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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.

TBM circles world, thumbing nose at light jets

Article | Jul 24, 2012

A Paris doctor joined a group of turboprop and light-jet pilots on a 27-country tour this year, ending with a Daher-Socata press conference at EAA AirVeneture where he bragged of long, nonstop legs that required his jet friends to stop for fuel.

New turboprop flies in Australia

Article | May 23, 2012

GippsAero announced the first flight of a new aircraft the company described as the first single-engine turboprop designed and developed in Australia.

Kestrel seeks to tap into Wichita workforce

Article | May 14, 2012

Often dubbed the "Air Capital of the World," Wichita, Kan., has taken several severe blows since the economic downturn that started in 2008, with aircraft manufacturers laying off thousands. Kestrel Aircraft Co. is seeking to tap into that knowledgeable workforce.

GA manufacturers log ‘mixed’ performance

Article | May 10, 2012

General aviation shipments and billings fell 2.1 percent in the 2012 first quarter, as segments showed mixed performances and industry leaders monitored congressional action that could improve availability of financing.