Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, Beagle Bay, Australia, Jan. 14, 2010–The turboprop single was cruising at approximately 9,500 feet en route to Koolan Island when the pilot noticed a drop in the engine torque indication and a corresponding decrease in engine oil pressure. He advanced the throttle, but the torque and oil pressure continued to decrease, so he diverted to the nearest airstrip.
French-Italian regional turboprop manufacturer ATR earlier this month unveiled a new partnership with Italian design house Giugiaro Design for the development of the cabin of its ATR 42/72-600 series. The makeover, called Armonia, reduces the aircraft’s total weight by the equivalent of two passengers and will be available as a retrofit on the ATR’s current -500 series.
Pratt & Whitney Canada has launched an all-new turboprop engine for regional aircraft to replace the 1,800- to 5,000-shp PW100 series. It expects to run the core demonstrator in the second half of next year.
Embraer has narrowed down the possibilities for its next phase of product development to two options, company CEO Frederico Curado told AIN on the eve of this Farnborough airshow. Either it will re-engine its existing line of E-Jets or develop an all-new, larger airliner–or even perhaps opt for both, likely by the end of this year.
Conklin & de Decker this week released its 2010/2011 Aircraft Performance Comparator, a software product that allows users to compare aircraft data for business jets, turboprops, helicopters or piston airplanes. This newly updated software program allows users to overlay and compare aircraft interiors and exteriors, as well as performance data that come directly from the manufacturer’s approved aircraft flight and performance manuals.
The pilot told investigators that after takeoff he experienced a primary trim failure but continued to his destination airport using secondary trim. During final approach in clear daylight conditions, the pilot reported difficulty locating traffic and noticed his airspeed was too high to lower the landing gear. After spotting the preceding aircraft on short final, he “continued working the trim” using toggle switches on the center pedestal.
Grob Aircraft is developing a turboprop version of its G115/G120 series of primary trainers. Elbit Systems of Israel has joined the Austrian company in a joint venture for the G120TP, which has already flown. The new version is designed to meet India's urgent requirement for 175 basic trainers.
Smyrna Air Center has signed an agreement with GE Aviation to become an authorized service center for the M601 and H80 turboprop engines. Under the terms of the agreement Smyrna Air Center will offer comprehensive line maintenance, removal and re-installation of engines and LRUs and spares for the M601 and H80 engines. GE Aviation will provide Smyrna Air Center with material support and training.
Hawker Beechcraft is exhibiting its new King Air C90GTx in the EBACE static park for the first time. The aircraft on display recently completed a demonstration tour of the eastern U.S. showing off its increased performance and efficiency. The company has delivered the first customer aircraft to Pedro Zeballos of Panama.
Most business aircraft users are trying to get away from airliners, so you might imagine that trying to market a model that has earned its reputation as a regional airline workhorse could be a hard sell–and even more so if the aircraft in question is turboprop-powered.