As this issue went to press, Cessna was single-handedly attempting to prove that economies of scale are alive and well in aviation. Only a few weeks after the manufacturer announced it would become the first major U.S. manufacturer to produce and sell a light sport aircraft (LSA) for the flight-training market, the company unveiled the two-seat, 100-hp SkyCatcher at EAA’s
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For fans of vintage military tin, the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey will hold its annual Wings and Wheels Expo of historic aircraft and vintage automobiles at Teterboro Airport on September 15 and 16. Among the historic aircraft scheduled to be there is a Douglas C-54 (shown here), a veteran of the Berlin Airlift. Guests will also be able to purchase flights on the Michigan-based B-17G Yankee Lady.
Six years after opening its doors, two-and-a-half months after flying its first fully conforming aircraft and less than a month after losing company chairman Bruce Kennedy in the crash of a Cessna 182, Quest Aircraft has been awarded the type certificate for its turboprop utility single. The FAA awarded full day/night, VFR/IFR certification for the $1.3 million Kodiak after 32 months of development.
The Solar Impulse has made significant progress toward its goal of being the first solar-powered aircraft to fly at night. Led by psychiatrist and accomplished aeronaut Bertrand Piccard, the team began construction of the 200-foot-wingspan prototype in late April. Flight tests are scheduled to start next year.
Some two months after announcing the relaunch of Twin Otter production, Canada’s Viking Aerospace began cutting metal on the first airplane at its final assembly plant in Calgary last month. Scheduled for delivery to Zurich’s Zimex Aviation in the first quarter of 2009, the first Twin Otter 400 will look virtually identical to the operator’s “legacy” Twin Otter 300s and offer the same 19 seats.
Derived from the Dimond DA42 Twin Star widely used by flying schools, the DA42 MPP is developing into a family of aircraft that are capable of carrying all manner of sensors. That accounts for the rather strange shapes on the nose or beneath the fuselage that accommodate devices that tailor the MPP for specific tasks.
The Solar Impulse project has made significant progress toward its aim of being the first solar-powered aircraft flying at night. The team initiated by psychiatrist and famous aeronaut Bertrand Piccard began construction of the 200-foot-wingspan prototype late in April. Flight tests should start next year.
British Columbia-based Viking Air, which purchased a number of de Havilland Canada type certificates from Bombardier last year, announced last month it was going to begin production on the turboprop Twin Otter. This will be the company’s first venture into aircraft production, having provided service and support on its DHC type certificates since last year.
Grob Aerospace has restarted the flight-test program for its SPn jet, just short of three months after the crash of its second prototype on November 29. The first SPn prototype took to the air again on February 23 from the company’s headquarters at Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Germany.
In what Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) called a “giant first step” in reopening Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to general aviation, a Hawker 1000 operated by New World Jet for Jet Aviation landed this morning after flying to the nation’s capital from Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey.