Swiss airframer Pilatus is riding high on a sustained wave of success of its PC-12 pressurized single-engine executive/utility aircraft. At the same time, it is pushing hard for a first order for its new PC-21 turboprop trainer.
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Viking Air, a British Columbia aircraft maintenance and modification facility, is seeking an undisclosed number of firm orders to launch a re-engined version of the de Havilland Canada Series 300 Twin Otter. Some 600 of the 19-passenger turboprop twins remain in operation out of the nearly 850 produced between 1965 and 1989.
Pilatus has sold its first $3.35 million Next Generation PC-12 to a Brazilian operator.
Blackhawk Modifications (Booth No. 5176) is offering a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135A upgrade for the Raytheon King Air F90. According to the Waco, Texas company, the upgrade gives the F90 the same performance as the F90-1.
Field Aviation Sales of Mississauga, Ontario, an authorized international sales rep for Raytheon Aircraft and its Beechcraft and Hawker products in Canada, now counts among its products Raytheon’s new Beechcraft King Air C90GT. The airplane was certified in December last year by the FAA and now has the approval of Transport Canada, effective September 29. Field Aviation has purchased two slots in this year’s production run of 56 aircraft.
Pilatus chose Honeywell’s Sunday evening media event to announce a Next Generation PC-12 featuring a more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada turboprop engine and a four-tube Honeywell Apex integrated avionics suite.
Arinc Direct’s FAA Part 145 certified repair station at the Scottsdale, Ariz. airport is now a factory authorized service center for the Piaggio Avanti and Avanti II. Arinc Direct Scottsdale becomes only the second Part 145 repair center in the U.S. to earn the Piaggio factory service authorization, according to Piaggio. Arinc Direct is at NBAA’06 Booth No. 758 with details on its services and capabilities.
AgustaWestland, the helicopter design and manufacturing company based in the UK and Italy, last month announced deliveries of the first AW139 and an A109 Grand to South Africa. The AW139 made its way via ferry flight from Milan, Italy, to Cape Town, South Africa, to join the static display at African Aerospace and Defence 2006. Outfitted with a VIP-configured interior, the helicopter stands out thanks to a special paint scheme.
BA609–The Bell Agusta BA609 tiltrotor program is progressing on schedule. On July 13, the second BA609 test aircraft (S/N 60002) performed its first ground run at AgustaWestland’s facility in Cameri, Italy. First flight of this aircraft is pending. S/N 60003 is also at the AgustaWestland facility in Cameri and S/N 60004 is on the assembly line at Bell’s plant in Fort Worth, Texas.
Launching a new era for the 70-year-old lightplane manufacturer, Piper Aircraft president and CEO Jim Bass last month took the wraps off the design mockup for the single-engine, six-seat PiperJet, an airplane priced at $2.19 million that adds another serious player to the market for very light jets.