T-G Aviation, based at Hamilton Airport in Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada, signed an agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada to provide category I maintenance, including hot-section inspections, for three P&WC engine series–the JT15D, PT6/6T and PW500. The service is a natural extension of the T-G Aviation Super Cheyenne conversion package for the Piper Cheyenne I and II, which specifies PT6A-135A turbine engines.
As Raytheon Aircraft ramps up significantly the delivery rate of the Premier I–the company aims to ship 40 units this year, more than twice as many aircraft in the second half than the 13 in the first half–it has disclosed several major improvements scheduled for incorporation on new aircraft over the next year and to be available for retrofit on all airplanes previously delivered (31 to date).
Technicians at Dassault Falcon Jet’s completion center in Little Rock, Ark., have on this month’s docket the installation in a Falcon 900EX of a new high-speed-data satcom system designed by EMS Technologies. Known as the HSD-128, the data unit is claimed to be the first such system installed by an aircraft OEM for a customer airplane–in this case the wealthy CEO of an Internet company.
The future of the U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy airlifter fleet has finally been settled, after years of debate about its unreliability and the cost of fixes. All 111 aircraft will benefit from the avionics modernization program (AMP), which replaces obsolete navigation, communication and cockpit instrumentation and provides a digital architecture backbone.
A Maverick Leader kit twinjet, registered as N750TJ, crashed in Melbourne, Fla., on January 24, killing the kit manufacturer’s chief pilot, Jack Reed. According to Sandy Scott, Reed had been out sick the week before the accident, complained of a headache that day and was flying erratically just before the crash. An autopsy revealed coronary blockage.
The first conforming prototype of the Ibis Aerospace Ae270 turboprop single (S/N 5) took to the air for the first time on February 25 for nearly one hour. The flight routine included gear cycling, steep banks and climb and short-field landing characteristics. The main difference between this third flying Ae270 and the other two flying Ae270s is its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-66A engine.
The Wrights knew it. So does every aeronautical engineer, aircraft manufacturer and pilot. More than anything else, the engine defines the performance of the airplane.
Italy’s Vulcanair last month completed the first series of flights of its single-turboprop, unpressurized VF600W turboprop single. The 10- to 16-passenger, 8,700-lb-mtow airplane is powered by a 777-shp Walter (Czech) turboprop engine. The airplane, which Vulcanair hopes to price starting at $1 million (IFR), would compete most directly with the $1.5 million Cessna Caravan.
Premier Aircraft of East Alton, Ill., has entered an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace to upgrade the existing TFE731-3-1C and TFE731-3D-1C engines installed on Falcon 50s to a TFE731-4-1C configuration. Premier will market, develop, engineer and certify the “50Dash4” upgrade, which includes engine installation, related hardware and cockpit instrumentation.
At last month’s NBAA Convention, Spirit Wing Aviation of Edmond, Okla., announced that it will begin producing its “virtually new” Spirit-Lear early next year. The company said the $2.2 million SpiritLear–a re-engined Learjet 25–will be priced lower than any other airplane offering its combination of speed, range and passenger capacity.