Aviation International News » April 2008

April 11, 2008 - 12:07pm

Garmin unveiled the G950 avionics suite at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., on Tuesday. The glass avionics suite, dubbed “G1000 light” by a spokeswoman, is designed for aircraft manufacturers who want a standardized avionics configuration and will complete certification of their airframe’s avionics panel on their own. Quartz Mountain Aerospace is the first manufacturer to select the G950, for its four-place piston single.

April 11, 2008 - 12:05pm

“Congestion pricing should be the FAA’s last resort, not its first,” noted AOPA president Phil Boyer.

April 11, 2008 - 12:03pm

Merritt Island, Fla.-based Comp Air took the wraps off two new aircraft–the CA-9 and CA-11–yesterday at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., bringing its planned turboprop-single line to three models. The two new airplanes and the larger CA-12 are all composite and powered by the Honeywell TPE331. The $1.6 million CA-9–a six-place, high-wing airplane with fixed gear–is expected to cruise at 250 knots and have a range of 2,200 nm.

April 11, 2008 - 11:59am

AAI Acquisition will close on the purchase of bankrupt Adam Aircraft Industries on April 15, having made the only bid for the assets of the composite aircraft developer. AAI Acquisition was formed by Russian company Industrial Investors, a private equity asset management company based in Moscow and London, along with a group of former Adam Aircraft employees.

April 11, 2008 - 11:58am

NBAA has long been trying to figure out how best to serve the needs of its small flight department members, and yesterday at Sun ’n’ Fun the association took another step in this direction by announcing a Light Airplane Conference & Exhibition that will be held in San Diego next March. AIN sat down with NBAA president Ed Bolen at the Lakeland, Fla. airshow to find out more about this new event.

April 11, 2008 - 11:56am

At the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., yesterday NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen announced a new three-day industry event dedicated to operators who use light airplanes for business travel.

April 11, 2008 - 11:47am

Russia’s Sukhoi expects its Superjet 100 regional jet to fly for the first time next month and likely not enter domestic airline service for at least another year, program officials told AIN this week. That puts the troubled program some six months behind the schedule Sukhoi published last fall.

April 11, 2008 - 7:02am

The Mitsubishi MRJ might have attracted its most powerful project partner yet, as Japan’s Toyota Motor Company contemplates a major investment in the two-aircraft regional jet series. According to Japan’s Asahi newspaper, Toyota plans to invest 10 billion yen ($96.8 billion) in the MRJ, scheduled for industrial launch within weeks. Under the partnership, Mitsubishi will retain a 60-percent stake in the company.

April 2, 2008 - 12:17pm

Hawker Beechcraft named Russ Meyer III the company’s director of new product development. Meyer, son of the former Cessna chairman, was most recently program manager for Cessna’s Citation Mustang program.

April 2, 2008 - 11:29am

Eurocopter EC 135P2, Oxon Hill, Md., Jan. 10, 2005–The NTSB blamed the pilot’s failure to identify and arrest the descent of the LifeNet helicopter, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain. Contributing factors were the dark night conditions, limited outside visual references and the lack of an operable radar altimeter.