Kit aircraft builder Epic Aircraft has announced plans for its first FAA certification project, the all-composite Escape single-engine turboprop. Although Epic had previously announced plans to certify the twin-engine Elite jet and single-engine Victory jet, the Escape is now first in line for formal certification. The Escape does share the same fuselage design as the Victory, however, so the Victory might be next in line.
Soloy Aviation has received FAA certification for its Soloy 206 Turbine Mk II, a Cessna 206H re-engined with a 417-shp Rolls-Royce 250-B17F/2 turboprop engine and fitted with a Hartzell three-blade prop with full beta reverse features. According to the company, the Mk II can climb at 2,460 fpm at sea level, cruise at 20,000 feet at 213 ktas, carry 775 pounds with full fuel and has an approximately 550-nm range.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released its third-quarter delivery numbers last month, and while shipments of both business jets and turboprops this year have set records, the organization is warning of rough skies ahead.
Petaluma, Calif.-based Sunset Aviation is now operating as a standalone subsidiary of JetDirect Aviation, which acquired the light jet and turboprop operator last year.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released its third-quarter delivery numbers today, and while both business jets and turboprops have thus far posted record numbers of units shipped this year, the organization warns of rough skies ahead.
Petaluma, Calif.-based Sunset Aviation is now operating as a standalone subsidiary of JetDirect Aviation, which acquired the light jet and turboprop operator last year. JetDirect will continue to offer business support, sales and marketing services, but Sunset will operate as an independent Part 135 air carrier, with Sunset founder Dan Drohan serving as president and CEO, according to JetDirect senior vice president of marketing Gil Wolin.
Is it a jet? Is it a turboprop? That’s the question that remains after Socata confirmed here yesterday that it is still pursuing a twin-engine aircraft to augment its product line beyond the TBM 850 turboprop single. Company officials were tight-lipped about details, other than saying that the aircraft, codenamed NTx (NT for New Twin), will be bigger, faster and have two more seats than a TBM 850.
Epic Aircraft plans to certify the Victory and Escape prototypes in the U.S., according to chairman and CEO Rick Schrameck. The company is still pursuing certification of the Dynasty turboprop single in Canada, but has not released a timeline for the certification. Epic has completed 300 hours of testing on the Dynasty to date.
Three popular unpressurized twin turboprops from the past have or will soon re-enter production.
British Columbia-based Viking Air Ltd. acquired the type certificate and production rights to the DHC-6 Twin Otter from Bombardier in 2006 and could start customer deliveries by next year. Viking already owns the type certificates for seven other deHavilland aircraft, including the DHC-3 Otter and the four-engine DHC-7 Dash 7.
Despite a softening U.S. economy and soaring fuel prices, demand for business jets and turboprops is still surging, according to the first-half delivery report from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).