Advanced Aerodynamics and Structures Inc. (AASI) of Long Beach, Calif., last month took the first step in changing itself from a struggling startup airplane manufacturer toward becoming, in the words of Roy Norris, AASI’s new chairman, CEO and president, “the biggest lower-end general aviation company in the world.”
Piaggio Aero, the Italian maker of the sleek P.180 Avanti, is engaged in “some very positive” discussions that would create a fractional-ownership fleet of P.180s.
Steve Hanvey, president and CEO of Piaggio America and a board member of parent company Piaggio Aero, told AIN the Genoa-based aircraft manufacturer has been approached by a number of fractional operators, “including some in Europe.”
Rockwell Collins (Stand No. P65) announced that a supplemental type certificate for its Pro Line 21 Integrated display system on King Air 200 aircraft with an SPZ 200 autopilot is now available to dealers. Superior Aircraft Maintenance of Medford, Oregon, completed the installation. The Pro Line 21 King Air installation integrates with the aircraft’s existing autopilot and sensors.
First flight of the third flying single-turboprop Ibis Ae270 conforming prototype (S/N 5), previously expected last fall, is now expected to take place this month. It is the first prototype powered by the more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66A turboprop slated for the Ae270HP. Rated at 1,583 eshp (thermodynamic), the engine is derated to 850 shp (takeoff).
At the end of this year, 43-year-old Philippines-based aviator and entrepreneur Iren Dornier plans to fly a soon-to-be-restored Dornier Do-24 seaplane around the world.
It has been a turbulent year for the aviation industry: a stalled economy, company failures and bankruptcies, layoffs and furloughs, management changes, product-line overhauls, security regulations and new aircraft launches. What follows below are the people who shaped 2002, as chosen by AIN’s editors.
It was late on an autumn night as I swung the car into the rough lane that leads to our house. A few feet beyond the mailbox post, the headlights caught something in the grass. At first it could have been a rabbit standing tall, but closer inspection revealed it to be a magnificent bird, most likely a Peregrine falcon but possibly a gyrfalcon, and it had chosen our lane as a resting place on its migratory route.
Innovative Solutions & Support continues its aggressive certification schedule for RVSM equipment for business aircraft.
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Gulfstream has ordered $900,000 worth of avionics from Exton, Pa.-based Innovative Solutions & Support, a maker of low-cost RVSM avionics for the retrofit market. Gulfstream service centers will install the equipment in Gulfstream IIs and IIBs later this year.