Worsening relations between Moscow, the new regime in Kiev and the latter’s supporters in the West have prompted the Russian government to “dust off” the Ilyushin-114 turboprop. The Kremlin favors the outdated, but home-grown, design to Ukraine’s Antonov An-140, now in low-rate production at the Aviacor plant in Samara, and the Bombardier Q400, local production of which by Russian aerospace conglomerate Rostec remains under negotiation.
Business aircraft flying in the U.S. rose for the ninth straight month, climbing 0.9 percent last month versus a year ago, according to data released today by aviation services company Argus. For this month, Argus estimates that flying will increase by 2.7 percent year-over-year.
For the first time this year, fractional flying led the pack, climbing 5.5 percent last month versus a year ago. Part 135 charter flight activity grew by 0.8 percent year-over-year, while Part 91 flying was nearly flat, falling 0.1 percent.
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive for all Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114 and PT6A-114A turboprop engines. It requires initial and repetitive borescope inspection of compressor turbine blades (CT), and the removal from service of blades that fail inspection. This AD was prompted by several incidents of CT blade failure, causing power loss and engine failure. The purpose of the AD is to prevent failure of CT blades, which could result in damage to the engine and the airplane.
Nextant Aerospace is back at JetExpo again this year with its 400XTi remanufactured business jet on the static display. Regional sales agent FortAero ordered two 400XTi aircraft at last year’s JetExpo event, and reports good results in charter operations since then.
South African defense company Paramount reported on August 13 the first flight of its Advanced High-performance Reconnaissance Light Air Craft (AHRLAC). The twin-boom, tandem-seat, push-prop design, powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66B turboprop, has been under development since September 2011.
The pilot flying a Bombardier Dash 8-400 lost control of the aircraft on Feb. 12, 2014 during the landing flare at Belfast City Airport after his prosthetic arm became detached during the maneuver. With insufficient time to put his arm back in place, the captain with UK regional airline Flybe removed his right hand from the power levers to control the yoke. Some engine power therefore remained applied during the flare, resulting in a bounce and a hard landing. No one on board the twin turboprop was injured.
StandardAero’s Component Services, located in Cincinnati, Ohio (SACS-USA), has expanded its component repair and development facilities with the addition of new capabilities at its campus in Winnipeg, Manitoba (SACS-Canada).
Quest Aircraft do Brasil has brought its company-owned Kodiak demonstrator turboprop single to LABACE to show off the versatility of the multi-function design. The company was established last December to be the exclusive distributor for the Kodiak in Brazil, and is in an advanced state of negotiation for the sales of three aircraft. It sees the region as an ideal market for the single turboprop.
Algar Aviation is here at LABACE 2014 showing the Daher-Socata TBM 900, the latest member of the TBM family of single-turboprop business airplanes. Algar is the exclusive distributor of the TBM 900 in Brazil.
To date, Algar has sold five TBM 900s in Brazil. The aircraft on display in São Paulo is the first example to arrive in the country. There are now 23 TBM airplanes based in Brazil.
Business aircraft flying in the U.S. rose for the eighth straight month, with activity in July up 1.5 percent from a year ago, according to data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. And it appears that this indicator is gaining strength again this month, with Argus projecting a 1.4-percent year-over-year rise for August.
Part 91 activity once again is leading the pack, climbing by 2.7 percent from a year ago, followed by fractional flying with a 2-percent gain. Part 135 charter flight activity slipped a bit last month, falling by 0.4 percent year-over-year.
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