Epic Aircraft’s plan to transition from the kit-built market to certified aircraft has suffered a setback. At the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., at the end of July, only one Epic LT single-engine turboprop was on display, and company founder, chairman and CEO Rick Schrameck never showed up. In July, Epic’s facility in Bend, Ore., was locked shut and employees sent home.
Aviation International News » September 2009
Brazil-based GP Aerospace is trying to raise $10 million to build a flying prototype of the company’s GP210 very light jet. The GP210 is a light twin-turbine VLJ powered by two 740-pound-thrust Price Induction DGen390 turbofans, which are currently under development. Performance targets for the four-seat twin are 4,300 pounds mtow, maximum altitude 25,000 feet and high-speed cruise of 276 knots.
Comp Air is still planning to certify its single-engine turboprop CA-12, but has not yet formally applied to the FAA for a type certificate. “We’re waiting for everything to be in place before we apply,” said COO Bill Fedorko. The company is not yet taking deposits on the CA-12, he added.
The aircraft that carried former President Bill Clinton to North Korea last month on an errand of mercy seeking the release of two imprisoned U.S. journalists wasn’t a government jet. The secretive mission–which the White House describes as a private diplomatic initiative–instead traveled to Pyongyang in a BBJ, the use of which was donated by owner Stephen Bing, head of Shangri-La Entertainment and a personal friend of the ex-President.
Robert Brown, president and CEO of Montreal-based pilot training provider and simulator manufacturer CAE, has announced his retirement effective at the end of this month. He will be succeeded by executive vice president and COO Marc Parent. Brown will remain with the company in an advisory capacity until the end of the year.
King Schools has added a new course–Part 135 initial and recurrent training–to its series of professional online courses. The course is designed for Part 135 operators that don’t have a training officer to create course content or that need a comprehensive course that covers all the general knowledge topics required in 14CFR Part 135.345.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) hopes to boost new C90-series King Air sales with another revision of its smallest twin turboprop. Deliveries of the $3.65 million King Air C90GTx will begin early next year. The GTx will offer significant increases in payload and range along with improved turbulence-detecting Doppler weather radar and Waas GPS capability as standard equipment.
Now in operation for more than three years, AgustaWestland’s Alessandro Marchetti helicopter training academy in Italy is continuing to expand the scope of the training provided there.
A number of business jets–more than 3,000 by some estimates–are sitting idle on the ramp as their owners wait for the economy to improve. According to Rich Schuller, founder of Schuller Aerospace Services International of Scottsdale, Ariz., there could be trouble brewing for those owners.
More than a year after it bought 80 percent of Sino Swearingen Aircraft, infused it with $150 million of new capital, and rebranded it Emivest Aerospace, the company’s Dubai-based owner, Emirates Investment and Development, may be on the verge of establishing a regular production schedule for the $7.25 million SJ30 light twinjet.