Piper PA-46

March 27, 2012 - 1:33pm

The annual Sun ’n’ Fun light aircraft convention opened today in Lakeland, Fla., with product-enhancement announcements from several exhibitors.  Cessna will add optional flight into known icing (FIKI) capability to its Corvalis TTX high-performance piston single through an integrated wet system molded into the aircraft’s composite wings.

February 4, 2012 - 2:55am
(L to r) Doug Finn, Douglas County Board; Dave Minor, Superior Chamber of Commer

Kestrel Aircraft is abandoning plans to set up the headquarters and new production plant for its K-350 single-engine turboprop in Brunswick Landing, Maine. On January 16, the company announced a $118 million deal to locate in Richard I. Bong Airport in Superior, Wis., and begin construction in June. The agreement is being financed by a variety of grants, low-interest loans, and tax credits from the City of Superior, Douglas County and the state of Wisconsin.

Assembling Sources of Capital

September 20, 2011 - 11:30am
The Piper Meridian turboprop single received approval for unpaved runway oper

Piper Aircraft used the Malibu/Meridian Owners & Pilots Association (MMOPA) Fly-in Convention, held last week in Hot Springs, Va., to officially announce the company’s receipt of fleet-wide approval for Piper Meridian single-engine turboprops to operate from unpaved runways. The company received the approval in late August.

July 27, 2011 - 10:00am

Kestrel Aircraft announced yesterday at EAA AirVenture that it has formed an Air Works division to install the Avidyne R9 avionics system and other upgrades in Piper Meridians and Cirrus SR22s. Kestrel president Alan Klapmeier said that the company is targeting a price in the region of $130,000 for installation of a new Meridian cockpit with the system and initially has set a “conservative” goal of 15 installations per year.

January 29, 2011 - 5:25am

Piper PA-46-500TP, Port Mansfield, Texas, Oct. 29, 2010–The pilot told investigators that just after gear retraction on a Part 91 flight from Charles Johnson Airport, the Meridian’s engine sputtered and quit, forcing him to fly under power lines and attempt to land in a semi-open field. The left wing struck a tree, spinning the turboprop single 180 degrees before it came to a stop, substantially damaged.

October 20, 2010 - 4:14pm

SimCom Training Centers (Booth No. 6656) has partnered with Eclipse Aerospace to provide training in the EA-500 very light jet and will offer training in the JetProp Malibu/Mirage Rocket Engineering conversion. SimCom also has developed a new international operations course.

October 18, 2010 - 8:13am

SimCom Training Centers (Booth No. 6656) has partnered with Eclipse Aerospace to provide training in the EA-500 very light jet and will offer training in the JetProp Malibu/Mirage Rocket Engineering conversion. SimCom also has developed a new international operations course.

September 30, 2010 - 12:11pm

Piper Aircraft has been promoting its new PiperJet in the form of a proof-of-concept aircraft based on the PA-46-500TP Meridian turboprop-single platform. However, officials with the Vero Beach, Fla.-based manufacturer told AIN today that it will appear at the NBAA Convention next month with “the next step” in the evolution of its single-engine very light jet, complete with a full-size mockup.

May 27, 2010 - 9:37am

Piper PA-46-500TP, San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 18, 2008–The NTSB determined that the pilot’s failure to execute an instrument approach was the cause of the crash, which destroyed the Meridian and killed the owner-pilot, the sole person on board. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s impairment due to use of over-the-counter medication.

October 1, 2009 - 9:32am

A small group of Embraer Phenom 100 owners came together in Santa Barbara, Calif., on August 29 for the first Phenom owners gathering. Ben Marcus, a partner
in light jet brokerage firm JetAviva, Van Nuys, Calif., helped put the meeting together, which attracted eight owners, who could form the nucleus of a Phenom 100 owners association.

 
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