A high-level U.S. industry and government committee has recommended to the FAA that three capability areas requiring operators to equip their aircraft–automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B), required navigation performance (RNP) and data communications–be prioritized in rolling out the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
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News and issues concerning general aviation, specifically airplanes and helicopters powered by piston and alternative engines (i.e., non-turbine powered aircraft).
Cessna Aircraft today unveiled its new Corvalis TTX high-performance, single-engine piston at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Fla. The upgraded Corvalis features new standard and optional equipment, all-new interior and paint scheme options and, perhaps most important, the Intrinzic flight deck that uses the new touch-screen Garmin G2000 avionics system as its platform.
Terrafugia is planning to build its new aircraft/auto hybrid, the Transition, in a new facility in Woburn, Mass. The company has said it is setting up for low-volume production of the roadable light sport aircraft as early as late 2011. Earlier this year, the company got approval from the FAA to increase the vehicle’s maximum takeoff weight by 110 pounds over the 1,320-pound maximum takeoff weight for light sport aircraft.
Australia’s Gippsland Aeronautics is receiving a $20 million infusion from its new owner, India’s Mahindra Group, to develop a 10-seat variant of its GA8 Airvan and launch the new 18-seat GA18 turboprop (formerly the Nomad). Mahindra has already invested $2 million to expand Gippsland’s business domestically, and the company plans to first complete the 10-seat GA10 and then focus on the GA18.
Dubai’s Emirates Airline has ordered a further 32 A380s from Airbus, raising its firm order total for double-deck transport to 90 aircraft. The parties signed the contract, worth $11.5 billion at list prices, in a ceremony today at the Berlin Air Show, witnessed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Emirates Airline group chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum and Airbus president and CEO Tom Enders.
The world’s largest reunion organization of Douglas DC-3s since World War II, dubbed “The Last Time,” is one step closer with the appointment of eight industry experts to assist in the planning for the historic and world record setting formation flight.
The first-quarter numbers from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released yesterday show an overall 15-percent drop in general aviation aircraft deliveries compared with the previous year–from 459 to 390 aircraft. However, billings increased 7.1 percent to $4.64 billion, thanks largely to international deliveries of large-cabin, long-range business jets.
U.S. judge Randall Dunn on Friday ruled that China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. (CAIGAC) will be the winning bidder for the assets of bankrupt turboprop kit manufacturer Epic Air, but only if it licenses bidder LT Builders Group to manufacture Epics in Bend, Ore., according to a report in The Oregonian, which has been attending the Epic hearings.
An evidentiary hearing was scheduled today to determine the winner of an auction held last Friday for the assets of bankrupt Epic Air and its sister companies. Bidders were China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. (CAIGAC), Harlow Aerostructures and LT Builders Group. CAIGAC’s all-cash bid of $4.3 million was highest, followed by Harlow’s bid of $4 million.
Phillip Friedman, CEO of Harlow Aerostructures of Wichita, is vying to buy the assets of bankrupt aircraft developer Epic Air. Last year, he mounted an effort to bid on the assets of bankrupt very light jet manufacturer Eclipse Aviation, though he never made it into the final bidding. An auction for Epic's assets is scheduled for March 26.