At Sun 'n Fun 2019, Daher Aircraft introduced a first for turboprop singles: autothrottles. The system is integrated within the TBM940's Garmin G3000 integrated flight deck, providing an additional layer of envelope protection, including automatic descent mode. The company also introduced a new automatic deicing system for the TBM910 and TBM940 models. Larry Anglisano took a look at the new features with Daher CEO Nicolas Chabbert and prepared this video summary.
Last month, Superior grounded the XP-400 and XP-382 experimental-class engines after crankshaft breakages were believed to be set off by detonation. Approximately 150 engines were affected. At the time, the company asked those already flying the engine to immediately ground the aircraft and for those still in construction to return the engines.
TruTrak Flight Systems set out to deliver a budget-based retrofit autopilot for certified aircraft with the Vizion system and has been delivering the system for installation in a variety of aircraft. Aviation Consumer Magazine Editor Larry Anglisano caught up with TruTrak's Andrew Barker at Sun 'n Fun 2019 for an update on approvals and interfacing.
Continental Aerospace Technologies' Prime IO-370 certified engine has been seeing increasing use, including being selected by Piper to power its new Pilot 100 and 100i trainers. AVweb caught up with Continental CEO Rhett Ross at Sun 'n Fun 2019 to learn more about it.
Blueprinting engines used to be-and still is-a thing in automotive hot rodding and thats a bit of what General Aviation Modifications is doing with improvements to its GAMIspec Continental engines. They'll include taperfin cylinders, needle bearing rocker arms and upgraded cooling. The engines perform better, but GAMI intends them to be more durable. The mods are also available separately for many Continental engines.
If you own a 33- or 35-series Bonanza, you could probably use more payload and its now available from General Aviation Modifications Inc. and Tornado Alley Turbo, two Oklahoma-based mod businesses. The gross weight increases range from 180 to 300 pounds, variable with model and engine.