Ibis

August 4, 2008 - 11:12am

With Czech certification of the Ae270 turboprop single now expected in the fourth quarter of this year (earlier anticipated in September) and FAA approval in the first quarter of next year, Ibis Aerospace announced the selection of Southstar Aircraft Interiors of Texas to supply interior completions for production airplanes and DeCrane Aircraft Seating to supply executive-class seating.

June 30, 2008 - 9:32am

Testing of the Ibis Aerospace Ae270 Propjet single has reached a milestone of one lifetime of airframe cycles during testing, representing 20,000 simulated flight hours of stress and fatigue analysis. The program will continue to 80,000.

June 11, 2008 - 6:39am

Ibis Aerospace, a joint venture company formed by Aero Vodochody of the Czech Republic and Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. of Taiwan, flew the prototype of its Ae270 single-engine turboprop in front of a public audience for the first time at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France, in June. A second prototype is expected to fly by the end of this month.

May 29, 2008 - 7:12am

Ibis Aerospace came to last month’s NBAA Convention with a restyled full-scale cabin mockup of its Ae270 turboprop single. The new interior provides fully adjustable leather seating in a club arrangement and includes two foldout tables, an ultrasuede headliner, a fabric-covered side ledge, adjustable lighting and environmental controls.

May 7, 2008 - 11:55am

The dearth of orders (only five) for the lower-powered Ae270P turboprop single compared with the higher-powered Ae270HP and the difficulties inherent in running two programs at once have led Ibis Aerospace, the joint venture of Czech Aero Vodochody and AIDC of Taiwan, to focus its efforts on the Ae270HP instead. Subsequently, the Ae270P orders were all converted to -HP orders, giving that model a total order book of 69.

January 21, 2008 - 5:56am

The first conforming prototype of the Ibis Aerospace Ae270 turboprop single (S/N 5) took to the air for the first time on February 25 for nearly one hour. The flight routine included gear cycling, steep banks and climb and short-field landing characteristics. The main difference between this third flying Ae270 and the other two flying Ae270s is its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-66A engine.

January 21, 2008 - 5:56am

The first conforming prototype of the Ibis Aerospace Ae270 turboprop single (S/N 5) took to the air for the first time on February 25 for nearly one hour. The flight routine included gear cycling, steep banks and climb and short-field landing characteristics. The main difference between this third flying Ae270 and the other two flying Ae270s is its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-66A engine.

January 14, 2008 - 6:23am

First flight of the third flying single-turboprop Ibis Ae270 conforming prototype (S/N 5), previously expected last fall, is now expected to take place this month. It is the first prototype powered by the more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66A turboprop slated for the Ae270HP. Rated at 1,583 eshp (thermodynamic), the engine is derated to 850 shp (takeoff).

October 16, 2007 - 6:20am

Ibis Aerospace selected the FlightLogic synthetic vision system from Chelton Avionics of Boise, Idaho, for its Ae270 a turboprop single, which is  scheduled for certification by the end of this year. FlightLogic combines HUD symbology with real-time forward-looking 3-D views of terrain and obstacles, and the so-called highway-in-the-sky concept (in which the pilot flies the airplane on the approach through a series of virtual boxes).

October 4, 2007 - 8:32am

Ibis Aerospace expects to have its second prototype (S/N 003) flying on November 2 for a demonstration to the board of directors, as long as the weather cooperates in Prague. The single turboprop’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A was being tested last month in preparation for the flight. Earlier this year the company said the airplane would fly in February, then June and then September.

 
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