Ernest S. Arvai
The new Pilatus PC24 jet arrived in Orlando for the NBAA convention, making its first appearance at this event. The PC24 is a new light jet that will compete with the Embraer Phenom 300 and Cessna CJ4, and offers some unique features, including the ability to land on shorter runways, complementing the company’s rugged PC12 turboprop.
Pilatus indicated that the PC24 program is progressing on schedule and that the aircraft will exceed its previously published performance data. An update on performance is expected at EBACE 2017. To date, two prototypes have accumulated more than 1,000 flight hours and over 600 flights. Certification and initial deliveries are planned for the 3rd quarter of 2017.
The PC24 will be single pilot IFR certified, using Honeywell’s Advanced Cockpit Environment developed for this aircraft. Powered by two Williams FJ44 engines, the PC24 will have a cruise speed of 425… Continue reading
Bombardier’s Global 7000 business jet took to the skies with its first test flight today from Downsview Airport in Toronto. This is a positive milestone for this long-range aircraft, which along with the Global 8000 still in development, will compete with the Gulfstream 650 at the top end of the business aircraft market.
The Global 7000 can carry 17 passengers, has a range of 7,400nm, and a typical cruising speed of M.90. The aircraft is powered by the Passport engine from GE, and has surprising field performance for its size, with a take off distance of 5,950 ft. and a landing distance of 2,810 ft. The program, initially scheduled for entry into service this year, is running about 2 years late, with EIS now expected in 2018.
Today we met with David Heath, Director International Marketing, at Viking Air at the NBAA to discuss Viking’s plans.
Our first question was about the Twin Otter program and the company’s thinking and plans. Mr. Heath said that perhaps a stretch would be considered in the future. Currently they are considering a freighter version. The aircraft, even in its current form, remains popular around the world. For example, Viking has a growing fleet in Russia serving secondary cities. The Twin Otter is robust enough to withstand the most basic runways imaginable.
Another new development is the 400S, a new seaplane option that is 500 pounds lighter than the present 400. The 400S is aimed a VFR water taxi service up to 175 miles, and has a simplified flight deck. This particular configuration has been developed at the request of Viking’s customers in that… Continue reading