Grob Aerospace of Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Germany, has jumped on the turboprop-single bandwagon with a four-seat, Rolls-Royce 250-B17F-powered version of its all-composite G-120 piston single. Displaying the prototype at the Paris Air Show last year, the company was expecting first flight in September last year and certification this September.
Aviation International News » April 2002
Gippsland Aeronautics, Australia’s only commercial aircraft manufacturer, is developing a 10-seat turboprop version of its eight-seat, GA-8 Airvan piston single, which was certified by the Australian CAA in December 2000. The turboprop GA-10T Taska is part of a three-year joint research-and-development program of Gippsland and Helitech of Brisbane, Australia.
Overnight-package carriers FedEx, UPS and Airborne Express use big jets to move cargo between major hubs and rely on smaller piston and turboprop airplanes, such as the Cessna Caravan, to service outlying airports. Packages, which are shipped in containers on the cargo jets, must be removed from the containers and placed on pallets for loading into the smaller airplanes.
Air Tractor of Olney, Texas, better known for its line of Air Tractor agplanes, is working on an amphibious 10-passenger turboprop called the S-22 Surveyor.
Although the official raison d’etre for the Friends/Partners in Aviation Weather is to coordinate the needs of users and the ability of the National Weather Service (NWS) and the FAA to serve those needs, it could be likened to a nagging spouse.
California’s March 5 primary vote that nixed plans for a civil airport at the former El Toro Marine Air Station was a body blow to the FAA’s Operational Evolution Plan (OEP) for more national airspace capacity, but El Toro backers will now challenge the election outcome.
Early last month Midway Phoenix, a subsidiary of Phoenix Air Group of Cartersville, Ga., and the U.S.
A bill moving through Congress that would dramatically expand Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) would also protect tiny Meigs Field (CGX) for the next quarter century. But opposition to the proposal to add runways at O’Hare and build an entirely new airport at Peotone, Ill., could scuttle the deal.
The UK’s Coventry West Midland International Airport now has a new business aviation center. Called Midwest Executive Aviation, the new facility, which is on the south side of the airport, has replaced a temporary executive terminal that opened in December on the north side. That facility is now being demolished.
In February, London Heathrow became the latest European airport to opt for the microwave landing system (MLS) as its future precision approach landing aid. The UK’s National Air Traffic Services (NATS) ordered four Category III systems for Heathrow’s Runways 27R, 27L, 09R and 09L, all of which will be installed later this year.