network, which is powered by global geostationary high-throughput; wide satellite beams; and a flexible, intelligent ground network. Its performance has been validated extensively, with more than 25 passengers

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