Cessna has a new aircraft for pilots who enjoy speed and style—the Cessna TTx. It is the aviation company’s new single engine piston aircraft. It is the first aircraft to feature the Garmin G2000 avionics system and is the world’s fastest fixed gear, single engine piston aircraft in production.
It completed its first production flight on March 2, departing from Cessna’s facility in Independence, Kansas. It reached a height of 17,000 feet and clocked in at 213 knots The aircraft was flown 275 times and logged 339 hours in the air during testing.
The Cessna TTx evolved from the Corvalis line of aircraft. It has a TSIO-550-C six-cylinder Continental Motors engine, its max cruise speed is 235 knots, and it has a height ceiling of 25,000 feet. With 102-gallon fuel capacity and a maximum range of 1,250 nm, the TTx can fly across the country without stopping for fuel on long-range settings. It also features a McCauley propeller, an optional flight into known icing system, and the cockpit boasts touch-screen controls and dual 14.1 inch displays.
The new aircraft is one of six that Cessna plans to debut this year, including the Citation M2, Grand Caravan EX, and the New Citation Sovereign.
Continental Motors, Inc. recently announced TBO increases up to 400 hours on their Gold Standard factory produced engines. TBO, or Time between overhaul, is the manufacturer’s recommended number of running hours before an aircraft engine or other component requires overhauling.
Thanks to technological and manufacturing improvements, most engine models made after February 2012 will benefit from an increase of 200 hours, while frequent flyers can receive up to 400 hours. In this case, frequent flyers are defined as owners who fly more than 40 hours a month.
The Continental Motors Factory engines that are eligible for the TBO extension are designated by the serial number 1006000 and higher.
Genuine factory engines have always been the best option for your Cessna aircraft. In fact, a genuine factory engine adds at least 10% to the value of your aircraft. The new TBO increases mean that a factory engine will now save you thousands.
Continental has over 100 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing aviation products, and we are proud to carry a full range of their products.
Aviation history was made yet again in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, when a Cessna 182 with a SMA diesel engine landed on March 2 at the First Flight Airport. It is reported as being the first cooking-oil-based SkyNRG powered flight for a general aviation aircraft with a piston engine.
Covering 500 miles in just under four hours, the milestone biofuel flight resulted in a fuel burn of 7.8 gph. Created by the Dutch company SkyNRG, the biofuel has seen success with commercial aircraft, and is a 50-50 blend of used cooking oil and Jet-A. The cooking oil is refined before use.
Even more exciting, diesel engines for light aircraft using Jet-A are available today. Manufactured by the French Societe de Motorisations Aeronautiques (SMA) and referred to as a Jet-A piston engine, the diesel cycle engine isn’t certified to burn diesel fuel and is considered a compression ignition engine. Cessna announced in 2012 that a Jet-A powered 182 would be available later this year.
Currently, approximately 40 of the 182s are equipped with the first generation of SMA’s four-cylinder, turbocharged engine. An enhanced version of the engine, SR350-230E, will be on the new Cessna.
This new model is certified up to 20,000 feet, and is rated at 230 horsepower up to 10,000 feet with a dropoff between 10,000 and 20,000 feet. The SMA doesn’t expect to build any additional first-generation Jet-A piston engines.
All airman certificate holders should be aware that after March 31, 2013, all paper FAA certificates will expire, and certificate holders will not be able to use their privileges after this date. Certificates issued under 14 CFR Part 63 and 65 are included, and only holders of temporary certificates issued under parts 63.15 and 65.15 may exercise their privileges after March 31.
Plastic airman certificates issued after July 2003 meet this paper to plastic rule. Anyone with a flight engineer or flight navigator certificates issued on the basis of a foreign license will need to apply for a verification of authenticity beforehand.
More information on the paper plastic to rule can be found on the FAA website.
We mean it when we say we are a totally consumer-oriented company. Our goal is to turn every customer into a raving fan of our aviation products and service. In fact, we are guaranteed to have the lowest price on genuine factory aircraft engines in the country—and the world. It’s part of the reason why we’ve been the number-one selling distributer for over 10 consecutive years.
- We guarantee that our prices are the lowest in the world on every one of our factory engines. We strive to make your passion an affordable reality.
- Our customer service can’t be beaten. We pride ourselves on our principles of integrity, honesty, respect, and trust. Our customers are our greatest asset, and we seek to build relationships with each and every one.
- We specialize in both Lycoming and Continental Motors factory engines. And with over 31,000 engines sold, we have more experience and knowledge than anyone else.
- Any engine you buy from us is a safe investment in your plane’s future. Our warranty department can save you time, money, and headaches on any Lycoming, Continental, or Cessna warranty you may have.
We have a proven track record and boast 100% customer satisfaction. Shop with us and see why!
Replacing parts of your airplane as they wear out is an important part of its maintenance. Is an alternator on your list of things to update? Well, we are excited to announce a new rebate program for the Plane-Power gear driven 100 and 150 amp alternators.
Why Plane-Power aircraft alternators:
- Generate substantially higher power at lower engine RPM
- Generate significantly less heat while generating rated power
- Generate rated power at typical aircraft cruise RPM
(believe it or not, your current alternator does not!)
- Generate more power at higher altitudes
(all testing to 28,000 ft)
- Weigh up to four pounds less
- Perform much more reliably than comparable OEM models
From February 1 through April 2013 this year, anyone who purchases a Plane-Power C28-150 alternator or C14-100 alternator from Air Power is eligible to receive a $200 rebate. All you need to do is complete a simple form and mail it, along with a copy of the sales receipt, to Plane-Power. Customers who do so will receive their check in the mail.
If you have been planning on replacing the alternator on your Cessna or other small aircraft, don’t miss out on unbeatable savings and take advantage of this limited-time offer.
Are you obsessed with your plane? Do you want to show off your love for aviation with your friends, loved ones, and Facebook? Then enter the Air Power “Fly With Me” Facebook photo contest! We here at Air Power are just a wee bit obsessed with all things Cessna – from Cessna planes to Cessna parts and accessories – and if you’re like us and share our obsession we want to see pics of you with your favorite plane.
The photo contest will run from December 3 to December 20th, and we will announce the winner on December 21st. The grand prize is a custom leather aviation jacket, and every entrant will receive a free Air Power aviation bear.
So if you are interested, entering is easy. Just like the Air Power Facebook page for the entry form, upload a photo of you with your airplane, and fill out the necessary information. The photo with the most vote wins so be sure to tell your friends and family to vote for your picture!
Cessna Aircraft Company, an aircraft company known for their production of general aviation aircraft, is entering into a joint venture with China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA) to build and sell the Cessna Caravan in China. This development stems from a strategic framework agreement that Cessna entered into with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), the parent company of CAIGA.
China has seen a growth in the desire for leisure flying over the years, and its government has slowly been freeing up airspace for civilians to use. Experts believe the demand for aircraft such as the Cessna Caravan will rise dramatically for the next five years.
Board members from both organizations will manage the joint venture company, which has yet to be named. It is expected that the company will develop business jets for the Chinese market, which will receive parts from Cessna’s headquarters in Wichita, Kansas.
As the world’s largest general aviation company, Cessna has been the leader in designing and manufacturing light and midsize business jets, utility turboprops, and single engine aircraft for over eighty years. As such, we are proud to carry an extensive array of Cessna products, ranging from airframe parts to accessories.
It is believed that the joint venture will be finalized in the next 12 to 18 months. So while Cessna is striving to provide the Chinese market with their quality aircraft, you can browse our catalog to see how Cessna products can improve your flying experience.
It’s officially the holiday season. It can be a stressful and expensive time of year if you aren’t sure what to give your loved ones. Thankfully, we are here to help and have a great gift idea for the pilot in your life. For a limited time only, we have an exclusive rebate offer on selected Garmin GPS handhelds.
We are offering cash back savings until December 31 on the following models:
- $50.00 cash back with purchase of the Aera 500,
- $100.00 cash back with purchase of the Aera 510, 550, 560, or GPSMAP 695/696, and
- $200.00 cash back with purchase of the Aera 795/796.
Garmin is the industry leader in devices for pilot communication, navigation, and hazard avoidance.The Garmin Aera series of portable GPS units combine the best moving-map display features with intuitive touch screen control to provide pilots with easy transitions from flying to motoring. Knobs and buttons have been done away with for a more simplified and streamlined interface. The Aera line is available with base maps of the Americas, Pacific, and Atlantic.
The Garmin GPSMAP series provides pilots with the freedom to go anywhere, as it focuses on aviation-only navigation and mapping to comprehensive towers-and-obstacles database. This series has set the bar high for handheld navigation systems, boasting variations in screen size, electronic chart detail, real-time weather features, and extensive database features.
This great deal won’t last forever, and all Garmin GPS rebates have to be postmarked by January 31, 2013. Our variety of products and prices ensure you will receive the best value for your pilot’s navigation needs.
Here at Air Power, Inc., we make it our business to bring you the highest possible quality factory aircraft engines, parts, cylinders and accessories for the lowest possible prices. There’s simply no better way to take advantage of these cooler Autumn days than, say, an evening pleasure cruise through twilight skies.
So here’s a cool Autumn deal: For a limited time, we are offering a fantastic deal – if you buy two Barry Controls engine mounts, we’ll give you two free.
Depending on which four Barry Controls engine mount kits you buy, savings range from $250 to as much as $550. What could you do with the extra cash?
Flexible, quality engine mounts are important for making sure that your airplane operates as smoothly and quietly as possible. The engine mount is also one of the most highly stressed parts of the plane (especially during hot summer days making Autumn the perfect time to replace), so durability and strength are key in making sure that your plane is running at its maximum potential.
Barry Controls is one of the best in the industry at designing and manufacturing mounting systems that effectively isolate engine vibrations and reduce noise transmission in general aviation aircraft – including Piper and Cessna models. With our deal, you can get the parts you need for a smoother, more comfortable flight – for half of the normal retail price. Please note: this deal is only applicable with mounts for piston engines.)
But this deal won’t last long. Don’t miss out – check out our entire line of Barry Controls Aerospace Engine Mounts (for both piston engines and turbo prop engines) — or any of other premium quality aircraft engine parts and aircraft engine accessories — today.