With delivery delays of at least a year for the ICON A5, we look at five alternatives—four Light Sport models and a cool Experimental—that just might float your flying boat
With the controversy, struggles and delays surrounding high-profile light-sport amphibian manufacturer ICON Aircraft, it’s instructive to point out that ICON isn’t the only game in town. There are several cool LSA seaplanes (among other options) on the market, or soon to be there, that are worth a closer look. Twelve years have passed since the more »
More PT6 power for improved takeoff, climb and cruise
There’s something cool, in a complex way, about sitting in a Cessna Caravan. It’s big and really high up, but feels in so many ways like a smaller airplane, which was the idea that Cessna had when it launched the model in the early 1980s. It’s a study in contradictions, from its oversized 182-style trim more »
How important is speed in an airplane and how much is it worth?
Go ahead, admit it. When you read all of those pilot reports, you skim them, looking for the cruise speed, then go back and read the rest. It’s a natural thing. We all love the idea of going fast. But how fast is fast? And is there such a thing as fast enough?
With more PT6 power and Garmin G3000 avionics, this new turboprop single goes far beyond the Meridian, literally and otherwise
It’s no secret that Piper recently earned FAA certification for its new M600, the next-generation PA-46 featuring an all-new wing and a more powerful Pratt & Whitney turboprop engine installation. I traveled down to Piper’s Vero Beach, Florida, headquarters, situated at busy KVRB on the beautiful Atlantic Coast, to learn more about the new model more »
Efficiency, comfort, modern technology and so much more
In our current era of financial belt-tightening, efficiency counts for a lot. Vero Beach and Wichita are really getting it right with their newest batch of six-seat singles. Why? Because today’s six-seat singles offer a great combination of comfort, baggage capacity, speed, ease of flying and modern technology for people who need to cover a typical 250-mile stage length with four to six passengers and a lot of luggage.
Don’t let their low prices deter you—these affordable planes aim to please
As much as those of us in the industry might wish it otherwise, flying is definitely one of the more expensive pastimes. Unfortunately, some pilots simply accept the realities of expensive flying costs without investigating the alternatives. Despite what you may think, there are ways to fly without busting the family budget. True, you won’t be aviating at 170 knots in a shiny new A36 Bonanza or Columbia 400, but you can stay in the air for considerably less than the national debt of Peru.
The airplane we flew for this report was a 2000-model-year 208B Grand Caravan with a Blackhawk-installed Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140 turboprop engine with the original avionics and flight instruments, but with new engine instruments, standard with the Blackhawk engine exchange program. TYPICAL PRICE INCLUDING USED CARAVAN: $1.4-$1.8 million ENGINE: Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140 POWER RATING: more »
Why this innovative twin could make inroads in the single-engine market
I know that other aviation journalists have described the “sleek” and “sexy” look of the new DA62, but that’s not how it strikes me at all. With its long, angular and jutting lines, the DA62 looks to me more like a scorpion than a swallow, and if fate is kinder to Diamond Aircraft with this more »
The emerging 11-seat twin takes the Italian company to new heights (and speeds)
Tecnam, on Thursday at AirVenture, released new details about the first flight of its P2012 Traveler commuter aircraft, which happened last week out of the company’s home field in Capua, Italy. Experimental test pilot Lorenzo De Stefano was at the controls for the flight and reported that after a short test card of maneuvers with more »
AirVenture Oshkosh is a fitting spot to complete the biggest circle, where the Epic Aircraft team landed after its extraordinary 21-day journey.
Talk about your Epic homecomings. This week, a flight of six company- and owner-flown Epic LT aircraft landed at AirVenture Oshkosh to cap off a 21-day around-the-world trip. And, yes, everything about the Epic voyage was epic. Departing from Oshkosh on July 7, the tour took participants to 21 cities in nine countries, some 16,407 more »
A major upgrade to the light jet features new avionics and improved performance
Embraer, on Wednesday, launched a major upgrade to its Phenom 100 light jet, the 100 EV, which will be available in the first half of next year. The Embraer Phenom 100 EV is a better performer than the original Phenom 100, which was, at 390 knots, the fastest light jet not long ago, but which more »
Textron Aviation quietly released at AirVenture an update to its legendary Cessna 206 that, if anything, could make it even more legendary.
The secret to the Cessna T206 upgrade is a max weight increase of 189 pounds, which for any single-engine airplane would be good news, but for a utility plane that will regularly be operated at the edges of its envelope, it’s an even better deal. Textron earned the additional payload by proving what anyone who’s more »
ONE Aviation, maker of the Eclipse 550, has launched a new jet project, dubbed Project Canada, for now. Plane & Pilot spoke with CEO Alan Klapmeier to get the scoop on what this new jet would look like.
ONE Aviation has announced it’s working on a program to bring an updated version of its Eclipse 550 jet to market within the next couple of years. The new model, dubbed Project Canada, for now, will boast a greatly redesigned wing, more powerful engines, greater range and speed, and updated avionics. Cost of the new more »
Textron Aviation ended the suspense about what brand name its emerging single-engine turboprop would bear—Cessna or Beechcraft. The new plane also got a nickname in keeping with its lofty goals.
What’s in a name? Plenty, if you ask Kriya Shortt, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing at Textron Aviation. Revealing the branding for Cessna’s single-engine turboprop at an AirVenture Oshkosh news conference this morning, Shortt said the name tells you all you need to know about the aircraft’s positioning. So, meet the Cessna Denali: “Denali more »
When Piper launched its update to the Meridian pressurized turboprop single, we had to wonder how it would improve upon the limitations of the popular plane. We fly the new M600 just last week and found out. Here’s the lowdown. The PA46-600TP is certified and being delivered to customers. It goes for $2.85 million nicely more »
The airplane we flew was Serial Number 3, a factory demonstrator. It was outfitted with a three-screen (12.1-inch) Garmin G3000 avionics suite with two GTC 570 touch controllers, Garmin GFC 700 autopilot, Aspen EFD multifunction standby instrument, Garmin ESP envelope protection, crew alerting system, integrated digital pressurization, Garmin 10-inch digital color weather radar and more. more »
Specifications The airplane we flew for this report is a full-production DA62 with all the bells and whistles, including TKS, built-in oxygen, Garmin G1000 with ADS-B In and Out, GFC 700 autopilot, Garmin Charts, including SafeTaxi, ESP envelope protection and more. Price as flown: $1.3 million Seats: 7 Engines: 2 Austro AE-330 turbocharged common-rail-injected with more »