George Donohue and Russell Shaver launched a book and speaking tour for “Terminal Chaos: Why U.S. Air Travel is Broken and How to Fix It” on Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. The pair argued that ATC is congested from over-scheduling by the airlines, which fly aircraft too small to be fuel and cost-efficient.
AINalerts » July 31, 2008
Competition for panel space and pilot eyeballs continues to intensify, with avionics manufacturers announcing more new products at EAA AirVenture this week in Oshkosh, Wis. Avidyne introduced the eight-inch PFD4000, a replacement for the “six-pack” instrument cluster with a high-resolution screen and remote sensors, keeping unit thickness to 3.5 inches. Shipments of the PFD4000 are slated to begin next year.
Eckhaus Leasing Group, a sister company of vehicle fleet company Eckhaus Fleet, yesterday placed an order for 250 Millennium Aerospace Foxjet II very light jets. The company expects to take delivery of 50 aircraft per year for five years, beginning in 2010 after planned FAA certification late next year. Millennium says the contract is worth $437.5 million, which would put the price of each Foxjet II at $1.75 million.
Rolls-Royce unveiled a new turboprop engine for general aviation applications on Tuesday at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. The RR500 turboprop engine is larger than the turboshaft RR300 launched last year and will deliver 350 to 450 shp. Based on the RR300 core, the RR500 features a higher mass flow compressor and correspondingly matching turbine, as well as an exhaust-down configuration, a gearbox and propeller controls.
For the first time in Piper Aircraft’s 71-year history, the company has flown a homegrown jet airplane. Yesterday morning, hundreds of the aircraft manufacturer’s employees watched, and celebrated, the successful maiden flight of the PiperJet from Vero Beach (Fla.) Airport, which is also home to Piper.
Yesterday afternoon, Cirrus test pilot Kent Vandergrift flew Cirrus Design’s prototype Vision SJ50 single-engine jet to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., concluding his flight with a high-speed pass and a landing on Runway 27. After the jet was towed to a stage in AeroShell Square, Cirrus founders Alan and Dale Klapmeier congratulated the Cirrus team members who helped make the jet possible.