A $20,000 deposit will secure a delivery slot for the D-Jet, a proposed five-seat, all-composite single-engine jet that Diamond Aircraft hopes to fly next year, certify in 2006 and sell for $850,000. Engine and avionics suppliers have yet to be announced. The company, with facilities in London, Ontario, and Wiener Neustadt, Austria, currently builds composite single- and twin-engine piston aircraft.
Avcon Industries recently announced it has received FAA RVSM group approval for 20-series Learjets using a modification package that the company has been developing for the last two years.
After some 100 flights, Spirit Wing Aviation of Guthrie, Okla., has completed development testing of its Williams FJ44-powered Learjet 25D and expected to begin about five months of FAA certification flying. The FJ44-2C turbofans replace the Learjet 25D’s original GE CJ610-8A turbojets.
Twin Commander Aircraft (Booth No. 2639) is introducing two new products at the NBAA Convention: a digital fuel-quantity indicating system and retrofit boots for the control column and rudder pedals. The digital fuel indicator features a digital LCD cockpit display with low fuel warning indicator, a quick-disconnect wiring harness and a remote processor unit.
Pratt & Whitney Canada’s two-hour M&O session this afternoon will focus on the PW300 turbofan engine series and include an in-depth customer service update. The briefing will begin at 1 p.m. in Room B306 with an in-service update of the PW305, PW306 and PW308 engine models along with the newest PW300 family member, the PW307A for the Dassault Falcon 7X.
Honeywell announced recently that it had won approval for its TPE331-12JR turboprop to be installed on the Cessna Caravan. The certification was completed in connection with Aero Twin in Anchorage, Alaska, which plans to offer complete retrofit kits, installation and service.
Australia’s Civil Aviation Authority (CASA) has grounded several Cessna 441 Conquest II turboprops, citing the potential for in-flight structural failures on aircraft that have surpassed 22,500 hours. CASA stated that the defect, located near the rear pressure dome, could cause the tail to separate during flight.
Beginning with the 2008 model year, Cessna 172 buyers can pay $15,000 more for a 155-hp, two-liter turbocharged Thielert diesel engine-powered Skyhawk instead of the current avgas-burning 180-hp Lycoming version. Cessna dealers told AIN that the factory diesel Cessna 172 will retail for $298,500, including Garmin G1000 avionics and integrated GFC700 autopilot.
China’s Xi’an Aircraft Company (XAC) landed the largest-ever order from a Chinese airline for its MA60 regional turboprop last month. Privately held Okay Airways said it has agreed to lease 10 of the 60-seat turboprops, the first of which it plans to deploy by the end of the year. It expects to take delivery of the rest within two years, it added.
Butler National’s Avcon Industries subsidiary has received an order to install its cargo-door modification on two Dassault Falcon 20s. The mod typically retails for $525,000, and the latest order will be fulfilled at Avcon’s modification center in Newton, Kan.