Mission Aviation Fellowship, the Idaho-based charity that conducts flights in support of international missionary efforts, took delivery of its fourth Quest Kodiak turboprop single and after a brief ceremony loaded it and sent it on an 18-hour, 3,000-mile relief flight to earthquake-ravaged Haiti, marking the type’s first use in disaster relief.
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Piper Aircraft’s entrant into the Light Sport Aviation (LSA) segment, the two-seat PiperSport, is parked in the static display here, its first venture outside of the U.S. in Piper colors. The U.S. manufacturer, which is making its Singapore Airshow debut, launched the aircraft last month.
In 2008, the FAA issued new rules affecting pilots who fly the remaining fleet of more than 350 Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprops.
Dornier Seaplane exhibited its all-composite Seastar amphibian at the Canadian Business Aviation Association show in Montreal in late May, showing off fresh paint and an upgraded interior. The Seastar program “is gaining momentum,” according to Joe Walker, CEO of the Punta Gorda, Fla.-based company, which has taken orders for 25 of the twin-turboprop amphibians.
Embraer officially became the third manufacturer to achieve entry-into-service of a very light jet, having delivered two Phenom 100s by the end of last
year following Brazilian ANAC and FAA certification in early December. EASA certification is expected early this year. Embraer had planned to deliver up to
Decades after the last Grumman Goose rolled off the famed manufacturer’s assembly line, the G-21 Goose is nearly ready to come back to life. A company called Antilles Seaplanes, headquartered in Gibsonville, N.C., is resurrecting the Goose and will sell the amphibian as newly manufactured airframes powered by 680-shp (flat-rated) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 turboprops instead of the Goose’s original Pratt & Whitney radial engines.
The eighth production Quest Kodiak turboprop single was handed over to JAARS last month, marking the first delivery to a missionary or humanitarian organization. Quest’s “underlying mission has been to design, certify and manufacture a bush utility aircraft specifically suited to meet the needs of missionary and humanitarian aviation organizations.” JAARS provides aviation and technology services to support Bible translation.
Cessna Aircraft yesterday confirmed that, global economic woes aside, it is moving forward on new product development projects, including the Citation Columbus and CJ4, as well as the Cessna 162 SkyCatcher light sport aircraft. “Despite the uncertainty of the world’s economic environment, we believe it is critical that we not compromise our future.
An all-composite four-seat general aviation aircraft made in Austria is attracting serious interest in the ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) world. The manufacturer of the Diamond DA42 Twin Star is also marketing the airplane as a multipurpose platform (MPP), equipped variously with small radar, EO and IR sensors. A modular nose to house these has recently been certified.
Epic Aircraft plans to certify the Victory and Escape prototypes in the U.S., according to chairman and CEO Rick Schrameck. “We love Canada, but we’re Americans,” Schrameck said in regard to the certification.