Turboprop-engine manufacturers continue to develop technologies in anticipation of future demand for new or derivative regional airliners designed to carry approximately 90 passengers, a step up from contemporary aircraft offering around 70 seats. By January 1, Pratt & Whitney Canada hoped to have completed the first phase of a next-generation regional turboprop (NGRT) demonstration program intended to validate characteristics for a main centrifugal compressor. Meanwhile, U.S.
The Middle East is continuing its trend in the growth of new aircraft deliveries, according to data released this week at MEBA 2012 by Hawker Beechcraft, which says it is picking up a good proportion of new orders for turboprops.
The Middle East is continuing its trend in the growth of new aircraft deliveries, according to data released here at MEBA 2012 by Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft Corp. (HBC Chalet A12), which says it is picking up a good proportion of new orders for turboprops.
Quest Aircraft named Samuel Hill as its new CEO, the Sandpoint, Idaho-based turboprop manufacturer announced today. Hill has more than 40 years of aviation experience, most recently with Honda Aircraft, from which he retired earlier this year. Before joining Honda, he spent 10 years with Embraer Aircraft in key leadership positions, including president and vice chairman, and was responsible for starting Embraer’s corporate aircraft division. Dave Vander Griend, who had been serving as Quest’s interim CEO since mid-2011, will continue in his role as chairman of the board.
Piper Aircraft named Piper Summit Aircraft China Beijing as its authorized dealer in China for sales of new Meridian turboprop singles. According to Piper Summit CEO Jack Chan, the annual growth rate for piston and turboprop aircraft operating in China is nearly 40 percent, with this fleet expected to expand from 1,700 aircraft earlier this year to about 7,700 by 2015. The new Piper dealer conducted Meridian demonstrations for potential customers as the airplane flew en route to Airshow China 2012 earlier this month in Zhuhai.
GE Aviation’s new H75 and H85 turboprop engines received EASA certification yesterday. The two new powerplants are, respectively, 750-shp and 850-shp derivatives of the H80 engine, which is itself a derivative of the former Walter M601. FAA type certification of the H75 and H85 is expected next year. Last week, China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. (Caiga) selected the H85 to power its five-seat Primus 150 turboprop single.
Intercontinental Jet Service is set to open a new, 5,000-sq-ft propeller overhaul shop at Tulsa International Airport next door to the MRO’s current 45,000-sq-ft facility. The new location will specialize in overhaul, service and support of Hartzell, Dowty and McCauley propellers for both piston and turboprop operators.
China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (Caiga) selected GE Aviation’s H85 turboprop engine to power its new Primus 150. Set to be the first purpose-built executive turboprop single built in China, the Primus 150 is a pressurized five-seater with an all-composite carbon-fiber airframe. No certification timeline was available at press time.
Hawker Beechcraft, set to become simply Beechcraft Corp. when it emerges from U.S. bankruptcy protection in late February, has confirmed the allotment of funding for research and development of new turboprop and piston single-engine aircraft. Late last month, the company announced it would shut down its business jet lines to focus on its more successful turboprops and piston-powered aircrafts.
Piaggio made its first Chinese delivery of the Avanti II to distributor CAEA Aviation Investment today at Airshow China 2012 in Zhuhai. The twin turboprop, along with a second Avanti yet to be delivered, will be operated by CAEA subsidiary Free Sky Aviation in a new turbine-aircraft membership program for private clients. Beijing-based CAEA was formed last July and, in addition to new and pre-owned aircraft sales, it is also active in aircraft management, financing and leasing, as well as in business aircraft maintenance and handling.