The annual Sun ’n’ Fun light aircraft convention opened today in Lakeland, Fla., with product-enhancement announcements from several exhibitors. Cessna will add optional flight into known icing (FIKI) capability to its Corvalis TTX high-performance piston single through an integrated wet system molded into the aircraft’s composite wings.
Soloy Aviation Solutions has developed a repair and overhaul procedure for the composite turbine air inlet assembly installed on several Rolls-Royce 250-B17 turbine conversions. The system prevents ice build-up on the popular Soloy 206H turbine conversion as well as the O&N C210 and Tradewind Turbines A36 Bonanza turboprop conversions. According to Dave Stauffer, Soloy’s CEO, the inlet was originally built by Lucas Aerospace in Great Britain, but the company has changed hands several times over the years.
The Aspen Avionics Evolution primary flight display system received EASA STCs for installation in the Pilatus PC-6 and Beechcraft Bonanza 33, 35 and 36 series. The PC-6 STC was developed by Ruag Schweiz of Switzerland and the Bonanza STC by Germany’s Avionik Straubing. These STCs incorporate the most recent Evolution software, which received ETSO certification in April, according to Aspen.
West Star Named Bonanza Service Center
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) announced at NBAA it has appointed West Star Aviation (Booth No. 3511) in Grand Junction, Colo., as an authorized service center to support its Beechcraft Bonanza, Baron and King Air models.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) announced here this week the delivery of the first European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified piston singles and twins to enter service in Europe. Three new Bonanza G36 single-engine aircraft went to a customer in the UK and one Baron G58 twin to a customer in Poland.
With pressure increasing on the Environmental Protection Agency to mandate elimination of tetraethyl lead from avgas, Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) has stepped up research into alternative fuels for aircraft piston engines.
The NTSB’s chief administrative law judge dismissed an FAA emergency order of revocation of a New Jersey A&P’s mechanic certificate, Inspection Authorization and commercial pilot certificate following an investigation resulting from a nose-gear collapse on a 1947 Beech Bonanza. “This case is just another example of the FAA’s abuse of prosecutorial discretion,” said attorney Gregory Winton, who represented the mechanic.
Hartzell Propeller is now offering a three-bladed Top Prop propeller for the new Beechcraft Bonanza G36 piston single and all F33A, V35B, A36 and G36 Bonanzas powered by the factory original TCM IO-520 and IO-550 engines, including aircraft equipped with 28-volt electrothermal propeller de-ice systems.
The FAA has issued a technical service order (TSO) confirming the B/E Aerospace passenger seat for the Gulfstream G200 (née Galaxy) complies with 16-g dynamic testing requirements. The company said it is the 38th such order since its first 16-g certification in 1992.
Honeywell announced that its Bendix/King IHAS 8000 integrated hazard avoidance system will be included as standard equipment in Raytheon Beech King Air C90Bs beginning next year. The system will be optional in Beech Barons next year, and Honeywell’s KMH 880 multi-hazard awareness system with traffic and terrain protection will be optional in 2002 Bonanzas.