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Into Africa

Article | Dec 06, 2012

Whether they were shedding ice in the flight levels or stumbling on a street festival in the Canary Islands, Bob Jeffrey and David Robinson cherish the memories of flying a newly completed Lancair Evolution turboprop single from Redmond, Wash., to Johannesburg, South Africa.

General aviation manufacturers log increase in sales

Article | Nov 07, 2012

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association logged an uptick in deliveries through the third quarter, and urged lawmakers to settle the fiscal uncertainty that is believed to be dampening demand.

Kestrel uses pulse deice system

Article | Oct 29, 2012

Goodbye boots? The Kestrel single-engine turboprop will leverage an electro-mechanical expulsion deicing system on its wings instead of pneumatic boots.

Hawker Beechcraft China deal collapses, jets jettisoned

Article | Oct 18, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft announced Oct. 18 that a purchase agreement with a Chinese buyer has been scuttled, and the company has charted a new course out of bankruptcy. That plan includes the sale or cessation of Hawker jet production, but would keep the piston and turboprop lines running.

Epic hiring, moving toward certification

Article | Oct 12, 2012

Bend, Ore.-based Epic Aircraft is hiring engineers as it presses toward certification of a factory-built version of its Epic LT kitbuilt turboprop, the company said at AOPA Aviation Summit Oct. 11.

Hawker's T-6 trainer learns to attack

Article | Sep 18, 2012

A successful third round of testing shows that the Hawker Beechcraft AT-6 plays well with existing weapons systems including .50-caliber guns, bombs, and rockets.

You say you want an evolution

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

Photography by Mike Fizer The air traffic controllers couldn’t seem to get the name of Lancair’s turboprop, the Evolution, quite right. During our short taxi for departure, both ground and local controllers at Cincinnati Municipal Airport Lunken Field referred to the sleek, four-seat kit airplane as “Revolution.” Cleared for takeoff on Runway 21 Left, Lancair dealer and demo pilot Doug Walker advanced the power lever on the 750-shaft-horsepower Pratt & Whitney PT6A-135A.

Kestrel turboprop project soldiers on

Article | Jul 30, 2012

A yearlong effort by engineers and designers at Kestrel Aircraft has paid off in the form of a new cabin mockup that defines the future for the beefy single-engine turboprop.

Cessna surveys customers about turboprop offering

Article | Jul 24, 2012

Cessna is offering a mockup of what a future single-engine turboprop business aircraft might look like, and asking for the EAA AirVenture crowd to offer opinions. Plans for a new turboprop have been rumored for two years.