Sunday, July 1, 2007
July-Aug 2007 On The Radar
The year 2006 was the best for Pilatus since the company was founded. They recorded a double-digit increase in number of aircraft sold; additionally, sales and operating income have been on an upward curve for the past four years. More than half the company’s sales (51%) were generated in North and South America, and more than a quarter (29.2%) in Europe, followed by Asia (9.2%), Australia (7%) and Africa (3.6%). In 2006, 102 aircraft were manufactured—13 more than in the previous year. With 90 aircraft, the PC-12 represented the highest proportion, followed by seven trainer aircraft and five Pilatus Porter PC-6s." />
Diamond Super Star Makes First Flight!
On April 4, 2007, less than one year after the first flight of the D-JET, the DA50 Super Star piston single took flight at Diamond’s factory in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The Diamond DA50 Super Star has a max takeoff weight of 3,670 pounds and is equipped with a 350 hp Teledyne Continental TSIOF-550J engine with FADEC control and twin turbo chargers.
Diamond CEO Christian Dries stated, “The DA50 Super Star will surely be a big hit, with powerplants including the 350 hp big bore as well as turbo-diesel engine options. We’ve planned an aggressive development and certification schedule, with production starting no later than January 2008.” Learn more at www.diamond
aircraft.com and www.diamond-air.at.
Sandel Helps Older Jets Adjust Their Attitude
Sandel has certified its SA4550 Primary Attitude Display for retrofit installation in such aircraft as Cessna Citations, Lear 20-series and other jets and turboprops with four-ATI or five-ATI panel displays. The modular SA4550 offers a technology upgrade for aircraft with older Sperry and Collins electromechanical ADI displays. The modular SA4550 offers a technology upgrade for aircraft with older Sperry and Collins electromechanical ADI displays. Paired with the already certified Sandel SN4500 Primary Navigation Display, the SA4550 provides operators with a complete PFD solution.
Featuring advanced PhlatLight display technology, the new LED-backlit SA4550 offers an affordable, easy-to-install aftermarket upgrade. With an easy-to-read display, long operating life, full complement of ADI features and intuitive interface, the SA4550 is ideal for a wide range of digital and analog aircraft. The introductory retail price is $20,500. Additional information can be found at www.sandel.com.
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