May 22 2015 Latest news:
Aircraft manufacturer Pilatus’ staff were among the first to witness the maiden flight of the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet from Buochs airport in Switzerland on 11 May 2015. At 10.00 local time, the 1,800 staff, all of whom have been directly or indirectly involved in the PC-24 project, applauded the business jet as it taxied for takeoff. It took off from runway 07 in just under 600m and climbed to 10,000ft (3,000m) in around three minutes, The flight, during which the two pilots completed a series of tests, went exactly to plan as Prototype P01, call sign HB-VXA, flew across central Switzerland from Altdorf to Brünig via Engelberg, for a total of 55 minutes.
Airbox, the specialist navigation and mission system developer (and sponsors of the Pilot monthly Air-brained Quiz) has won the contract to supply Bristow Helicopters with the Airbox PANDA to support its UK SAR operations and Gap SAR bases in Sumburgh and Stornoway. The company will provide its mission visualisation platform to all of Bristow Helicopter’s SAR aircraft and bases, giving them efficient and safe flight and route planning and execution.
Italian aviation manufacturer Tecnam is evaluating the potential of developing a two-seater, single turbofan engine powered aircraft, following extensive customer feedback.
In enlarging the DA42 to make a five/seven-seater, Diamond has produced a super-efficient machine packed with fine detail design — and one that really performs too
Here are some of the events taking place across the UK between 11 and 24 May that you might like to visit.
UK based CIRRUS SR22 GTS for sale with VIP leather interior
Beautiful Reims Cessna 150F, always hangared, selling at £14,000
By Graham M Simons www.pen-and-sword.co.uk £19.99, hardback, 247 pages
Trig TY91 (£1,530) and TY92 (£3,594) radios www.trig-avionics.com/ty91.html
Alan Bristow, Helicopter Pioneer: the autobiography, by Alan Bristow and Pat Malone, Pen & Sword Aviation 2009 £25. Hardback, 384 pages
Garmin has announced the release of its new G3X Touch 7-inch display option for experimental aircraft.