Super Pc XL Turboprop

Pacific Aerospace, a New Zealand based company, recently unveiled a new form of the P-750 XSTOL, single-engined turboprop. The new engine features greater power and range, along with a quicker rate of climb. The new engine, which is called the Super-Pac XL, has been designed as a competitor to the Supervan 900, Cessna’s re-engined version of the 208 Caravan.

Mark Crouch, general manager of Pacific Aerospace, shares how the new program is consuming their market share. He highlights the global fleet of approximately one-hundred Supervans. This is in comparison to the one-hundred twenty P-750s and the previous PAC 750XL. Crouch believes the P-750 will steadily play an important part in many of the company’s markets, but they will need an extra option for the operators that want a higher performance.

The Super-Pac will be backed up by a 900hp Pratt and Whitney PT6A-140A engine. This will drive a 4-blade 108in Hartzell propeller, an upgrade from the P-750’s 750hp PT6A-34. The Supervan in contrast is powered by a 900hp Honeywell TPE331-10/12JR.

Crouch also brags that the Super-Pac will be like “a rocket ship.” Based on the response by customers thus far, Pacific Aerospace anticipates a high demand for this new type, especially among the skydiving community and commercial operators serving in more remote, mountain areas since a fast rate of climb is important. A modified P-750, which is being used as a flight-test article, recently has undergone testing on ground at the headquarters of Pacific Hamilton. The new process for the certification campaign will begin once the okay is given by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand.

Approval for the new process is expected to be given sometime this year, with deliveries following shortly after. Pacific Aerospace notes that they have already secured pre-production deposits, but the first shipments will be sent to the skydiving community.


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Alumal by Coventya

Coventya, most famously known as a global supplier to the surface finishing industry since the late 1920s recently introduced ALUMAL. Alumal is a long product range for aluminum, covering all functional, decorative and corrosion resistant requirements.

Since 2017, Coventya has been the majority shareholder of Politeknik Metal, a well known leader in the industry of aluminum finishing. The merger allowed for Alumal to emerge. The products from this line has evolved with the full consideration of customers’ challenges they face daily: substrate quality, several finishing requirements, cost, along with issues in regard to safety and the environment.

Alumal has gained the approval of different industries, with new ones being added each year. Among these companies are Safran, Volkswagen, Airbus Helicopter, Dhollandia, and Tesla. There are many different products from this line. Alumal Clean is an alkaline cleaner that is neutral or acidic and removes oils or soil effectively. Alumal Etch involves additives so that alkaline or acid etching lasts long term and delivers a flaw free surface or a matte finish. Alumal Deox uses a neutralizing process to deoxidize and efficiently remove smut caused by alloying elements. Alumal Seal uses nickel-based processes to create high equality sealing that is suitable for parts that are colored or clear.

Among the architectural industry, the approval of Qualicoat and Qualando assert the higher performance of Coventya products. With a commitment and goal to serve the aluminum industry, Coventya has partnered with several key associations which include ESTAL, AYID, ADAL and more.

Through the combined investments in the best laboratories, a team of dedicated researchers along with an unmatched material science, Coventya has rapidly gained the attention of the aluminum finishing industry with the company’s fresh and high performing finishes. With many different manufacturing sites and an active team with experience out in the field, Coventya is set on changing the way aluminum is seen by the world.


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SR71 BlackBird

In the beginning of the year, The Boeing Company announced its newest creation. A sleek, aerodynamic beauty being called the “Son of Blackbird” because if put into production it would replace the famous SR-71 Blackbird. The new aircraft is designed to be able to go faster than Mach 5 and merges design aspects from multiple styles of planes.

While Boeings design is fresh and new to the market, it does carry some components of a plan Lockheed Martin is currently working on. Everyone in the business is trying to come out on top as the company whose aircraft ends up replacing the elite SR-71 blackbird.

While this plane is only a concept and small model right now if approved the plane will have two balanced tails and an extremely swooped body, making the idea of going above Mach 5 very feasible. Boeing plans on using plans from the best to make sure this new plane is taking all the best aircraft parts from older models. For instances, Boeing will take a closer look at the X-51 which was able to fly above Mach 5 for a record 3 and a half minutes. A big challenge that the future “son of blackbird” faces is its ability to reach above Mach 5 but then have the capacity to slow back down in order to land safely, without hurting the pilot of the plane. This is a feat that the X-51 had trouble with, and that Boeing hopes to sort out before unveiling the new plane after its approval.


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Gulfstream G500

Gulfstream’s new luxury jet is embarking on a five-month long world tour to showcase all that it has to offer. This beauty is top of the line and will be touring around Chicago, Milan, Melbourne, Moscow and Beijing to show off everything that it can do. This tour is designed to introduce possible consumers to the planes statistics, extravagant interior and over the top technology. While this tour is the first step in introducing the plane to airlines that can add it to their line up, it might take a while before the rich and famous have an opportunity to ride in the G500 aircraft from Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.

The G500 has room inside for up to eight passengers, although the cabin can be re-configured to fit a whopping nineteen people. A huge draw for the G500 is its ability to make the cabin feel as if its at a lower altitude even if its 50,000 feet in the air. No matter where the plane is in the sky the cabin will always be at 4,850 feet, this is to help with jet lag and weariness associated with flying at high altitudes for extended periods of time. The jet also pumps in 100% fresh air, so the cabin is never using recycled air, a bit of luxury the average joe might never have thought about.

The cockpit is just as impressive as the cabin, boasting a dashboard with as many as ten aircraft touch screens, an ultra-enhanced vision system and even comes equipped with synthetic vision. This plane is the plane of the future.


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Garmin International

Garmin has recently been approved to use the GFC 500 autopilot in a variety of aircrafts. Some include the Cessna 172 as well as the 182. The GFC 500 autopilot is self-monitoring and allows for a lot of benefit while the aircraft is in flight. This GFC 500 is also a very low maintenance upkeep, especially when compared to other models and systems. While in autopilot, the pilot still has the ability to make manual adjustments on things like speed and altitude using keys and knobs. There is also a button that can level out the aircraft while in autopilot if needed.

Some other things the GFC 500 is capable of include presetting a flight altitude and speed, setting the GPS and course, and smoother steering. Even while the pilot is in control, the GCF 500 still provides benefits, such as under speed protection to prevent aircraft stalling and over speed protection to prevent speeding. If there is a missed approach while landing, there is a button to initiate a ‘go-around’ which uses the navigator to be efficient.

For Garmin International INC, the GFC 500 is not their end game, they plan to continue development not only on what the current models can do, but also expand the amount and type of aircrafts they can install these advanced autopilots in. Some of the aircrafts Garmin is currently working on are; Piper PA-28, and Beechcraft 35S/35V. These autopilots do not break the bank, considering their capabilities. If an aircraft already uses the G5 the upgrade cost less than $7,000, and for a brand-new unit the cost runs at around $10,000.


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