VICTORIA, British Columbia — Viking recently recognized the completion of its 50th production Series 400 Twin Otter at two separate events for employees held at the company’s corporate headquarters in Victoria and the aircraft assembly facility in Calgary, AB, Canada.
Eclipse has made the official delivery of the first Eclipse 550 jet.
“With the Eclipse 550, we’ve built a high performance light jet that includes advanced technologies and safety features that have traditionally been found only on much larger commercial aircraft,” says Mason Holland, Eclipse CEO. “Our customers wanted the latest technologies such as auto throttles and a more dynamic pilot interface, and we responded to those demands. We are now delivering to ecstatic customers.”
DAHER-SOCATA has unveiled the newest member in its TBM family of single-engine turboprop business aircraft – the TBM 900.
Hartzell Propeller has received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for its swept airfoil structural composite five-blade propeller to be installed on TBM 700/850 aircraft.
DULUTH, Minn. — Cirrus Aircraft reports that in 2013 it delivered 276 new aircraft, nearly a 10% increase over 2012, marking its best aircraft shipment performance since 2008.
With these results, Cirrus Aircraft’s annual market share has grown to an all-time high of 37% and the SR22/22T model remains the best-selling four- or five-seat airplane for the 11th year in a row, company officials said.
“The key driver to this past year’s outstanding performance was Cirrus owners’ and pilots’ strong response to Generation 5, which was introduced in early 2013 with the new capability to carry 200 pounds more than any previous Cirrus airplane,” said Todd Simmons, Executive Vice President Sales, Marketing and Customer Support at Cirrus Aircraft.
“But what makes 2013 results more important than any other year in our history is the real expansion of the Cirrus customer base in the last 12 months,” he continued. “The most significant examples include current Cirrus owners upgrading to new ‘G5’ airplanes, first-time Cirrus owners moving up to the performance and capability of G5 from other airplane brands, corporate aircraft operators adding a Cirrus to a previously all turbine fleet, and both domestic and international training partners upgrading to new Cirrus aircraft. This broader and more diversified customer portfolio continues to drive the enterprise in 2014.”
A highlight for Cirrus Aircraft in 2013 was final delivery in Saudi Arabia of more than 20 new Cirrus aircraft to the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) for its pilot training needs.
The Royal Saudi Air Force is the third national Air Force that has recently selected Cirrus Aircraft for its training needs, following the United States and France, company officials report.
For more information: CirrusAircraft.com
VERO BEACH, Fla. — Piper Aircraft reports it achieved double-digit growth in new aircraft revenue and new airplane deliveries for 2013.
Quest Aircraft Co. has received FAA approval for an increase of 565 pounds to the maximum landing weight of the Kodiak. With the increase, the landing weight is now 7,255 pounds, same as the aircraft’s maximum takeoff weight.
The winners of the second annual ROTOR Magazine Photo Contest were unveiled in the just-printed Winter 2014 issue of the magazine, which is the Helicopter Association International’s official publication.
This year’s grand prize winner shows a Belgian Air Force SeaKing taking part in a rescue demonstration.