AINalerts » October 11, 2011

October 11, 2011 - 6:22pm

Piper Aircraft introduced improved versions of its M-Class single-engine business aircraft, which include the turboprop Meridian, the pressurized piston Mirage and the unpressurized piston Matrix. The biggest design changes result in greater pilot comfort, thanks to such enhancements as a cockpit assist handle to aid access; a fold-down copilot seat that converts to a work surface; and more elbow and hip room.

October 11, 2011 - 6:19pm

Blackhawk Modifications received EASA certification for its XP42A conversion for the Cessna 208B Grand Caravan. Blackhawk received FAA approval in June for the conversion, which replaces the stock P&WC PT6A-114A engine with the more powerful -42A model.

October 11, 2011 - 6:16pm

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has set up a New York City-based underwriting team to develop its general aviation portfolio in the U.S. The company has also expanded its presence in Canada and its relationship with Seattle-based London Aviation Underwriters.

October 11, 2011 - 6:14pm

XJet announced at the NBAA Convention this week that it plans to add 50,000 sq ft of ramp to its campus on the south side of Denver Centennial Airport. The facility includes a terminal; two climate-controlled hangars; auto storage; a conference room; and a pilots’ lounge.

October 11, 2011 - 6:12pm

Hawker Beechcraft received Brazilian certification for its Hawker 4000 business jet.

October 11, 2011 - 6:09pm

Bell Helicopter announced yesterday at the NBAA Convention that it received FAA certification for its new $2.865 million, single-engine 407GX, which is equipped with

October 11, 2011 - 6:06pm

Over the past year, SimCom staff at the company’s four pilot training locations have seen a clear “rightsizing” trend among its customers. “Rightsizing is the process of more closely matching the capabilities and size of the airplane to the missions being flown,” company CEO Wally David said. “Before the economic realities in today’s marketplace, it was not uncommon for a large jet to be used for a 300-mile trip.

October 11, 2011 - 6:02pm

Kestrel Aircraft brought a mockup of its new, wider cabin for its in-development single-engine turboprop to the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas. According to company chairman and CEO Alan Klapmeier, Kestrel has been busy refining the design of the aircraft formerly known as the Farnborough F1.

October 11, 2011 - 5:58pm

Gulfstream Aerospace unveiled its new “Elite” interiors for the G550 and G450 at the NBAA Convention this week in Las Vegas. The extra-cost package incorporates much of the clean-lines look, feel, and functionality of the interior the company developed for its ultra-long-range flagship G650. “The Elite package is built on the brand DNA of the G650,” said Gulfstream president Larry Flynn.

October 11, 2011 - 5:53pm

Dassault’s still-under-wraps Falcon super-midsize (SMS) will be in a category above today’s Falcon 2000 series, a company spokesman told AIN, thus clarifying where the future aircraft will be positioned in the French maker’s gamut.


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