Kestrel Aircraft has selected the Garmin G3000 glass-panel touchscreen suite as the primary avionics offering for its all-composite single-engine turboprop, company CEO Alan Klapmeier announced yesterday at EAA AirVenture. “I have a passion for avionics; it is the critical aspect for the pilot-vehicle interface,” he said. “The G3000’s wide-aspect-ratio screen provides great real estate for a user-friendly interface with the pilot.”
Kestrel Aircraft has selected the Garmin G3000 glass-panel touchscreen suite as the primary avionics offering for its in-development single-engine turboprop. Kestrel CEO Alan Klapmeier made the announcement at AirVenture yesterday and offered a program update.
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.
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.
Cirrus Aircraft announced the expansion of its Grand Forks, N.D. facility to accommodate a new autoclave oven in preparation for production of the all-composite Vision SF50 jet. Modifications to the Grand Forks plant began in May and the autoclave was delivered late last week, with installation now under way.
“The building housing the autoclave will be constructed around this large piece of equipment,” Cirrus said, “and is expected to be complete by the end of July with a fully operational autoclave by mid-August.”
Cirrus Aircraft is here exhibiting its SR22 piston single on the static display in a bid to persuade business aircraft owners that “there is always a good reason to have another plane,” as Jan-Peter Fisher, a Cirrus representative in Germany, put it. For example, the SR22 can land at small airfields that cannot accommodate a business jet. The five-seater is “about the fun of flying,” Fisher went on, not forgetting to mention the high cruise speed for the category: 200 knots.
The future of business aviation in China will include single-engine jets, so says Jim Rice, chairman and CEO of VisionAire Jets, who is here promoting the Vantage composite jet. Rice came to ABACE 2013 not only to show the Chinese market the benefits of a single-engine jet, but also to tell potential investors about the VisionAire program.
The General and Regional Aviation Committee of the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program is set to deliver a key report to officials at China’s CAAC aviation authority officials next Wednesday about general aviation operations in China. It is expected to represent a key step in opening up lower airspace in the country.
Cirrus Aircraft remains committed to the single-engine Vision SF50 jet program, and with suspension of the Diamond D-Jet is now the front-runner in the race to bring a single-engine jet to market. Cirrus has hired more than 100 engineers, designers and technicians for the Vision team and is recruiting additional personnel, according to the company. Most recently, Cirrus promoted former executive v-p and COO Pat Waddick to president and COO.
Duluth, Minn.-based Cirrus Aircraft promoted executive vice president and COO Pat Waddick to president and COO. CEO Dale Klapmeier said the timing of the announcement couldn’t be better, as the company begins “to accelerate the Vision SF50 Jet program as we aim to fly the first conforming certification aircraft within the next 12 months.” In his new role, Waddick will have responsibility for daily company operations, including sales and service, manufacturing and supply chain, product development and administration.