Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Days Of Celebration, Days Of Dreams
10 new planes that offer encouragement and new visions for aviation
From New Zealand comes this rugged-looking XSTOL (extremely short takeoff and landing) airplane with an impressive range of potential mission modes, including passenger/cargo/utility hauling, skydiving, crop dusting and aerial surveying! The P-750 offers 10 seats, takeoff and landing in less than 800 feet, rough-strip operations and a 4,000-pound useful load even in high-
density-altitude conditions. Visit www.aerospace.co.nz.
Diamond Aircraft has chosen Airline Transport Professionals (ATP) as its flight-training provider, with 20 D-Jets currently on order. ATP will provide factory-authorized type-rating and recurrent training and support services for the new VLJ at several of its centers nationwide. The flight training is aimed primarily at the owner-pilot market, which focuses on an initial pilot-candidate assessment and six- to nine-day comprehensive programs. Visit www.atpflightschool.com and www.diamondaircraft.com.
Diamond’s sporty, two-seat, T-tail flivver received a panel makeover with Garmin’s newly certified G500 PFD/MFD. Priced at $15,995, the G500 is targeted at more than 600 single- and twin-engine aircraft. Options include a version of Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) software and the GAD 43 autopilot interface. Visit www.diamondaircraft.com and www.garmin.com.
The all-composite E430 LSA is the world’s first commercially produced, two-seat electric aircraft. It flies for well over an hour on just $2.50 of electric charge! Look for it on the market within the next year, and expect refinements—the E430 was brought from design to first flight in only four months! Visit yuneeccouk.site.securepod.com.
Dornier Seastar CD2
Dornier’s all-composite, twin Seastar CD2 amphibian can be configured in various ways, with a max passenger load of 12! Fully certified, its power train features two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135A in-line turboprops with 650 shp each. Max climb is 1,300 fpm; max cruise is 180 knots. Visit www.dornierseaplane.com.
Icon Aircraft A5
The much-anticipated Icon Aircraft A5 amphibious S-LSA had its land-launch debut at EAA AirVenture’s seaplane base in July. Hundreds of aviation enthusiasts watched the production prototype—the company says 400 orders are on the books—nimbly carve high-bank turns overhead and then perform numerous takeoffs and smooth landings on water. It was an impressive public showing. Visit www.iconaircraft.com.
Icon Aircraft A5
Longtime kit aircraft maker Sonex could sell its SubSonex single-place jet for less than $50,000; it weighs 330 pounds and has a 750-pound gross weight. The engine comes from RC modeling ranks! Projected Vne is 300 mph. Also in development is the Stratos 714, a four-seat very light personal jet (VLPJ) project with performance that includes operations at FL410. Visit www.sonexaircraft.com and www.stratosaircraft.com.
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