Slick design? Check. Huge windows? Check. A turbo-charged piston engine that can scream through the sky? Check and mate. This plane looks like it can play in the big leagues.
Cobalt Aircraft is unveiling its Co50 280-mph-piston pusher at Oshkosh next month.
Founded by a Georgia Tech aerospace grad, the Co50 project began in 2002.
Featuring a spacey interior and an enormous wrap-around windshield, the designers cleared the drawing board before developing this aircraft.
A 350-hp twin-turbo TSIOF-550-D2B pushes the Co50 to hit 245 KTAS at 8,000 feet, according to the company’s web site. The site also features interactive tools to check out aircraft specs, such as weights and range.
The company soon will begin flight-testing for certification. Representatives will hold a press conference 10:30 a.m. July 28 at Cobalt’s display at Airventure, booths No. 21 and 22.
Many King Air C90s can now fly faster on less fuel.
Hawker Beechcraft Services announced this week at its Wichita headquarters that it has completed testing and certification on a composite winglet for the King Air 90X.
The composite combines the aerodynamic benefits of a winglet with a gross-weight increase that increases handling, range and payload, a press release said.
The 90X package, first unveiled at last year’s EAA Airventure, now is available at all U.S. HBS service centers.
Read the entire release from Beechcraft here.
As it will continue to be for much of the week and beyond, EBACE still grabs headlines today among industry publications and elsewhere.
AIN posted two stories in the wee hours (at least it was for those of us still stateside). Ian Sheppard grabs quotes from a European Parliament member, as well as the respective leaders of the NBAA and EBAA -- all noting the importance of the bizav industry. Perhaps the most interesting quote, though, comes from Teal Group executive Richard Aboulafia, who says the number of used jets on the market last year was a "false reflection of reality" as businesses warded pressure from shareholders and the public. Read more here.
In the other AIN article, Jennifer Harrington-Snell writes that growth in Asia is sparking the bizav market recovery. Furthermore, as nations continue to develop, says Jetcraft Corporation part owner Jahid Fazal-Karim, "No one should ignore Africa."
As posted yesterday, EBAN has a full list of the releases companies are putting out at EBACE.
The benchmark of summer general aviation gatherings, AirVenture, kicks off again in July. Of course, it’s never too early to issue a NOTAM. This one is thick enough to receive consideration for a Nobel Prize in literature. Download the PDF now if you plan to fly to Oshkosh. For those who have never been, look it over to get a better idea of what the event is like.
Finally, here are a couple of opinion pieces. David Collogan writes at Aviation Week, slamming what has been a drawn-out process of finding a TSA chief. He makes good points of what could happen with a biz-jet security breach without a knowledgeable (and accountable) person in charge.
And Jon Anne Doty writes for our friends at PlaneConverstations.com that it is easier to spend someone else's money -- whether it's a teen pleading from Mom and Dad, or an airline pleading from taxpayers.
Check back for more throughout the day.