Maximum Takeoff Weight

February 18, 2014 - 2:45pm

Quest Aircraft received FAA approval for a 565-pound maximum landing weight increase for its Kodiak to 7,255 pounds, the same as the turboprop single’s mtow. This allows operators to carry extra fuel–“a significant benefit for those flying to remote regions,” said Quest president and CEO Sam Hill. The upgrade is standard on all new-production Kodiaks and an option for in-service aircraft without requiring any structural upgrade.

October 25, 2013 - 10:45am

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) said that an improved version of the Gray Eagle UAV flew for 45.3 hours on a demonstration flight earlier this month. The Gray Eagle was developed for the U.S. Army from the Predator UAS. The Improved Gray Eagle is a higher-power, higher-mtow version that GA-ASI developed using company funds, although the U.S. Army paid for the demo flight, the first of two planned by the end of the year.

October 22, 2013 - 6:30pm
Winglet Technology’s Elliptical Winglet upgrade  will increase the Citation Sovereign’s wingspan by five feet to 69 feet 4 inches.

Winglet Technology of Wichita, Kan. (Booth No. C12043), the company that supplies its Elliptical Winglets for the Citation X, is collaborating with the Cessna service center network to offer the winglets for retrofit on the Citation Sovereign. Flight testing is expected to begin this month and the companies are targeting entry-into-service in the first quarter of 2015.

October 22, 2013 - 3:50pm
Pilatus Business Aircraft is displaying a mock-up of its twinjet PC-24, which combines light-jet operating economics with super-midsize jet capabilities.

Pilatus Business Aircraft is displaying a mock-up of its twinjet PC-24, announced earlier this year at EBACE, here at its NBAA booth (No. C12216) near the indoor static display. A prototype is currently under construction and is expected to fly late next year and certification and first customer deliveries are anticipated in 2017. Three aircraft will be used in the flight test program.

June 14, 2013 - 12:30pm
The twinjet Pilatus PC-24 is intended for FAA Part 23 and EASA CS 23 certification in the commuter category. It will seat six to eight passengers or up to 10 in commuter configuration.

On May 21, surrounded by crowds of eager attendees at EBACE (European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition), Pilatus chairman Oscar Schwenk called for the unveiling of Pilatus Aircraft’s long-awaited new twinjet project, the PC-24. When the black curtain dropped amid clouds of dry-ice-induced smoke to the theme song from the Superman movie, the fuselage mockup of the PC-24 was revealed.

May 20, 2013 - 2:24am

Falcon 2000S

Range (M 0.80, 6 pax, NBAA IFR reserves, 85 percent Boeing annual winds)

3,350 nm

Mtow 41,000 lb

Balanced field length (SL, ISA, Mtow) 4,325 ft

Approach speed 107 kt

Price $25M

Falcon 2000LXS

Range (M 0.80, 6 pax, NBAA IFR reserves, 85 percent Boeing annual winds)

4,000 nm

Mtow 42,800 lb

Balanced field length (SL, ISA, Mtow) 4,675 ft

Approach speed 107 kt

Price $33M

February 6, 2013 - 2:10pm

Florida state Sen. Thad Altman (R) has introduced Senate Bill 432, an act relating to exemptions from the sales, rental, use, consumption, distribution and storage tax for aircraft. The existing law exempts from the tax all labor charges for the repair and maintenance of qualified aircraft of more than 2,000 pounds mtow and rotary-wing aircraft of more than 10,000 pounds mtow.

Altman’s proposal would put helicopters on par with fixed-wing aircraft by lowering the rotary-wing mtow threshold to 2,000 pounds.

December 10, 2012 - 8:45am
Dassault’s new, widebody Falcon 2000LXS is designed with forward-edge wing slats that offer a reduction in Vref speed to 107 knots, a 4,675-foot takeoff distance and 2,300 feet for landing. Sticker price is expected to be $32.8 million.

Dassault has introduced yet another new version of its popular Falcon 2000 super-midsize twinjet. The 2000LXS combines the range and amenities of the Falcon 2000LX with the short field capabilities of the Falcon 2000S.

December 5, 2012 - 12:31pm

Aircraft maintenance labor charges will be largely exempt from Florida state taxes effective January 1, according to the Florida Aviation Trades Association (FATA). Airplanes with an mtow of more than 2,000 pounds and rotorcraft with an mtow of more than 10,000 pounds are covered under legislation introduced and passed in mid-March during the 2012 Florida Legislative Session.

FATA worked with the Florida Airports Council and AOPA to change the language of the statute to clarify that FBOs and MROs are exempt from the “intangible tax.”

October 29, 2012 - 3:25pm

At the NBAA Convention today, Dassault Falcon introduced yet another new version of its Falcon 2000 super-midsize twin. The new Falcon 2000LXS combines the range and amenities of the Falcon 2000LX with the short-field capabilities of the Falcon 2000S. The $32.8 million, Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308C-powered Falcon 2000LXS will replace the 2000LX when it gains certification in 2014.

 
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