China is on the verge of a boom in General Aviation thanks to a change of policy by the country's guiding leaders, the state council. China needs pilots for its fast-growing airline network and to train them, it needs a General Aviation (GA) infrastructure and flight schools. Estimates suggest more than...
VIDEO See one of the Kodiak's largest fleet operators in action - the most sophisticated seaplane operator in the world, Setouchi Seaplanes. This week, Capt. Joy visits a part of Japan that takes one back in time, exploring the seaside towns along the Seto Inland Sea, where tradition meets innovation....
China's Wanfeng Aviation has completed a takeover of Austria's Diamond Aircraft, a year after Wanfeng bought 60% of Diamond Aircraft Canada. Mr Christian Dries, former CEO of Diamond Aircraft said, “Diamond is my life’s work. In the interest of a successful long term future, we needed to find the right...
Electric two-seat training aircraft and a four/five seat single engine piston aircraft are to be manufactured in China following the setting up of a new company, Pipistrel Asia-Pacific, in Jurong City, China. The company is a joint venture between Pipistrel Aircraft of Slovenia, Europe and local businessman Danny Wu Hao....
Diamond Aircraft has launched a DA62 version of its special/multi mission MPP aircraft. It's a development of its existing DA42 MPP which has sold more than 100 aircraft to commercial operators and government agencies. Markus Fischer, Sales Director Special Mission Aircraft, Diamond Aircraft Austria, said, “After having delivered over 100...
It's 35 degrees centigrade on the apron at Al Maktoum Airport as we step out of the air conditioned cool of the Jetex FBO Rolls-Royce which ferried us out from the terminal. The Diamond DA62 is parked between two private jets but still manages considerable ramp presence finished in...
Cirrus Aircraft has launched the 2017 Generation 6 (G6) range of its SR piston aircraft. For the first time, there is a four-cylinder Lycoming engine in the entry-level SR20 model, replacing the previous six-cylinder Continental. Flight schools and other fleets are expected to welcome the new model/ Key improvements in...
Cirrus Aircraft has received FAA certification for Cirrus Perception, an adaptable, cost-effective special mission platform tailored specifically for both the Cirrus SR22 and SR22T aircraft models. This new multi-mission, adaptive Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft expands Cirrus Aircraft’s global portfolio by offering capabilities suitable for airborne traffic and law...
Piper Aircraft is preparing to certify a fuel-injected engine on its latest Archer trainer, the Archer TX. This will make three engine options available for the aircraft. They are: Standard 180hp Lycoming O-360-A4M avgas engine with carbuettors and 2-blade Sensenich fixed-pitch prop Archer TX: 180hp Lycoming IO-360-B4A avgas engine with...
Cessna has received European (EASA) type certification for its flagship piston aircrfat, the Cessna TTx, as well as Argentina’s National Civil Aviation Administration and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. With these additional certifications, the TTx, the fastest fixed-gear aircraft in its class, is now certified in more than...
Cirrus Aircraft 2016
Cirrus Aircraft has announced enhanced connectivity, convenience, design and luxury in the new 2016 SR series aircraft, delivering an experience on par with luxury automobiles to both pilot and passengers. For 2016, all SR models are enhanced to heighten customer engagement, blending lifestyle comforts with wireless connectivity and personalization options...
Mooney International Corporation has unveiled the latest generation of its M20 aircraft for 2016, the M20V Acclaim Ultra. The new Acclaim Ultra features detail improvements to the overall fuselage – including a first-ever pilot door and composite-wrapped cabin, a clean-sheet interior design, and instrument panel enhancements – all of which...