Airline Transport Professionals (ATP), a Jacksonville, Fla.-based organization that provides advanced pilot training at 23 flight schools nationwide, reported at AOPA Expo yesterday that it purchased 20 Diamond D-Jets and five Diamond flight training devices. In addition, Diamond Aircraft and ATP formed a partnership in which ATP will provide factory-approved initial type ratings and recurrent training on the single-engine very light jet.
Very light jets
At AOPA Expo yesterday Piper announced it had selected a variant of the Williams International FJ44-3A turbofan to power its new PiperJet. The Fadec-equipped FJ44-3AP will have a maximum thrust rating of 3,000 pounds but will be derated to 2,400 pounds for use in the new single-engine very light jet. Piper plans to fly the PiperJet in spring 2008 and start deliveries in 2010.
Cessna said the FAA cleared the Citation Mustang for flight into known icing two months after the new entry-level jet received FAA type certification on September 8. “While approval for flight into icing is not required for certification of the airplane, we wanted to have this in place prior to delivering our first Mustang and in advance of this year’s major icing season,” said Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton.
Three of the major players in the very light jet (VLJ) arena appeared before the Senate aviation subcommittee to address concerns that the new breed of aircraft will present insuperable challenges for the ATC system. Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton; Eclipse Aviation president Vern Raburn; and DayJet founder Ed Iacobucci took their case to Capitol Hill. Joining them were two top FAA officials and an aviation consultant.
Tag Aviation president and CEO Jake Cartwright has projected another record year for U.S. operations in 2006. Since January 1, 25 fully managed aircraft have been added to the fleet, raising the total to 100 aircraft at more than 60 U.S. locations.
Honda Aircraft revealed a number of intriguing details about the HondaJet program yesterday, including the airplane’s price, performance figures and the fine points of its service-network alliance with Piper Aircraft.
Piper Aircraft president and CEO Jim Bass yesterday unveiled the company’s next generation aircraft–the single-engine, six-seat PiperJet, an airplane priced at just under $2.2 million that adds another serious player to the market for very light jets.
Mecaer America (Booth No.1047) announced delivery of its first five landing gear shipsets to Eclipse Aviation for the recently certified Eclipse 500 VLJ. The delivery was made on September 29. Previously, Mecaer’s parent company, Mecaer S.p.A. of Borgomanero, Italy, delivered 30 landing gear shipsets to Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) has successfully completed the maiden flight of its PW617F engine, selected to power the Embraer Phenom 100 very light jet (VLJ).
While Piper Aircraft is poised to unveil a new compact jet at its booth (No. 5785) this morning, Cirrus Design Corp.’s booth (No. 2957) will offer no such event, in spite of speculation that an announcement was near.