Epic Aircraft unveiled a revised instrument panel for its E1000 single-engine turboprop here at AirVenture. The automotive-style panel was designed in-house and features the Garmin G1000 glass-panel avionics system. The $2.75 million E1000 is intended to be the certified version of Epic’s LT kit aircraft. Epic filed for certification 18 months ago and CEO Doug King expects to complete the process in 2015 and have the first conforming aircraft flying at the end of 2013.
Although the company still needs capital to begin full-scale production, Canadian light plane manufacturer SAM Aircraft has reason to celebrate this week at EAA AirVenture 2013. Transport Canada granted approval earlier this month of the SAM LS light sport aircraft in the Advanced Ultralight class.
“We worked very hard to be sure that everything was done in conformance with both the [American] LSA and Transport Canada rules and quality standards,” said SAM Aircraft president Thierry Zibi. “We are happy to see that the SAM LS flies to our expectations.”
EAA AirVenture 2013 is barely 48 hours old, but already some definite themes are emerging around the show. Among them is greater discussion regarding use of angle of attack (AoA) indicators in general aviation (GA) aircraft.
Milestone Aviation Group, the helicopter leasing firm headed by NetJets founder Richard Santulli, closed a new $300 million credit facility yesterday. The company will use these proceeds to acquire and lease helicopters–including Sikorsky S-92s, Eurocopter EC225s and AgustaWestland AW189s and AW139s–valued at $400 million to affiliates of Bristow Group. The credit facility is the largest ever for a helicopter lessor, the company said.
Gulfstream Aerospace’s enhanced vision system (EVS) II and head-up display (HUD) II for the G280 are now FAA certified, the company announced late last week. Combined, the systems–which are integrated with the G280’s Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion-based PlaneView280 avionics–allow pilots to see terrain, runways, taxiways and possible obstructions in low-visibility conditions.
Cirrus Aircraft’s Vision SF50 single-engine jet program has made “significant progress” toward certification, the Duluth, Minn.-based aircraft manufacturer said yesterday at EAA AirVenture. First delivery of an SF50 is still scheduled for late 2015, it added.
According to Cirrus, the next steps in the program involve building conforming aircraft for further certification testing (it has been flying a non-conforming prototype since July 2008) and preparing the Cirrus headquarters in Duluth and its manufacturing facility in Grand Forks, N.D., for production.
Able Flight, which offers scholarships for flight training as a unique challenge for people with disabilities, introduced six new sport pilots to the global flying community Tuesday in a brief ceremony on Phillips 66 Plaza at EAA AirVenture 2013.
Any chance for a rapprochement between the EAA and FAA over the latter’s imposition of more than $450,000 in air traffic control fees on this year’s AirVenture appears unlikely.
Cirrus Aircraft is not ruling out making some parts for its new $1.96 million (2010) SF50 single-engine jet in China as a strategy for combating costs.
Cessna Aircraft’s single-engine line is likely to experience price hikes as the company seeks to improve profit margins on all of its aircraft, even as sales of some models slump. That was the word from Cessna vice president Jodi Noah here at EAA AirVenture Monday. “We will be pursuing price increases on a few of the different products primarily because we want to be able to offer the different products in our line-up.