A VIDEO TO REMEMBER DAHER TBM COMMUNITY AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2017
26/12/2017

Daher released a new video that recaps the TBM community’s strong presence at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Wisconsin, with the participation of 60 TBM very fast turboprop aircraft at the annual U.S. fly-in and a special salute to the company’s aviation heritage. The four-minute video, produced for Daher by Airborne Films, captures sights […]

Daher released a new video that recaps the TBM community’s strong presence at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Wisconsin, with the participation of 60 TBM very fast turboprop aircraft at the annual U.S. fly-in and a special salute to the company’s aviation heritage.

The four-minute video, produced for Daher by Airborne Films, captures sights and sounds of the world’s largest air show, where Daher’s two latest in-production aircraft – the TBM 910 and TBM 930 – joined the diverse line-up of airplanes during the July event. Included in the video are interviews with TBM customers who attended the fly-in, along with comments from Daher’s Chairman, Patrick Daher.

Also “starring” in the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh video is the full-scale Morane-Saulnier Type L aircraft replica, a century-old ancestor to the TBM product line. Built in France by a group of dedicated volunteers, this hand-crafted reproduction was brought to the U.S. by Daher, and the company donated it to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s EAA Aviation Museum at Oshkosh’s Wittman Regional Airport.

“Our video reflects the passion for aviation that makes each EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in so unique, while also highlighting the special moments with TBM customers, aviation leaders and aviation enthusiasts at the 2017 event,” said Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the Daher Airplane Business Unit, and President of SOCATA North America Inc., which is Daher’s subsidiary in the U.S. “We already are looking forward to next year, and hope to welcome another strong turnout of the TBM community.

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PIAGGIO AEROSPACE APPROVES FIVE-YEAR INDUSTRIAL PLAN
22/12/2017

Piaggio Aerospace, a leading Italian aircraft manufacturer active in the business, defense and security sectors, approved a new five-year Industrial Plan designed to secure the long-term financial and operational stability of the business. The plan, which is supported by the shareholder as well as key stakeholders including the Italian Government and the Italian Air Force […]

Piaggio Aerospace, a leading Italian aircraft manufacturer active in the business, defense and security sectors, approved a new five-year Industrial Plan designed to secure the long-term financial and operational stability of the business.
The plan, which is supported by the shareholder as well as key stakeholders including the Italian Government and the Italian Air Force is built around the following strategic pillars:
Comprehensive Financial Restructuring
• A €255m cash injection by the shareholder to support Piaggio Aerospace’s financial needs;
• A total bank debt repurchase and conversion to equity by the shareholder in support of Piaggio Aerospace’s balance sheet.

Operational Commitments and Developments
• An increased focus on the P.1HH Hammerhead program, the state of the art multipurpose Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) designed for aero, marine and terrestrial surveillance and reconnaissance. Entirely designed, developed and manufactured in Italy, P.1HH is the only remotely piloted MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) system in Europe. First deliveries will begin in 2018;
• An agreement with key partner Leonardo to strengthen the existing industrial partnership in the defense and security sector;
• The development of a new production and commercialization strategy for the P.180 business aviation program, including the assessment of potential partnership opportunities; and
• The sale of the Engines and civil aviation Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) activities.
Commenting on the new plan, Renato Vaghi, CEO of Piaggio Aerospace, said: “The Industrial Plan will be transformational for Piaggio Aerospace, and lays the foundation to deliver long-term security built around our core programs while creating opportunities for growth in new areas of development. This plan is a combined achievement for Piaggio Aerospace and its key stakeholders: our employees and union representatives, our shareholder, our strategic partners such as Leonardo, the national and regional government and the Italian Air Force, as well as our cohesive and motivated leadership team.”

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DART AEROSPACE UPDATES ITS EMERGENCY FLOTATION SYSTEM APPROVALS
21/12/2017

DART’s industry-leading 412 Emergency Flotation System has recently been certified through TCCA/FAA/EASA for the new increased gross weight (IGW) upgrade to 12,200 lbs. DART has focused much of its energy throughout the years into developing emergency flotation systems that can cater to a wide range of platforms, including their capability upgrades. This emergency flotation system […]

DART’s industry-leading 412 Emergency Flotation System has recently been certified through TCCA/FAA/EASA for the new increased gross weight (IGW) upgrade to 12,200 lbs.
DART has focused much of its energy throughout the years into developing emergency flotation systems that can cater to a wide range of platforms, including their capability upgrades.
This emergency flotation system has become the industry standard for 412 operators due to its longer maintenance intervals and the improved safety and weight reduction of its integrated liferaft.

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LAST JOURNEY OF A CHALLENGER 604 TO BE PARTED OUT BY FAI
21/12/2017

A Bombardier Challenger 604, D-AMSC, made its final journey on December 19, 2017 aboard an Antonov 124.  The flight, from Muscat in Oman to Albrecht Duerer International Airport, Nuremberg, Germany was arranged by FAI Germany, which purchased the aircraft for parting out. Formerly operated by Munich-based operator MHS, the 604 made an emergency landing at […]

A Bombardier Challenger 604, D-AMSC, made its final journey on December 19, 2017 aboard an Antonov 124.  The flight, from Muscat in Oman to Albrecht Duerer International Airport, Nuremberg, Germany was arranged by FAI Germany, which purchased the aircraft for parting out. Formerly operated by Munich-based operator MHS, the 604 made an emergency landing at Muscat International Airport in January this year.  FAI, Germany’s largest business jet operator, acquired the aircraft after it was released by the investigating authorities. Its fuselage was declared irrecoverable by Bombardier, because the aircraft had been exposed to 3.5 G during the incident. Heavy turbulence was incurred as a result of an Airbus A380 crossing the aircraft´s airway.
A team of engineers from FAI´s subsidiary FAI Technik removed part of the wings and the tail before the aircraft could be embraced in the AN124 for its last flight to FAI´s home base in Nuremberg.
Photo captions: Loading of Challenger 604 onto Antonov 124 at Muscat International Airport; Unloading at Nuremberg International Airport.

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GULFSTREAM BEIJING MARKS FIVE YEARS OF OPERATIONS
20/12/2017

First Factory-Owned Service Center In China Established As Valuable Customer Resource Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently celebrated five years of successful operations at Gulfstream Beijing, its company-owned service center in China. The facility, a joint venture between Gulfstream and HNA Technic, was the first factory-owned business-jet service center in China when it opened in November 2012. […]

First Factory-Owned Service Center In China Established As Valuable Customer Resource

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently celebrated five years of successful operations at Gulfstream Beijing, its company-owned service center in China. The facility, a joint venture between Gulfstream and HNA Technic, was the first factory-owned business-jet service center in China when it opened in November 2012.

“Gulfstream Beijing is a valuable resource for Beijing-based operators and those traveling through China,” said Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “As the Gulfstream fleet in the Asia-Pacific region continues to grow and mature, we will enhance and add to the services we provide at Gulfstream Beijing.”

“As a shareholder of Gulfstream Beijing, HNA Technic will continue to support its growth,” said Zhang Zhigang, chairman of HNA Technic. “The continuous extension of the aviation maintenance industry chain over the last several years has enabled our company to expand and add services and capabilities. We look forward to adding additional resources and exploring synergies with our partner for the ongoing development of Gulfstream Beijing.”

More than 190 Gulfstream aircraft are based in Greater China, while the company’s Asia-Pacific fleet has grown to more than 330. Since the start of operations, Gulfstream Beijing technicians have supported more than 800 maintenance events, including road trips, to assist customers in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines.

Gulfstream Beijing, located at Beijing Capital International Airport, comprises nearly 70,000 square feet/6,503 square meters of hangar space, offices and back shops, as well as training and warehouse space. The site has maintenance approvals from China, the U.S., Hong Kong, Macau and the Cayman Islands for all Gulfstream large-cabin aircraft, along with the super mid-sized G280 and mid-cabin G200.

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DEMAND FOR PIPER PRODUCTS RESULTS IN LARGEST EMPLOYMENT GROWTH SINCE 2009
20/12/2017

Piper Aircraft Inc. achieved double-digit growth in new aircraft revenue and deliveries for 2017 as demand for trainer aircraft and M-class products continued to expand. The increase in demand for Piper products and resulting increase in production volume has driven the company headcount to over 900 employees located at the Piper world headquarters in Vero […]

Piper Aircraft Inc. achieved double-digit growth in new aircraft revenue and deliveries for 2017 as demand for trainer aircraft and M-class products continued to expand. The increase in demand for Piper products and resulting increase in production volume has driven the company headcount to over 900 employees located at the Piper world headquarters in Vero Beach, Florida. During the past 18 months, Piper Aircraft has hired over 300 employees, representing more than a 20% increase in employees.

“With aircraft orders in place for 2018 and several long-term contracts for trainer aircraft, the near-term forecast is stable. Additionally, our commitment to a level-loaded, build to order business model further enhances stability and creates consistent work load for the team,” said President and CEO Simon Caldecott. “We are driven to continuously improve our products in support of our customers and their needs which helps create demand and results in the need for a strong and committed workforce,” he added.

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MAHINDRA SELECTS HARTZELL PROP FOR AIRVAN 10
20/12/2017

Mahindra Aerospace has chosen Hartzell Propeller’s three-blade 84-inch diameter aluminum propeller for its Airvan 10 single engine turbine-powered 10-seat utility aircraft, certified earlier this year. Hartzell’s lightweight hub turbine propeller is constant speed, feathering, reversing and optimized for an improved climb rate. “Mahindra’s selection of a Hartzell prop for its flagship airplane is the most […]

Mahindra Aerospace has chosen Hartzell Propeller’s three-blade 84-inch diameter aluminum propeller for its Airvan 10 single engine turbine-powered 10-seat utility aircraft, certified earlier this year. Hartzell’s lightweight hub turbine propeller is constant speed, feathering, reversing and optimized for an improved climb rate.

“Mahindra’s selection of a Hartzell prop for its flagship airplane is the most recent example of an aircraft manufacturer selecting the most reliable and highest performing propeller available today for their newest model,” said Hartzell Propeller Executive Vice President JJ Frigge. “We are very pleased to continue the relationship on the Airvan series, which began in the 1980s, and continues today following Mahindra’s acquisition of the program in 2009.”

Developed as a new FAR Part 23 certified aircraft, the Airvan 10 retains the piston-powered Airvan 8’s aerodynamic design and shares many of its production parts. More than 240 Airvan 8 aircraft are in operation throughout the world, pulled through the air by props from Hartzell Propeller.

Celebrating its 100th year, Hartzell Propeller is the global leader in advanced technology aircraft propeller design and manufacturing for business, commercial and government customers. The company designs next generation propellers with innovative “blended airfoil” technology and manufactures them with revolutionary machining centers, robotics and custom resin transfer molding curing stations.

With ASC-II™ composite technology, Hartzell delivers optimal performance, strength and durability with carbon fiber blades. Hartzell Propeller and its sister company, Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC, form the general aviation business unit of Tailwind Technologies Inc. For more info on Hartzell Propeller, go to www.hartzellprop.com.

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RUAG REMARKETS DORNIER 328 WITH FIXED-PRICE TURNKEY PACKAGE
20/12/2017

Dornier 328 support specialist, RUAG Aviation, has concluded the remarketing of a Dornier 328-100 aircraft as a fixed-price, turnkey package solution. The tailor-made support package guaranteed immediate aircraft availability upon purchase and included heavy maintenance, subsystems refurbishment, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Service Bulletins (SB), consulting, and compliance with airworthiness certification. The entire project was realised […]

Dornier 328 support specialist, RUAG Aviation, has concluded the remarketing of a Dornier 328-100 aircraft as a fixed-price, turnkey package solution. The tailor-made support package guaranteed immediate aircraft availability upon purchase and included heavy maintenance, subsystems refurbishment, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Service Bulletins (SB), consulting, and compliance with airworthiness certification. The entire project was realised and fulfilled by the RUAG Dornier 228 and 328 maintenance and support centre at Bern-Belp, Switzerland.

“Buyers and sellers of pre-owned aircraft have their own specific list of priorities for reducing risk in a remarketing transaction. In this case, our buyer required an aircraft that was certified and immediately available for operations. At the same time, the seller of the pre-owned aircraft preferred to limit any further investment on their part,” explains Simon Hafele, General Manager Site Bern, RUAG Aviation.

Bridging these priorities, RUAG Aviation purchased the Dornier 328 under exclusive contract from the previous owner. In turn, RUAG satisfied the requirements of the purchasing operator, Dornier Aviation Nigeria AIEP Limited. “Developing and delivering reliable turnkey packages that are finetuned to our customers’ needs, and that guarantee immediate aircraft availability upon purchase, is where our Dornier 328 Support Centre excels,” explains Matthias Miller, Sales Manager Site Bern, RUAG Aviation. “Our fixed-price remarketing packages focus on fulfilling all continuing airworthiness requirements while resolving any and all findings, prior to resale,” he confirms.

The Dornier 328 team at the RUAG Bern facility performed all support services, heavy maintenance inspections, minor interior modifications, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of components and subsystems, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Service Bulletins (SB), airworthiness directives (AD), and spare parts sourcing. The project was also supported by the RUAG Aviation in-house landing gear shop for landing gear refurbishment. “Transparency during all phases of the remarketing process is essential for earning the trust of all parties concerned in the transaction. We add to that with outstanding Dornier 328 expertise and comprehensive aircraft heavy maintenance and support and consulting services,” Simon Hafele adds.

RUAG Aviation is a one-stop shop for the support of business aircraft, performing all required services within one single downtime, adapted to suit individual schedules. Services include line, base and heavy maintenance, C-checks, modifications, complete cockpit and avionics reconfigurations, cabin interior restylings and refurbishments, aircraft painting, system upgrades, component services, AOG, PPI, aircraft remarketing, FBO, and support and consulting.

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DAHER APPLAUDS TWO TBM 930 OWNERS FOR ROUND-THE-WORLD TRIP
20/12/2017

Daher acknowledged the achievement of two Polish TBM 930 owners who circled the globe in their very fast turboprop aircraft during a four-week trip. Tomek Dudziak and Arjan Bakker flew most of their around-the-world expedition on flight segments south of the Equator, and many of their 26 stopovers in 25 countries were at UNESCO World […]

Daher acknowledged the achievement of two Polish TBM 930 owners who circled the globe in their very fast turboprop aircraft during a four-week trip.
Tomek Dudziak and Arjan Bakker flew most of their around-the-world expedition on flight segments south of the Equator, and many of their 26 stopovers in 25 countries were at UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
These co-owners received their TBM 930 (Serial Number 1128) from Daher last year, and the globe-circling tour – performed from November 6 to December 3 – covered a total distance of 25,831 nautical miles.
Dudziak said the goal was “to reach the other side of the Earth” from his home city of Poznan, aiming for a point approximately 1,100 nm. southeast of New Zealand.
“I planned to fly there and continue back home, trying to draw a nice big circle,” he explained. However, crossing oceans via northern routes would have created complications, so he decided to go island-hopping in the Pacific Ocean, and cross the Atlantic Ocean from Brazil to Cape Verde.
“We thank Daher for making such a reliable, versatile aircraft and for supporting us during the trip,” Dudziak said, adding that the voyage required long legs – including several segments of more than 1,000 nm. while crossing the Pacific Ocean.
Stopovers included Samarkand in Uzbekistan, Kathmandu (Nepal), Komodo National Park (Indonesia), the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Rapa Nui park on Easter Island, and Brazil’s Iguazu National Park.
The longest flight duration was six hours (from the Totegegie Atoll in French Polynesia to Easter Island), while the longest distance was a 1,629-nm. flight from Easter Island to Chile’s Robinson Crusoe Island.
Such extended flights required significant advance preparation, particularly since fuel is not permanently available at certain stopovers – and had to be brought in by boat.
Average ground speed for the global circumnavigation was 271 kts.
“We recognize Tomek and Arjan for their outstanding flight around the world, as well as their airmanship in completing this exciting journey,” commented Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of the Daher Airplane Business Unit. “In the hands of two such adventurous pilots, the TBM 930 demonstrated its long-range performance, reliability and safety – which we hope will serve as an inspiration to others in discovering the world with our very fast turboprop aircraft.”

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DUNCAN AVIATION NAMED TOP CASP DEALER OF 2017
20/12/2017

Rockwell Collins recently named Duncan Aviation as a top Corporate Aircraft Service Program (CASP) dealer for 2017 for achieving significant increases in enrollments for the year. “Duncan Aviation is a leading performer in generating CASP sales growth and certainly has set the benchmark for other dealers to achieve,” says Nicole White, CASP Sales Director for […]

Rockwell Collins recently named Duncan Aviation as a top Corporate Aircraft Service Program (CASP) dealer for 2017 for achieving significant increases in enrollments for the year.
“Duncan Aviation is a leading performer in generating CASP sales growth and certainly has set the benchmark for other dealers to achieve,” says Nicole White, CASP Sales Director for Rockwell Collins.
According to Scott McKenzie, Aftermarket Warranty Program Administrator for Duncan Aviation, the company has enrolled 186 new contracts so far in 2017, representing a 14% growth over of the previous year. “We want all of our customers to have the best protection possible and will work with them to ensure the plan is written properly in accordance to their aircraft and its systems.”
Duncan Aviation not only sells CASP contracts but services them as well. “There are many advantages of purchasing an aftermarket warranty program from a company who can service it,” says Matt Nelson, Duncan Aviation Avionics Satellite Operations Manager. “In addition to the 30 Duncan Aviation locations within 150 miles of the top 100 busiest business jet airports in the United States, we waive all program service fees if the warranty contract is purchased from us.”
CASP programs are available for purchase at any Duncan Aviation location, including the three full-service maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities and any of the 26 avionics satellite and workaway locations across the United States.

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MTU, DLR, GKN FURTHER ENHANCE ENGINE COMPRESSION SYSTEM
20/12/2017

Making good things even better – under the European Clean Sky 2 research program, long-term partners MTU Aero Engines, German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)), and GKN Aerospace Engine Systems, Sweden have joined forces to enhance an engine’s compression system and make it lighter. The new technologies could already go into […]

Making good things even better – under the European Clean Sky 2 research program, long-term partners MTU Aero Engines, German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)), and GKN Aerospace Engine Systems, Sweden have joined forces to enhance an engine’s compression system and make it lighter. The new technologies could already go into the next generation of geared turbofan engines. At the DLR site in Cologne, the test campaign on the ICD rig has now officially kicked off.
ICD stands for Inter Compressor Duct and is the name of the transition channel be-tween the low- and high-pressure compressors. The goal is to precisely fine-tune the interaction of the low-pressure compressor, ICD and high-pressure compressor to identify and leverage new potential for even more fuel-thrifty engines. An important step in this direction is the systematic mapping of the flow conditions in short, steep transition channels (ICDs). To this aim, an entirely new wind-tunnel test rig was built at DLR Institute of Propulsion Technology in Cologne, MTU’s Center of Competence (CoC) for propulsion systems.
Representatives from the three partners – MTU, DLR, and GKN Aerospace Engine Systems –witnessed the official launch of the test operations. For MTU, being the lead party in the project, Dr. Gerhard Ebenhoch, Director Technology Management, stated: “This cooperation combines the partners’ respective strengths – GKN’s exper-tise in large static components, DLR’s experience in testing, and MTU’s expertise in compressors and systems – in an exemplary manner.”
For the DLR, Prof. Rolf Henke, Executive Board Member responsible for aeronautics research says: “As a national research center, DLR plays a key role in the progres-sive development of the entire air transport system. There have been great advances in propulsion in recent decades. Together with our partners MTU and GKN, we are very proud to introduce it a further large step with this ICD rig.” And for GKN Aero-space Engines Robert Lundberg adds: “To be able to validate our technologies at high TRL in a unique rig is really an opportunity for GKN. We have no chance to do this in Sweden, so it really shows the importance of European collaboration.”
For Clean Sky the Project Officer of the Engine-ITD Jean-Francois Brouckaert acknowledged: “This new test facility allows to perform important EU collaborative research on the next generation of engines. Congratulations to the MTU, DLR and GKN team for achieving this important milestone! It is an excellent example of com-plementarity between experimental and numerical work.”

Measurement technology at the highest level of detail
The ICD rig measures the channel flow in an unprecedented depth of detail: 500 pressure tapping points, probe measurements at three traversal levels, the use of laser technology and turbulence probes allow detailed insights in the flow mechanisms. Dr. Gerhard Kahl, Chief Engineer, Technology Demonstrators and Rigs at MTU is certain: “By conducting these tests, we’ll certainly gain a much better understanding of the flow conditions in the ICD, the aim being to come up with particularly compact designs to further reduce the length, and hence the weight, of the engines in the future.”
In a next step, three different ICD configurations will be tested over the course of next year. Based on the ICD rig test results obtained, a two-shaft test rig will be designed in 2019 and built one year later. From 2021 on, the low- and high-pressure compressors will be tested together as one entity.
Launched in 2014, the Clean Sky 2 technology program is part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 Framework Program for Research and Innovation and is slated to run through 2024. It is the successor to Clean Sky 1, the European Union’s largest-ever aero-nautics research program. The overall objective is to make aviation even cleaner and more efficient. MTU is one of 16 lead partners and is responsible for the ICD test rig that has now begun test operations, plus an engine demonstrator. Core partners are the DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt) and GKN Aerospace Engine Systems.

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TEXTRON AVIATION SUPPORTS AIR AMBULANCE MISSIONS IN CANADA WITH KING AIR
20/12/2017

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, has begun delivery to CanWest Air, a division of Nor-Alta Aviation Leasing, Inc. When completed, this delivery will include nine Beechcraft King Air turboprop aircraft —eight King Air 250 and one King Air 350 aircraft—which CanWest is purchasing to provide air ambulance support to Alberta Health Services […]

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, has begun delivery to CanWest Air, a division of Nor-Alta Aviation Leasing, Inc. When completed, this delivery will include nine Beechcraft King Air turboprop aircraft —eight King Air 250 and one King Air 350 aircraft—which CanWest is purchasing to provide air ambulance support to Alberta Health Services in Alberta, Canada. The new turboprops will replace CanWest’s current air ambulance fleet of King Air B200 aircraft.
“CanWest has been a loyal King Air customer, and their order for the new generation of King Air aircraft is a testament to the incredible value and performance the product offers,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president of Special Mission Sales. “The King Air platform has a long, distinguished tradition of providing exceptional support to air ambulance missions across the globe, and we are delighted to continue supporting CanWest’s mission in Alberta.”
The King Air 350 as well as one of the eight King Air 250 turboprops will include special modifications, including a cargo door and heavyweight landing gear. The King Air 350 will operate at an enhanced max takeoff weight of 16,500 pounds and the King Air 250 at an enhanced max takeoff weight of 13,420 pounds.
Offering speeds up to 302 ktas and a maximum range of 1,806 nautical miles, the King Air 350 can transport air ambulance patients quickly over long distances. Both the King Air 350 and King Air 250 turboprops are able to operate on unimproved runways, which allows easier operation in remote locations found throughout Canada.
“The King Air platform is a tremendous asset, especially when navigating through remote areas and the extreme environment in Alberta,” said Kevin Schaub, director of maintenance at CanWest Air. “Having previously operated King Airs, this is the platform we trust to best support our air ambulance missions. Not only will we continue to have incredible runway performance, but we also couldn’t be more confident in the ability, range, aircraft interior size and comfort, and operating limits of the new fleet to support our air ambulance mission.”
“The reliability, strength and versatility of the King Air enables us to raise the bar in support of the medical needs of patients in the remotest parts of our region, and we now have one of the first aircraft in Canada certified to carry bariatric patients. No other aircraft could have better met our mission,” Schaub added.
CanWest also has elected to enroll in Textron Aviation’s industry-leading ProParts program for the company’s new fleet. The program covers parts and consumables required for line, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, eliminating surprises by providing predictable pricing and greater budget stability.
Specializing in air ambulance, CanWest has operated medevac flights since its inception in 1988. The company is proud to provide reliable, efficient and safe air ambulance transportation to residents of the province of Alberta. CanWest operates nine Beechcraft King Air aircraft dedicated to the company’s air ambulance mission, as well as 20 other Beechcraft and Cessna aircraft to support other services offered by the company such as corporate charter and air freight.
Strengthening special mission portfolios
Textron Aviation offers the broadest lineup of special mission platforms in the industry, with its entire product range available in special mission configurations using innovative technologies and advanced engineering techniques. The versatile Beechcraft King Air products continue to be used throughout the world in multiple roles such as flight inspection, surveillance, maritime patrol and air ambulance

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EMUA ADDS REMANUFACTURED ASCEND 172 TO ITS TRAINING FLEET
19/12/2017

Eastern Michigan University Aviation announced today that it has acquired an Ascend 172 from Suburban Aviation for use in its pilot education program. The Ascend 172 is a remanufactured Cessna Skyhawk which has been updated to “nearly new” status with state-of-the-art avionics, new paint, interior and components by Yingling Aviation of Wichita, KS. EMU Aviation […]

Eastern Michigan University Aviation announced today that it has acquired an Ascend 172 from Suburban Aviation for use in its pilot education program. The Ascend 172 is a remanufactured Cessna Skyhawk which has been updated to “nearly new” status with state-of-the-art avionics, new paint, interior and components by Yingling Aviation of Wichita, KS. EMU Aviation operates a fleet of Cessna 172 at its flight training base on Willow Run Airport (KYIP) in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Suburban Aviation, located at Suburban Toledo Airport, was named an Ascend 172 dealer by Yingling in September, 2016 and took delivery of a demonstrator airplane in May of last year.

Joe Mills, Chief Flight Instructor for EMUA called the addition of the Ascend 172 a “no-brainer” because the airplane fits so well into the University’s flight instruction operation. “Our program is growing and the need for an affordable and reliable airplane like the Ascend 172, especially for use with students who are beginning their flight training, is obvious. It has provided us with an outstanding platform for introducing them to the basics of flight and the use of Garmin’s extremely capable and versatile avionics equipment.”

“The Ascend 172 is such a good fit for our flight training curriculum because it gives our students a chance to become familiar with the handling and flight characteristics, performance, and the capabilities of the airplane. It’s equipped with Garmin’s G500 Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS), which provides a solid introduction and smoother transition to the G1000 equipment of the other airplanes in our fleet which we use for advanced training,” Mills said.

The Ascend 172 is a 1979 Cessna Skyhawk “N” model, remanufactured by Yingling Aviation in Wichita. It features a Sandia Quattro standby instrument, GTN-650 Global Positioning System (GPS), GMA-350 audio panel, GNC-255A Nav/Com, GTX-345 ADS-B In/Out transponder, LED lighting, and Rosen Sun Visors. Mills said it will be repainted in the distinctive white and green livery of Eastern Michigan’s flight training operation soon.

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EGYPTIAN AVIATION ACADEMY ADDS BEECHCRAFT PISTON AIRCRAFT TO MODERNIZE TRAINING FLEET
19/12/2017

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced it has received an order for two Beechcraft Baron G58 and two Beechcraft Bonanza G36 aircraft from Egyptian Aviation Academy. These aircraft will join the academy’s exclusive Textron Aviation fleet as they continue to modernize their training platforms. “The Beechcraft Bonanza and Baron are proven […]

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced it has received an order for two Beechcraft Baron G58 and two Beechcraft Bonanza G36 aircraft from Egyptian Aviation Academy. These aircraft will join the academy’s exclusive Textron Aviation fleet as they continue to modernize their training platforms.

“The Beechcraft Bonanza and Baron are proven platforms ideally suited to train students as they transition into high-performance, turbine aircraft,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president of Special Mission Aircraft. “We look forward to furthering our longstanding relationship with Egyptian Aviation Academy and providing support as they continue to grow and modernize their fleet.” Egyptian Aviation Academy, located in 6 October Airport, Giza, was established in 1932 and has since grown into the leading training school in the region. The academy has a proven track record of training successful pilots with an exclusive Textron Aviation fleet that includes Cessna Citation Mustang, Cessna Skyhawk 172 and Beechcraft Bonanza G36 and Baron G58 aircraft.

“The Egyptian Aviation Academy has chosen to continue its longstanding relationship with Textron Aviation’s Beechcraft brand by replacing its legacy Barons and Bonanzas with the latest models,” said Elias Sadek, chairman of the Egyptian Aviation Academy.

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UNIVERSAL AVIONICS ANNOUNCES 2017 TOP DEALERS
19/12/2017

Universal Avionics is pleased to announce its Top Dealers of 2017 to be Avmax for North and South America (Americas) and Heli-One Norway for International Dealer of the Year. Each year, Universal Avionics recognizes two dealers out of several hundred in its Authorized Dealer Network who have achieved outstanding sales performance for the year. Both […]

Universal Avionics is pleased to announce its Top Dealers of 2017 to be Avmax for North and South America (Americas) and Heli-One Norway for International Dealer of the Year.
Each year, Universal Avionics recognizes two dealers out of several hundred in its Authorized Dealer Network who have achieved outstanding sales performance for the year. Both companies’ expertise and commitment to pursuing Universal Avionics upgrades were instrumental in their successful performance this year.
“It has been a positive and exciting year for Universal with several key dealers contributing to our success,” said Robert Clare, Universal Avionics Director of Sales. “Avmax’s ADS-B Out program that includes the Universal SBAS-FMS as well as their established STC packages have been key factors to their overall achievement this year,” he added. “Heli-One Norway has retained their top dealer status for the second year in a row. Their sustained work with mission retrofit programs such as the Sikorsky S-61, S-76, and Airbus AS332 continue to gain momentum in their emerging markets.”
“Avmax’s relationship with Universal Avionics has been a cornerstone of our regional aircraft STC solution and product offerings for decades,” said Mark O’Hearn, Avmax, Business Development – Avionics and Special Projects. “The synergies between our two companies has allowed us to combine Avmax’s robust globally accepted kits and STC solutions with the bulletproof avionics provided by Universal Avionics,” he added. “Our shared values, dedication, and collaborative approach to the ever-changing regulatory environment and technology advancements has benefited our customers and has proved to be a winning combination.”
“We are proud to win the 2017 International Top Dealer Award from Universal Avionics,” said Tor Baustad, Senior Manager, Design Engineering with Heli-One Norway. “Universal’s products are well-suited for retrofit upgrades – specifically in helicopters,” he added. “We appreciate the excellent collaborative and cooperative relationship we have with Universal Avionics and their agility in adapting systems to different aircraft configurations. Universal provides excellent support during design, installation, and testing which is essential to our success. We are big fans of the EFI-890H Advanced Flight Display, MFD-640 Multi-Function Display, and SBAS-FMS which are a part of the Super Puma fleet upgrade as well as the Sikorsky S-61 project. In addition, we have actively promoted EFIS and FMS upgrades for a number of military and civilian helicopter customers including the SA330 (Puma), AS332 (Super Puma), and EC155 platforms.”
For more information regarding Universal Avionics Authorized Dealer Network, visit uasc.com/dealers.

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