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 HondaJet Nears Final Type Certification

The HondaJet has received provisional type certification from the FAA, Honda Aircraft announced Friday. Honda has four HA-420 jets in its test fleet with more than 2500 hours to date and is planning for final type certification in the next few months. The twin-engine business jet, the company's first commercial aircraft design, is being manufactured at Honda Aircraft's headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina and preparations for customer deliveries are under way.


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 AOPA Releases Aircraft Transition Course

The AOPA Air Safety Institute released a new online course Friday designed to help pilots transition into unfamiliar aircraft. "Transitioning to Other Airplanes" offers factors to consider when moving up or down in airplane size or complexity, or into one with different avionics.


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 Ex-Pilot Sues JetBlue Over Midair Meltdown

A former JetBlue pilot who had a midair meltdown in 2012 that forced the flight to divert has sued the airline for $14.9 million, claiming he should have been grounded, Reuters reported Friday. In the lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court, Clayton Osbon, 52, said his irrational behavior on March 27, 2012 during the New York-to-Las Vegas flight was caused by a "complex partial brain seizure," the report said.


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 Lightspeed's Sierra Headset Adds Full Bluetooth Capability

Lightspeed Aviation's entry-level headset now comes with full Bluetooth audio capability, the company announced Thursday. The upgrade to the Sierra headset now makes all three Lightspeed headsets capable of connecting to cellphones, music, and audio alerts. Each headset can connect to an iPad or iPhone with Lightspeed's FlightLink app.


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