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AEROSPACE SHOW THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS GROWTH IN CORPORATE
SECTOR Asian Aerospace 2009, a leading event for the region
that is held every other year, takes place in Hong Kong this week,
Tuesday through Thursday, with a new emphasis on corporate aviation.
"The event's unique positioning and focus will provide a platform for
the business aviation industry to meet the widely forecasted groundswell
of demand in Asia, particularly from China," event organizers said in a
news release. Speakers will tackle topics such as legal, regulatory, and
insurance considerations; airspace requirements; safety regulations; and
Air Operator's certificates. China is already the world's second-largest
overall aviation market, according to event organizers. In spite of the
world economic turndown, 2008 was a record year for the business
aviation market in Asia, particularly in mainland China.
TECHNOLOGY TO DEBUT AT BIRD-STRIKE CONFERENCE People who
worry about bird strikes in aviation, from airport operators to air
traffic controllers to researchers and safety experts, gather every year
for a Bird Strike North America Conference -- but this
year's event, which takes place Sept. 14-17 in Victoria, British
Columbia, is expected to draw more attention than usual. The dramatic
Hudson River ditching early this year brought widespread attention to
the issue of bird strikes, and some new technologies are expected to
debut at the event. Accipiter Radar will introduce a 360-degree 3-D
avian radar technology. Other vendors will display various kinds of
radars for detecting birds as well as methods for dispersing them, such
as colored laser beams, specially trained dogs, radio-controlled
cannons, and garlic oil sprayed on grass to make it unpalatable for
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OWNER PILOTS GATHER Likely the biggest concentration of
Citations outside of Wichita was in Aspen on the long weekend and it's
not even ski season. The first convention of the Citation Jet Pilots
owner pilot association was held at the Colorado resort and more than 40
aircraft and 150 people attended. "The event helped owners learn more
about their aircraft as well as provide feedback to Cessna and the major
system providers to the Citation fleet," said CJP President John Hayes,
who founded the organization almost a year ago. Although there was
undoubtedly some pleasure to be found in the Colorado ski town, the
group spent a lot of time on business, too. More...
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Meanwhile, Cessna Adds Chinese Orders to the
ORDERS THREE SOVEREIGNS There are about 20 Cessna Citations
operating in China and by far the biggest operator is the Chinese
government. The Civil Aviation Administration of China recently
confirmed an order for three Citation Sovereigns and that will push the
total number of Citations operated by the CAAC to 11. The agency's China
Flight Inspection Center uses the bizjets for navaid and airport
equipment calibration and the Sovereign, known for its slow-speed
handling characteristics, will get a workout in China's diverse and
sometimes extreme operating conditions. "The CFIC use their Citations as
flight inspection aircraft for the airways calibration of all the
airports in the Peoples' Republic of China including Hong Kong and Macau
and airports up to 15,000 feet in elevation," said Roger Whyte, Cessna's
senior VP of sales and marketing. "The Sovereign will join the Citation
XLS and XLS+ as the only business jets in their class certified to
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official confirmation of the circumstances are hard to come by, photos
have been circulating that show an apparent tail boom structural failure
of an Augusta Westland 139. The aircraft was operated by Gulf
Helicopters, a Qatar-based company (wholly owned by the government of
Qatar) that has more than 20 helicopters, including four AW139s.
According to the forums, the failure occurred while the helicopter was
taxiing in preparation for takeoff from Dohar, Qatar. Presumably the
Qatar Civil Aviation Authority is investigating but there's no mention
of it on their Web site. More...
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AVERTS DISASTER ON ACCIDENTAL TAKEOFF A retired RAF bomber pilot is
being hailed a hero after a museum-owned Handley Page Victor, a Cold War
nuclear bomber, took off accidentally during an air show in
Bruntingthorpe, England in May. Video of the incident came to light this
week. The Daily Mail is reporting that the bomber, which hasn't flown in
20 years, was supposed to taxi down the runway as a photo opportunity.
For reasons that remain unclear, the unidentified volunteer right seater
firewalled the throttles and within a few seconds the Victor was in its
natural element. Bob Prothero, 70, a former squadron commander who last
slipped the surly bonds in a Victor in the 1980s, was in the left seat
and screamed for the engineer to cut the power but the next thing he
knew he was back in the saddle again for the "most terrifying nine
seconds of my life." More...
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INSIDER BLOG: THE VLJ PRICE FANTASY The industry persists in
the notion that small, light jets can be made cheaply. In the latest
installment of our AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli argues
that "cheap" is really around the $2 million mark and not much lower.
The idea here is to produce sustainable projects that allow companies to
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