Cessna celebrated the wing mate on the Citation Latitude first test article on Thursday. This achievement is another program milestone for the Latitude as it approaches its first prototype flight, expected in the first quarter of next year, Cessna said. FAA certification and entry into service of the Latitude is scheduled for mid-2015.
Constant Aviation has completed its seventh winglet modification on the Citation X. “This is a great solution,” Stephen Maiden, president of Constant Aviation, told AIN. “It provides increased speed at higher altitudes, improved takeoff performance, reduced time-to-climb and increased range and payload.” The modification takes about 45 days to complete and the work is done at the Cleveland facility.
Moscow-based training organization ViraZH has ordered 79 Skyhawks to re-equip its flight schools throughout western Russia. Under an agreement signed today at the JetExpo show at the Russian capital’s Vnukovo-3 Airport, Cessna will start supplying the piston singles in next year’s third quarter and by the time all the deliveries have been made ViraZH will be fielding one of the world’s largest Skyhawk fleets.
Tony Bailey, former CEO of Comlux Aviation Services, has been named president of Ohio-based Spirit Avionics.
Indiana-based private aviation solutions provider TMC has promoted Scott Wise from general manager to president of the company.
Bill Snead, most recently v-p of aviation insurance with Falcon Insurance, has joined the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) as president of AOPA Insurance Services.
Appearing for the first time in Latin America at Cessna’s LABACE display is the single-engine turboprop Grand Caravan EX. The new version of the turboprop single offers increased power through its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 867-shp engine to better serve hard-to-access areas. It delivers 25 percent more horsepower than the original Grand Caravan, which translates into a 38-percent increase in rate of climb, a 340-foot (106-meter) reduction in takeoff distance and a 12-knot faster cruise speed.
Arguably the most eye-catching aircraft on display at LABACE is the ultra-sleek Epic LT six-seater turboprop on show at Somma Aviation’s outside stand (5116). The aircraft is a revolutionary kit-built, carbon-fiber, high-performance transport that has caused quite a stir in its home country of the U.S. Now Somma is looking to bring in a certified version tailored specifically to the Brazilian market.
Pilatus Aircraft Industry China, a joint venture between Pilatus and Beijing Tian Xing Jian Yu Science, opened on Monday in Chongqing. According to the joint-venture agreement, the $400 million project includes the “establishment of a company engaged in production, general assembly and maintenance of general aviation aircraft, and the relocation of PC-12 production lines for the Asia-Pacific region and PC-6 production lines from Switzerland to Chongqing.” The Chinese venture will not produce components for Pilatus military training aircraft, namely the PC-21, PC-9M and PC-7 Mk II.
A peek behind the scenes at Disney’s Toontown Studios in Burbank, Calif., in June gave members of the aviation media an opportunity to learn how the animated movie Planes was crafted. The movie opens in theaters August 9 and was previewed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on August 2. Planes is the first of a planned trilogy.
Safran’s SMA unit announced a new and larger jet-A fuel-powered piston engine at AirVenture on Tuesday. The turbocharged SR460 six-cylinder engine will have applications in the 330 to 400 horsepower range, will be available in 2015 and will have a target 2,400-hour time between overhaul (TBO) interval.
Any chance for a rapprochement between the EAA and FAA over the latter’s imposition of more than $450,000 in air traffic control fees on this year’s AirVenture appears unlikely.