Aviation International News
- News of the 35-day government shutdown dominates the February issue of AIN. Even though an 11th hour agreement, largely attributable to pressure from air traffic controllers, temporarily reinstated paychecks for FAA employees, the lingering economic impact of the shutdown is hard to accurately assess. Our coverage focuses on some of the key issues to review from the shutdown, and what to expect in the run-up to the February 15 deadline for preventing a new roadblock
- This issue also focuses on new information on Bell’s Air Taxi concept, as revealed at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. Autonomous vertical lift remains one of the top wild cards for aviation in general, and business aviation in particular, when it comes to charting the future.
- This issue also includes a pilot report on Bombardier’s Learjet 70/75 light jet. Editor-in-chief Matt Thurber has the opportunity to experience, first hand, how the manufacturer is keeping a legend in play. The Learjet legacy of performance and flying qualities lives on with the latest iteration of Bill Lear’s groundbreaking concept, largely credited with establishing what a business jet is.
- Sticking with the lighter side, Thurber also reports on the new rendition of the Cirrus Vision Jet, including a chance to fly it. The new-design advantages include improved range and useful load, as well as advances in the single-turbofan’s avionics suite.
- You’ll also find a look ahead at this year’s HeliExpo show; and an assessment of how the maintenance community is addressing the manpower shortage.