Turboprop

February 20, 2008 - 12:03am

Saab Aircraft Leasing completed 28 transactions last year and by December, for the first time ever, it had placed all 137 of the 340A, 340B and 2000 models on its books.

February 11, 2008 - 8:45am

“You’re in the noisiest seat of the airplane,” said ATR North America sales vice president to an AIN reporter, who had chosen the position to assess that very thing during an ATR 72-500 demonstration flight late last year. Another guest on board the 68-seat twin turboprop was Adrian Wijeyewickrema, manager of consulting services for Back Aviation Solutions of Washington, D.C.

February 11, 2008 - 8:39am

India’s fast-growing Kingfisher Airlines took delivery of its seventeenth ATR 72-500 last month. The Bangalore-based carrier holds a firm contract for 35 of the twin turboprops, all equipped with ATR’s “Elegance” cabin.

February 5, 2008 - 12:03pm

EADS Socata chairman and CEO Jean-Michel Léonard announced last month that the France-based manufacturer is evaluating production of a new turboprop or business jet that is bigger than the TBM 850 turboprop single. “We have the capability, market expertise and credibility to produce a faster and longer-range aircraft,” he said, adding that the new airplane would offer two more seats than the 850.

February 5, 2008 - 12:03pm

EADS Socata chairman and CEO Jean-Michel Léonard announced last month that the France-based manufacturer is evaluating production of a new turboprop or business jet that is bigger than the TBM 850 turboprop single. “We have the capability, market expertise and credibility to produce a faster and longer-range aircraft,” he said, adding that the new airplane would offer two more seats than the 850.

January 22, 2008 - 4:48am

The 10-seat Taska, a turboprop derivative of the Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8 Airvan piston single, “is only at the concept stage,” according to Michael Hall, Gippsland marketing director. “I would expect at least 12 months before we have a prototype flying,” he told AIN in February.

January 22, 2008 - 4:48am

The 10-seat Taska, a turboprop derivative of the Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8 Airvan piston single, “is only at the concept stage,” according to Michael Hall, Gippsland marketing director. “I would expect at least 12 months before we have a prototype flying,” he told AIN in February.

January 7, 2008 - 10:03am

Italy’s Vulcanair last month completed the first series of flights of its single-turboprop, unpressurized VF600W turboprop single. The 10- to 16-passenger, 8,700-lb-mtow airplane is powered by a 777-shp Walter (Czech) turboprop engine. The airplane, which Vulcanair hopes to price starting at $1 million (IFR), would compete most directly with the $1.5 million Cessna Caravan.

December 28, 2007 - 7:47am

A new report released by Forecast International says that Embraer will collect 40.8 percent of the projected $99.7 billion in sales of regional aircraft over the next 10 years, despite the lack of a turboprop in its existing product line. The Newtown, Conn.-based aerospace market research firm also predicts that Bombardier will take a 33.2-percent share over the next decade, while ATR secures 7 percent.

December 28, 2007 - 7:40am

Bombardier continues to consider at least two potential developments of its Q Series regional turboprop series under the epithet “Q400X.” Market studies cover a 90-passenger stretched variant with longer, 1,000-nm range and a reduced-length, 56- to 60-seat version.

 
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