Pilatus revealed a next-generation PC-12 featuring a more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada turboprop engine and a four-tube Honeywell Apex integrated avionics suite. The Swiss airframer said a program is under way to certify the enhanced version of the aircraft by the end of next year, with deliveries to start immediately afterward.
With aircraft being pushed toward the edges of their flight envelopes here in the daily aerial displays at Farnborough International, their crews need real certainty that all is well with the engines. Helping to give them this assurance is local company Jet-Care which is providing its patented oil and engine debris analysis service for all aircraft here at the show this week.
At press time, two lawsuits had been filed in the aftermath of the September 29 midair collision over the Amazon jungle. Each suit lodges claims against U.S. charter operator ExcelAire, the two pilots of the Legacy 600 involved in the accident and avionics manufacturer Honeywell.
A recent notice sent to Honeywell GNS-XLS owners confirmed what many had suspected all along: due to hardware limitations, the flight management system will be ineligible for upgrade to WAAS functionality. Honeywell is offering a software upgrade for the GNS-XLS covering precision area navigation (PRnav) in Europe and compliance with AC 90-100 for new U.S.
Responding to rapid growth in maintenance and completion activities since the repair station’s formation two years ago, Indianapolis Jet Center (Booth No. 4093) has added a 50,000-sq-ft hangar to its facilities at Indianapolis International Airport.
For the last few years, much of the buzz in the turbine engine world has focused on the new small powerplants from Pratt & Whitney Canada, Williams and the Honda-GE Engines joint venture to propel the emerging class of very light jets. Now the spotlight has shifted somewhat, to advanced technology aimed at developing state-of-the-art engines in the 10,000-pound-thrust class for a new breed of large business jet.
Honeywell jump-started its 2006 NBAA Convention appearance by announcing a series of customer support initiatives as the Orlando gathering began. The initiatives are designed to simplify internal processes and improve customer service.
Sometimes you just outgrow a name, as Kelner Turbine did. As of September the company is rebranded to CD Aviation Services. According to a company spokesman, the name change accompanies the introduction of a new facility in Calgary, Alberta.
Jet-Care International (Booth No. 3469), providing laboratory analysis of oil, fuel, hydraulic fluid and debris, has added Pratt & Whitney and Williams International to its Honeywell and General Electric engine trend monitoring program portfolio.
At a press conference here on Monday, Premier Aircraft, a joint venture between Premier Air Center and Yankee Pacific Aerospace, detailed its new Falcon 50-4 program. Premier worked with Honeywell on the upgrade, which replaces the Falcon 50’s TFE731-3-1C and TFE731-3D-1 engines with new TFE731-4-1C engines. The upgrade includes minor modifications to the nacelles and engine instruments.