Category Archives: Industry News

Helio Aircraft are About to Make a Comeback

Helio airplanes have an excellent track record of reliability and performance, having seen action in some of the harshest environments all around the world. Helios are widely known for their short takeoff and landing (STOL) capabilities, which means they don't need much in the way of runway for taking off and landing. The Helio brand has been around for years. The company started as The Koppen-Bollinger Aircraft Corporation in 1948, before being renamed as the Helio Aircraft Corporation in the 1950s. Despite its popularity as a steady workhorse, Helio ceased production of the Courier and Stallion aircraft in 1974. Although a few Couriers...

Piper Aircraft Reports “Exceptional Year” for 2018 Production and Sales

General aviation aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft reported a jump in both aircraft deliveries and billings in 2018. Piper reported in a news release with TCPalm that in 2018, there was an increase of 48% in aircraft deliveries and a 38% increase in billings to $262.6 million. The forecast for the coming years is generally optimistic, as the company has its highest employment level since the 2008 recession and continues to push production and sales further to cover its backlog and meet increased demand. Piper Aircraft’s Archer class of trainers is a favorite among beginner pilots as a modern and reliable aircraft for both...

Former Beech and Cessna chief dies at 91

As an engineer, Max Bleck has always been fascinated with machines and this passion brought him places including the seat of the president in the four biggest aircraft manufacturing companies in the world – Beech, Cessna, Piper Aircraft and Raytheon Co. With nearly fifty years on his sleeve in the aircraft industry, Black was the most sought-after leader- trusted by his peers, respected by his companions, and acknowledged by the industry. In 1961, Bleck began his journey as a chief engineer for Cessna’s Wallace division and climbed his way up until he was named vice president for operations. Because of his...

Beechcraft Baron G58 continues to impress aviation experts

Over it’s nearly 60 year history in the aviation industry, the Beechraft Baron G58 has consistently impressed aircraft experts and pilots alike with it’s performance and dependability. And with it’s new cabin configuration the Baron can now comfortably seat six passengers in club seating, an improvement from the Baron’s previous configuration which only accommodated four or five passengers. While only the normally aspirated G58 is available for purchase today, the owners of Beechcraft at Textron Aviation report that a total of 2,485 normally aspirated Model 58’s have been produced since 1969, with another nearly 650 airframes that were produced being split...

Aviation students get Cessna plane to work on

Cessna aircraft utilized by students in aviation mechanics program for hands-on learning Aircraft enthusiasts and pilots often wonder how the mechanics who are responsible for maintaining their aircraft acquire the training and knowledge that it takes for one to be able to work on such huge machines. And last month for pupils at the Houston County Career Academy, the way these future mechanics were preparing for the job involved disassembling the parts of a Cessna 150 in order to learn their placement and be able to correctly identify them. Thanks to a temporary loan from the Alabama Aviation College of...

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