General Aviation

News and issues concerning general aviation, specifically airplanes and helicopters powered by piston and alternative engines (i.e., non-turbine powered aircraft). Subjects include aircraft, engines, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security and training.

November 30, 2006 - 6:25am

New Piper Aircraft has appointed its German dealer, Piper Generalvertretung Deutschland AG (Piper AG), to run a new dealership covering the UK and Spain–taking over from Senate Aviation. The operation, Piper UK, will handle sales, parts and service for the U.S. manufacturer’s piston and turboprop aircraft.

Piper AG’s territory already spans Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Hungary.

November 29, 2006 - 11:05am

Pieced together from many companies in an evolution that commenced in 1999, the Swiss Ruag group is progressing at its cruising speed. The goal of the company’s founders was to move the defense supplier away from the exclusive dependence on the Swiss armed forces and to create an independent enterprise with a diversified customer base. Business aviation is a key part of this strategy.

November 29, 2006 - 7:03am

A “go anywhere” aircraft” is a rare exhibit in the EBACE static park, and, although beauty is not a claim that many would make of the Pilatus PC-6 Porter, this unique Swiss design has become a legend in its own lifetime. Capable of flying into and out of short unprepared strips, as well as operating on floats or skis, the Porter remains in production at the rate of between five and 10 each year. A total of 530 have been delivered to date.

November 29, 2006 - 6:24am

Africa is not the easiest part of the world in which to conduct executive aviation services, which is why Landover Aviation Services was established 14 years ago to foreign operators penetrate the complex bureaucracy in the region. Since then the company has become the leading source of assistance not only in Nigeria–where it is based in Lagos, but also in many other parts of Africa.

November 29, 2006 - 5:50am

RusAero has become established as a leading source for civil aviation support services in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, handling or facilitating movements mainly from abroad.

November 28, 2006 - 12:13pm

Evektor-Aerotechnik (Booth No. 1305) has developed a new-generation multipurpose turboprop, the EV-55 Outback. Based in Kunovice in the Czech Republic, Evektor is a major sports aircraft producer, and has sold 400 airplanes in 30 countries.

November 28, 2006 - 8:35am

Spectro in the UK and its Jet-Care sister operation in the U.S. (Booth No. 220) report growing demand for their oil and engine debris analysis services. The two companies’ programs highlight damage and abnormal wear to engine components such as disks, blades, stators and gears that might escape routine flight-line inspection.

November 28, 2006 - 6:31am

Avinode is back at EBACE (Booth No. 754) to present its new price quotation tool and new availability board. The Swedish firm provides pricing, availability and flight time information, as well as photos of the aircraft, which are sorted by category, model, operator and actual net charter price.

November 1, 2006 - 3:45am

Avidyne used the stage at Sun ’n’ Fun in Lakeland, Fla., last month to launch a suite of datalink services for general aviation. The new FlightCenter services announced at the show are intended to provide flight tracking and two-way text messaging to operators flying with Avidyne avionics.

October 23, 2006 - 12:41pm

Thanks to the efforts of a Flexjet Learjet 31 crew, a former airline pilot and his three passengers were spared spending a cold February evening outdoors after their Bonanza A36’s engine quit over Mexico’s rugged Baja peninsula.

En route from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to Van Nuys, Calif., in mid-afternoon early this year, Learjet pilot Adam Fine and copilot Steiner Krogstad picked up an ELT distress signal on 121.5.

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