Flying

February 24, 2014
Gulfstream G150 on the ramp at sunset
Gas up and go—far—in this rugged, speedy model.
February 17, 2014
Agusta AW169
For decades, the Sikorsky S-76 has been the gold standard in corporate helicopters. With more than 800 sold since its introduction in 1979, the model combines futuristic styling with a large cabin, speed and solid all-weather capabilities.
February 10, 2014
A wing with extensive icing.
Today's jets can handle most weather, but pilots of smaller aircraft sometimes need to sidestep trouble.
November 21, 2013
If you are flying on Christmas Eve, the sky can be a magical place. (Illustration: John T. Lewis)
Anyone who endured airline travel over the Thanksgiving holiday last month can tell you that the best time for a visit to Grandma’s for a turkey dinner is also among the worst times to fly “the scheds.” (It didn’t help that Hanukah arrived early this year, starting on Thanksgiving Day.) Major airports strain to handle traffic loads during normal times, and when all those passengers want to get
November 21, 2013
German chemical company BASF manufactures an open-celled melamine foam acoustic material that can dramatically reduce noise levels in business jets and helicopters.
Acoustics experts are finding ways to make business jets quieter than ever. Racing through the lower stratosphere at Mach 0.85, pushed along by roaring jet engines and outfitted with pumps, actuator motors and fans, the business jet is naturally noisy.
November 21, 2013
At first blush, Cessna's M2 looked like a refreshed CJ1+, only with subtle winglets.
It may look like the CJ1, but there's a lot here that's new.
November 19, 2013
When it comes to matching aircraft with runways, size isn’t always the bottom line.
Which aircraft can use which airports? You might be surprised.
October 29, 2013
Learjet 23 (Courtesy of Flexjet)
Late in the day on Oct. 7, 1963, the first Learjet 23 took flight for the first time in Wichita, Kansas, just before the sun slipped below the prairie horizon. A local radio station reported that the Learjet was making its maiden flight, and people jumped in their cars to see the sight. The crowd cheered. Grown men cried.
October 4, 2013
You can pick up a good 10-year-old Bell 430  for less than $2 million. That’s a bargain.
It’s a capable machine that deserved to do better in the marketplace.

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