The wing that separated from the Chalk’s Ocean Airways Grumman Turbo Mallard that crashed off Miami Beach last month showed signs of cracking in the main support beam that connected it to the fuselage, according to the NTSB.
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Ibis Aerospace’s Ae270 turboprop single completed EASA certification, and FAA certification is expected shortly. However, the current version of the Ae270 has not met performance targets and the Czech manufacturer intends to develop an improved Ae270 to go into production. Ibis said it will receive additional financing this year to fund development through to the point that series production can begin.
EADS Socata last month introduced the TBM 850 turboprop single, a more powerful, faster derivative of the TBM 700. During a press conference on December 14 in Paris, company executives insisted the already certified aircraft’s performance will be competitive with that of very light jets (VLJs). Last month, the first production TBM 850 was undergoing final assembly in Tarbes, France.
Butler National subsidiary Avcon Industries has completed its first installation of its reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) solution for Learjet 35 and 36 airplanes. The Avcon Learjet 35/36 RVSM solution will allow airplanes to operate with reduced vertical spacing at altitudes of 29,000 feet through 41,000 feet. Avcon has received RVSM orders for delivery in the first quarter of this year.
Boeing Business Jets has selected Jet Aviation Singapore as a BBJ-authorized service center. The company becomes the first BBJ-authorized service center in the Asia-Pacific region, providing maintenance, repair and overhaul services as well as warranty work to BBJ owners.
The twinjet derivative of the former VisionAire Vantage is progressing, though not quite as quickly as previously expected. Next month’s planned first flight has been delayed until October, though the critical design review was completed last month, paving the way for the construction of a conforming airplane at Eviation’s São José dos Campos, Brazil facility.
In late December Eclipse Aviation confirmed that a supplier problem has delayed certification of its VLJ from next month to late in the second quarter. Despite the setback, at press time Eclipse said its five flying test aircraft have amassed more than 1,000 flight hours in just over 750 flights.
On January 11 Cessna began certification flights of the Mustang, some two weeks after receiving type inspection authorization. At press time, the prototype and S/N 0001, the first production Mustang, have together logged 500 hours during 300 flights.
It appears that the ProJet, an Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI)-Avocet joint venture, doesn’t have much forward momentum. Westport, Conn.-based Avocet referred AIN’s inquiries about the twinjet program to IAI. Moshe Zilberman, IAI’s commercial air group marketing director, told AIN that the program “is in stagnation.”
Diamond’s Williams FJ33-powered D-Jet didn’t fly as planned in October, but the first flight appears to be right around the corner. According to Diamond North American president Peter Mauer, the proof-of-concept D-Jet (S/N 001) is nearing completion at Diamond’s London, Ontario facility and will roll out next month.