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Aviation industry marks 100th anniversary of world’s first commercial flight

The aviation industry is marking 100 years since the first scheduled commercial flight took off, making a 23-minute journey across Florida’s Tampa Bay.

Historic biplanes flock to Stearman fly-in in Benton

Owners of historic Stearman biplanes are gathering this weekend for a fly-in at the Lloyd Stearman Airport in Benton.

Final Air Force plane maintained at Boeing facility leaves Wichita

It’s the end of an era.

Analyst sees increase in business jet activity in April

Business jet flight activity rose in April, compared to April of 2013, with increases across all three cabin classes of jets, according to a new analyst report.

Federal designation could mean economic, manufacturing development money to Wichita, south Kansas

Significant federal money might come to Wichita and south Kansas in the next two years for economic and manufacturing development, according to an announcement Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Aerion makes design changes in supersonic business jet

Aerion has revamped the design of its supersonic business jet to a larger-cabin, three-engine model that can fly farther, a redesign made to meet changes in the market, company officials say.

Analyst: Textron could consolidate its lineup of Cessna and Beechcraft models

Textron Aviation – which includes Cessna Aircraft and Beechcraft Corp. – could consolidate some of the products in its portfolio, writes aviation consultant Rolland Vincent of Rolland Vincent Associates.

Bombardier courting operators in emerging markets

Bombardier Inc., the world’s second-biggest maker of corporate jets by revenue, is courting air-charter services in emerging markets amid rising global demand for private planes.

Export-Import Bank sets $2 billion goal for U.S.-built aircraft

The Export-Import Bank of the United States announced a new goal of $2 billion in financing for U.S.-built business planes and helicopters by the end of 2014.

GlobalParts Group of Augusta acquires type certificate of Meyers Model 200

GlobalParts Group of Augusta has acquired the type certificate and assets of the Meyers Aircraft Model 200 type design, a plane that has set a number of speed records in its class.

Cessna’s Citation Latitude takes another step toward FAA certification

Cessna Aircraft’s Citation Latitude midsize business jet has received type inspection authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration, and the first production airplane has joined the flight test program.

Spirit AeroSystems eager to apply expertise to military market

Inside the gray walls of a high-security research and development laboratory at Spirit AeroSystems, work on a variety of materials and processes is underway.

Boeing reaches 2,000 mark for 737 Max orders

Boeing has received more than 2,000 orders for its 737 Max single-aisle airplane, an upgraded version of its popular 737, the company said Tuesday.

Textron making changes in Scorpion tactical jet, will fly it to airshow in England

Textron AirLand’s new tactical jet, the Scorpion, is taking a short break from flight testing to undergo some significant modifications, including changes so it can fly over the ocean to the Farnborough International Airshow this summer.

Gulfstream, Dassault announce longer-range business jets

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. on Monday announced the new G650ER business jet, an ultra-long-range version of its G650, while Dassault Aviation launched the Falcon 8X ultra-long-range jet.

Wichita State, Beechcraft team up to ‘insource’ aerospace jobs

Tired of hearing about jobs getting outsourced from Wichita?

Persistently windy Wichita hampers Learjet 85 test flights

Blame Wichita’s windy weather.

Spirit confirms layoffs at Kinston, N.C., plant

Spirit AeroSystems laid off an undisclosed number of employees at its Kinston, N.C., plant this week, the company confirmed Tuesday.

Wichita planemakers say they see recovering market for light, midsize jets

The market for light and medium-size business jets has been slow to recover, but there’s some light at the end of the tunnel, Bombardier’s head of business aircraft said this week.

Allegiant Air to resume seasonal service between Wichita and Los Angeles

Allegiant Air said Monday it will resume nonstop service between Wichita and Los Angeles on June 4.

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