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  • FAA approves Malibu Meridian

    News | 03 Oct 2000 00:00

    <p>Kate Sarsfield/LONDON</p> <p>New Piper Aircraft received US Federal Aviation Administration approval for its Malibu Meridian single engine turboprop on 27 September and plans to deliver the first aircraft this week. </p> <p>The $1.5 million Meridian, launched in late 1997, is the first single engine turboprop designed by the Vero Beach, Florida-based manufacturer. Based on the Mirage high-performance piston single, the Meridian is powered a Pratt &amp; Whitney Canada PT6A-42A, flat rated at 370kW (500hp) for take off and a continuous power rating of 300kW. The aircraft cruises at over 262kt (500km/h) and has a maximum range of 1,980km (1,070nm), putting New York in range of Vero Beach, says New Piper. The engine drives a four-bladed Hartzell propeller. </p> <p>New Piper has chalked up 135 orders for the Meridian to date. To accommodate the demand, the company started production earlier this year and plans to deliver 35 aircraft by the end of December. Production will be accelerat
  • Ibis JV makes debut with multi-role single

    News | 24 Feb 2000 00:00

    <p>Mark Hannant </p> <p>It's the aviation equivalent of the imagined offspring of Vaclav Havel and 'Ah Mei': half Czech poet, half Taiwanese songstress. The Ae270 is the first fruit of the union of Czech airframe manufacturer Aero Vodochody and Aerospace Industrial Development (AIDC) of Taiwan. </p> <p>The Ae270 - the first product from Ibis Aerospace, the joint venture company the two have formed - is an eight-seat single-engine aircraft. It was unveiled in Prague in December 1999 to coincide with Aero Vodochody's 80th anniversary. </p> <p>The prototype will make first flight by the end of March and Ibis plans to have the first derivative certified in mid-2001. It plans to deliver eight to 10 from the last quarter of 2001 into 2002. Powered by a Pratt &amp; Whitney PT6A engine, the Ae270P will have a range of 2,300km (1,230nm) at 19,500ft (6,000m). </p> <p>The ready-to-fly $1.9 million price tag puts it in competition with the Cessna Caravan and Pilatus PC12. Prospective buyers ar