Category Archives: Industry News

Textron Aviation Stops Cessna TTx Production

American airplane manufacturer Textron Aviation ceased the production of the Cessna 400, also known as Cessna TTx, flyingmag.com reports. The aircraft has since been taken down from the website, and is no longer available for purchase. The Cessna TTx started in 2004, birthed by Columbia Aircraft as the Columbia 400, then renamed and sold to the market as Cessna TTx Model T240. Flying Magazine reports that sales for the TTx has allegedly been lackluster, despite introducing several improvements to match its closest single-piston competitor, the Cirrus SR22. Despite letting the TTx fall off production, Textron Aviation plans to expand its workforce, as ...

Business Aviation Index reveals 2017 was a Strong Year for Flight Activity

Good news for the business aviation industry, not to mention the American economy in general, was just released this month by the Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of independent maintenance support and financial services to businesses in the aviation community. (Record Year-End for Business Aviation Flight Activity). The JSSI Business Aviation Index keeps track of all the global flight activity as well as the utilization of business aircraft worldwide (which includes jets, turboprops and helicopters), and issues quarterly reports on the average flight hours that have been tracked. In the Business Aviation Index provided by JSSI for ...

Shortage of airline pilots to fill the industry gap

It seems that every so often, the world stumbles upon a real gem, the perfect opportunity, the diamond in the rough. The part that makes everybody want to take a ride with Marty McFly back to the future is to see whether or not it’s the real thing, or just another instance of iron pyrite, metaphorically speaking. Whether or not it’s the gold rush, dot-com bubble, mortgage backed investments, or startups like Apple, we all get the chance to look at an opportunity and decide whether or not we’re willing to risk the chance. The Civil Aviation ...

Aviation In China

China's aerospace future is a test case for its economic and technological development as a whole. The obstacles facing the country's aviation industry cut to the heart of China's economic challenges today. Thanks to global integration and rising wages, the country's days as a copycat and sweatshop to the world are numbered; its leaders know it must become more innovative if it is to succeed. Doing so will require big changes in its intense approach to education, unreliable legal system and repressive political regime, as well as adjustments to various social norms. With an estimated $1 trillion being spent on new ...

Teen Flies Aircraft Solo

Jim Ballard has trained many eager students with dreams of flying as a Federal Aviation Administration-certified instructor of JB Flight Services in Carlsbad. However, training sixteen year old Payson Norton to solo fly a 260 horsepower Piper Comanche PA24 was a unique experience. "It was a really cool feeling, the feeling of freedom," Norton said. "The only thing that was going through my mind was he (instructor Jim Ballard) wasn't in the left seat and I needed to get it up and get it down without breaking it." Ballard was not only impressed by Norton’s young age at which he ...

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