Beechcraft appointed Cutter Aviation in Phoenix and Flying Colours Corp. in Peterborough, Ontario, as authorized service centers for the King Air, Baron and Bonanza product lines, the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer announced today at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Fla.
Epic Aircraft (Booth No. SNF-003) plans to gain FAA certification for its Epic LT turboprop single late next year, the Bend, Ore.-based company told AIN at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla. It has already fielded 40 owner-flown versions of the 325-knot airplane, with S/N 49 now on the production line.
The company is now using a demonstrator for initial flight testing and will soon start building two conforming prototypes that it will use for FAA certification efforts. Both prototypes are expected to be flying by year-end, according to company president Doug King.
Three regional Diamond aircraft dealers in the Eastern U.S. launched a DA 40 XLS/XLT shared-ownership program today at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla. Dubbed DiamondShare, the program offsets the cost of aircraft ownership by providing two or three “members” who pay a fixed monthly fee to the aircraft owner for access to the airplane. The participating dealers are Great Lakes Diamond Aircraft Sales, Premier Aircraft Sales and Dominion Aircraft Sales.
Viking Aircraft Engines of Edgewater, Fla. (Booth N-068), is displaying its Viking 110 on display at Sun ’n Fun 2013, and was offering Firewall Forward kitting for the Van’s Aircraft RV-12. The 110-hp (at 5800 rpm, with 2.33:1 gear reduction turning the prop at 2500 rpm) dedicated aircraft engine is based on the Honda 1.5-liter engine. This liquid-cooled powerplant includes electronic ignition and multi-port fuel injection. It weighs 178 pounds, dry, and can burn 92 octane mogas (up to 10 percent ethanol) or 100LL.
Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) plan to introduce a bill Wednesday morning intended to prohibit the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from closing 149 federal contract tower facilities under budget sequestration, an industry source confirmed to AIN. A companion measure is also expected to be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In an effort to deliver operational improvements more quickly, the FAA has made “trade-offs” in establishing performance-based navigation (PBN) procedures that could limit their benefits in the near term, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Paris-based helicopter brokerage Heli Asset has launched a free quarterly pricing reporting service on pre-owned rotorcraft. Available on the company’s website, the initial reports for the first quarter of this year provide snapshots of the market for helicopters from the four major OEMs: AgustaWestland, Bell, Eurocopter and Sikorsky. The company, a spin-off of aircraft sales firm Regourd Aviation, was launched at last year’s Heli-Expo and operates internationally.
The Beechcraft King Air turboprop fleet has surpassed 60 million flight hours, the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer announced today at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla. More than 7,000 King Airs are currently flying in 127 countries around the world, including all branches of the U.S. military. “We greatly value the global experience of our customers and use it to drive major and minor product improvements in the King Air line,” said company executive vice president of sales and marketing Shawn Vick.
The Beechcraft King Air turboprop fleet has surpassed 60 million flight hours, the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer announced today at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla. More than 7,000 King Airs are in operation in 127 countries, including all branches of the U.S. military.