Fixed-wing aircraft

May 2, 2012 - 6:00am
Cessna Skyhawk 172

A broad-based and international FAA-industry committee is working to simplify Part 23 of the Federal Aviation Regulations in a way that doubles aircraft safety while reducing costs by as much as 50 percent.

The potential new rules will also serve as a new international set of standards for aircraft weighing less than 12,500 pounds.

April 30, 2012 - 4:30pm
Airbus Captain Jacques Drappier - photo by David Malley, Halldale Media

Robert Barnes, president of the International Association of Flight Training Professionals and a frequent presenter at the World Aviation Training Conference (WATS) alerted AIN to an important presentation on aircraft handling at the WATS event in Orlando last week (while AINSafety

April 23, 2012 - 7:12pm
Flight Safety Foundation CEO Bill Voss (photo by Frank Jackman, FSF)

“Five years ago we passed the point where automation was there to back up pilots,” said Flight Safety Foundation CEO Bill Voss at last week’s Flight Safety Foundation Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar in San Antonio.

April 5, 2012 - 1:45pm

The Diamond DA52 twin diesel made its first flight on Tuesday afternoon from the company’s headquarters in Neustadt, Germany. Diamond Aircraft chairman Christian Dries and head of flight-test Ingmar Mayerbuch were at the controls of the Austro Engine AE300E-powered airplane. No abnormalities were reported during the one-hour test flight. Diamond has not yet released a timetable for certification or production of the new seven-seat twin.

April 5, 2012 - 10:05am
A350 XWB fuselage assembly

Airbus has begun joining the A350 XWB’s 65-foot-long center fuselage with its 69-foot-long front fuselage in Toulouse, marking the official start of the mostly composite airplane’s final assembly, the European manufacturer announced today.

April 2, 2012 - 1:45am

Epic Aircraft announced March 6 that it has been sold to a Russian MRO by the name of Engineering llc and plans to put its kit LT single-engine turboprop aircraft into FAA-certified production. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

March 8, 2012 - 4:00pm

The FAA has to set up at least six unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test sites in the U.S. by the end of June under Section 331(c) of the FAA reauthorization bill that became law last month. Thus, the agency is now asking for public input on the selection process of these sites.

March 8, 2012 - 4:00pm
Russian Firm Buys Epic Aircraft

Bend, Ore.-based Epic Aircraft, maker of the Epic LT turboprop single kitplane, was acquired on Tuesday by Engineering llc, a Russian maintenance, repair and overhaul firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Epic Aircraft CEO Douglas King, who remains with the company in this same position, said it is “exciting to be a part of Epic Aircraft’s next chapter.” This next step is FAA certification, and the acquisition will give Epic enough funding to work on a certified version of the six-place turboprop. According to Epic, it will take about three years to certify the airplane.

February 14, 2012 - 5:15am
Irkut MC-21 mockup

Irkut has brought a full-scale mockup of its nascent MC-21 short- to medium-range midsize airliner to Singapore, giving visitors their first chance to see up-close the shape of things to come in the design of Russian civil aircraft.

February 11, 2012 - 9:25pm
AW609 Civil Tiltrotor

Agusta Westland Tilt Rotor Co. (AWTR) flew an AW609 (née BA609) tiltrotor at Arlington Municipal Airport yesterday. The company also provided an update on the program, which comes in the aftermath of AgustaWestland’s taking over full ownership of the 609 project when former partner Bell Helicopter relinquished its half last November.

AgustaWestland established AWTR to complete certification and bring the AW609 to market, with its U.S. headquarters based at AWTR’s new office-hangar complex at the airport.

 
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