AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 5, Number 33

August 29, 2007

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Cessna Sets Life Limit on Conquest; Airplanes Grounded in Australia

Operators of Cessna 441 Conquest II twin turboprops must comply with a life limit of 22,500 flying hours, Cessna has said, and several of the aircraft have been grounded. "As part of the continuing product safety process, Cessna looks at data from test articles and from field reports regarding the structural integrity of its aircraft," Cessna spokeswoman Pia Bergqvist told AVweb. Based on test and field data, Cessna has issued a Supplemental Inspection Document recommending the life limit for the aircraft. While most of the Conquests operating around the world are well below this limit, according to Bergqvist, several aircraft in Australia are beyond it, and those aircraft have been grounded. Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority has allowed one year for alternatives to be explored that could extend the safe operation of the Conquest beyond the current life limit. It's not known if any Conquests in the U.S. will be immediately affected, industry groups are looking into it.

AOPA spokesman Chris Dancy told AVweb his organization has been in contact with the Cessna Pilots Association but discussions are preliminary. The 441, a pressurized version of the 404, was first delivered in 1977. General-aviation aircraft certified under FAR Part 23 must have a life limit set by the manufacturer on critical structures such as wing spars, but an overall life limit is not required.

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First Flight of Hawker 750

Hawker Beechcraft's new 750 light-to-midsize jet flew for the first time Aug. 23. The 750 is a version of the 800 series midsized products and will be priced in the $11.2 million to $11.9 million range. "First flight of a new model to the market is always an exciting time," said Brad Hatt, president of Commercial Sales. "The Hawker 750 opens a whole new market for us and with a strong backlog already in place, we're anxious to start deliveries." The 750 is similar to the 800 except the ventral fuel tank has been replaced by a 32-cubic-foot heated luggage compartment. The aircraft will have a 2,100-nm NBAA IFR range with four passengers in what Hawker Beechcraft says is the largest cabin in its class.

The cabin measures 5 feet 9 inches in height and 6 feet wide. The aircraft is powered by Honeywell TFE731-5BR engines and is equipped with the Collins Pro Line 21 avionics package. The 750 will have its own interior design aimed specifically at this market segment. Certification and first deliveries are planned by the end of this year.

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Hawker 900XP Certified

The Hawker 900 XP received type certification on Aug. 24 and company officials say this upgrade of the 800 series will provide greater flexibility and lower operating costs. At the heart of the performance promise are new Honeywell TFE731-50R engines that the company says will boost the numbers across the board. Hawker Beechcraft CEO Jim Schuster said the engines provide "significant improvements in fuel efficiency, range, hot and high altitude takeoff performance and reduced cost of operations."

In addition to giving the aircraft more power, inspection intervals have been increased to 3,000 hours for the major periodic inspection and 6,000 hours for the compressor zone inspection. The aircraft has a long-range cruise of 2,800 nm with six passengers, and will make the trip from New York to anywhere on the West Coast on most days. It's priced in the $14.3 million range. First deliveries in the U.S. will start in a few weeks and foreign certifications are in the works.

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New Aircraft Costing Software Available

If the accounting department really wants to know what the company aircraft are costing, Conklin and de Decker says it has the software tools to help them. The aviation information firm publishes a variety of aircraft operating and acquisition data products and the Life Cycle Cost software is designed to create a comprehensive budget analysis tool. "The Life Cycle Cost budgeting software accounts for the various aspects of owning and operating an aircraft including; acquisition cost, operating costs, taxes, the final aircraft residual value and revenues if it is in commercial operations," a company news release says.

The software takes into account various acquisition methods, including fractional ownership and different methods of operating the aircraft. There are eight tax depreciation schedules. The software covers more than 300 aircraft, including 23 new models like the Diamond Twin Star, Hawker 900XP and King Air C90GTi.

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Comp Air 12 Numbers Coming Up

Comp Air says its Comp Air 12, a large single-engine turboprop that it hopes to certify, is performing as expected in the proof-of-concept stage. The company introduced the aircraft at Sun 'n Fun in April and also flew it to EAA AirVenture. CEO Ron Lueck said in a news release that predicted performance is being proven in the test flights. "Specification performance testing has confirmed that all major points, including takeoff distances, climb performance and maximum cruise speed (310 kts) are attainable," the news release said. Comp Air is known for its range of kit-built composite aircraft but the 12 is intended to take a piece of the market for certified turboprop singles.

Comp Air has partnered with Downing Associates to get the aircraft through certification and Downing spokesman Art Manni sees a good future for the big plane. He said the turboprop single sector is the fastest-growing market segment and the 12 will find its share of business there. "The Comp Air 12 will offer unmatched combination of speed, range and cabin size, surpassing all available candidates, and in many case offering a better package and value than small or light jets," he said.

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GE Buys Czech Engine Maker Walter

GE has purchased a stake in the growing small turboprop market with the acquisition of Prague-based Walter Engines. The 750-hp M601 engine produced by the company is in the same class as the dominant Pratt & Whitney PT-6. The M601 is less expensive than the Pratts and devotees of the Walter say it's rugged and reliable. It hasn't found much of a following in the U.S. but it's popular in emerging markets like India and Eastern Europe. It powers about 30 types of aircraft, including the 19-seat Let L-410 commuter aircraft.

GE said it bought Walter to extend its marketing reach into Eastern Europe. Terms of the deal were not released. Walter has about 520 employees.

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Honeywell, Sensis Develop Cockpit Incursion Alarm

Honeywell and Sensis Corp. say they've demonstrated a runway-incursion system that sounds an audible alert in the cockpit. Until now, anti-incursion systems have set off alarms for ground controllers, who then had to relay the alarm to the affected aircraft. “The cockpit advisory will ensure that pilots are aware of possible conflicts with the safe operation of their aircraft in the airport vicinity much quicker than current procedures and technology allows,” said Rick Berckefeldt, Honeywell's product marketing manager for Safety and Surveillance Systems, in a news release.

With this system, when the Sensis Airport Surface Detection Equipment Model X (ASDE-X) system detects a potential incursion, it sends a signal through the Mode S data link and a modified TCAS on the airplane. The demonstration was held at Syracuse Hancock Airport. “The functionality and performance of this demonstration – which leverages currently deployed systems – proves that the technology exists to help address runway incursions,” said Tony Lo Brutto, vice president and general manager of Sensis Air Traffic Systems. The FAA has been part of the development of the system. ASDE-X is active at nine U.S. airports and slated for installation at 35 more.

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Sporty's, Thielert Announce Scholarships

Both Sporty's Pilot Shops and Thielert Aircraft Engines have announced sizeable contributions to scholarships. Sporty's is supporting an educational effort near and dear to our hearts with a $5,000 contribution to the Ewald Scholarship Fund for budding aviation journalists. "Dave Ewald was admired by all who knew him, and it's fitting that his legacy lives on through these scholarships. Sporty's is pleased to participate in a program to train new, young journalists in Dave's memory," said Sporty's Founder/Chairman Hal Shevers. "Just as the general aviation community needs new pilots, mechanics and technicians, we need impassioned, qualified journalists to chronicle the events, products and services we offer." Thielert is helping to educate the next generation of engineers who will specialize in engine development.

The engine company is offering prizes of 2,000 euros and 1,000 euros to students of the Faculty of Process Engineering, Energy and Mechanical Systems (Laboratory for Piston Engines and Calibration) of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences who write the best theses. Thielert CEO Frank Thielert says investing in young minds is like money in the bank. "As a manufacturer of innovative aircraft engines, we know how important it is to plan for the future and break new ground," he said. "As a young company, we benefit above all in the area of research and development from the commitment and new ideas of motivated and qualified graduates."

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