Claiming a global first, South African defense company Paramount reported on August 13, the first flight of its Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Air Craft (AHRLAC). The twin-boom, tandem-seat, push-prop design, powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66B turboprop, has been under development since September 2011.
The pilot flying a Bombardier Dash 8-400 lost control of the aircraft on Feb. 12, 2014 during the landing flare at Belfast City Airport after his prosthetic arm became detached during the maneuver. With insufficient time to put his arm back in place, the captain with UK regional airline Flybe removed his right hand from the power levers to control the yoke. Some engine power therefore remained applied during the flare, resulting in a bounce and a hard landing. No one on board the twin turboprop was injured.
StandardAero’s Component Services, located in Cincinnati, Ohio (SACS-USA), has expanded its component repair and development facilities with the addition of new capabilities at its campus in Winnipeg, Manitoba (SACS-Canada).
Quest Aircraft do Brasil has brought its company-owned Kodiak demonstrator turboprop single to LABACE to show off the versatility of the multi-function design. The company was established last December to be the exclusive distributor for the Kodiak in Brazil, and is in an advanced state of negotiation for the sales of three aircraft. It sees the region as an ideal market for the single turboprop.
Algar Aviation is here at LABACE 2014 showing the Daher-Socata TBM 900, the latest member of the TBM family of single-turboprop business airplanes. Algar is the exclusive distributor of the TBM 900 in Brazil.
To date, Algar has sold five TBM 900s in Brazil. The aircraft on display in São Paulo is the first example to arrive in the country. There are now 23 TBM airplanes based in Brazil.
Business aircraft flying in the U.S. rose for the eighth straight month, with activity in July up 1.5 percent from a year ago, according to data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. And it appears that this indicator is gaining strength again this month, with Argus projecting a 1.4-percent year-over-year rise for August.
Part 91 activity once again is leading the pack, climbing by 2.7 percent from a year ago, followed by fractional flying with a 2-percent gain. Part 135 charter flight activity slipped a bit last month, falling by 0.4 percent year-over-year.
Surf Air placed an order for up to 65 Pilatus PC-12 NG turboprop singles–15 firm and 50 options–worth an estimated $312 million, the company told AIN. It has also raised another $8 million in funding, for a total of $17 million. Deliveries of the new PC-12s begin in October, with three planned this year and nine next year.
Pilatus rolled out the first example of its new PC-24 business jet on August 1, just over a year after launching the new model in May 2013. The aircraft is expected to make its first flight by year-end en route to European and U.S. certification in early 2017.
Hartzell Propeller will supply new lightweight propellers to Piaggio Aero Industries for its third-generation Avanti twin turboprop–the Avanti EVO. For the EVO, Hartzell worked with Piaggio to develop highly swept, wide-chord aluminum alloy propellers that, when combined with changes to the nacelle and engine exhaust geometry, reduce external noise by five dBA, a 68-percent improvement. Cabin noise is also lowered by 20 percent, or one dBA, thanks in large part to Hartzell’s five-blade scimitar design.
The European Commission (EC) on July 9 officially launched the Clean Sky 2 joint technology initiative, a €4 billion ($5.44 billion) follow-on to the ongoing Clean Sky research program. It includes a number of projects for business aircraft–both turboprops and jets–as well as regional turboprops and rotorcraft.
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