Aerostar Aircraft has flown its long-awaited jet version of the Aerostar piston twin to Oshkosh. The prototype aircraft features twin underwing-mounted, Fadec-controlled Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615Fs that propel the aircraft at 400 knots at 20,000 feet.
Aerostar Ventures Singapore has launched an AOG desk for Indian customers. “Service and response time is slow for operators in India,” director and CEO Praveen Srivastava told AIN. “We intend to reach out aggressively to India, initially from our Singapore location.
Sharjah-based Aerostar Asset Management and Air India Engine Overhaul Division in Mumbai, India, have announced the creation of an engine maintenance, repair and overhaul brand, “The A-Team.” It also will provide engine management services. The A-Team will start with marketing its offers to Middle Eastern prospects.
Jim Christy, vice president of Hayden, Idaho-based Aerostar Aircraft, continues his search for an investor or investors willing to put up $50 million–while not demanding the whole store– to bring the proposed turbofan-powered derivative of the Piper Aerostar 600/700 through certification and into production.
The search for funding, aggravated by the infarction of the private financial markets after the dot-com meltdown in 2000 and made worse by September 11, has caused Aerostar Aircraft Corp. to revise its plans for a Williams FJ33-1 powered Aerostar Jet (developed from the Piper Aerostar 600 piston twin).
BAE Systems Regional Aircraft reports “good progress” with the conversion of the first relaunched BAe 146QT (Quiet Trader) freighter at the program’s Aerostar conversion center in Bacau, Romania. Program manager David van Veggel said he expects the first converted aircraft–a Series 200 (S/N E2099)–to roll out for service in the first half of next year.
One set of options for MiG-29 operators involves the cockpit modernization packages offered by Israel’s Elbit Systems. The modular approach allows for the integration of new sensors, systems and weapons, along with an improved man-machine interface.