This is the healthiest market for new turboprops in years. In 2008, the last year before the global economy completely shed its wheels, members of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association delivered 538 turboprop aircraft before experiencing a steady decline in those figures in the following years. Last year shipments of turboprops bounced back with vigor to a record 645 aircraft and there is no shortage of new single- and even some new twin-engine models on the horizon.
Pratt & Whitney Canada lifted the veil on its 16,000-pound-class PW800 engine, which has been selected to power the new Gulfstream G500 and G600 large-cabin business jets, thus finding a new application for its PurePower family. The engine manufacturer said that the PurePower engine brings major improvements in fuel burn and maintainability. The program is well advanced, as certification of the new turbofan is expected by year-end.
Vector Aerospace (Booth 2640) of Slemon Park, Prince Edward Island, is showcasing its engine MRO services at NBAA 2014, in particular highlighting the capabilities of the company’s Engine Services-Atlantic (ES-A) and France-based Seca divisions. Vector holds approvals to support a wide range of General Electric, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Rolls-Royce and Turbomeca engines.
Conklin & de Decker (Booth 3231) announced at NBAA 2014 the release of the second volume of its 2014 Aircraft Cost Evaluator, providing updated operating and ownership cost information on more than 575 business aircraft. The new version includes data for recently released offerings, such as the Cessna Citation CJ3+, Daher Socata TBM 900 and Embraer Phenom 100E and Lineage 1000E, as well as fuel, maintenance, parts and labor costs, and other criteria necessary for tax reporting.
Mequon, Wis.-based Aircraft Cost Calculator (ACC, Booth 764) has an app that determines actual costs associated with acquiring and operating an aircraft. Private owners, commercial operators, fractional owners, flight departments, financial institutions or charter operators can find editable pre-loaded real-world data for more than 475 piston, turboprop, jet, helicopter and commercial aircraft.
Yesterday at NBAA Pratt & Whitney Canada lifted the veil on its 16,000-pound-class PW800 engine, which has been selected to power the new Gulfstream G500 and G600 large-cabin business jets, thus finding a new application for its PurePower family. The engine manufacturer (Booth 3240) said that the PurePower engine brings major improvements in fuel burn and maintainability. The program is well advanced, as certification of the new turbofan is expected by year-end.
Raisbeck Engineering is introducing new performance mods for Beechcraft King Air 90s and celebrating the arrival on the market of its aft fuselage locker for the Learjet 60. Company founder James Raisbeck told AIN that his firm is now studying Cessna Citations for possible modification opportunities.
Aircraft Structures International Corp. (ASIC) of Enid, Okla., serves operators of the single-engine turboprop Cessna Caravan exclusively. The company, which specializes in Caravan modifications and upgrades, maintains a stock of wings and flight controls for immediate exchange and possesses jigs that make it possible to rebuild an entire aircraft.
Aviatechnik’s landing gear overhaul and repair services are just one of the product lines that the Mississauga, Ontario company provides. The company also offers repair and overhaul and lease and exchange of landing gear for commercial, regional and business aircraft as well as MRO for hydraulic, mechanical, pneumatic and electrical components for Airbus and Boeing aircraft, all capabilities that the company is highlighting at its NBAA booth (1372).
Vector Aerospace Engine Services-Atlantic (ES-A) and the Solenta Aviation group of companies, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, have signed a three-year engine services agreement. ES-A will provide comprehensive fixed-wing aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul services to the Solenta Aviation Group’s turboprop engine fleet from its facilities in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Nairobi, Kenya.
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