Aerobatic champion Patty Wagstaff has joined The Aviation Alliance as part of the Excalibur 421 leadership team. Wagstaff will be the demonstration pilot for the Excalibur 421 and will be responsible for overseeing the transition training program for clients, as well as pilot-in-command of several planned attempts at world-record flights for twin-engine aircraft.
Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6
Former Cessna chairman and CEO Jack Pelton is among a half-dozen veteran business and military aviation executives who have joined forces to offer remanufactured turbine-powered aircraft to the aviation and defense industries. The newly formed company, The Aviation Alliance, also announced its first business aviation offering yesterday: the Excalibur 421.
Cessna Aircraft’s Grand Caravan EX received FAA type certification and has outperformed initial targets, the company announced today. Powered by a new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 turboprop engine, the Grand Caravan EX boasts a 38-percent improvement in rate-of-climb over a stock Grand Caravan, a figure that exceeds the original 20-percent improvement projection. Deliveries to customers have already started.
Smyrna Air Center, a full-service FBO based at Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport near Nashville, Tenn., is showcasing its new GE H80 engine conversion option here at NBAA’12. While Smyrna (Booth No.
With a thriving business in extending the life of the venerable DHC-6 Twin Otter, Ikhana Aircraft Services (Booth No. 4827) recently announced another expansion of its production facility at French Valley Airport in Murrieta, Calif. A third hangar with more than 12,000 square feet is expected to be ready for occupancy in the first week of November this year, expanding the total footprint to 55,000 square feet.
“Building the third hangar reflects our commitment to serving our customers’ needs and will create up to twenty new jobs,” said president and CEO John Zubin.
Covington Aircraft, a Pratt & Whitney Canada distributor and designated overhaul facility since 2009, recently expanded its approved capabilities to include maintenance, repair and overhaul on most PT6A engines. The company sells new P&WC PT6As and says it maintains an ample supply of rental engines to keep customers flying. Founded in 1972, Covington Aircraft still overhauls Pratt & Whitney R-985 and R-1340 radial piston engines at its Okmulgee, Okla. facility.
Pratt & Whitney Canada is here with the recently certified PT6A-140, the latest version of a turboprop engine that will celebrate next year the 50th anniversary of its first delivery. The -140 is will power Cessna’s new Grand Caravan EX turboprop single, with 867 shp at takeoff. That represents a 28-percent increase over the -114A used in the Grand Caravan. Transport Canada certified the -140 last July. The FAA’s equivalent approval is expected “in the next few months,” according to Denis Parisien, P&WC vice president for general aviation.
Vector Aerospace Engine Services-Atlantic, a division of Vector Aerospace (Booth No. 6234), has signed a three-year extension of its current two-year engine services agreement with Canadian operator Air Georgian of Mississauga, Ontario. Vector provides Air Georgian with fixed-wing engine repair and overhaul support from its facility on Prince Edward Island, and also engine repair support from its Calgary, Alberta service center.
Blackhawk Modifications (Booth No. 4112) is pursuing a new supplemental type certificate (STC) related to its XP42A upgrade package for the Cessna 208B Caravan.
Blackhawk Modifications is in the final stages of STC flight testing for a Cessna 208 Caravan XP42A upgrade package. It includes a factory-new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A rated at 850 shp continuous, a wide-chord, 100-inch Hartzell four-blade propeller, composite cowling and high-efficiency inlet duct, 40-percent-larger oil cooler, engine hose kit, Blackhawk Hawkeye DigiLog engine gauges and Frakes exhaust stacks.