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New Mexico Aviation presents Safety Pin Award to Cutter Aviation

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico. – The Aviation Division of New Mexico State Department of Transportation recently presented the Safety Pin Award to Jessi Rowden, General Manager of Cutter Aviation, Albuquerque.

The award was presented in appreciation for support of the State of New Mexico in their safety, training and informational meetings, classes and seminars, which are frequently hosted at Cutter Aviation.

The New Mexico Aviation Division assembles and distributes to the public, information relating to aviation, landing fields, beacons and other matters pertaining to aviation. Conducts pilot seminars dealing with safety issues, publishes the New Mexico Aeronautical Chart and provides for the gathering and dissemination of information related to aviation safety, inspection, regulatory and compliance knowledge. The Division conducts inspections of New Mexico airports on behalf of the Federal Aviation Administration.

First Production HondaJet Takes to the Skies

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Flight Marks Milestone Toward Entry into Service in 2015

GREENSBORO, N.C. — June 27, 2014 — Honda Aircraft Company announced today that the first production HondaJet achieved its initial flight, marking another milestone toward aircraft certification and entry into service in 2015. The event took place at the company’s world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.

“With this first flight, the HondaJet program has entered the next exciting phase as we prepare for delivery,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “Today’s celebration is the culmination of extensive engineering and production efforts, and this is an important achievement in bringing the world’s most advanced light jet to market.”

The first production aircraft lifted off from the Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO) at 10:18 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During the 84-minute flight, the aircraft climbed to 15,500 feet and reached a top speed of 348 Knots True Airspeed (KTAS). Following a smooth landing, the aircraft and its crew were greeted by more than 1,000 Honda Aircraft team members to commemorate the milestone.

HondaJet - First flight celebration - Cutter Aviation

The aircraft was flown by test pilot Warren Gould, pilot-in-command. The crew completed several checks during the flight including low and high speed handling characteristics, avionics and system functionality including landing gear, flaps and speed brake operations.

This aircraft is finished in the new signature HondaJet paint scheme in a deep green pearl with a gold stripe. The new color introduction is in addition to four exterior color options available to customers, which also include silver, red, yellow and blue.

Aircraft production continues its steady pace in advance of entry into service. This steady build-up supports the company’s objective to have aircraft ready for delivery immediately after Federal Aviation Administration type certification is achieved. The HondaJet will be single-pilot certified and is currently offered for sale in North America and Europe through the HondaJet dealer network.

The HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light jet, and its distinctive design incorporates advanced technologies and concepts. The HondaJet patented Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, natural laminar flow wing, and composite fuselage were developed from long-term research activities. These innovations combine to make the HondaJet the fastest, most spacious and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.

The HondaJet flies at a maximum cruise speed of 420 knots (483 mph) and has a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet. The aircraft seats up to five passengers in a standard configuration and can travel at an NBAA IFR range of 1,180 nautical miles (1,357 miles).

For more information on the world’s most advanced light jet, visit www.HondaJet.com.

About HondaJet

The HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda’s first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company’s reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.

About Honda Aircraft Company

Honda Aircraft Company, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft’s world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company’s associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda’s longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.

About Cutter Aviation

Founded in 1928 by William P. Cutter, Cutter Aviation is a full-service aviation company, offering aircraft fuel/line services, maintenance and avionics solutions, aircraft charter and aircraft sales and management. Cutter Aviation operates from eight major airports in six states within the Southwestern United States including: Arizona (Phoenix-Deer Valley and Phoenix-Sky Harbor), New Mexico (Albuquerque), Colorado (Colorado Springs), California (Carlsbad) and Texas (Dallas-Addison, El Paso and San Antonio). The company is a member of the Pinnacle Air Network, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). Cutter Aviation is the oldest continuously family-owned and operated FBO (Fixed Base Operator) in the United States with over 85 years of serving the General & Business Aviation industry. For more information about Cutter Aviation, please visit www.cutteraviation.com

First Production HondaJet Revealed; EBACE 2014 Preview

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Dear HondaJet Customer:

May is always a busy time of year as we prepare for one of our largest events – the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) – in Geneva, Switzerland. I wanted to share some of the exciting progress taking place on our campus, along with an exclusive look at the first production HondaJet, which is in final assembly and is painted in a stunning new color.

We are making steady progress toward HondaJet type certification and delivering the first customer aircraft in Q1 2015. Our company’s total effort is focused on reaching these much anticipated milestones.

First Production HondaJet in Final Assembly

The first production HondaJet is in final assembly with the first set of production GE Honda HF120 engines recently delivered to Honda Aircraft. The engines have been installed, and Honda Aircraft will soon begin conducting ground tests on the airplane. Its first flight is anticipated this summer.

As you can see in the image below, this aircraft is painted in the signature HondaJet paint scheme and debuts a new color – a deep pearl green with a gold stripe. I am happy to share that this new hue will be offered as an option in addition to the vibrant silver, blue, red and yellow finishes also available to customers. The HondaJet fleet now represents all five color options.

Hondajet Southwest - Cutter Aviation

The first production HondaJet is in final assembly, production engines have been installed and Honda Aircraft will soon begin conducting ground tests on the airplane. The aircraft features a new paint scheme in a deep pearl green with a gold stripe.

HondaJet production continues its steady pace in advance of entry into service with nine aircraft on the final assembly line. Four aircraft have been mated to their wings and empennages, and production is on schedule to have 10 aircraft on the final assembly line in June. This steady build up supports Honda Aircraft Company’s objective to have aircraft ready for delivery immediately after type certification is achieved next year.

At the same time, our manufacturing team continues to integrate the latest technology into our production process to create an efficient workflow. The production line is maturing and the robust processes we have in place will help us build high quality aircraft that will bring our customers joy.

Hondajet Southwest - Cutter Aviation

Following the Federal Aviation Administration’s issuance of Type Inspection Authorization (TIA), the HondaJet program has begun testing with FAA pilot participation.

Testing and Certification

Following the FAA’s issuance of Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) for the HondaJet, the program has begun testing with FAA pilot participation. Several certification tests by FAA pilots were conducted under this final phase. Examples are:

  • Stall speed, stall characteristics and stall warning system: Tests were conducted under various flight conditions. During testing, the stall warning system (stick shaker attached to the yoke) and stall protection system (stick pusher that provides automatic stall recovery) were evaluated. Cockpit indications for airspeed, altitude and ambient temperature were also validated.
  • Wheels, tires and brake control system tests: Normal anti-skid brake control systems were evaluated in both wet and dry runway conditions. Emergency brake system testing also demonstrated aircraft braking capability during degraded system operations.
  • Flap actuation system and speed brake operation throughout the flight envelope: Testing demonstrated aircraft flap and speed brake operation at limit speeds and maximum load factor.
  • Hydraulic system control tests were conducted during normal, abnormal and degraded operations: The hydraulic system was demonstrated at the maximum operating altitude and after extended periods of high-altitude cold soaking.
  • In-flight fire suppression system: This testing was conducted at critical flight conditions for both speed and temperature.

FAA Full-Scale Fatigue Testing: The ground structural test program has completed more than 2,000 cycles so far in advance of entry into service. This is equivalent to more than five years of use for typical business jet operators. Testing examined the airframe’s fatigue strength under simulated in- flight operations derived from theoretical load spectra and mission profiles. The tests evaluated the effects of vertical and lateral maneuvers; vertical and lateral gust; landing; taxi; Ground-Air-Ground (GAG) and fuselage pressure cycle on the aircraft. This testing was conducted in our R&D facility in Greensboro using a sophisticated structural test system that can simultaneously operate 73 hydraulic actuators and cabin pressurization in a closed loop digital control system using force, pressure or displacement as the feedback parameters.

Major Industry Supplier Joins the Program

Honda Aircraft will also announce at EBACE that Fokker Aerostructures will supply the empennage structures for the HondaJet. Fokker was selected based on its expertise in the manufacturing of tail sections for business jets and global supply chain network.

Headquartered in Papendrecht, the Netherlands, Fokker Technologies operates facilities in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Romania, Turkey, Singapore and China. The company provides a range of integrated aerospace systems and services to top commercial and business aviation manufacturers worldwide.

Flight and Maintenance Training

Working with FlightSafety International, we are currently developing flight and maintenance training curriculums with maintenance training classes scheduled to begin later this year in Greensboro. The first flight simulator for flight training is complete and software integration is underway. Flight training with this simulator will include type rating and recurrent pilot training programs for both single and multi-crew operations. Training will be provided at Honda Aircraft Company’s world headquarters and will start before entry into service.

Hondajet Southwest - Cutter Aviation

The first flight simulator for flight training is complete and software integration is underway. Training will be provided at Honda Aircraft Company’s world headquarters and will start before entry into service.

Earlier this year, our company marked a major milestone with the 1,000th team member joining the company. Our growing workforce represents more than 43 countries and reflects the aviation industry’s top talent in engineering, manufacturing, sales and service.

Hondajet Southwest - Cutter Aviation

Our growing workforce, now at 1,000, represents more than 43 countries and reflects the aviation industry’s top talent in engineering, manufacturing, sales and service.

Honda Aircraft, along with our worldwide network of dealers and suppliers, are working together to support a seamless transition to customers. Our goal is to have everything ready before the first delivery. We are committed through our network to deliver the best ownership experience from day one.

Thank you very much for your continued support. Sincerely,

 

Michimasa Fujino,
President and CEO

Commemorative Air Force Announces CAF AirPower History Tour

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

(Addison, Texas) The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) famous Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, FIFI — the only remaining flying example of the aircraft in the world – will be the feature World War II airplane in an eleven stop tour starting February 22 at El Paso International Airport in Texas. The CAF AirPower History Tour continues through April 4 and will feature a different combination of CAF historic warbirds at each of the stops in Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico.

Other historic aircraft from the Commemorative Air Force joining FIFI at different tour stops include the B-17 Flying Fortress, Sentimental Journey; B-25 Mitchell, Maid in the Shade; P-51 Mustang, Man O War; C-45 Expeditor, Bucket of Bolts; and other World War II fighters and trainers. An authentic Japanese Zero and British Spitfire, two ultra-rare fighters, will be joining the tour in southern California.

Events are open to the public and will allow attendees to get up close to these famous military aircraft. Cockpit tours of the B-29 and others will be available when the aircraft are not in motion. There will be opportunities for attendees to purchase a ride in many of the airplanes at all of the stops. Ride reservations are recommended. Visit www.AirPowerTour.org <http://www.airpowertour.org/> for more information about the tour schedule and to make ride reservations.

The tour stops include:
  • February 22-24 El Paso International Airport, El Paso, Texas
  • February 24-27 Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona
  • March 1-3 Mesa Gateway Airport, Mesa, Arizona
  • March 5-7 Deer Valley Airport, Phoenix, Arizona
  • March 9-10 Marine Corp Air Station, Yuma, Arizona
  • March 14-15 Brown Field Municipal Airport, San Diego, California
  • March 15-17 Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, California
  • March 19-20 Camarillo Airport, Camarillo, California
  • March 21-24 Burbank Airport, Burbank, California
  • March 27-31 Henderson Executive Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • April 2-4 Albuquerque International Sunport Airport, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The mission of the Commemorative Air Force is to honor the men and women who built, maintained and flew in these airplanes during World War II. The organization believes that mission is best accomplished by maintaining the airplanes in flying condition; taking the airplanes to the people allowing them to experience the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight.

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About the CAF’s B-29 Superfortress, FIFI:

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942 and began active service in 1944, is perhaps best known as the aircraft whose missions over Japan helped bring about the end of World War II. It was designed as a replacement for the older B-17s and B-24s, with longer range and greater bomb loads. The B-29 was also used in the Korean War in the early 1950s and was a staple of the U.S. Air Force until the late 1950s.

FIFI was acquired by the CAF in the early 1970s when a group of CAF members found her at the U.S. Navy Proving Ground at China Lake, California where she was being used as a missile target. The airplane was rescued and restored and flew for over thirty years until 2006 when the chief pilot made the decision to ground her pending a complete power plant re-fit. What followed was an extensive four year restoration that included replacing all four engines with new custom built hybrid engines. FIFI returned to the sky in 2010 and since that time has traveled coast to coast attracting large crowds at every tour stop. Learn more about FIFI and her tour schedule at www.cafb29b24.org <http://www.cafb29b24.org/> .

About the Commemorative Air Force:

Collecting, restoring and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 8,000 members and a fleet of 153 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 70 units located in 27 states for care and operation. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.

Cutter Aviation 85th Anniversary Kickoff at NBAA Convention in Orlando

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ – As Mr. William P. Cutter began the first day of business for Cutter Flying Service in January of 1928, the landscape of General and Business Aviation at the time was as uncharted and rugged as the landscape surrounding his airport in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The concept of an “aviation business” had only been officially defined by the government two years earlier with the passage of the Air Commerce Act of 1926, so the idea of offering services to such a fledgling industry was considered to be a substantial risk for anyone embarking on such a venture.  Undeterred, William P. Cutter saw a need for aviation in the Southwest to improve transportation infrastructure, help industries grow in the region, and provide critical air service to isolated communities in need of services and supplies.  Eighty-five years ago, William P. Cutter believed in General and Business Aviation and the principles behind his goals for Cutter Flying Service remain as true today for the industry as he saw them back in 1928.  The legacy of William P. Cutter continues today as Cutter Aviation, the oldest continually family-owned and family-operated aviation services network in the United States, celebrates the kickoff of its 85th Anniversary Celebration year at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL from October 30 to November 1, 2012.

Eighty-five years of continual growth and business success is a remarkable achievement for any company and Cutter Aviation is proud to be celebrating such a monumental milestone in 2012 and 2013.  Not only surviving, but thriving through such times as the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War and Vietnam War, and several economic recessions and energy droughts, Cutter Aviation is a symbol in General Aviation of tenacity, determination, and commitment to the core promises of delivering a wide range of quality products and services at a better value to loyal customers for generations.  While other businesses may compromise quality for profits or change hands and shareholders over their lifetime, Cutter Aviation remains as the consistent and dependable name that owners, pilots, and crews rely on for the best service in the Southwestern United States – line services, maintenance, avionics, aircraft sales, aircraft charter and management.

Cutter Aviation will be kicking off their 85th Anniversary Celebration year at the NBAA Convention from the Phillips 66 Aviation Booth #4560 throughout the event. The Cutter Aviation team will be giving away cans of our World-renowned Cutter Aviation Hatch Chiles from New Mexico at our two kiosks in the Phillips 66 booth.

Additionally, on Tuesday, October 30th at 2:00pm (ET), Phillips 66 and Cutter Aviation will be having cake to celebrate the 85th Anniversary of each company.  Phillips 66 Aviation is concluding their 85th Anniversary year in 2012 at the NBAA Convention while Cutter Aviation begins our 85th Anniversary year at the event!  Cutter Aviation is also the oldest Phillips 66 Aviation Fuels dealer in their network of over 870 fixed base operators (FBO) in the nation, with Cutter Aviation (formerly Cutter Flying Service) in Albuquerque, NM becoming a dealer in 1938 and remaining so for 75 years.

For more information about Cutter Aviation, its history, and the 85th Anniversary Celebration in 2012-2013, please visit us online at http://www.CutterAviation.com or visit our Facebook Page at http://Cutter85.com/Facebook

About Cutter Aviation
Celebrating 85 years of continual family ownership and operation, Cutter Aviation has been the leader in the business of aviation in the Southwestern United States and beyond for over eight decades. As a full-service aviation company, Cutter Aviation provides customers a wide range of quality General Aviation services including: fuel and line service support, new and pre-owned aircraft sales, aircraft maintenance, avionics design/installation/repair, aircraft management services, and aircraft charter through Cutter Flight Management, Inc.  Cutter Aviation’s convenient FBO & Service facilities in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas are known for providing exceptional customer service and amenities for domestic and international travelers of all types. Originally founded in 1928 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Cutter Aviation remains the oldest continually family-owned and operated aviation services company in the United States and is a member of the Pinnacle Air Network. For more information, please visit http://www.cutteraviation.com.


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Cutter Aviation Albuquerque Unveils Brand New Concrete Ramp at ABQ

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, NM. — Cutter Aviation is proud to announce the completion of the new concrete ramp at Cutter Aviation Albuquerque at Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ). All ramp surfaces around the Cutter Aviation FBO / General Aviation terminal, aircraft maintenance facility, hangars and aircraft parking ramps were replaced in the construction effort. The opening of the ramp at Cutter Aviation marks the culmination of a year-long ramp improvement effort by the City of Albuquerque to replace the heavily aged ramp and aprons on all surfaces of the General Aviation complex on the Southwestern corner of the airport.

Open and ready for use now, the new concrete ramp will provide an enhanced level of safety in ramp operations at Cutter Aviation Albuquerque with a smooth, even taxiway and ramp surface on the transient ramp as well as all ramps providing access to hangars at the facility. The heavy-duty concrete construction is able to support all aircraft types from the smallest piston aircraft up to the heaviest airliner, cargo, and military class aircraft. As opposed to asphalt surfacing used at many airports around the country, the higher quality concrete surface has a longer lifespan and resists seasonal buckling in extreme hot and cold temperatures. The brighter concrete also reflects more light from overhead lighting than the darker asphalt for better visibility in night taxiing and towing operations on the ramp.

“We’re glad to have a better ramp for our customers, both those based here at Albuquerque and those arriving to do business in the region” said Lowell Whitten, Vice President and General Manager of Cutter Aviation Albuquerque. “The first thing that our customers see and experience when they arrive in Albuquerque is the ramp, and we are proud to finally have one that matches the quality service we provide for them here at Cutter.”

The ramp at Cutter Aviation Albuquerque can now accommodate all General Aviation arrival and departure operations including: Private and Corporate Aircraft operations, Air Medical and Critical Care flights, Air Cargo operations, transient Military flight operations, large Air Charter and Sports Charter flights, Emergency and Air Tanker operations, and General Aviation recreational and flight training operations. Cutter Aviation Albuquerque is open for arrivals and departures 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provides aircraft fuel service as a Phillips 66 Aviation Fuel dealer. For more information about Cutter Aviation at Albuquerque International Sunport, please visit http://www.cutteraviation.com/abq.

About Cutter Aviation
Celebrating 85 years of continual family ownership and operation, Cutter Aviation has been the leader in the business of aviation in the Southwestern United States and beyond for over eight decades. As a full-service aviation company, Cutter Aviation provides customers a wide range of quality General Aviation services including: fuel and line service support, new and pre-owned aircraft sales, aircraft maintenance, avionics design/installation/repair, aircraft management services, and aircraft charter through Cutter Flight Management, Inc. Cutter Aviation’s convenient FBO & Service facilities in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas are known for providing exceptional customer service and amenities for domestic and international travelers of all types. Originally founded in 1928 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Cutter Aviation remains the oldest continually family-owned and operated aviation services company in the United States and is a member of the Pinnacle Air Network. For more information, please visit http://www.cutteraviation.com.


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Cutter Aviation Authorized for DCA Gateway FBO & Flight Operations

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

PHOENIX, ARIZONA — To better serve the needs of the Business Aviation industry in the Southwest, Cutter Aviation is pleased to announce the approval of FBO facilities within its network as Gateway FBOs to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) through the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) managed by the Transportation Security Administration.

As of June 20, 2012, four Cutter Aviation facilities throughout the Southwest have been granted DCA Gateway FBO status. In Arizona, Cutter Aviation at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (DVT) are two of the three approved Gateway FBOs serving the state.  Cutter Aviation at Colorado Springs Airport (COS) is the sole Gateway FBO serving the city and home of the United States Air Force Academy. Cutter Aviation at Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) is the sole Gateway FBO serving the entire state of New Mexico. Cutter Aviation at El Paso International Airport (ELP) is currently in the process of TSA approval to become a DCA Gateway facility and is anticipated to be authorized later this summer.

Additionally, Cutter Flight Management, Inc. has obtained authorization as a TSA approved operator for on-demand air charter flights into Reagan Washington National Airport through any DCA Access Gateway facility.

Since the events of September 11, 2001, the TSA has restricted aircraft arrivals into DCA due to its close proximity to the nation’s capital. To receive DCA Access authorization, FBO facilities and air charter operators must meet the strict security requirements and procedures outlined by the TSA.  As of June 2012, fewer than 120 general aviation support facilities have been approved as DCA Gateway locations throughout the United States.

“General Aviation operators require the highest levels of convenience, safety and security at all times — it’s what sets GA apart from commercial airlines” said Steve Prieser, Vice President & CFO, Cutter Aviation.  “With DCA Access to Reagan Washington National through our FBOs and Air Charter department, Cutter Aviation has made General Aviation operations easier for our customers.”

Located just three miles from downtown Washington D.C., Reagan Washington National Airport offers unparalleled convenience for travelers flying to and from the nation’s capital. Reagan Washington National Airport’s location is also beneficial for simple access to the Beltway / Northern Virginia industrial corridor.

About Cutter Aviation
For over 84 years, Cutter Aviation has been Leading the Business of Aviation. Cutter Aviation provides high quality general aviation fuel and line service support, new and pre-owned aircraft sales, aircraft maintenance, avionics design/installation/repair, aircraft management services, and aircraft charter through Cutter Flight Management, Inc.  Cutter Aviation’s convenient FBO & Service facilities in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas are known for providing exceptional customer service and amenities for domestic and international travelers of all types. Founded in 1928, Cutter Aviation is the oldest continually family-owned and operated aviation services company in the United States and is a member of the Pinnacle Air Network. For more information, please visit http://www.cutteraviation.com.


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Cutter Aviation Completes Aircell WiFi Internet STC for Beechjet

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

PHOENIX, ARIZONA — Cutter Aviation is proud to announce the completion of the first Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for in-flight, high-speed wireless connectivity for the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP family for Aircell Gogo Biz in-flight broadband. Cutter Aviation avionics engineers in Phoenix, AZ developed the STC in partnership with Aircell, a leader in in-flight connectivity solutions, utilizing the Aircell ATG 4000 and ATG 5000 systems for installation in the Beechjet airframe. The STC was awarded on December 19, 2011 after nearly a year of development and is now available for purchase and installation on all Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP light business jet aircraft.

“In-flight wireless internet access is no longer just an ‘extra’ for business aviation aircraft… it has become a requirement for peak in-flight productivity in the digital age” said the Director of R&D for Aircraft Avionics and Services at Cutter Aviation. “Beechjet and Hawker 400XP operators have been waiting for a light, cost-effective in-flight WiFi solution for their aircraft and Cutter Aviation stepped up to meet their needs with the Aircell STC package.”

With the Aircell in-flight WiFi STC by Cutter Aviation, Beechjet operators may now enjoy Internet access in the air just like what they find at home, in the office, or at public “hotspots” like their local coffee shop.  Laptops, tablets and smartphones connect in-flight with ease just like a normal WiFi connection. In-flight users connect at speeds up to 3.1 megabites per second (mbps) and network coverage extends nationwide. Unlike the heavy and expensive equipment used in many first-generation in-flight phone and internet systems found on other aircraft, the equipment and antennas developed by Aircell are light and compact enough for easy installation on a light jet like the Beechjet and more affordable than ever.

Various monthly data packages through the Aircell Gogo Biz provide internet access for a wide range of budgets, from basic connectivity through unlimited data plans.

With more than 10,000 systems shipped worldwide, Aircell is the undisputed leader in global airborne communications. Already flying on thousands of aircraft, Aircell’s voice, data and broadband systems are the choice of every major business aircraft manufacturer as well as the world’s largest airlines. Cutter Aviation is proud to be a dealer for Aircell throughout the Southwestern United States and a developer of new STC solutions using Aircell technology.

For more information on Aircell In-Flight WiFi systems on the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP by Cutter Aviation, please visit http://www.cutteraviation.com/BeechjetWiFi or contact Cutter Aviation Avionics at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) at 602-267-4070.

About Cutter Aviation
Founded in 1928 by William P. Cutter, Cutter Aviation is a full-service aviation company, offering aircraft fuel/line services, maintenance and avionics solutions, aircraft charter and aircraft sales and management. Cutter Aviation operates from eight major airports in five states within the Southwestern United States including: Arizona (Phoenix-Deer Valley and Phoenix-Sky Harbor), New Mexico (Albuquerque), Colorado (Colorado Springs), California (Carlsbad) and Texas (Dallas-McKinney, El Paso and San Antonio). The company is a member of the Pinnacle Air Network, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). Cutter Aviation is the oldest continuously family-owned and operated FBO (Fixed Base Operator) in the United States with over 83 years of serving the General & Business Aviation industry. For more information about Cutter Aviation, please visit www.cutteraviation.com


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Cutter Aviation Named Authorized Service Center for GE M601 & H80

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Via GE Aviation – Cutter Aviation has signed an agreement with GE Aviation to become an Authorized Service Center for GE’s M601 and H80 turboprop engines.  The agreement between Cutter Aviation and GE Aviation was made final during the 2011 NBAA Convention in Las Vegas, NV.

As part of the agreement, Cutter Aviation will offer comprehensive line maintenance, removals and re-installations of engines and line-replaceable units (LRUs) and engine spares for the M601 and H80 engine families. These engine services will be provided at five Cutter Aviation locations that currently offer aircraft maintenance & service: Albuquerque, NM (ABQ); Dallas – McKinney, TX (TKI); Phoenix – Deer Valley, AZ (DVT); Phoenix-Sky Harbor, AZ (PHX); and San Antonio, TX (SAT). GE Aviation will provide Cutter Aviation with comprehensive material support and training.

“GE is excited to work with Cutter Aviation to better serve customers in the Southwest region of the United States,” said Paul Theofan, president and managing executive of GE Aviation’s Business and General Aviation Turboprops. “With this significant expansion to our authorized service network, M601 and H80 customers will enjoy enhanced service and support coverage from one of the nation’s premier FBO networks.”

Founded more than 83 years ago by William P. Cutter, Cutter Aviation has been one of the leading aviation service providers in the southwestern United States and one of the most well-known brands in general aviation. As the oldest, continually family owned and operated FBO network in America, Cutter Aviation has decades of experience providing the best service for an outstanding value. Following the principles of respect, trust and integrity, Cutter Aviation truly leads the way in general & business aviation.

GE Aviation’s Business & General Aviation Turboprops has more than 1,600 M601 engines in service that have accumulated more than 17 million flight hours on 30 applications. The H80 engine, GE’s latest turboprop, is expected to receive EASA and FAA certification this year and will power business and general aviation, utility and agriculture aircraft. The H80 engine combines the elegant, robust design of the M601 engine with GE’s 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials to create a more powerful, fuel-efficient, durable engine compared with the M601 engine, with no recurrent fuel nozzle inspections and no hot section inspection. The H80 engine will also feature an extended service life of 3,600 flight-hours between overhauls, significantly enhanced hot-day takeoff performance and high-altitude cruise speeds. The H80 will provide the option of a single- or dual-acting governor, allowing customers the flexibility in propeller selection.

About GE Aviation
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings. For more information, visit us at www.ge.com/aviation. Learn more about GE Business & General Aviation at http://facebook.com/GEBGA . Follow GE Aviation on Twitter at http://twitter.com/GEAviation and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/GEAviation.

About Cutter Aviation
Founded in 1928 by William P. Cutter, Cutter Aviation is a full-service aviation company, offering aircraft fuel/line services, maintenance and avionics solutions, aircraft charter and aircraft sales and management. Cutter Aviation operates from eight major airports in five states within the Southwestern United States including: Arizona (Phoenix-Deer Valley and Phoenix-Sky Harbor), New Mexico (Albuquerque), Colorado (Colorado Springs), California (Carlsbad) and Texas (Dallas-McKinney, El Paso and San Antonio). The company is a member of the Pinnacle Air Network, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). Cutter Aviation is the oldest continuously family-owned and operated FBO (Fixed Base Operator) in the United States with over 83 years of serving the General & Business Aviation industry. For more information about Cutter Aviation, please visit www.cutteraviation.com

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Media Contact: Genaro Sanchez, Director of Marketing & Communications – 602‐267‐4045 – gsanchez@cutteraviation.com

Cutter Aviation’s 2011 Denali Scout Featured in AOPA Pilot Article

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The all-new 2011 Denali Scout, the 210-hp version of the popular Scout from American Champion Aircraft, is featured in the December 2011 issue of AOPA Pilot Magazine, the official publication for the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association.  Written by AOPA Senior Editor Alton Marsh with fantastic photography (and video on AOPA.org) by Mike Fizer, the article reviews and details the development of the first Denali Scout produced by American Champion Aircraft.

Click here to read the article “Power Scout: Lycoming muscle for American Champion’s flagship” by Alton Marsh with photography by Mike Fizer from the December 2011 issue of AOPA Pilot online.  Also make sure to view the streaming video of the 2011 Denali Scout from AOPA at the link.

As referenced in the article, the 2011 Denali Scout is the first production aircraft to offer the 210 horsepower Lycoming IO-390 as the OEM engine and is a significant upgrade from the standard 180-hp Scout.  Larger and more effective control surfaces on the tail and a completely redesigned engine compartment are a few of the other design changes that differentiates the Denali Scout from the original model.  But the most noticeable difference is the performance.

The Denali Scout needs only between 350-390 feet of ground roll for takeoff and can land with only 400 feet or less… making it an outstanding STOL and backcountry aircraft.  The Denali Scout can reach 155 mph in maximum cruise and flies at a comfortable 138 mph in 75% power cruise and only consuming 12 gph of fuel at that speed.  At 55% power cruise, the IO-390 consumes as little as 7.2 gph… making the aircraft a great cross country aircraft as well.  The Denali Scout is also equipped with an updated avionics package including the Aspen Avionics Evolution EFD1000 Pilot primary flight display system, a JPI EDM-930 engine monitor, and a panel-mounted Garmin 496 GPS.

The aircraft featured in the article, 2011 Denali Scout s/n 531-2011 – N555AC, is the same aircraft that Cutter Aviation, the American Champion Aircraft dealer for the Southwestern United States, currently has in inventory for sale.  Click here to see the spec for our 2011 American Champion Denali Scout online.  The aircraft is currently located at Cutter Aviation San Antonio (SAT) and is available for viewing and demo flights for pilots interested in owning the first of it’s kind from American Champion Aircraft.

For more information, contact our Regional Sales Managers for American Champion Aircraft:

John DeLawyer – Regional Sales Manager: Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana & New Mexico
210-485-1314 office / 210-601-5246 cell – jdelawyer@cutteraviation.com

R.D. Wooten – Regional Sales Manager: Arizona, Nevada & California
602-267-4050 office / 602-418-0796 cell – rwooten@cutteraviation.com