Piaggio Aero’s new Avanti Evo aircraft is making its first appearance outside Europe this week at the LABACE show. The new model has been designed to deliver improved performance and a quieter ride–both inside and out–compared with the existing Avanti II twin turboprop. The Evo is being shown here at Congonhas Airport in the static display area of the Italian airframer’s Brazilian distributor Algar Aviation.
Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6
Engine modification firm Blackhawk announced a deal with maintenance program provider Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI) at EAA AirVenture 2014 yesterday that will give customers the option of upgrading to new Blackhawk conversions in place of standard overhauls. Under the deal, JSSI will contribute to the value of the overhaul while customers would make up the difference in price.
Vector Aerospace Africa engine repair and overhaul facility, located in Lanseria, South Africa, has been appointed a designated overhaul facility for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 engine. Located on Lanseria International Airport near Johannesburg, the MRO is a P&WC distributor and designated overhaul facility for other PT6A engine models and offers mobile repair team support for a range of additional P&WC powerplants.The facility also holds approvals from Rolls-Royce, Turbomeca, General Electric and Honeywell.
Aircraft Structures International (ASIC) plans to install the P&WC PT6A-140 turboprop in the Cessna Grand Caravan and the original Caravan with STCs in place by year-end. Branded the Ultimate Caravan, it will provide owners of older Caravans performance similar to that of the Cessna Grand Caravan EX, according to ASIC.
From the standpoint of aerodynamics, there aren’t many ways to make a modern airplane a lot better in a single bound, but as computers gain power smart designers can eke out subtle gains and combine them to extract more performance, which is what the engineering team at Daher-Socata has done with the already successful TBM single-engine turboprop line.
The Aviation Alliance’s plan to remanufacture Cessna 421s and Gulfstream GIIIs is moving forward, according to managing director Geoff Miller, despite financial setbacks that have caused delays. Some people, such as former Cessna CEO Jack Pelton, and partners are no longer associated with the Alliance, and a new source of funding had to be found. “That’s why there was a hesitation in the cash flow,” Miller told AIN.
Pratt & Whitney Canada has named Dallas Airmotive and H+S Aviation, both BBA Aviation companies, designated overhaul facilities (DOF) for the repair and overhaul of several turboshaft engine models.
Textron Aviation (Booth 6113), here for the first time since it integrated Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker, has a number of programs in development or just certified. The transition to a unified company is taking place in customer support, too, with maintenance technicians undergoing cross-training on all of each brand’s models. However, while Hawker jets continue to be supported, the company has no plan to produce any more aircraft under the brand, Textron Aviation president and CEO Scott Ernest said during a press conference on Tuesday.
If you own or operate a King Air 90 or 200, a Piper Cheyenne I, II or IIXL or a Cessna Conquest I, Caravan 208 or 208B, you now can obtain upgraded Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop engines that are also covered by an hourly cost maintenance program.