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October 11, 2007, 6:26 AM

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October 11, 2007, 6:26 AM

Naples, Italy-based Vulcanair recently started certification flight testing of its 10- to 16-passenger VF600W Mission turboprop single. The airplane, an 8,650-pound would-be competitor to the Cessna Caravan, is powered by a 775-shp Walter turbine turning a five-blade Avia propeller.

October 11, 2007, 6:25 AM

Seagull Aviation is working on another STC for the installation of the 750-shp Czech Walter engine and Avia propeller on various King Airs. This STC will apply to the King Air A100, F90 and 99. Dan Sigl, president of Seagull Aviation, said he anticipates receiving the STC in late spring.

October 11, 2007, 6:24 AM

By June 1 Gulfstream is expected to start offering the BAE Systems Matador infrared surface-to-air missile countermeasures system for the GV and GV-SPs, and on their new derivatives, the G500 and G550. FAA approval for the approximately $3 million option was pending at press time.

October 11, 2007, 6:24 AM

Shipments of new business jets in the first quarter plummeted nearly 43 percent compared with last year’s first quarter, according to figures compiled by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

October 11, 2007, 6:21 AM

An optional kit for BBJs that will provide a 6,500-foot cabin at FL410 instead of the current 8,000-foot cabin is going through the FAA approval process now and will not be available until mid-year, according to Boeing.

October 11, 2007, 6:20 AM

Boeing delivered 11 BBJs last year (including two BBJ2s), five fewer than the 16 in 2001 and down three from the 14 aircraft delivered in 2000. In 1999, its first full year of deliveries, 29 BBJs were shipped. Just four of the 11 BBJs delivered last year are on the U.S. registry.

October 11, 2007, 6:18 AM

Cessna’s Citation CJ2 has been approved by the U.S. and Germany for steep approaches, such as that required to use London City Airport. Other European countries are expected to follow with the same approval. Currently, six Citation models have such U.S. approvals.

October 11, 2007, 6:17 AM

Safire Aircraft selected the Williams FJ33, derated to 1,100 pounds thrust, to power the Florida company’s S-26 very light twinjet.

October 11, 2007, 6:17 AM

The House subcommittee on aviation late last month signed off on the Aviation Security Technical Corrections and Improvement Act, legislation that would restore “nonscheduled commercial flights” to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

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