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MODELS ON TAP FOR CESSNA
Cessna and Bell Helicopters will
introduce new models and upgrades of existing aircraft as early as 2012
as parent company Textron boosts investment in the two companies to
coincide with an expected industry turnaround next year. In an interview with Bloomberg, Textron CEO Scott Donnelly
said work is already under way on the recovery plans. "The programs are
there, the teams are working, so we're going full-speed ahead," Donnelly
told Bloomberg. "You will see some refreshes, some block changes to some
aircraft, and we also have a couple things in there that will be
brand-new aircraft." His comments are sure to fuel speculation that the
Columbus large-cabin business jet shelved 18 months ago will be among
the first to be revived. More...
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SEES BIZJET CONSOLIDATION
Business consulting firm
AlixPartners predicts consolidation in the corporate aircraft sector as
prolonged slow growth becomes the "new normal" in the aerospace sector
in general and the bizjet market in particular. The firm released a study on the industry's outlook on Tuesday and says
the future looks especially hard for business aircraft makers. "Business
jets face an even tougher environment, while also still trying to shake
the 'politically incorrect' stigma of a year ago," spokesman Phil Toy
said in a news release. In an interview with Dow Jones Newswire, Eric Bernardini,
managing director of the firm, said there are too many bizjet companies
fighting over too few orders. More...
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SHOPPING FOR AIRCRAFT
It's been three years since
International Lease Finance Corp. ordered a new aircraft and it's now
poised to dip its toe in the water again. In fact, the company may make
a splash with an order for 10 Airbus A380 aircraft. ILFC's new CEO Henri
Courpron told Bloomberg there are no plans to sell off any more of
the company's portfolio and wouldn't rule out the possibility that the
A380 order will be announced at or before the Farnborough Air Show,
which starts July 19. "We still have a $13 billion portfolio," Courpron
told Bloomberg. "We have plenty of planes on order coming down the pike
and we have engaged some fairly focused exchanges with the
original-equipment makers to possibly complement that." ILFC is owned by
American International Group, which received a major bailout from the
federal government in 2008, but Courpron described ILFC as being robust.
"I'm not worried about the outlook for ILFC," he said.
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OWNERSHIP AT LANCAIR
Lancair International, of Redmond, Ore., on Tuesday
announced new ownership, new leadership, and an infusion of new
operating capital for the company. Gene Wolstenholme is now majority
owner and chairman, and Robert Wolstenholme, who built and flies his own
Lancair IVP, was named president and CEO. The company now will
focus on the owner-built Evolution turboprop, which Gene Wolstenholme
described as "a world-class product." With five of the airplanes flying
and 24 orders in hand, "we're off to a great start, and we are going to
focus on pushing through this down economy and getting our incredible
airplane to market," he said. Joe Bartels, CEO of the company since
2003, resigned his position last month but will remain a minority
percentage owner. "Joe did a great job overseeing development of the
Evolution aircraft," said Bob Wolstenholme, "and we now need to move
ahead and expand the manufacturing infrastructure and training programs
to support the Evolution product line." More...
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TSA AMEND DC FLIGHT RULES
Several changes to operations in
the Special Flight Rules Area that affects Washington, D.C., airspace
will become effective Sept. 1, the FAA said recently. The most
significant change will affect pilots flying VFR who lose radio contact
with controllers after departing from an airport located within the SFRA
(which extends in a circle extending 30 nm from Reagan National
Airport). Under the current rules, those pilots must squawk 7600 on
their transponders and immediately leave the SFRA by the most direct
route. The new rule will allow pilots to return to their departure
airport if it is closer than the SFRA boundary. The FAA also set a speed
limit of 180 knots for VFR aircraft within the SFRA. The FAA also made
minor tweaks to several other operating practices (click here for the complete official announcement).
Also, EAA says the TSA has revised its rules for sport pilots using the
three general aviation airports located within the inner 15-nm circle of
the SFRA, known as the Flight Restricted Zone. More...
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Cessna has announced that Bill Collier
will head the company's McCauley Propeller Systems operations as general
manager and Bill Collier will take over turbine and propeller aircraft
parts distribution. Wilkinson has been with Cessna since 1997, and
Collier joined the company in 2005.
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IE2 PROJECT TECH REVIEW
Lycoming's electronically controlled IE2 engine seemed like it was over
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are in full-swing flight test in the launch aircraft, the Lancair
Evolution, and certified versions are expected by the end of this year
or a little later. In this video, Lycoming's Jim Morris provides an
update on the project. More...
are a handful of high-wing LSAs offering tandem seating but only a
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