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.
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 »
Powerplant: 115 hp Rotax 914 UL Turbo Propeller: Three-blade Airmaster 72” composite Fuel capacity: 46 gal. Fuel burn: 6 gph Range @ 75% power with 45 min. reserves: 780 nm Max gross weight: 2,024 lbs. Standard empty weight: 1,036 lbs. Maximum useful load: 992 lbs. Wingspan: 32 ft. 8 in. Length: 25 ft. 3 in. 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 »
It wasn’t the worst weather for a test flight I’d ever seen, but by late afternoon, the North Carolina air was bumpy, and I’d already had a long day, which started at seven with a training session in the HondaJet sim. The bumps, I soon realized, were a great test. Anybody can fly an airplane more »
Layoffs and production delays for controversial LSA amphibian
Signs of troubles with ICON Aircraft proved telling, as the Vacaville, California-based company announced on Wednesday that it would delay the program by about a year. ICON president Kirk Hawkins said the issues were due to “manufacturability” problems with the design. He said the delay would allow the company to solve those manufacturing issues and more »
The airfoils and flight control surfaces of the future might be very different than what we’re used to. Think engines, lots of them, and bird wings.
If you’ve been around aviation for any length of time, you know a few stories about so-called revolutionary aircraft that sounded too good to be true. Turns out, most of the time, they are. So, stop me if you’ve heard the one about the airliner that cruises at 600 mph, but lands on a 3,000-foot runway. more »
Why this next-generation powerplant is everything owners and pilots have been waiting for
Late last year at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas, GE introduced its new turboprop, simply called (in GE’s current preference for brands over numerical designations) the Advanced Turboprop, and it did so with an air of understatement admirable in this age of the hype machine. Brad Mottier, the head of GE’s remarkably successful and more »
The term “hybrid” gets used a lot these days, even when it doesn’t really fit. Of course, most people hear the term and think of a car with a combination drive system: an electric motor assisted by a small gasoline engine to take up the slack and charge the batteries if need be. In aviation, more »