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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Textron INC

Textron Aviation Inc of Textron Inc. recently announced that they received supplemental type certificate, or STC, approval in regards to their Gogo Avance L5 connectivity system upgrade for the Cessna Citation X business jet. When supported by the Avance L5, Cessna’s Citation X will provide faster inflight connectivity speeds and also provide an upgraded network capacity for a more powerful user experience. Along with the Citation X, Cessna has proposed the Avance L5 system for Citation Product Company, Beechcraft and Hawker Aircrafts platforms in the near future.

Kriya Shortt, the senior vice president of Textron Aviaiton INC customer service recently stated that increased wi-fi connection is persistently requested as an aftermarket solution by customers. The upgrade to the Gogo Avance 5 for the Citation X will ensure that customers receive the most increased connectivity result, guaranteeing that customers stay connected, regardless if they are in the air or on the ground.

The Avance L5 is able to deliver quicker speed and better network capacity. This will allow activities like live streaming and on-demand movies during a flight. The lightweight system includes a dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi service and functions on the Gogo Biz 4G ground network that includes over two-hundred fifty towers. This will ensure reliable connectivity throughout the USA and bigger parts of Alaska and Canada.

Textron Aviation strives to meet the needs of customers by offering factory-direct service throughout the customers entire experience. Textron’s expansive and large global network of over three thousand employees allows for customers to have direct access to a group of expert service managers who offer maintenance, repairs and much more services. Textron Aviation Inc. is also a leader in the general aviation industry, as the company manages Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker, which totals for over half of general aviation aircraft flying.

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Pilatus Aircraft PC24

Pilatus Aircraft, a Swiss manufacturer founded in 1939, obtained type certificates from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on December 7th for the PC-24, the first ever Swiss business jet. This is a huge milestone that Pilatus Aircraft LTD has passed, allowing for sale and distribution of the PC-24 in Europe and the United State.

The PC-24, called “the super versatile jet”, has been in development for the past eleven and a half years, and completed its maiden flight in May 2015. It has notably outstanding short-field performance, comparable to very light jets (VLJ). The take-off distance is a mere 2,810 ft, or 856 m. In contrast, the take-off distance of the Cessna Citation CJ3+ is 3180 ft or 969 m. The cabin is impressive as well—it has the capacity to carry one pilot and up to eleven passengers in its 501 ft3 cabin.

Pilatus invested over $500 million in the development project and another $150 million into production expansion. Each unit costs $8.9 million. As of the PC-24 launch at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) 2013, the company has received 84 orders and will reopen the order book upon meeting customer expectations in 2018.

In preparation to deliver the bulk of North American purchases, Pilatus built a 118,00 ft2 completion and support center at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Colorado. The first PC-24 will be officially delivered to PlaneSense this month in the United States. PlaneSense is a fractional operator based in New Hampshire that already operates a fleet of Pilatus’ PC-12 single-engine turboprops. Twenty-two more planes are expected to be delivered by the end of the year.

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