Maximum Takeoff Weight

May 6, 2008 - 11:35am

Piper is working on boosting the max takeoff weight for its Meridian turboprop single to create a 15-percent increase in useful load. By the end of the year, Piper said it will receive certification of aerodynamic and structural changes to its Meridian that will allow a 242-lb increase in mtow from 4,850 lb to 5,092 lb.

May 5, 2008 - 9:47am

Italy’s Vulcanair expects to begin flying its single-turboprop VF600W by the end of this month, according to Remo De Feo, president of the company’s Manassas, Va.-based distributor. The fuselage of the nine-seat, 8,600-lb-mtow airplane was derived from the Vulcanair SF600A Canguro and its high wing from the Vulcanair 600 Viator. The airplane is powered by a Walter M601F-11 turboprop engine.

May 5, 2008 - 5:45am

Comments on the Transportation Security Administration’s Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP), which details the proposed requirements to comply with the TSA’s security program mandate for Part 135 airplanes with an mtow of 12,500 lb or more, were due August 19, but that deadline likely will be extended to at least September 19.

April 1, 2008 - 12:02pm

Pratt & Whitney Canada has received type certification from Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency for the turboprop engine chosen to power the new ATR 600 Series, the PW127M. A derivative of the PW127F and PW127E engines that power today’s ATRs, the PW127M produces 5 percent more power than its predecessors.

February 27, 2008 - 5:19am

The FAA revealed in its special conditions for the Phenom 100 a preliminary number for the very light jet’s maximum takeoff weight. At 9,700 pounds, this figure

January 25, 2008 - 9:54am

The National Air Transportation Association developed a Transportation Security Administration-approved program in time to meet the April 1 deadline for completion of TSA-required fingerprinting and background checks of crewmembers of air-taxi operators flying aircraft with an mtow of 12,500 pounds or more.

January 22, 2008 - 11:11am

The FAA on Friday issued a request for comments on special conditions that would apply to Embraer’s Phenom 100 VLJ to cover “novel or unusual design feature(s) associated with aft-mounted engine fire protection.” In the request, the FAA included information about the Phenom 100’s maximum takeoff weight, one of the specifications for the jet that Embraer has not revealed publicly thus far.

January 21, 2008 - 11:02am

All aircraft using European airspace are facing the prospect of having to carry minimum levels of third-party liability insurance. Under European Commission (EC) proposals now being debated by the European Parliament, operators of aircraft of up to 25 metric tons mtow (55,115 pounds) would be required to have minimum cover

January 17, 2008 - 11:51am

A stroll through NBAA’s latest benchmark survey reveals a treasure trove of information from no fewer than 737 flight departments.

January 14, 2008 - 6:17am

Cessna established a trilogy of CitationJet derivatives with the announcement of the CJ3 at the NBAA Convention in Orlando last September. Compared with the CJ2, the CJ3 has a 24-inch-longer cabin, with standard seating for six in a center-club configuration.