It was no big secret before this year’s NBAA Convention that Piper would be announcing plans for a single-engine jet, and indeed Piper did unveil its PiperJet on October 17. At the time, Piper had not yet selected an engine manufacturer. Early last month at the AOPA Expo in Palm Springs, Calif., Piper revealed that a Williams International FJ44-3AP will power the PiperJet.
Aviation International News » December 2006
Cessna’s receipt of flight-in-known-icing certification for the Citation Mustang in early November means that the jet’s certification program is complete and it is time to remove the airplane from the In The Works list.
The first Mustang delivered will be used for customer demonstrations. Cessna plans to deliver 40 Mustangs next year, with the first delivery to a customer outside Cessna taking place early next year.
A day before Honda Aircraft formally announced that the HondaJet will use the GE-Honda HF120 engine, Spectrum Aeronautical announced that its new all-composite midsize Freedom S-40 jet will be powered by the HF120, at a thrust rating of more than 2,000 pounds. The stand-up-cabin Freedom will cruise at up to 435 knots, and fly 2,200 nm at up to 45,000 feet. Certification and entry-into-service is set for 2010.
Honda Aircraft and Spectrum Aeronautical both announced at the NBAA Convention that they will use the GE-Honda HF120 engine in their new business jets.
EADS Socata has appointed IndUS Aviation the authorized sales representative in India for its TBM 700 and 850 turboprop singles. The Indian company, which builds light aircraft at facilities in Dallas and Bangalore, India, will also establish a product and customer support operation for the TBM line in India.
One year after receiving FAA type certification for its SJ30 light jet, Sino Swearingen delivered the first customer airplane to Doug Jaffe of San Antonio, one of the early investors in the SJ30 program. The “J” in the model name stands for Jaffe, while the “S” is for designer Ed Swearingen, who began designing the jet in 1982 and launched the program in the late 1980s.
On Dec. 1, 2000, a nonfatal helicopter accident in Rockport, Texas, became the first in a series of events that culminated recently in settlements of lawsuits involving the helicopter’s Rolls-Royce 250 engine. The accident occurred when the engine’s compressor adapter coupling failed, decoupling the compressor from the turbine.
BAE Systems is making another push to promote executive and corporate shuttle applications for its out-of-production 146/Avro RJ series of regional airliners.
Part 25 aircraft likely to get more stringent icing rules
Balancing available technology with the inevitable shifts in what governments will spend to achieve incremental gains, it’s tough to say what the air traffic management (ATM) environment of tomorrow will look like. Weren’t we all supposed to be living in a Free Flight utopia by now?