March 29, 2012
By Alton K. Marsh
Cessna has begun production line flow for the Corvalis TTX. The TTX is a high-performance, single-pilot aircraft that Cessna claims is the fastest certified piston-driven aircraft currently in production.
The TTX replaces the Corvalis TT, and has optional flight into known icing. It can provide more than two hours of protection from most ice attaching to the airframe with virtually no impact on the aircraft’s performance.
In other Cessna news, the company now offers an “enforcement” single-engine piston aircraft for law enforcement with all the latest surveillance and communications capabilities. Cessna displayed a 205 model with flashing law enforcement lights on the top of the cabin, but pointed out the lights are not used in flight.
In a separate announcement, Cessna said the 172 Skyhawk, 182 Skylane, and 206 Stationair 2012 models will come equipped with the Garmin GTS 800 Traffic Alert System. It detects traffic and alerts the pilot to the conflict.
Cessna is celebrating an order for 15 Grand Caravans from Russian state transport leasing company GTLK. Seven Grand Caravans will be delivered this year and another eight of the aircraft in 2013, with options for 15 more. GTLK will be leasing the aircraft on a subsidized basis to local operators as part of a government initiative announced Jan. 1 to improve local aviation services.
Finally, Cessna has introduced a website to help Cessna owners keep track of records, flights, expenses, and tax reports. It is called Cessna Connect.
Aircraft Power and Fuel
Fourteen hours and four minutes after departing Cincinnati, Solar Impulse landed at Washington Dulles International Airport. The aircraft landed at 12:15 a.m. Eastern June 16.
There was a moment on the flight of the solar-cell and battery-powered Solar Impulse when Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard thought clouds might rob his aircraft of power.
Solar Impulse will fly from Dallas/Fort Worth to St. Louis June 3 despite a hangar at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport that was damaged by tornadoes.