First ARSR-4 Commissioned by the FAA

On April 12, 1996, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) commissioned the nation’s first Air Route Surveillance Radar 4 (ARSR-4) air route surveillance radar. An Air Route Surveillance Radar is a long-range radar system used by the United States Air (USAF) Force and the FAA to control airspace within and around the borders of the United […]

Delivery of the 600th Cessna Citation CJ3

  On April 5, 2021, Textron Aviation delivered in North America the 600th Cessna Citation CJ3 aircraft. The CJ3+, an upgraded version of the CJ3, received FAA certification in 2014. It features a Garmin integrated cockpit and cabin Iridium phone; high speed internet capabilities; Garmin G3000 avionics suite , which includes turbulence detecting weather radar, […]

Delivery of the First New Embraer Phenom 300E

On March 29, 2018, Embraer delivered the first new Phenom 300E business jet, having received its type certificate in the first quarter from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC – Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil). The new aircraft, designated “E” for “Enhanced,” […]

Maiden Flight of the Legacy 500

On March 22, 2013, Embraer announced that the third prototype of Embraer’s midsize Legacy 500 business jet had made its maiden flight. At the time Embraer said that the Legacy 500 was the first midsize jet with a six-foot, stand-up cabin; the only midsize jet with a wet galley; and the jet that offered the best […]

Gulfstream G150 Aircraft Achieved Steep Approach Certification from the FAA

On February 2, 2010, Gulfstream Aerospace announced that the Gulfstream G150 aircraft had achieved steep approach certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The approval allowed the mid-size, high-speed G150 to operate at airports with an approach angle of up to 6 degrees. Most airports have an approach angle of 3.5 degrees or less. […]

Gulfstream G650 Flight-Test of Electrically Powered Fly-by-Wire Backup Flight Control Actuation System

  On January 12, 2011, Gulfstream Aerospace announced that Gulfstream’s test pilots and flight-test engineers had recently made business-aviation history by flying the Gulfstream G650 flight-test aircraft for the first time using only an electrically powered, fly-by-wire backup flight-control actuation system. Gulfstream’s Serial Number (S/N) 6001 flew for a total of 3 hours and 33 […]

Delivery of the 100th Pilatus PC-24

On January 5, 2021, Pilatus announced that the 100th PC-24 had been delivered to its new owner Jetfly. The PC-24 offers sufficient comfortable space for up to ten passengers. The PC-24 offers passengers individually adjustable seats, a washroom with toilet, a baggage area which remains accessible in flight and a wardrobe. It also has a […]

Gulfstream Operations Move to Savannah, Georgia

On September 29, 1967, Gulfstream separated its civil and military production operations and in 1967 moved the civilian unit to Savannah, Georgia. Gulfstream operations moved to Savannah, Georgia to improve efficiency. Officials cited labor supply, land availability, transportation facilities and favorable weather conditions for choosing Savannah as Gulfstream’s permanent home. In 2006, Gulfstream began to […]