Pilatus Business Aircraft is displaying a mock-up of its twinjet PC-24, announced earlier this year at EBACE, here at its NBAA booth (No. C12216) near the indoor static display. A prototype is currently under construction and is expected to fly late next year and certification and first customer deliveries are anticipated in 2017. Three aircraft will be used in the flight test program.
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Hartzell Engine Technologies (Booth No. C7630) has been selected to supply the alternator for the $1.96 million Cirrus Aircraft SF50 Vision single-engine personal jet. Hartzell will provide its 140-amp ES-6904 model for the aircraft.
Hartzell Engine president Mike Disbrow said the company worked closely with Cirrus and engine maker Williams International “to meet the electrical power requirements of the SF50’s systems and advanced avionics.” Williams is providing its 1,800-pound thrust FJ33-5A engine for the jet.
Moscow-based training organization ViraZH has ordered 79 Skyhawks to re-equip its flight schools throughout western Russia. Under an agreement signed today at the JetExpo show at the Russian capital’s Vnukovo-3 Airport, Cessna will start supplying the piston singles in next year’s third quarter and by the time all the deliveries have been made ViraZH will be fielding one of the world’s largest Skyhawk fleets.
Appearing for the first time in Latin America at Cessna’s LABACE display is the single-engine turboprop Grand Caravan EX. The new version of the turboprop single offers increased power through its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 867-shp engine to better serve hard-to-access areas. It delivers 25 percent more horsepower than the original Grand Caravan, which translates into a 38-percent increase in rate of climb, a 340-foot (106-meter) reduction in takeoff distance and a 12-knot faster cruise speed.
Kestrel Aircraft has selected the Garmin G3000 glass-panel touchscreen suite as the primary avionics offering for its in-development single-engine turboprop. Kestrel CEO Alan Klapmeier made the announcement at AirVenture yesterday and offered a program update.
Chinese entities already have bought several well-known U.S. general aviation companies including Cirrus and Teledyne Continental Motors. Here at AirVenture this year, Chinese companies are looking to expand two-way trade with U.S.-based GA companies and have set up several tents and pavilions aimed at showcasing the potential of China’s growing, albeit slowly, GA market.
Safran’s SMA unit announced a new and larger jet-A fuel-powered piston engine at AirVenture on Tuesday. The turbocharged SR460 six-cylinder engine will have applications in the 330 to 400 horsepower range, will be available in 2015 and will have a target 2,400-hour time between overhaul (TBO) interval.
Although the company still needs capital to begin full-scale production, Canadian light plane manufacturer SAM Aircraft has reason to celebrate this week at EAA AirVenture 2013. Transport Canada granted approval earlier this month of the SAM LS light sport aircraft in the Advanced Ultralight class.
“We worked very hard to be sure that everything was done in conformance with both the [American] LSA and Transport Canada rules and quality standards,” said SAM Aircraft president Thierry Zibi. “We are happy to see that the SAM LS flies to our expectations.”
Cessna Aircraft’s single-engine line is likely to experience price hikes as the company seeks to improve profit margins on all of its aircraft, even as sales of some models slump. That was the word from Cessna vice president Jodi Noah here at EAA AirVenture Monday. “We will be pursuing price increases on a few of the different products primarily because we want to be able to offer the different products in our line-up.
Icon Aircraft, manufacturer of the in-development amphibious A5 Light Sport Aircraft (LSA), announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh today that the FAA has granted an exemption for a gross weight increase for the A5 to accommodate added safety features, including a spin resistant airframe (SRA). Under Exemption Number 10829, the A5’s allowable takeoff weight will increase up to 1,680 pounds, though the initial production A5 will weigh 1,510 pounds, according to the Los Angeles-based company.
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