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TEXTRON AVIATION REBRANDS CESSNA'S DENALI AS A BEECHCRAFT MODEL
Thursday, July 22, 2021
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WICHITA, Kan. -- Textron Aviation is realigning its turboprop aircraft lineup as the single-engine Beechcraft Denali (previously branded the Cessna Denali) joins the twin-engine Beechcraft King Air 260 and King Air 360/360ER as part of the company’s high-performance turboprop product lineup. The aircraft development program continues to progress toward a first flight anticipated later this year.

"The Beechcraft Denali represents our continued strategy to invest in clean-sheet and current products in both our Beechcraft and Cessna iconic brands. Beechcraft turboprops are renowned for their versatility and reliability, and the single-engine Denali is a perfect complement to this legendary family of products," said Ron Draper, Textron Aviation, president and CEO.

Engineered to achieve cruise speeds of 285 knots with a full fuel payload of 1,100 pounds, the Denali will have a range of 1,600 nautical miles at high speed cruise with one pilot and four passengers.

The Denali development program has achieved multiple milestones throughout the past six months as it continues to gain momentum toward its first flight. Earlier this month, the first Full Authority Digital Engine Controlled (FADEC) GE Aviation Catalyst engine was installed on the first Beechcraft Denali prototype airframe and the aircraft was powered on for the first time. Engine runs are anticipated in August, followed by a first flight for the aircraft projected for later this year.

Two other Denali flight test articles are also in development. Three additional ground test articles will be used for the airframe static and fatigue tests, and for cabin interior development and testing. The company anticipates certification for the Denali in 2023.

Source:  Textron Aviation Inc.

 
TAILWIND AIR ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER ROUTE BETWEEN BOSTON HARBOR AND MANHATTAN
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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Cessna Grand Caravan EX taxiing in Boston Harbor

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Cessna Grand Caravan EX taxiing in Boston Harbor

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NEW YORK -- Fly the Fast Lane with Tailwind Air. Experienced seaplane operator announces groundbreaking scheduled service, creating the fastest way between Manhattan and Boston. Travelers may now enjoy a nonstop, seaplane flight directly from Manhattan's New York Skyport (IATA code: NYS) on East 23rd Street to Boston Harbor (IATA Code: BNH), where a dedicated, seven-minute water taxi will transfer clients to the South Boston waterfront. Flights are approximately seventy-five minutes and start August 3, 2021.

"By offering nonstop, weekday flights at peak hours to and from Manhattan and Boston Harbor, we present exclusive time savings over all other modes of transportation, at a reasonable price premium," CEO and Founder of Tailwind Air, Alan Ram, explains. "Our [Tailwind] service combines the accessibility of the train with the speed of a flight."

"Seaplanes and waterway access fuel our exclusive service--a game changer for travelers between these cities," added Peter Manice, Director of Scheduled Operations, "no one else is doing this." Bypassing the congestion of Boston Logan International as the first to fly directly into Boston Harbor, Tailwind Air is a pioneer in regional urban mobility, while using long-proven technology.

Tailwind Air erases the hassle and expense of commuting to an airport and lengthy check-in, security, and boarding processes. "By cutting travel times 40%-60%, Tailwind Air's premium service reduces aggravation and opens up half-day business trips." Due to the eight-passenger capacity of the seaplanes, and small, efficient facilities, guests can arrive for check-in as little as ten minutes before departure.

While Tailwind Air's seaplane fleet is young, less than five-years on average, seaplane travel certainly is not. The Manhattan Skyport opened in 1936, hosting popular seaplane travel for decades. For nearly 100 years, seaplane operations have been part of the core transportation landscape of maritime cities such as Seattle, Miami, and Vancouver. "By reconnecting Boston and New York City via seaplane, we more closely unite two urban cores."

Tailwind Air's fleet of Cessna Grand Caravan EX Amphibians is piloted by experienced and highly qualified captains. Tailwind Air currently flies to and from Manhattan, Montauk, Easthampton, and Shelter Island on a regular schedule. Last week, Tailwind announced weekday commuter flights to Bridgeport, CT.

Source:  Tailwind Air
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SA PHOTONICS’ DEMONSTRATES NEXT-GEN PILOTVISION AUGMENTED REALITY SYSTEM AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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PilotVision augmented reality head mounted display (HMD)

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PilotVision augmented reality head mounted display (HMD)

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LOS GATOS, Calif. -- SA Photonics, a world leader in head-mounted displays for military aviation, demonstrated its next-generation PilotVision display at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 airshow.

This system is a high resolution, wide field of view, daylight readable color head-mounted display that attaches to aviation headgear, providing pilots with incredible situational awareness. The PilotVision system interfaces wirelessly with the Adventure Pilot iFly GPS electronic flight bag, providing a heads-up display (HUD) that contains information on altitude, attitude, speed, terrain, traffic, airspaces and many other pieces of flight data in a heads up, eyes out manner. Users can continue to use their existing iPad, Android or Windows display hardware running iFly GPS and can seamlessly add on the PilotVision HUD.

"We are proud to share our synthetic-vision technology with SA Photonics," says Walter Boyd, president of Adventure Pilot. "The reliability, flexibility and the proven safety benefits of this technology are very apparent when viewed in the brilliant PilotVision heads up display. I’m excited that pilots will experience this firsthand at AirVenture this year!"

The self-contained PilotVision display does not need to be integrated with aircraft wiring and can be easily deployed and removed from an aircraft in a matter of seconds.

Source:  SA Photonics
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