Airbus began airline deliveries of its A320 twinjet in 1988. Today, more than 5,000 are in service and another 2,000-plus have been ordered. U.S. carriers flying the model include Delta, US Airways, United and JetBlue. Odds are, you’ve already been on one. Compared with the original Boeing 737, which was designed in the early 1960s, the A320 has a wider and taller cabin and a slicker wing. It also features digital fly-by-wire controls.
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Take a 35-year-old American helicopter design and farm out airframe production to the Czech Republic and the stabilator to Turkey. Add a new engine design from Canada and a sophisticated avionics system with key elements from France. Bring all this together for final assembly at a new facility in Pennsylvania. What could go wrong? A lot, actually.
June 4, 2012
You absolutely, positively have to get there right away. How quickly can you be airborne?
April 23, 2012
Perhaps you have access to a private jet through an owner you know. It seems like a great deal: the aircraft is available almost any time, you fly with the same crew the owner uses and you pay considerably less than standard charter rates.
April 20, 2012
The congressional logjam blocking long-term FAA funding in the U.S. appears to be broken. Perhaps the FAA can finally move ahead with the much-heralded “next generation” air-traffic-control program known as NextGen.
April 19, 2012
This year, Bombardier will launch one of the most ambitious flight-test programs in business aviation history. The Learjet 85 is scheduled to enter service next year and as many as five conforming aircraft could make their first flights in the coming months.
April 9, 2012
The 1932 Piper Cub sold for $1,300 and embodied everything Bill Piper thought an airplane should be: affordable to own and operate, simple, rugged and fun to fly. You can land it in a short farm field, a small lake or a tiny patch of gravel in the middle of a river. For many a bush pilot today, the Piper Cub remains the ride of choice for these reasons. There’s no drama here.
April 2, 2012
A year ago–or three or five, for that matter–it seemed as if private aircraft already offered just about every imaginable onboard luxury. Nevertheless, designers keep stretching their imaginations and, year after year, they deliver new products that can make your flights even more enjoyable than before.
March 26, 2012
中文内容请参看下面的PDF文件 Although the rate of growth of the business aircraft manufacturing industry has slowed, it continues to generate billions in economic output each year and supports tens of thousands of jobs. Here are the key facts about each of the major aircraft manufacturers.
March 26, 2012
中文内容请参看下面的PDF文件 Nearly two-dozen jet aircraft for business and personal use are in various stages of development or have just entered service. All are bigger, faster and more efficient than anything that has gone before in their class. Here is a look at some of the more prominent projects.
“You’re absolutely right—and you can’t stand up in your [expletive] Rolls-Royce, either.”
-William Lear, in the early '60s, replying to a man who complained that he couldn't stand up in the original Lear Jet
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