By Kerry Lynch

By Kerry Lynch
Continental Expanding Diesel Line With New 300-Hp Engine
Continental has begun flight testing the next class of its diesel line with hopes of having a new engine in the 300 horsepower range certified in 2016.
Mooney International Brings First New Acclaim to Market
Mooney International handed over the keys of its first newly built aircraft on July 29, marking the return of the high-performance single-piston engine Mooney aircraft lines to the market after a five-year hiatus.
New TBM 900 Sells Into 2015
Daher-Socata’s new TBM 900 program continues to gain interest since its unveiling, with sales extending into 2015 and more than 26 of the model already delivered by mid-July.
Cirrus Preparing For Expanded Flight Test Program
Cirrus, which publicly debuted its conforming Vision SF50 single jet on July 27, is planning to add the next two models into the flight-test program by early next year.
Garmin Brings New Wireless Capabilities To Touchscreen Avionics
Garmin International is rolling out new wireless capabilities for its GTN 750/650 certified touchscreen avionics, along with its G3X line for experimental aircraft.
Cessna Adding Diesel Skyhawk To Lineup
Cessna Aircraft, hoping to bring a certified diesel version of the 182, the Turbo Skylane JT-A, into the market in the upcoming weeks, is planning to add a diesel variant of the 172, the Skyhawk JT-A, to the lineup next year.
Nextant’s G90XT Starts To Come Together
Nextant Aerospace is continuing to piece together the second remanufactured aircraft in its product line – the G90XT – with the unveiling of the new Garmin-based cockpit during this week’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Oshkosh To Highlight Third-Class Medical, Thunderbirds, ADS-B Issues
Experimental Aircraft Association Chairman Jack Pelton is hoping this year’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin July 28-Aug. 3 will serve as a springboard for FAA to roll out a much-anticipated rulemaking on third-class medical certificates.
Oregon Court Drops Patent Suit Against AOPA 
A U.S. District Court judge upheld an earlier ruling to dismiss a $66 million lawsuit filed against the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association over patent infringement claims.
Dassault To Power-on, Ground-test 8X Shortly 
Dassault is nearing initial power-on and ground-test for its newest Falcon Jet, the 8X.
Gulfstream On Track Despite Softer Quarter 
Gulfstream Aerospace’s green aircraft deliveries dipped in the second quarter and backlog continued to fall as the company works through the G650 orderbook, but new orders remained strong across the portfolio, Gulfstream parent General Dynamics reports.
FAA: Part 23 Rewrite To Come Out In Late 2017 
FAA is hoping to release the final rule rewriting Part 23 certification standards for small aircraft by the end of 2017, two years after the congressional mandate and after FAA’s European counterparts hope to have a similar rulemaking.
Embraer Delivers Even Mix Of Airliners, Bizjets 

Embraer reported a balanced mix of deliveries in the second quarter as commercial shipments jumped nearly 30% but executive jet business remained flat.

Commercial deliveries increased from 22 in second quarter 2013 to 29 in the most recent quarter.  Embraer’s 175 led the deliveries at 16. This is up from the single 175 delivered in second-quarter 2013. Embraer had begun delivery of its improved 175 in the second quarter to U.S. carriers Republic Airways, SkyWest and United Airlines. The aircraft incorporates a new wingtip that helps reduce fuel consumption by 6.4%.

FAA Sets Policy Straight On Use Of Hangars
FAA is clarifying its policy on non-aeronautical storage at airports to emphasize that airport hangars should be used for aeronautical purposes, but also allows that limited “small incidental” non-aeronautical storage is permissible.
U.S. Helicopters Log Safer First Half 
While still in the middle of what the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) calls the deadliest month for helicopters, the organization is seeing significant safety improvements through the first half of the year in the U.S.
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