Business Props and Turboprops About to Enter the MarketplacePaul Jackson
Isn’t that just typical? You wait more than half a lifetime for an electric conversion of the Cessna 337 Skymaster – then two come at once. Elsewhere, among an increasing number of exotic aerial shapes, is the Pegasus VBJ-1 vertical takeoff business jet (which isn’t really a jet). Meanwhile, Daher is playing its usual game of revealing a new TBM variant at almost the same instant it receives certification; so welcome the “tweaked” Model 940, announced on May 20, three days after its EASA certification and a mere fortnight before the first delivery.
Similar in concept to the TBM, the AIS Spirit (alias Ibis Aerospace Ae 270) drops out of this listing for lack of progress. Samad’s Starling has been selecting suppliers these past 12 months, but there is no news of the all-important funding needed to move the project on. Neither has Tongzhou of China produced any examples of the Polish Orka light twin.
Also departing this section, but paid up and in good order, is the Tecnam P2012 Traveller commuter twin-prop, the first pair of which were accepted by Cape Air on July 16-18, then ferried to Hyannis, Mass. And we welcome back what used to be the King’s Angel, now that it has received a new lease on life under a different Chinese (prospective) manufacturer.