Pusher configuration

May 6, 2008 - 10:00am

The final day of the NBAA convention in Orlando, Fla., last month opened to gray clouds and gathering rain. But for the Piaggio Aero team, there was nothing but sunshine and broad smiles.

For the Italian aviation company, the three-day show was highlighted by a record-setting flight, orders for 11 new airplanes, entry into the fractional-ownership market and a 600-hr engine TBO extension.

February 26, 2008 - 7:10am

SimCom instructor Ted Otto knows the PC-12. With about 3,000 hours flying the roomy single-engine Swiss turboprop, Otto is one of those rare pilots who not only knows his subject intimately but also knows how to share his knowledge with pilots who travel to SimCom Training Centers’ Orlando, Fla. headquarters to learn how to fly the PC-12.

February 4, 2008 - 6:18am

Rick Adam, CEO of Adam Aircraft, told AIN at last month’s Sun ’n’ Fun airshow in Lakeland, Fla., that the A700 very light twinjet would make its first flight in the second half of this year and obtain certification next year. He said his company’s A500 inline piston twin, which is currently in flight testing and expected to earn FAA approval in July, is eliminating much of the risk for the Williams FJ33-1-powered A700.

October 4, 2007 - 6:45am

When Steven Santo announced the creation of a fractional ownership program with an aircraft fleet consisting solely of Italian-built Avanti turboprop twins, some reacted to the news with skepticism. The economy was entering a recession, they said, and the airplane itself had never sold well.

Now the skeptics are silent, and Santo typically shows up for work with the smile of a man well satisfied with his lot in life.

October 4, 2007 - 5:26am

Advanced Aerodynamics & Structures, which completed its acquisition of the assets of bankrupt Mooney Aircraft on April 29 and changed its name to Mooney Aerospace Group, has indefinitely suspended development of the Jetcruzer 500.

September 20, 2007 - 11:02am

Even as Italian manufacturer Piaggio Aero Industries reaps the benefits of a remarkable sales resurgence in the U.S., the company increasingly views its own backyard as fertile soil for future growth.

July 30, 2007 - 10:45am

A “verification prototype” of Cirrus’s recently unveiled “personal jet” could fly within two or three years, according to company officials.

Cirrus Design executives revealed a mock-up of the long-awaited single-engine jet at company headquarters in Duluth, Minn., in late June. To date, the company has received $100,000 deposits for more than 150 copies of “The-Jet,” mostly from current customers of its piston SR20 and SR22.

May 22, 2007 - 9:33pm

Piaggio Aero Industries’ speedy Avanti II, long acknowledged as the fastest turboprop aircraft in the world, is now even faster.

At EBACE, Piaggio announced that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted approval for installation of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-66B in the Avanti II, giving the twin-engine pusher a maximum cruise speed of 402 knots (Mach 0.70).

March 5, 2007 - 9:05am

Indian state-owned National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) continue working on a 12-passenger twin-turboprop pusher called the Saras, named after the graceful Indian crane. The first prototype, which made its flying debut at Aero India 2005, has logged 95 flight hours in 40 test flights. Teething problems discovered in the initial phase of flight-testing have been solved, NAL director Dr. A.R.

January 30, 2007 - 10:41am

On display at Aero India 2005 earlier this year (see facing page) was the Saras, a low-wing aircraft with an mtow of 13,450 pounds and powered by two 850-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66 turboprops driving Hartzell five-blade pusher propellers, being developed by India’s National

 
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