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EYEING NEW TURBOPROP SINGLE
Beechcraft Corporation is hoping
to build a new big turboprop single as it emerges from bankruptcy,
abandons jet production and focuses on the turboprop and military side
of its current operations, following the collapse of a takeover bid by
China-owned Superior Air Parts. In a wide-ranging news conference at
NBAA 2012 in Orlando on Monday, Beech officials announced the company
will continue to support almost 30,000 jets in the field and continue
with retrofit programs to modernize them. He also said the company is
entertaining offers from a variety of potential suitors, some of which
would resume production of some jet models and others that would just
assume the support function. The focus on new product development will
be on prop-driven aircraft, including the as-yet unnamed turbine single.
podcast interview, Beech VP Shawn Vick said the turboprop will use
the Premier fuselage that will allow executive club seating for eight or
a high density configuration for up to 11 passengers. There are also
plans for an unpressurized utility version that can operate from
unimproved fields. Vick said the piston line will be retained but there
could be some kerosene in its future. More...
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Cessna brought the new version of
its Citation Sovereign business jet to NBAA in Orlando this week, with a
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other newer Citation models, the New Sovereign will have winglets. The
upgrades will boost the range by 150 nm, for a total range of 3,000 nm,
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MORE RANGE FOR G650
Gulfstream said at NBAA's Annual Meeting
and Convention in Orlando on Monday that its ultra-large-cabin G650,
which was FAA certified last month, will have longer range at high
speeds and shorter takeoff distances than formerly announced. The
aircraft's range at its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90 is now 6,000
nautical miles, the company said. The original target was 5,000 nm. The
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IS BETTER: HONEYWELL FORECAST
The business jet market will
grow over the next few years but most of that growth will continue to be
at the high end of the market, according to a news release on the Honeywell Business Aircraft
Outlook released on the eve of NBAA 2012 in Orlando. Honeywell says
about 10,000 new bizjets worth a total of about $250 billion over the
next 10 years. Honeywell says globalization is driving the market for
longer range aircraft and physics dictate that the farther a plane has
to fly, the bigger it has to be. "The trend toward larger cabin aircraft
with ever-increasing range expectations and advanced avionics continues
to be reflected in this year's survey," said Rob Wilson, president,
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STALLION 51 ANNOUNCES NEW UPSET RECOVERY
Stallion 51 is well known for its P-51
Mustang program using the dual-equipped Crazy Horse. But now it's
branching out into upset recovery training using both the Mustang and an
L-39 jet trainer. At the NBAA Convention press day on Monday, well-known
aerobatic performer Lee Lauderback explained that the program
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