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News and issues concerning general aviation, specifically airplanes and helicopters powered by piston and alternative engines (i.e., non-turbine powered aircraft).

April 5, 2012 - 1:45pm

The Diamond DA52 twin diesel made its first flight on Tuesday afternoon from the company’s headquarters in Neustadt, Germany. Diamond Aircraft chairman Christian Dries and head of flight-test Ingmar Mayerbuch were at the controls of the Austro Engine AE300E-powered airplane. No abnormalities were reported during the one-hour test flight. Diamond has not yet released a timetable for certification or production of the new seven-seat twin.

March 27, 2012 - 1:33pm

The annual Sun ’n’ Fun light aircraft convention opened today in Lakeland, Fla., with product-enhancement announcements from several exhibitors.  Cessna will add optional flight into known icing (FIKI) capability to its Corvalis TTX high-performance piston single through an integrated wet system molded into the aircraft’s composite wings.

February 13, 2012 - 7:15pm
Diamond DA40

Flight Training Adelaide, which trains cadets for airlines such as Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Qantas, QantasLink, JAL Express and J-Air, has ordered eight firm and 18 optional Diamond DA40 light single-engine aircraft for its Parafield, Australia base. The contract was signed with Diamond Aircraft in conjunction with Australian distributor Hawker Pacific, which will provide after-sales support.

January 5, 2012 - 1:40am

After a year-long flight test program powering the Thrush 510G agricultural airplane, GE Aviation received type certification from the EASA last month for its M601H-80 turboprop powerplant, an upgrade of the M601 engine the company inherited in 2008 when it purchased Czech-Republic-based Walter Engines. This marks the first occasion where a GE engine received its initial certification from the European agency.

December 20, 2011 - 3:50pm

A 14-year production run came to a close when the last Gulfstream G200 rolled off the final-phase assembly line at the manufacturer’s assembly plant in Dallas last month. That airplane is scheduled for customer delivery before year-end. The G200, initially certified by the FAA in 1998, was originally introduced as the Galaxy by Israel Aircraft Industries subsidiary Galaxy Aerospace, which Gulfstream acquired in 2001.

October 19, 2011 - 12:03pm
Terrafugia expects to certify its Transition as an LSA and as a car.

Growing up,  James Bond movies were my favorites, and high among them was The Man With the Golden Gun. I don’t remember when I first saw it, but what stuck most in my impressionable young mind was a car. No, not one of Bond’s tricked-out sports cars with ejection seats or retractable machine guns, but a rather unlikely object of male desire, an AMC Matador.

October 15, 2011 - 4:09pm

The National Business Aviation Association unveiled its new Light Business Airplane (LBA) Flight Operations Manual Template in Las Vegas during the NBAA/Cessna Single-Pilot Safety Standdown.

October 14, 2011 - 3:27pm

Flight-training company Airline Transport Professionals (ATP) has agreed to buy up to 30 Piper Seminoles in a transaction that could be worth as much as $18 million.

August 29, 2011 - 5:05am

The loss of service from automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) stations in the Gulf of Mexico last summer exposed the risk inherent in the FAA monitoring a contractor-owned system, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

August 9, 2011 - 11:20am

The eighth edition of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Labace) starts Thursday at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo, Brazil, and show organizer Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (Abag) expects it to be the largest yet.

 
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