February 21 - 14 hours and 2 minutes after taking off from New York, Air France pilot Patrick Fourticq and his companion, race driver Henry Pescarolo, land their Piper Malibu in Paris, setting a world record for a trans-Atlantic flight by a single engined light aircraft.
February 29 - American Airlines sets an industry record by ordering 67 McDonnell Douglas MD-80 airliners, with options to order 100 more in the future.
April 29 - TWA starts services to ten new cities in one day, the largest single day expansion in the carrier's history.
June 16 - Frontier Airlines pilot Emily Warner and co-pilot Barbara Cook make history by directing the first all-female commercial airline crew, on a flight from Denver to Lexington, Kentucky.
June 22, London: Richard Branson's airline, Virgin Atlantic, begins services to North America, using Boeing 747s.
July 3 - Air Florida suspends all their flights after going bankrupt.
September 14-18 - Joe Kittinger makes the first solo transatlantic balloon flight, from Carbon, Maine to Savona, Italy.
October 2 - the US Navy awards McDonnell Douglas a $US 438 million contract to develop the T-45 Goshawk
October 4 - 61 year old Elaine Yadwin lands a Piper Cherokee Warrior II safely in Florida after her husband, the plane's pilot, dies during the flight.
October 24 - first flight of PZL-130 Orlik - Polish turboprop trainer
November 1 - British Airways and some other international airlines begin relief flights carrying food and supplies to Ethiopia.
November 1 - American Eagle Airlines began operations.
December 1 - Intentional crash of Boeing 720 in the NASA Controlled Impact Demonstration program at Edwards AFB.
December 17 - C-5 Galaxy of the USAF becomes airborne with 920,836 pounds (417,684 kg) aboard, setting a U.S. national record.
February 6 - AIDC AT-3
February 14 - Cessna Citation S/II
February 15 - Cessna T-47
April 24 - Dornier SeaStar D-ICDS
May 7 - Pilatus PC-9
May 15 - AMX International AMX
June 22 - Rutan Voyager
June 28 - Fuji KM-2D
July 4 - Bell Twin Ranger
August 16 - ATR 42
August 16 - Harbin Y-12
September 17 - Avtek 400 N400AV
September 21 - Dassault Falcon 900
October 6 - FMA IA 63 Pampa
October 12 - PZL-130 Orlik
December 14 - Grumman X-29
May 12 - Airbus A310 with Air France.
June 15 - Saab 340 with Crossair.
July 2 - Mirage 2000 with Escadron de Chasse 1/2