So far, Toyota is downplaying the significance of its TAA (Toyota Advanced Aircraft) proof-of-concept airplane. The all-composite, four-place piston aircraft took flight for the first time on May 31 at Mojave (Calif.) Airport, and Toyota officials are calling the project “an early look” and a “feasibility study.” Some 35 Toyota engineers have been working on the single-engine airplane.
While Orenda Recip is having success obtaining STCs for its 600-hp V8 turbocharged engine in agricultural and utility aircraft, the same cannot be said for its troubled King Air retrofit program. That program’s STC is now not expected for another 12 months, a delay of one year from the previously rescheduled target date.
Following years of setbacks in trying to complete STCs for the installation of its 600-hp turbocharged V8 piston engine in King Airs and other business airplanes, Orenda Recip has discontinued the program.
Don Joseph, president of Explorer Aircraft in Jasper, Texas, said he is “more optimistic than ever” about the company’s fundraising efforts. “We’re in due diligence with one group and in conversations with two others,” he told AIN. The company has been in a fundraising mode for at least three years during which development of the PT6-powered Explorer has been on hold.
Operators waiting for the long-delayed certification of the Orenda V8 turbocharged piston engine retrofit for the King Air C90 will have to wait a little longer. Orenda officials in Nova Scotia told AIN that the engine installation kit is being redesigned with the aim of making it more “maintenance friendly.” The company is now aiming for an STC by year-end.
What’s in a name? Would a Ferrari by any other name be as provocative? What if the Ferrari boy had been born into the Focaccia family and christened Sal?