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New interiors & cabin amenities for Beechcraft King Air 260 twin turboprops

Textron Aviation is introducing new interiors to its Beechcraft King Air 260 turboprop. Featuring a stunning new look with craftsman-built cabinetry and a selection of opulent fabrics and color schemes, the luxurious, redesigned cabin interior will be available on all new King Air 260 aircraft in early 2022. The Beechcraft King Air 260 turboprop is designed and manufactured by Textron...

NASA boosts Electra research and development

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration has signed a contract with Electra.aero to mature enabling aerodynamic "blown lift" technologies for electric ultra-short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft in advanced air mobility applications. Electra teamed with Dr.Alrjandra Uranga, Gabilan Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California's (USC) Depar...

Joby completes flight of more than 150 Miles with Electric Vertical Take-Off Air Taxi

Joby Aero Inc. announced it had achieved an important milestone in the development of its aircraft, flying a full-size prototype vehicle more than 150 miles on a single charge, including a vertical take-off and landing. The flight was completed at Joby’s Electric Flight Base in Big Sur, CA earlier this month as part of the company’s ongoing flight test campaign. The aircraft,...

Volocopter takes to the skies at EAA AirVenture

Volocopter flew at the EAA AirVenture 2021 in Wisconsin. The Volocopter 2X flight was the first ever public crewed test flight of a fully electric vertical take-off and landing air taxi in the US. This successful flight marks a key milestone in Volocopter's plan to raise awareness of air taxis among populations around the globe and is critical to the long-term success of de...

HondaJet Elite S debuts at the 2021 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh

Honda Aircraft Company is showcasing the upgraded HondaJet Elite S with a special paint scheme at the 2021 Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture in Oshkosh. The HondaJet Elite S, the latest edition of the HondaJet, was unveiled at the company’s virtual event “Innovation Continues: Elite S” in May 2021. The HondaJet Elite S features several upgra...

Legends Airways announce TECNAM fleet acquisition across three models

TECNAM and Legends Airways today announced an aircraft purchase agreement for a fleet of 5 initial aircraft for the fixed-wing flight training school. The purchase consists of two P2008 LSA, two P2010 standard category 4 place and one P2006T twin. This kind of acquisition is what Tecnam calls “Fleet Solution”, where a Flight School can offer different models to cover...

Cessna Denali has been realigned to Beechcraft turboprop family

Textron Aviation is realigning its turboprop aircraft lineup as the single-engine Beechcraft Denali (previously branded the Cessna Denali) joins the legendary twin-engine Beechcraft King Air 260 and King Air 360/360ER as part of the company’s high-performance turboprop product lineup. The aircraft development program continues to progress toward a first flight anticipated later this year....

Cassio hybrid-electric aircraft is now available for U.S. fractional ownership with KinectAir

VoltAero pioneering Cassio hybrid-electric aircraft is now available for U.S. fractional ownership through the company’s teaming with KinectAir, joining its on-demand flight services driven by artificial intelligence and utilizing an advanced smartphone application. KinectAir’s “Pioneer” program opens opportunities for fractional owners to reserve share positions, o...

Exceeded in-flight connectivity - Inmarsat Jet ConneX available on large-cabin Gulfstream

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced it has surpassed 500 installations of the Inmarsat Jet ConneX in-flight connectivity platform on large-cabin aircraft. The robust Wi-Fi solution is available on new aircraft and can be retrofitted on qualifying existing aircraft. “Gulfstream owners expect a seamless transition from life on the ground to life on their aircraft, making connectivity essen...

Accelerating electrified commercial travel - Surf Air Mobility orders up to 150 Cessna Grand Caravan EX

Textron Aviation and Surf Air Mobility Inc., signed a purchase agreement for up to 150 Cessna Grand Caravan EX single-engine turboprop aircraft, with an initial fleet order of 100 aircraft and an option for 50 more. The order, which is subject to Surf Air Mobility obtaining financing, is part of an exclusive relationship between the two companies supporting Surf Air Mobility&rs...

Daher heads to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021

Daher Aircraft Division is coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year with a strong presence of the company’s turboprop-powered aircraft product line, bringing its enhanced Kodiak 100 Series III for its first public appearance, and displaying the top-of-the-line TBM 940 equipped with the HomeSafe™ emergency autoland system. During the July 26-August 1 fly-in at Oshkosh’s...

Cessna Citation Longitude is now EASA certified

Textron Aviation flagship Cessna Citation Longitude super-midsize business jet achieved certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), clearing the way for customer deliveries to begin in the region. “In the second half of last year we saw a substantial increase in super-midsize flight activity across Europe as individuals relied on these products as a transpor...