CD Aviation Services (CDAS) of Joplin, Mo., has positioned itself to support a niche market: the TPE331. The engine was initially developed in 1961 by Garrett AiResearch in both a turboshaft version–the TSE331–and the TPE331 turboprop.
Piper PA-42 Cheyenne
Piper PA-42-720 Cheyenne III, Konigstein, Germany, Jan. 19, 2009–The pilot of the HeilFlight Flugschule Flugbetrieb Cheyenne was killed and the airplane destroyed when it crashed under unknown circumstances. The flight from Frankfurt/Main was en route to Bad Nauheim in IFR conditions. The German BFU is investigating.
JetTech, a Colorado specialist in designing and obtaining STCs for RVSM and panel modernization, is at Booth No. 4960 to publicize its glass-cockpit STC for pre-serial number 275 Cessna Citation 500s as well as RVSM retrofit certifications for the Piper Cheyenne 400LS and Cheyenne IIIA.
Starting next week, Conklin & de Decker (Booth No. 4734) will provide Aircraft Cost Evaluator reports for a single aircraft via its Web site. The reports cost $75 for jets and $50 for turboprops, pistons and helicopters, with a 20-percent discount if a customer purchases more than one report. Customers will have 60 days from the date of purchase to review the reports, which provide up-to-date aircraft cost and performance data.
Investigation has started into the crash of Piper Cheyenne N6134A about 10 mi northeast of Graham, Texas, that killed the pilot and his three passengers, all residents of Graham, which is about 75 mi west of Fort Worth. The twin turboprop crashed and burned the night of November 13 while attempting to reach Graham Municipal Airport on a flight from Wharton, Texas.
T-G Aviation, based at Hamilton Airport in Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada, signed an agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada to provide category I maintenance, including hot-section inspections, for three P&WC engine series–the JT15D, PT6/6T and PW500. The service is a natural extension of the T-G Aviation Super Cheyenne conversion package for the Piper Cheyenne I and II, which specifies PT6A-135A turbine engines.
Art Maurice’s corner of the overall general aviation market is strong, and he has lots of reasons why he thinks that’s so. Maurice is a co-founder and president of Columbia Air Services, a family of companies that offers sales, maintenance, avionics, FBO services and, now, charter. Columbia, based in Groton, Conn., has built much of its reputation and following within the owner-flown turbine community.
PIPER PA-31T, HOBBS, N.M., OCT. 30, 2002–At approximately 7:33 a.m. MST the twin-turboprop Piper was destroyed when the pilot lost control shortly after takeoff in IMC. The sole-occupant instrument-rated private pilot was killed in the crash.
Piper PA-31T and Cessna 172, Denver, Colo., Jan. 24, 2003–At about 5 p.m. CST, Cessna 172P N52241 departed from Denver Centennial Airport (APA) en route to Cheyenne, Wyo. N52241 was rented from Key Lime Flight based at Centennial Airport. About 10 minutes later Piper Cheyenne N360LL departed Jefferson County Airport (BJC) in the Denver area en route to APA.
Piper PA-42 Cheyenne, Prescott, Ariz., Oct. 18, 2006–The NTSB determined that, during air-to-air photography, the Cheyenne photo ship came too close to the subject MiG’s jet core exhaust, causing the separation of the Cheyenne’s T-tail upper section vertical stabilizer. The Cheyenne, registered to Flying Moose, crashed and the ATP-rated pilot and four passengers were killed.