April 2018

Aviation International News

April 2018

  • Turboprop technology takes center stage this month, with GE spooling up its newest product, the Catalyst. Derived and highly evolved from the Czech Walter engine, the Catalyst family is expected to make up a range of engines from 1,200 to 1,700 shaft horsepower. Its first application, Textron Aviation’s Cessna Denali single, is well on its way to design fruition.
  • If it’s April, it must be time for AIN’s annual FBO survey results and special report. Senior editor Curt Epstein delivers a comprehensive summary of ratings from AIN readers, and also provides a snapshot view of the FBO industry for this year, and what to expect going forward.
  • On Capitol Hill, lawmakers have abandoned two efforts that business aviation advocates have long regarded as bad ideas - turning the U.S. air traffic control system over to a private board of directors that would be dominated by airlines; and the ill-fated large aircraft security program (LASP), which would have invoked airline-level security measures for large business jets.
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