Textron AirLand’s prototype Scorpion twin-engine “tactical” jet, which was built by Textron subsidiary Cessna Aircraft, flew for the first time this morning in Wichita. The aircraft, flown by engineering test pilot Dan Hinson and copilot David Sitz, took off from McConnell Air Force Base and conducted “a range of handling maneuvers” for nearly an hour-and-a-half, completing the flight at 10:30 a.m. Central Time. The joint-venture company had delayed the flight for several days because of weather in Wichita.
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Immaculate Flight launched aircraft cleaning and detailing services today at six new airports in the greater Detroit and Toledo metro areas. These include Toledo Express, Detroit Metro Wayne County, Coleman A. Young Municipal, Ann Arbor Municipal, Willow Run (Ypsilanti) and Oakland County International Airports. The additions mark the company’s second regional location in Michigan, while also adding Ohio as the company’s 11th state where it provides service. With these openings, Immaculate Flight’s network now exceeds 80 locations in the U.S.
Boeing has issued requests for proposals to more than a dozen potential sites for assembly, parts fabrication, paint, delivery and wing production of the new 777X widebody, the company confirmed to AIN last week. The release of the RFPs comes barely more than a week after Boeing’s machinists union voted down a proposed contract extension described as critical to locating the work in the Puget Sound region of Washington state.
The crash of a King Air C90 near Springdale, Ark., on Friday killed both the 72-year-old pilot and his passenger. The Part 91 flight was en route in VMC from Pine Bluff to Bentonville, Ark., when the pilot asked ATC for a closer airport because he was low on fuel. The controller advised the pilot he was four miles from Springdale (Ark.) Airport. After reporting to Springdale that he had the airport in sight and restating he was low on fuel, he was cleared to land. A few seconds later, the pilot reported he was not going to make the airport.
The fallout of the Hawker Beechcraft bankruptcy continues to settle as Little Rock (Ark.) Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport prepares to seek a new tenant for the former Wichita OEM’s completion and MRO facilities. The Little Rock facility was shut down by the former Hawker Beechcraft (now Beechcraft) earlier this year as part of a decision to exit the business of building business jets.
While total industry billings increased by nearly 25 percent during the first three quarters of the year compared with the same period last year, business jet deliveries overall continued to slide, according to numbers released today by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
Intertrade, a Rockwell Collins company that supplies recertified used aircraft parts, expanded its product offerings to include engine parts. Intertrade’s primary market focus is material for the CFM56-5B, CFM56-7B, V2500-A5 and PW4000, among other next-generation engines. The company offers customers a variety of support options, including consignment and outright sale. Intertrade’s new engine division will be located in Boca Raton, Fla. The company has appointed Jeff Plas, an engine expert and industry veteran, to lead the business.
Dallas Airmotive plans to expand its support services in the northeastern U.S. The company will add regional field service representatives and a mobile response vehicle capable of on-site inspections, repair work and carbon seal replacements at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., one of the region’s most popular sites for business and general aviation aircraft. Additionally, the company is adding field service representatives throughout the region to improve response time and reduce ground time for repairs.
Outreach and education is a key component in growing the aerospace industry, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA) showed its commitment to the future by sponsoring an aviation education night for more than 400 students at Las Vegas Rancho High School during NBAA 2013.
NBAA is all about promoting the reality of business aviation, its advantages for the companies that understand and avail themselves of it, and the complications of communicating the critical nature of its activities to the U.S. Congress and regulators. When a reporter from outside of aviation writes a story that helps NBAA in its mission, the organization is quick to recognize that individual with its prestigious Gold Wing Award for Journalism Excellence.
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