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Elliott Aviation designated for TBM 940 upgrades/retrofits of Daher HomeSafe emergency autoland system in the U.S.

Daher has selected Elliott Aviation to install the HomeSafe™ emergency autoland system on TBM 940 very fast turboprop aircraft delivered in the U.S. market during 2019 and the first half of 2020.TBM 940s to be equipped by Elliott Aviation were supplied by Daher prior to last month’s certification of HomeSafe™. A portion of these aircraft were sold to include the autoland system u...

New Bell manufacturing technology center unveiled

Bell  unveiled its new 140,000-square-foot Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) in Fort Worth, Texas. The MTC is an innovative proving ground where Bell will test and refine technologies and processes—demonstrating manufacturing readiness and ability to successfully build and support Future Vertical Lift(FVL) aircraft. The facility provides capabilities that span all of Bell&rsquo...

STC for IS&S ThrustSense Autothrottle System for Beechcraft King Air 300 series

Innovative Solutions & Support has been awarded FAA Supplemental Type Certification for its groundbreaking ThrustSense® Autothrottle system for the Beechcraft King Air 300 series turboprops equipped with the Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics.  The ThrustSense system will also be standard equipment on the newly announced King Air 360 upon entry into service.  IS&S’s paten...

Bell celebrated grand opening of New Facility in Wichita

Bell Textron officially opened of the new Bell facility in Wichita, Kansas, where the company will support multiple Bell programs and business areas, including Engineering, Supply Chain, Professional Manufacturing and Corporate Services. Bell held an opening ceremony at the facility with employees and executive leadership to commemorate the occasion. The company also celebrated the great...

New Flagship of the best-selling turboprop family - Beechcraft King Air 360

Welcome the next generation of egendary King Air turboprop family - the Beechcraft King Air 360/360ER.The updated flagship turboprop offers the latest technological advancements in the cockpit, a redesigned cabin, and enhancements to passenger comfort. The aircraft is currently in production with customer deliveries expected to begin in the Fall of 2020. The Beechcraft King Air 360/...

A unique Medevac solution - Phenom 300MED - for the best-selling light jet in the market

Welcome a unique Medevac solution - Phenom 300MED , which is also available for retrofit, through a partnership with umlaut and Aerolite. Embraer and umlaut are jointly developing and certifying a new supplemental type certificate (STC) utilizing Aerolite equipment. The Phenom 300MED, which is now available for customer configuration, is representative of Embraer’s modern and...

Gulfstream G700 surpasses testing milestones, speed and altitude limits

Gulfstream G700 flight-test program is making progress with a number of accomplishments in testing and performance. The G700, introduced in October 2019, boasts the industry’s most spacious cabin with the highest speeds at the longest range. The G700 has flown more than 100 test flights, recently completed company flutter testing and expanded the flight envelope at both high and lo...

Hartzell Odyssey For Cirrus SR22 and SR22T Aircraft

Cirrus SR22 and SR22T pilots can now add Hartzell Propeller's four-blade structural composite carbon fiber propeller, called the Odyssey, to their airplanes for $35,000. The new propeller has been available as an STC option for new aircraft from the factory since earlier this year. Hartzell's new offering is supplied with a polished aluminum spinner assembly and is available with or wit...

Flying Colours Corp. continues taking on the Challengers with trio of heavy maintenance checks

Flying Colours Corp. continues to satisfy market demand for 192-month inspections as heavy maintenance checks on a trio of Bombardier Challenger-family aircraft continue at its St. Louis, MO. facility.   The work highlights the North American MRO’s expertise in supporting the ongoing maintenance requirements of the international Bombardier Challenger fleet. &nbs...

Six Piper Archers received and purchase agreement for 100 Piper Trainers: ATP Flight School

ATP Flight School accepted delivery of six new Piper Archer TXs and renewed a 100-aircraft order with Piper Aircraft. ATP operates the largest fleet of 402 flight training aircraft, the majority of which are Pipers. Despite the setback from COVID-19, the airline industry anticipates a recovery and strong long-term demand for airline pilots. Over 80,000 U.S. airline pilots will be forced to re...

Jason Huang Joins ICON Aircraft as President

ICON Aircraft, maker of the revolutionary ICON A5 Light Sport Aircraft, has named Jason Huang as President. In that role, Huang will oversee all business functions, with a particular focus on maintaining manufacturing excellence, product development and innovation, and providing an ownership experience that is second to none. Huang has more than 30 years of engineering and management experience...

The First Flight Of The Six-Place Stratos 716X

Stratos Aircraft announced the first flight of its Stratos 716X model – registration N716X.  The flight lasted 22 minutes. Flown by test pilot Sean VanHatten, the Stratos 716X is a spacious six-place jet with generous space for baggage. The all-carbon airframe, single-engine jet is designed to cruise at 400 knots. The first flight was a full power takeoff and climb to 13,500 ft.&nb...