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.
An annual celebration of aviation in Imperial County, California, drew a large number of local residents to the Imperial County Airport.
Piper’s latest edition of the Meridian pressurized turboprop features updated avionics and six seats in club configuration for $2.26 million.
Two veteran balloonists were aloft above the Pacific Ocean in a bid to break the world’s distance record for a gas balloon flight.
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