Blackhawk Modifications (Booth No. 1467) has reached the final stages of flight testing for its program to upgrade the Cessna Caravan with the Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A engine.
When it acquired Czech-based Walter Engines in 2008, General Electric signaled to the industry that it was significantly boosting its commitment to the turboprop community. Renamed GE Aviation Czech, the company moved into a 135,000-sq-ft facility in Prague that includes CNC machining centers, EDM and NDT capability and a new surface-treatment plant.
Boeing announced this morning that it completed the first engine runs for the 747-8 Freighter as the program inches closer to first flight, expected next month. “We are very pleased with the engines’ performance during this test,” said Mo Yahyavi, vice president and general manager of the 747 program. “The engines and all the systems performed as expected."
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B100, Aurora, Texas, Oct. 6, 2009–The commercial pilot and three passengers were seriously injured and the turboprop twin was substantially damaged when it crashed after both engines lost power during the Part 91 flight from Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City to Fort Worth Meacham International Airport.
The world’s first production and certified very light jet, the Morane Saulnier MS760 Paris Jet, has a new lease on life. In October, JetSet Aviation Holdings, a subsidiary of JetSet International, announced that it had purchased the MS760 type certificate and intellectual property from France’s Socata, successor to Morane Saulnier, and that 32 MS760s are available for upgrade and purchase.
A spokesman for Cirrus Design (Booth No. 2669) confirmed yesterday that development work on the company’s SF50 Vision jet has slowed, that a number of employees working on the program have been laid off and that the program has been moved out of its dedicated hangar at the Duluth International Airport, Minn., into “consolidated facilities” after falling $250,000 behind on its rent.
Cirrus Design vice president of domestic sales Jon Dauplaise told AIN today at the NBAA Convention that development work on the company’s SF50 Vision jet has slowed, a number of employees working on the program have been laid off and the program has been moved out of its dedicated hangar at the Duluth (Minn.) Airport into “consolidated facilities” after the company fell $250,000 behind on its rent.
When Dornier Seaplane (Static Display) debuted its amphibious Seastar at last year’s NBAA Convention, CEO Joe Walker outlined a number of goals, including the need to select a production location, develop a production plan, upgrade the demonstrator airplane and garner at least 25 orders to launch the program.
Goodrich Corp. has signed a research agreement with Rolls-Royce to develop the new fuel nozzles for “lean burn” combustion technology systems for gas turbine engines, Goodrich announced today. Rolls-Royce has also chosen Goodrich to supply the fuel nozzles for the new Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine for the Airbus A350XWB widebody.
Dornier’s twin-turboprop all-composite Seastar CD2 made its first appearance at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., in July, the first stop in a tour of North America that included demo flights in Vancouver, Canada, and Seattle, culminating in a visit to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, Calif., in August. At Oshkosh, “The response was much greater than anticipated,” said Dornier Seaplane CEO Joe Walker.