Piper Aircraft delivered its 500th Meridian turboprop single last week. The milestone aircraft was handed over to SouthEast Piper for delivery to the aircraft’s undisclosed Florida-based owner. “The delivery of the 500th Piper Meridian, since first delivery in 2000, emphasizes its enduring value proposition even during recent periods of economic uncertainty around the world,” said Piper president and CEO Simon Caldecott. “Single-engine Piper turboprops are growing in popularity as replacements for less economical twin-engine jets and turboprops.”
Airbus Military says it hopes to resume, in November, the remaining 140 hours of function and reliability flight-testing that is required before its A400M airlifter can be granted a full type certificate. The flights with MSN6, the first production-representative aircraft, were suspended in July because of the repeated detection of metallic chips in the oil system of one of the TP400 engines.
A $30 million federal tax credit package approved last week will help Kestrel Aircraft bolster its presence in Superior, Wis., as the company develops its new turboprop single.
Pre-owned business jet and turboprop inventories held steady in July month-over-month, according to data released late last week by business aviation market information firm JetNet. Inventory of used business jets ticked up from June by three aircraft, to 2,521 in July, representing 13.5 percent of the in-service fleet. This was down by 0.2 percentage points year-over-year.
MRO provider Vector Aerospace has been appointed a Pratt & Whitney Canada designated overhaul facility (DOF) for the PW150A turboprop and plans to have an MRO facility in the Asia-Pacific region fully operational by the middle of next year. The company, which has engine MRO facilities in Prince Edward Island & British Columbia, the UK, Africa and France, is a P&WC designated overhaul facility supporting the P&WC PT6A/PT6T/JT15D/PW100/PW305/PW306/PW307/PW308.
Algar Aviation, Piaggio Aero’s exclusive representative in Brazil, has made a splash at LABACE 2012 with its display of the Italian manufacturer’s Avanti II turboprop twins.
Blackhawk, a U.S.-based provider of performance improvements for single- and twin-engine turboprop aircraft, is adding staff to meet growing demand in Brazil and other Latin American nations.
Aviall Services has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Rolls-Royce for parts, modules and tooling for the RR300 turboshaft used on the Robinson R66. Deliveries of the R66 have already passed the 150 mark; the helicopter manufacturer expects deliveries to peak at several hundred per year, with annual flight hours reaching nearly 900,000 by 2020.
Pre-owned business jet and turboprop inventories continued their shallow fall last month, according to data released today by business aviation market information firm JetNet. While the pre-owned market is not yet experiencing a gangbuster recovery, JetNet remains “cautiously positive” about the rest of this year.
GE Aviation launched two derivatives of its recently certified 800-shp H80 turboprop engine–the 750-shp H75 and 850-shp H85. Like the H80, the H75 and H85 will be aimed at the agricultural, commuter, utility and business turboprop segments. EASA and FAA certification of the derivative engines is expected early next year. The H75 and H85 will be certified and manufactured at GE Aviation’s facility in the Czech Republic, where production of the H80 is already under way.