June 27, 2013
What twin turboprop has centerline-mounted engines, a bizjet-quality cabin, and an oar and an anchor as standard equipment? That last bit about nautical gear should clinch it, but even veteran plane spotters may be in over their heads unless they can identify the Dornier Seastar. Far from frequently found afloat or in flight, a prototype of the PT-6-powered aircraft was prominently previewed at recent major aviation conventions. Dornier calls the Seastar “the most advanced amphibious seaplane in the world.” As of a 2010 AOPA Live interview, the price was $6 million.
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
Ice protection and a gross weight increase are improving the utility of the Lancair Evolution turboprop, according to Doug Meyer, CEO of the Oregon aircraft kit manufacturer.
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