Dallas Airmotive also recently announced that it has opened a regional turbine center in Millville, N.J. The 8,000-sq-ft facility supports turbine aircraft operators in the Northeastern U.S. and is located at Millville Municipal Airport adjacent to the company’s maintenance hangar. Last year Dallas Airmotive closed Millville engine overhaul operations.
Avcon Industries’ RVSM package for Learjet 35s and 36s recently received certification and installations are under way. Meanwhile, the Olathe, Kan. company said that more than 125 installations have been completed since it received an STC early last year for its RVSM package for the Learjet 20 series.
Spirit Wing Aviation of Edmund, Okla., said it now expects to receive STC approval for its $2.2 million SpiritLear–a re-engined Learjet 25–in the first quarter of next year. Last year, the company expected certification this past summer.
Jet-Care International is offering a diagnostic tool for monitoring the condition of Honeywell TFE731 engines. “It was apparent from a recent survey that it was of great interest to operators to have the DEEC (digital electronic engine control) download read in its entirety, and Jet-Care is pleased to announce we have succeeded in identifying all the fault codes that are registered within the DEECs,” said Jet-Care CEO David Glass.
The eNfusion cabin network accelerator from EMS Satcom appears to be gaining a following. The Ottawa company reports that it has delivered more than a dozen in the past several months, and Jet Aviation installed the first full eNfusion in a Falcon 900 at its West Palm Beach completion and refurb facility.
Rocket Engineering of Spokane, Wash., said it will soon have an STC to re-engine Beechcraft Duke BE60 twin pistons with two P&WC PT6A-35 or -21 turboprops. Preliminary performance of the “Royal Turbine” includes a 301-knot maximum cruise speed, 4,000-fpm climb rate, 7,000-pound mtow, 2,520-pound useful load and a 1,200-nm range. According to Rocket Engineering, the conversion will cost $887,000.
Aircraft towing technology has advanced markedly in the past decade, with towbarless tugs improving efficiency and lessening wear and tear on nosewheels. Now Boeing and Chorus Motors have partnered to demonstrate an exploratory technology that could lead to an even more efficient way of moving airplanes when they are on the ground.
Farnborough Aircraft commercial director Richard Blain told AIN last month that his British company now has “adequate funding for current activities” related to the development of its seven-seat F1 all-composite turboprop single. Work on the PT6-powered airplane has been stalled for several years due to funding issues, not an uncommon problem for start-ups.
Spokane, Wash.-based Rocket Engineering is developing the Turbine P Baron in parallel with the Royal Turbine Duke program. The Baron conversion, which fits two PT6A-21 turboprops and Hartzell four-blade props to the light twin, costs about $700,000 (airframe additional). The company plans to have an STC in 12 to 18 months.
Acorn Growth Equities of Oklahoma City has acquired privately held King Air modification firm Commuter Air Technology. The Arizona-based firm is known for its Catpass (commuter air technology passenger and safety system) modification, which increases King Air payload capacity to enable the turboprop twin to be used in regional airline and corporate shuttle service.