Banyan Air Service, based at FXE (Exec, Fort Lauderdale FL), has been appointed as a Quest authorized sales center for the Kodiak utility airplane. The 10-place, single engine turboprop is designed for STOL use and is float capable. Standard equipment includes a 3-screen Garmin G1000 integrated avionics suite including synthetic vision.

Eclipse Aerospace has selected the Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW610F to power its next-generation Eclipse 550 twin-engine business jet. The engine is the same as those installed on the 261 in-service Eclipse 500s. As installed on the Eclipse 550, the PW610F will offer an integrated electronic engine control that provides full-featured FADEC. This system provides dual-channel redundancy, ease of operation, reduced workload, and intelligent health monitoring and diagnostics.

On Jul 26, Eclipse Aerospace delivered an Eclipse 500 to the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) at EAA AirVenture at OSH (Oshkosh WI). The aircraft was previously donated by an anonymous patron and Eclipse Aerospace contributed over $500,000 toward upgrading it to current production standard. The completed aircraft was presented to VAC Natl Advisory Board Hon Vice Chairman Gen Richard Myers (retired).


Astronics Corp has acquired EVS developer and designer Max-Viz for $10 million in cash. Astronics, a provider of advanced technologies for aerospace and defense, based in East Aurora NY, says it may pay an additional consideration of up to $8 million if Max-Viz achieves certain revenue targets in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Founded in 2001 in Portland OR, privately-held Max-Viz is projecting 2012 revenue in the range of $7–8 million.

Universal Avionics says its EFI 890R flat panel display and radio control unit (RCU) have been selected for the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Hürkuş project. A primary and basic trainer designed and manufactured by TAI, the Hürkuş is a tandem 2-seat, low-wing single turboprop being built primarily to meet the requirements of the Turkish Air Force Command. Universal Avionics will deliver 2 RCUs and 2 EFI 890R displays for use as PFDs in each cockpit.

MRO Services

Constant Aviation CLE (Hopkins, Cleveland OH) has completed its 5th winglet modification on a Citation X. Adding winglets to the Citation X allows it to climb directly to 34,000 ft in 29 min (compared to a 93-min step climb without the winglets), which increases the range by 160 nm. The winglet-equip­ped Citation X is able to depart from hot-and-high airports with 1200 lbs of additional payload or to depart with standard payload with an additional 400 nm in range.

Flying Colours Corp at YPQ (Peter­borough ON, Canada) delivered its first completed Global Express refurbishment and maintenance project for a Malaysian customer in August. This is the 5th Global Express refurbishment project Flying Colours has completed in the past 12 months. One unique element of the refurbishment was the modification of the aft cabin to enable installation of a permanent custom-made bed.


Thomas Hendricks has been selected as the new president of the Natl Air Transportation Assn (NATA). He succeeds Jim Coyne, who has served as NATA's president since 1994. Hendricks will start his duties on Sep 1. Hendricks served most recently as senior vp, safety, security and operations for Airlines for America.


Last Flight

Jack L King, noted test pilot and author, died on Aug 6 at the age of 90. He was a charter member of the Quiet Birdmen Baltimore Hangar and the OX5 Club. King started work at the Glenn L Martin Company at the age of 17. He earned his pilot license at age 18 and had received his instructor's rating by the time the US entered WWII. King joined the USAAC and was assigned to Lang­ley Field, where he received B25 training. When the war ended, King returned to the Martin plant, where he eventually joined the flight test department. He flight tested numerous Martin-designed aircraft, including the 2-0-2/4-0-4 Airliner, XP4M Mercator and XBTM-1 Mauler, accumulating over 20,000 hrs in his career. After leaving Martin, he held various positions including chief pilot for C J Langer­felder and managing editor of Professional Pilot magazine. King wrote several notable books including Wings of Man and Corporate Flying. He is survived by his wife Ann, 2 sons and a daughter, 8 grandchildren and his brother Ken.