By Reggie Paulk
Centennial Airport (APA), just south of Denver, is known for business jets on the ramp and fast cars in the parking lot. In keeping with that image, the Porsche Business Aircraft & Jet Preview was hosted on the ramp and in the main hangar of Centennial’s Denver jetCenter on August 9.
More than 1,500 invited guests were treated to a dazzling array of aviation products and services. For pilot/owners ready to step into a jet, ATG, Cessna and Diamond had their respective prototype, certified airplane and mock-up on display. ATG is developing the Javelin, a two-seat tandem, certified twin-engine jet that resembles the T-38 fighter trainer. Cessna Aircraft Co. had a Citation Mustang Jet on display. Diamond Aircraft Industries, Inc. exhibited a mockup—sans wings—of their single-engine jet now in development.
Aviation Sales, Inc., the regional representative of Pilatus and Piper, displayed a single-turboprop PC-12 and a Piper Saratoga. Look for the updated “E” model PC-12 next March, with a totally new avionics suite. The Embraer Legacy 600, with its transatlantic range and unsurpassed luxury, seems like a bargain at $8 million less than a comparable Gulfstream.
For those pilots who want to fly their own airplane without the financial burden of sole ownership, there were fractional shares in the offing. Both ShareWest Aviation and Sky Shares offer different flavors of fractional ownership in the new Cirrus SR-22 G3.Avantair offers fractional ownership in the super quick Piaggio Avanti twin turboprop, while Wiens Aviation is selling one-quarter shares in their Premier I light jet. From Mayo Aviation’s charter and maintenance offerings to Hillaero’s aircraft painting and modification services, there was something for almost any stage of aircraft ownership and use. If you receive an invitation to the next preview, make sure to attend; you won’t be disappointed.
Porsche was well represented at the Preview by their local representatives, Porsche of Boulder, Prestige Imports and Stevinson Imports.