The companies are now in formal aircraft delivery negotiations.
When one thinks of Italian aircraft maker Tecnam, one is likely to think about light planes, from light sports to small piston twins, but the company’s latest model is bigger and badder, and is already getting some attention from one of the largest charter companies in the world. At a joint production development meeting with Cape Air, Tecnam announced more »
The University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is upgrading its training fleet, and that’s just the beginning.
Piper Aircraft has begun order fulfillment, this week delivering the first of 100 new trainers to the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota. The school placed the unprecedented order for 80 Archer TXs and 20 Piper Seminoles in April. “This milestone marks the beginning of a transformation for more »
Three solutions aimed at lowering costs and providing new coverage choices for GA pilots
Jeppesen has introduced three new data bundle services that combine access across GA avionics (including Garmin and Avidyne) and popular mobile apps. The bundles will be offered to pilots at a reduced cost, with key coverage areas included and the choice of two- or four-device installations. The data bundles include unique full Americas (North, Central more »
Why the latest update of the popular app is different, and what that means to you
ForeFlight recently released the latest version of its über-popular aviation app and there are changes galore, including some improvements that transform the essential nature of the app. The overwhelming popularity of the do-everything mobile aviation charting app ForeFlight has prevented some reviewers from identifying the rough spots in the product, but they are there, or more »
Just how many planes remain to be equipped with ADS-B gear in advance of the January 2020 deadline for mandatory equipage? You’ll be shocked. At the NBAA Media Kickoff Breakfast, Duncan Aviation President Aaron Hilkemann shared the numbers that his company has tracked on the subject. With 38 months remaining for the entire U.S. GA more »
How the re-engining company improves the big Beechcraft turboprop twin.
Who wouldn’t want more power and more speed on a legendary airplane? That’s the message that Blackhawk hoped to deliver on opening day at NBAA when it shared new details on its program to re-engine the Beechcraft King Air 350 with latest-gen Pratt & Whitney PT-6 engines with the more powerful PT-6A-67A. The program will more »
How 3D engine printing will reduce parts by the hundreds, for a start.
The dream of “printing” major components is fast becoming a reality. Here’s how GE’s billion-dollar investment is putting it at the fore of manufacturing. At the NBAA Convention, GE’s head of general aviation products Brad Mottier gave a program update of the company’s exciting Advanced Turboprop engine. Earlier this year Textron Aviation announced that the more »
The Swiss company proudly shows off its brand-new product.
Pilatus was due to arrive at NBAA in Orlando in high style on Wednesday, that is, in a new jet aircraft of its own design, the über-cool PC-24. The pretty twinjet is almost a segment of its own. So unusual is it—a 425 knot (at least) twinjet that’s optimized for short and rough strips—that perhaps its more »
The upgrade will add lots of next-gen capabilities and solve parts obsolescence.
Just ahead of NBAA, Garmin announced that it’s expanding its integrated flight deck upgrades to include a G5000 modernization program for the Citation Excel and Citation XLS. The STC is on schedule for late 2018 approval and will be available from select Garmin dealers, as well as Textron Aviation Service Centers. The new digital flight more »
Honeywell’s world-class forecast sees worldwide caution: Operators tell why.
Want to know what bizjet operators are planning for their future? Honeywell knows. In its annual business aviation forecast, developed through surveys of more than 1,500 bizjet operators worldwide and extensive industry data mining, Honeywell found that bizjet buying plans have cooled, at least in the near term. In a phone call with Plane & more »
The first and only single-engine jet gets the nod from the FAA. What comes next?
Cirrus announced at the first press conference of the National Business Aviation Association convention the FAA certification of its SF50 Vision Jet. The light, single-engine jet is the only single-engine jet of several that were proposed a decade ago to earn the FAA nod. No others, in fact, even came close, a fact of which more »
The company co-founder and self-described “chief pilot” has announced succession plans for the innovative flight sim maker.
Redbird Flight Simulations co-founder and self-proclaimed “chief pilot” Jerry Gregoire announced that on January 21st he will be stepping away from the day-to-day operations at the company he helped create. Gregoire’s longtime business partner Todd Willinger will assume leadership as CEO, with Charlie Gregoire moving into the role of COO. Upon his stepping down, Jerry more »
The popular series returns to the Smithsonian Channel on Sunday, November 6.
Returning to the Smithsonian Channel for its third season is “Mighty Planes.” The six-episode series continues its exploration of some of the most extraordinary planes in the sky and the people who fly them on dangerous missions—the pilots, engineers, avionics specialists, load masters and ground operators behind these massive birds. The season premieres on Sunday, more »
Garmin G5 Low-Cost Attitude Replacement The hottest product in aviation right now is the Garmin G5, a standalone, plug-and-play attitude indicator that sells for $2,100. The instrument was developed from Garmin’s offering in the Experimental market, but it’s FAA-certified to be installed in hundreds of models of certified airplanes. Why is the product so important, more »
The training center, set for a November 1 grand opening, will be located at Scottsdale Airport.
American Flyers Flight School has announced the opening of a new training facility at Arizona’s Scottsdale Airport (KDSL). The school is set to open its doors on November 1, with an open house scheduled for Saturday, November 12, with a free lunch from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. The Scottsdale Airport location will offer FAA Written more »
The coming NBAA convention is shaping up to be the 500-knot canary in the coal mine, and why it’s likely to give us a good idea of where the industry is headed.
With the NBAA convention coming up in a couple of weeks, it’s a good time to lay out the kinds of things we might expect to discover, and some of them are bigger than any one announcement, however blockbuster it might be. For those of you who aren’t familiar, the National Business Aviation Association Convention more »
Financing Aviation Stuff is Hard: Here’s What One Company Did About it
Redbird Flight, the company that makes a lineup of low-cost full motion flight training devices for a wide variety of users, announced that it has worked a deal to make it easier for its customers to finance a Redbird Sim. The announcement might not seem like big news, but in the context of the current more »
From bare-bones to something else, the Legend Cub goes high-tech
The Piper Cub has been around for a long time, and the classic Cub remains in our minds a dirt-simple machine, though popular Cub offshoots from Aviat and Cubcrafters have upped the ante considerably. So going all in on this game is American Legend Aircraft, the company that makes the Legend Cub, a popular Cub more »