The aircraft manufacturer and OEM supplier DAHER has bought at the end of 2019 a small American aircraft manufacturer, QUEST AIRCRAFT, which produces the KODIAK.
KODIAK aircraft is a small single engine turboprop designed to be rustic, safe and modern at once.
Developed in the early 2000s (unlike many turbopros whose design dates back several decades), it has the advantage of being able to carry up to 10 passengers and to be STOL, that is to say to be able land and take off over very short distances (STOL = Short take-off and landing). It can even land on unprepared landing fields.
It can be used in cargo mode or passenger mode. It can be operated as seaplane.
It is not pressurized, but it can be air-conditioned (which must make it considerably heavier with this option).
It benefits from a reliable engine with a PT6A-34 engine from Pratt & Whitney (Canada) and for which there are maintenance centers all over the world (There are more than 50 thousand PT6 in service in the world.)
Three hundred units of the KODIAK are presently in service, mainly in the United States (just like the TBM). It is produced a few hours away from Seattle, which doubtless allows DAHER KODIAK to benefit from the local Boeing ecosystem (subcontractors, services, employment, etc.).
No doubt that with the takeover by Daher, the KODIAK will go upmarket, in terms of reliability as well as options or services. Prices are likely to follow the same upward slope.
With this acquisition, DAHER is also acquiring an american production and maintenance site. So far, TBMs are made in France, in Tarbes (Hautes Pyrénées). This also could change within the coming years.
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Piper has presented its newest version of its aircraft PIPER M600, the M600 SLS. Its main new feature is to be able to land alone with the Garmin “Autolanding” device (Garmin Suite G3000).
Here is the presentation video:
For your eyes only. Magic, isn’it ?
The dreams of our childhood come true.
In 2020, France plans to purchase three new E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircarfts for its Navy.
These aircrafts are built by Northrop Grumman in the United States.
They will come along with the three existing Hawkeye already in service.
These aircrafts are designed to land on the French airfraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle”.
The next Eurosatory show will take place in Paris from 8th to 12th of June 2020. This show takes place every two years and is one of the world reference in terms of land and airland defence and security.
It is only open to professional visitors.
Absoluz Consulting sales representatives will attend the show for their clients.
On the ruins of the former Airbus E-FAN, a dynamic team based in Paris is setting up a vertical take-off and landing VTOL aircraft.
Their “Airtaxi”, called ATEA, promises us quiet travel, low pollution and take-off and landings from downtown skyports.
Objective: They target to have a flying plane of 3 or 4 seats in 2023. It shall be able to carry its passengers at 125 mph and up to a 100 miles or so. In the longer term, the aircraft could fligh like a drone, without pilote, but it all depend on the clients (Are they ready for that ? Not sure.)
Ascendance Flight Technologies is a proud Member of the “French Tech” and the Solar Impulse Foundation. The project is carried by a well-calibrated team and a talented scientific committee.
At ABSOLUZ CONSULTING, we have appreciated their concept, their seriousness and their modesty.
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The start-up of the week is the “Autonomous Airport Trolleys” OROK.
Pitch: Airport tarmacs are dangerous places. (Too) many incidents on staff or equipements happen there.
Juste for an exemple, according to OROK, French airlines estimate the cost of these incidents in France at up to fifteen million USD per year.
Therefore, OROK proposes to lower this “tax tarmac” by running autonomous vehicles to transport luggages or cargo containers from the bunkers of the aircrafts to the airport buildings.
Each trolley is autonomous, It is therefore no longer necessary to wait until four or five trolleys are loaded to roll. In the case of OROK trolleys, as soon as a unit is complete, the track staff can have it rolls where it needs to go.
OROK is a smart and promising project supported by X ENTREPRENEURSHIP and ONET AIRPORT SERVICES.