The Cavendish TB Transformation

Pros Finish Comfort Cost   Cons Finish depends on condition of paint (it’s not a respray and will not hide paint blemishes)     Flyer Verdict Attention to detail during cosmetic and mechanical refurbishment brings a tired aircraft back to life Take one tired and neglected Socata TB10, give it a large dose of TLC and a thorough mechanical overhaul, …

Daher announces upgraded new TBM 930

VIDEO Daher has unveiled a deluxe version of its TBM single engine turboprop aircraft. It’s the TBM 930 and it will sell for $4.1 million alongside the existing TBM 900 – itself the most popular TBM with more than 100 delivered since its launch two years ago. The TBM 930 is fitted with Garmin’s G3000 integrated flightdeck with touchscreen controls. …

Active winglets certified for Cessna Citation jets

Winglets are proven to improve aerodynamic efficiency and reduce fuel burn. They have been widely adopted by airlines and business aviation operators and most new aircraft come with them fitted. The problem is that to retro-fit winglets is a major engineering task because the wing has to be strengthened. Not any more, Tamarack Aerospace has invented ‘active winglets’ which are …

Aerion supersonic jet ‘flying in 6 years’

The Aerion supersonic business jet is several steps closer to becoming a reality after deals announced at the 2015 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) show in Las Vegas. An existing tie-up with Airbus was strengthened but more importantly, Aerion now has a launch customer. Flexjet has a fleet of private jets and has committed to buying 20 of the Aerion …

Dale Klapmeier to step down as Cirrus boss

Cirrus co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dale Klapmeier is to step down from his current position in the first half of 2019. Klapmeier will move into a senior advisory role and concentrate on longer term strategic developments. A new CEO has yet to be named. “Re-imagining personal transportation has been our lifelong mission at Cirrus Aircraft,” said Klapmeier. “We’ve changed …

Call for airfield protection ‘same as church bells’

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA) has called on the government to provide airfields with the same level of retrospective protection as churches, live music venues and farms. In a meeting between members of the Airfield Working Group and Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP, the principle of fresh planning guidance was agreed, to prevent new residents campaigning to …

Aircraft deliveries up so far in 2018

Numbers up, total value down, that’s the conclusion of the latest aircraft shipments and billings report from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). In its 2018 third quarter report, GAMA said deliveries of aircraft and rotorcraft increased in the first nine months compared to the same time period in 2017 but total billings compared to the same period in 2017 …

Carlisle Lake District Airport wins award

Carlisle Lake District Airport has won the Best General Aviation Airport Award at the annual Airport Operators Association (AOA) annual conference. The award recognises GA airports that demonstrate passion and show their dedication to providing an accessible and favourite general aviation airfield over the past 12 months. Carlisle Lake District Airport has had a busy year, with the construction of …

GA, not airlines, is Blackpool’s future

+VIDEO General Aviation, not commercial air transport, is the future of Blackpool Airport, according to a new report by consultants York Aviation. The comprehensive report sets out the best opportunities to revive and secure the future of Blackpool Airport. Passenger air transport would require such a high investment in facilities and staffing that it would require 1.5 million passengers per …

Skydrive to close as Nigel Beale retires

One of the leading entrepreneurs in light aviation, Nigel Beale, is retiring and closing Skydrive, the company he runs with his family, and selling much of the stock. “It’s time!” explained Mikaela Hurtubise, Nigel’s daughter. “Nigel has given almost 40 years to this industry and we feel that it is time for him to retire and enjoy his own flying. …