OEMs Roll Out Enhanced Aircraft at Sun ’n’ Fun

 - March 27, 2012, 3:40 PM

The annual Sun ’n’ Fun light aircraft convention opened today in Lakeland, Fla., with product-enhancement announcements from several exhibitors.

Cessna will add optional flight into known icing (FIKI) capability to its Corvalis TTX high-performance piston single through an integrated wet system molded into the aircraft’s composite wings.

Daher-Socata unveiled a new 6-2-4 combi Elite interior for the TBM850 turboprop single that features two certified 21g forward-facing seats behind the pilot positions and an expanded cargo area with a new certified net in place of the two aft seats in the traditional six-place interior.

Quest is partnering with Northrop Grumman to develop a special-mission version of its Kodiak single-engine utility turboprop called the Air Claw. A prototype is expected to fly by July.

Extra Aircraft has placed on hold plans to open a U.S. production facility for its EA-500 single-engine turboprop as it pursues full FAA certification, which could be concluded by July.

Hawker Beechcraft plans to begin deliveries of its upgraded G36 Bonanza piston single in June.