There were two major developments in the business turboprop sector this year and neither involved new aircraft. However, they did show where potentially the next growth area is for the turboprop market: downstream. Turboprops historically have been a useful vehicle for introducing new customers into the corporate aircraft market, provided operators can maintain price discipline. If not, bad things can happen. Case in point: after several years of public struggle, Piaggio Avanti fractional provider Avantair ceased operations in June.
Esterline CMC Electronics is asking NBAA attendees for feedback on its latest development, a touchscreen control and voice recognition system for its SmartDeck avionics suite. CMC is also showing its newest electronic flight bag (EFB) technology, which includes the ability to share flight plans and aircraft data with Apple iPads using CMC’s Tandem system.
Esterline CMC Electronics has secured the launch customer for its SmartDeck avionics suite–the twin-turboprop EV-55 Outback utility airplane under development by Czech Republic-based aircraft manufacturer Evektor.
According to Evektor marketing manager Petr Grebenicek, Avidyne and Garmin avionics were under consideration, too.
On March 30, Evektor rolled out its EV-55 Outback, a nine-
Kunovice, Czech Republic-based Evektor last week rolled out its EV-55 Outback, a nine- to 14-seat, high-wing twin turboprop. First flight of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-21-powered utility airplane is planned for the third quarter, two years behind the company’s original schedule.
In mid-December Evektor ran the EV-55 Outback’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-21 engines for the first time. During the test run at Kunovice Airport in the Czech Republic, “engines and propellers performed properly,” the company reported.
The European general aviation industry has created a counterpart to the U.S. General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) in an effort to head off the threat posed by a barrage of new EU regulations.
Evektor has begun prototype assembly of the EV-55 Outback, a nine- to 14-passenger unpressurized turboprop. The company submitted its application for a type certificate a year ago in a familiarization meeting between the certification team and regulatory authorities at the company’s facilities in Kunovice, Czech Republic.
The European general aviation industry on May 22launched a counterpart to the U.S. General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Dubbed EGAMA, the European general aviation manufacturer group will be a “high-level sectoral group” inside the AeroSpace and Defense industries association of Europe (ASD).
Czech aircraft designer and manufacturer Evektor-Aerotechnik, best known for a line of light piston singles, will begin promotion of its new EV-55 twin turboprop at the EAA AirVenture fly-in at Oshkosh, Wis., later this month. The unpressurized aircraft, partly financed by the Czech government, is priced at $1.7 million and is expected to sell as an alternative to turboprop singles such as the Cessna Caravan.
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