Daher’s Airplane Business Unit recently announced the delivery of 54 TBM 900/TBM 930s in 2016, underscoring the success for these latest members of its very fast turboprop aircraft family – which continue to benefit from system enhancements.
Two-thirds of the 2016 deliveries involved the TBM 930 version, which incorporate Garmin’s G3000 flight deck with the first-ever touchscreen-controlled glass flight deck designed for light turbine aircraft. The remaining deliveries were of the TBM 900 configuration, equipped with Garmin’s G1000 all-glass avionics suite.
North America remained the lead market for TBM aircraft, accounting for 41 of last year’s deliveries to customers in the United States and Canada. Europe was in a solid second position with nine deliveries: composed of four aircraft provided to the United Kingdom, two for France and one each in Germany, Italy, Poland and Switzerland. Latin America ranked third with two deliveries to Mexico; while Asia-Pacific counted for the remaining delivery, for a customer in Thailand.
Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) has announced the enrollment of the first Challenger 650 on a JSSI program. The latest version of Bombardier’s Challenger series was recently enrolled with Austrian operator, International Jet Management (IJM).
“We have a long history supporting the Challenger series, with hundreds already on a JSSI program. It’s great to enroll our first Challenger 650 and to work alongside the innovative and pioneering team at IJM, the first commercial 650 operator in Austria,” said Neil Book, JSSI’s President and CEO.
The new Challenger 650 can carry up to 12 passengers, and a wider cabin means there is still plenty of room for comfort, even with all the seats filled. IJM enrolled the two GE CF34-3B MTO engines that power the Challenger 650 onto the comprehensive JSSI Term Engine Program. The aircraft’s APU is also covered by the JSSI APU Program, which includes scheduled and unscheduled events, as well as Life Limited Components with one easy annual payment. Today, JSSI offers Tip-to-Tail®, Engine, Airframe, and APU coverage for more than 350 different aircraft models, including the full line of Bombardier business jets.
Piper Aircraft has announced that certification on both the twin-engine Piper Seminole and single-engine Archer has been achieved and aircraft deliveries have begun.
The University Of North Dakota John D. Odegard School Of Aerospace Sciences is the launch customer for the next generation Piper trainers. UND and Piper Aircraft announced the awarded contract in April of 2016 for more than 100 trainer aircraft of which 12 aircraft have already been delivered.
The G1000 NXi incorporates innovative capabilities into a state-of-the-art avionics platform. The significantly upgraded system offers enhanced processing power that supports faster map rendering and smoother panning throughout the displays. Features such as wireless cockpit connectivity, including wireless database updates using Garmin Flight Stream 510, visual approaches, map overlay on the horizontal situation indicator (HSI), as well as improved ADS-B options are now all available in the next generation Archer and Seminole.
Piper Aircraft has received an order for 50 Archers from their dealer in China, China Air Shuttle.
China Air Shuttle, based in Beijing with branches in different provinces of China, will begin to take delivery in Q2 of 2017. China Air Shuttle also intends to order and stock more trainers to meet the fast-growing flight training market in China.
The fleet of aircraft will be manufactured and certificated at Piper Aircraft's factory in Vero Beach, Florida, and then shipped to China where they will be reassembled by China Air Shuttle's affiliate company in Rizhao, Shandong Province, China. The facilities in Rizhao will be developed to a localized delivery center for prompt service including reassembly, training, maintenance and product support for Chinese customers.
As the approved Piper Dealer for Archer airplanes in China, China Air Shuttle will then distribute those aircraft to some of the major flight schools and general aviation companies of the region. Ruixiang Flight Academy has been announced as the launch customer by Li Chen, Chairman of China Air Shuttle. Ruixiang Flight Academy purchased two Piper Seminoles in Q2 of 2016, and currently operates the popular multi-engine trainer in its ab initio flight training program.
Duncan Aviation wants to ensure that our customers, who share our passion for flying, are well-informed when it comes to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) NextGen mandates. Toward that end, Duncan Aviation has updated its Straight Talk book on the NextGen initiative Automatic Dependent Surveilance-Broadcast (ADS-B).
The January 2020 deadline gets closer every day, and there are still several thousand owners and operators who need to make the necessary equipment upgrades to their aircraft prior to midnight on December 31, 2019. Flying without ADS-B on January 1, 2020, is going to be fraught with limitations.