Total general aviation (GA) airplane billings in the first half of the year reached $10.4 billion, an increase of more than 25 percent over the same period last year, according to statistics released yesterday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). This is the first time since the first half of 2008 that six-month industry revenues have exceeded $10 billion.
A second Level 5-certified simulator for the Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprop has gone into service at SimCom’s Orlando, Fla. training center.
Fifty years after delivering its very first engine to Beechcraft, Pratt & Whitney Canada celebrated another milestone yesterday by delivering to Beechcraft at EAA AirVenture the 80,000th PT6 turboprop, in this case a -60A variant that powers the King Air 350i. “As we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of this iconic engine,” said P&WC president John Saabas, “we are proud to share this important moment with Beechcraft, which was the first customer to select the PT6.” The PT6 has since become the most popular engine in all aviation market segments.
On July 30, GE Aviation and China Aviation Industry General Aviation (Caiga) signed an agreement at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for the first network of service centers for the H80 turboprop series in China. The agreement covers the H75, H80 and H85 engines and components. Signing the agreement were Yang Zhong, general manager for Caiga’s sales, marketing and customer service department, and Jim Stoker, president and managing executive for GE Aviation Czech, which manufactures the company’s H80 family.
Gulfstream, Mitsubishi top survey results again
Gulfstream, the longtime leader in the AIN Product Support Survey, scored higher this year with an overall average 8.3 rating for its large-cabin jets (newer and older aircraft), although after a large jump last year, Embraer is creeping even closer to the top spot, up 0.1 to 8.2 from last year’s 8.1.
Beechcraft Global Customer Support named Edwards Jet Center in Billings, Mont., an authorized service center for the King Air, Baron and Bonanza.
Founded in 1947, Edwards Jet Center is an FBO, FAA-certified repair station and FAA Part 135 on-demand charter operator. The MRO employs 18 full-time A&P mechanics with capabilities for piston, turboprop and jet aircraft.
Jet Air Group in Green Bay, Wis., is to host a fly-in for Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprop operators. The event will convene at the MRO’s facility on July 26 and 27 as a prelude to the EAA AirVenture show in nearby Oshkosh the following week (July 29 to August 4). The meeting will include opportunities to conduct maintenance reviews and confer with Mu-2 vendors.
Ontario, Canada-based Flying Colours has been appointed a Raisbeck Engineering authorized sales and installation center for the company’s King Air product line. Under the terms of the agreement, Flying Colours is able to offer King Air maintenance, refurbishments, modifications and paint work in addition to full completions.
Flying Colours has a long affiliation with Beechcraft dating back to the 1980s. Its team includes 18 licensed technicians who have been working on Beech products since the company’s founding more than 25 years ago.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) granted ATR 120-minute Etops certification of its new -600 series turboprops last month. This Etops (Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards) certification means that the ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600 versions can now fly as far as 120 minutes (on one engine) from any airport at which they can land.