RotorWay unveiled a new production turbine trainer helicopter yesterday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The Eagle 300T will be powered by a Rolls-Royce RR300 similar, but not identical, to the engine powering the Robinson R66. RotorWay CEO Grant Norwitz said the new helicopter will cost “more than a Robinson R22 and less than a Robinson R66.” Company officials said they expect the 300T to be certified before the end of 2011.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Sonex Aircraft brought what might be the only new jet-powered aircraft to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.–a research-and-development project intended to evaluate market reception for a small jet airplane kit.
Hawker Beechcraft yesterday unveiled the latest version of its venerable C90 King Air turboprop twin at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. Deliveries of the new $3.65 million King Air C90GTx are scheduled to begin early next year. The GTx replaces the GTi, which was launched at AirVenture in 2007.
Bend, Ore.-based Stratos Aircraft on Tuesday began taking refundable escrowed $50,000 deposits for its single-engine Stratos 714 very light jet. Company chief technology officer Carsten Sundin told AIN that the first 25 aircraft will be sold for $2 million each, after which there will be a modest, but as-yet-undetermined, price increase.
Dornier Seaplane exhibited its all-composite Seastar amphibian at the Canadian Business Aviation Association show in Montreal in late May, showing off fresh paint and an upgraded interior. The Seastar program “is gaining momentum,” according to Joe Walker, CEO of the Punta Gorda, Fla.-based company, which has taken orders for 25 of the twin-turboprop amphibians.
Certification of the single-engine Diamond D-Jet has been delayed again and is now scheduled for early next year. At last year’s EAA AirVenture show, Diamond announced that certification was going to take place this year. Meanwhile, D-Jet numbers two and three continue flight testing in Texas, which offers a much more benign climate than Diamond’s London, Ontario (Canada) headquarters.
Diamond Aircraft has again delayed certification of the single-engine D-Jet and is now planning for approval early next year. At the EAA AirVenture show last July, Diamond announced that certification was going to take place this year. Meanwhile, D-Jets number two and three continue flight testing in Texas, which offers a much more benign climate than London, Ontario (Canada), where Diamond’s North American division is based.
RotorWay, the company behind the piston-powered A600 Talon two-seat kit-built helicopter, is taking a major step up market with plans for an FAA-certified, two-seat turbine helicopter that it hopes to have flying in time for EAA’s AirVenture this July. Paving the way for the project was RotorWay’s recent acquisition of PMC Machining and Manufacturing based in Phoenix.
A Sikorsky Aircraft S-300CBi slated for delivery to Olive Branch, Miss.-based AirVenture Flight Center is on display here at Heli-Expo’09 (Booth No. 1740). The manufacturer held a delivery ceremony Sunday morning to mark the event. The S-300CBi (S/N 0352) is AirVenture’s “first venture into the helicopter marketplace,” according to Dave Horton, general manager of Sikorsky’s light helicopter division.
Bend, Ore.-based Epic Aircraft continues to pursue certification of its $1.2 million single-engine, owner-built kitplane, the Epic LT, re-badged in certified form as the $1.95 million Dynasty.