Fractional-ownership management company OurPlane announced the launch of the first fractional Eclipse 500 VLJ program, based in Jacksonville, Fla.
A comprehensive update on the PC-12 program with particular focus on maintenance issues will fill the hour-long Pilatus maintenance and operations meeting this afternoon starting at 2 p.m. in Georgia World Conference Center Room B305.
Of all the subsegments of the general aviation market, the turboprop field is the only one not experiencing an increase in new development. At airshow after airshow, very light jets, personal single-engine jets, more powerful piston singles and light sport airplanes have seen the greatest amount of activity. Although turboprops are one of the most efficient ways to fly, they are not the shining stars of most product development departments.
Banyan Air Service, located at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, recently performed the company’s first 10-year Pilatus demate. The 28-year-old maintenance facility has been an authorized Pilatus satellite service center since 2002.
The special tooling and custom fabrication of wing shoring was developed by company employees Curtis Florio, Hartley Starratt and Misael Rodriguez under the direction of crew leader Dan Day.
EBACE concluded today in Geneva with record attendance and exhibitor numbers. At least one exhibitor feels the event has become the show of choice, saying, “Collectively there are more real buyers here than at [the annual] NBAA [convention in the U.S.].” There’s no doubt the show has grown exponentially over the seven years of its existence. What follows is a sample of news highlights from this year’s event.
Fast growing European fractional operator Jetfly will more than double its fleet of high-speed executive turboprops after announcing a number of orders here yesterday.
JetFly, a Luxembourg-based company set up in 1999, is offering fractional ownerships in single-engine turboprop aircraft.
For the first time in many years, Pilatus Aircraft has full order books for both
Swiss group Ruag Aerospace is here at EBACE (Booth No. 1470) hot on the heels of its purchase of Pilatus Aircraft’s (Booth No. 700) TSA Transairco subsidiary in early April. The sale, the price of which was undisclosed, is retroactive to January 1.
The new owner said it intends to retain all 115 of Transairco’s employees and the management team headed by CEO Jason Mulcock.
Pilatus PC-12, Bellefonte, Pa., March 26, 2005–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the crash of the PC-12 on an ILS approach to University Park Airport, State College, Pa., was the pilot’s failure to maintain sufficient airspeed to avoid a stall, which resulted in an inadvertent stall and spin. Factors also included the pilot’s failure to follow procedures/directives and clouds.