Propulsion

January 21, 2008 - 5:56am

The first conforming prototype of the Ibis Aerospace Ae270 turboprop single (S/N 5) took to the air for the first time on February 25 for nearly one hour. The flight routine included gear cycling, steep banks and climb and short-field landing characteristics. The main difference between this third flying Ae270 and the other two flying Ae270s is its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-66A engine.

January 10, 2008 - 11:10am

The Wrights knew it. So does every aeronautical engineer, aircraft manufacturer and pilot. More than anything else, the engine defines the performance of the airplane.

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 19, 2007 - 10:41am

Premier Aircraft of East Alton, Ill., has entered an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace to upgrade the existing TFE731-3-1C and TFE731-3D-1C engines installed on Falcon 50s to a TFE731-4-1C configuration. Premier will market, develop, engineer and certify the “50Dash4” upgrade, which includes engine installation, related hardware and cockpit instrumentation.

December 18, 2007 - 7:13am

At last month’s NBAA Convention, Spirit Wing Aviation of Edmond, Okla., announced that it will begin producing its “virtually new” Spirit-Lear early next year. The company said the $2.2 million SpiritLear–a re-engined Learjet 25–will be priced lower than any other airplane offering its combination of speed, range and passenger capacity.

November 30, 2007 - 7:18am

The FAA has granted several supplemental type certificates (STC) to Standard Aero for upgrades to aircraft powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop, including the Cheyenne I, IA, II and IIXL and King Air F90.

November 5, 2007 - 10:15am

Standard Aero has entered a five-year purchase agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada for 500 aircraft engines as part of its PT6A-135A, -42 and -52 upgrade program.

October 17, 2007 - 6:15am

Development of the 10-passenger, single-turboprop S-22 by agplane builder Air Tractor of Olney, Texas, slowed last year due to the company’s focus on providing a highly modified version of its AT-802 to the U.S. government for drug crop eradication in Colombia, according to Kristin Snow, communications director and daughter of founder and president Leland Snow.

October 16, 2007 - 6:53am

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.

October 8, 2007 - 5:32am

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.

 
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