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Volume 8, Number 22
June 9, 2010
 
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AVflash! New Regional Jet Soars in from the Eastback to top 
 
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INDIA ANNOUNCES REGIONAL JET
The regional airliner market got more interesting last week as India's government-sponsored National Aerospace Industries announced it was planning a 110- to 120-seat jet. The announcement creates a crowd in a market that doesn't seem to have many buyers at the moment. For instance, Bombardier's CSeries has but 80 orders and the Chinese, Russian and Japanese entrants are counting heavily on domestic sales to justify their development plans. Some analysts say the Indian project is as much an exercise in national pride as it is an aircraft development program and the new jet, if it's ever built, will likely find buyers only on the subcontinent. Meanwhile, the turboprop airliner market also heated up and France's ATR announced plans for a clean-sheet 90-seat turboprop twin. More...

 
For Anyone Who Ever Got the Short End ... 
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Pillars of Aviation Coming Up This Monthback to top 
 
Sponsor Announcement
Pillars of Aviation Summit || Kuala 
Lumpur, Malaysia || June 28-29, 2010

CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON ASIAN AVIATION
Asia is a bright spot for the aviation industry and the local industry is doing its best to capitalize on the growth that's anticipated. The Pillars of Aviation Summit will be held in Kuala Lumpur's Palace of the Golden Horses June 28-29. The conference will emphasize how companies based in the area can grow their businesses but it's obvious that interest isn't confined to Asian firms. More...

 
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This international conference will explore the latest developments in the field of aircraft repossession and recovery. It will provide the platform for high level debate and exchange of ideas and information, as well as extensive networking opportunities for aviation executives from the U.S. and around the world. This is a unique opportunity for networking with airlines, banks, law firms, analysts, leasing companies and aviation professionals with an interest in aircraft repossession. Click here for information.
 
Revisiting Lear 60 Tiresback to top 
 

LEAR 60 TIRE MAINTENANCE AD ISSUED
Operators of Lear 60 aircraft will have to check the tire pressure every four days starting July 10. The FAA issued a final rule on Tuesday mandating the maintenance procedure after it was determined underinflated tires caused a cascade of failures that led to a charter aircraft running off the end of a runway in Columbia, S.C., killing four of the six aboard. The NTSB determined the tires blew during the takeoff run and took out sensors that controlled the thrust reversers, resulting in their automatic retraction just when the crew needed them the most. The pilot didn't know the reversers were stowed, and firewalled the throttles as the plane went through the airport fence and hit a hill on the other side of a highway. Bombardier has since redesigned the systems making them less likely to fail in a tire blowout. More...

 
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FAA Recommendations for Light Sportback to top 
 

FAA REVIEW RAISES ISSUES WITH LSA SYSTEM
The FAA has released its final report on its assessment of the light sport aircraft industry, and it identifies four areas that need improvement (executive summary here; PDF of the full report here). The FAA team found that most of the 30 LSA facilities they visited couldn't fully support their assertion that their aircraft meet industry consensus standards. The report suggests that "relying solely on the manufacturer's statements of compliance, for the issuance of airworthiness certificates, should be reconsidered." Dan Johnson, chairman of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, said in his blog this week that the report is "tough love" for the industry. "Top FAA and NTSB officials have publicly and repeatedly said they are generally satisfied with the safety record of this five-year-old industry," he said. But the report "shows many ways the industry must improve... with an implied 'or else' lurking in the margins," Johnson said. More...

 
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Classic Biplane Crash in D.C.back to top 
 

STEARMAN MISHAP AT D.C.'S REAGAN NATIONAL
A vintage Boeing Stearman biplane flipped upside down after landing on Runway 1 at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning. The pilot and one passenger, a reporter for the Washington Post, both walked away, apparently unhurt, but the runway was shut down for over an hour until the airplane could be removed by a crane. The Stearman was one of a flight of eight vintage aircraft that were flying into Washington to promote a new aviation-themed Imax film showing at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. In a pair of videos posted online, one from inside the cockpit and one from the ground, it appears that the airplane nosed over almost immediately upon touching down. The pilot, Mike Treschel, and passenger Ashley Halsey got out very quickly. The NTSB sent a team to investigate the incident. More...

 
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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 
 

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: FOR LYCOMING, 100 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
Continental is championing the idea of replacing 100LL with 94UL, but Lycoming's Mike Kraft says that's a sure ticket to shrink the industry and that new fuel needs to be at least 100 octane. In the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli wades into the arguments and speculates on how there can be so much uncertainty over the future of aviation fuels. Click here to read Paul's blog, the feel free to add your own thoughts to the conversation. More...

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: DC-3 REUNION TOO IMPORTANT TO SCREW UP
Logistical conflicts and organizational nightmares threaten to tarnish not only the gathering of 40+ Douglas DC-3s at EAA AirVenture in July — but also the relationship between the group's organizers and the EAA. AVweb's Russ Niles thinks the event's signficance overshadows the concerns of either group, and on the AVweb Insider blog, he calls for both parties to put aside their differences and make things work. Click here to read what Russ has to say, then add your own comments. More...

 
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Who's Whereback to top 
 

STEVENSON JOINS PIAGGIO AMERICA
Mark Stevenson
Mark Stevenson is the new sales director for the central U.S. and central Canada for Piaggio America. He was formerly with Embraer.
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HARMAN AT RISHWORTH AVIATION
Ian Harman
Ian Harman has been hired as the Senior Consultant-Engineering for Rishworth Aviation in Auckland, New Zealand. His major role will be to recruit engineers.
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ELGIN TO SIGNATURE FLIGHT SUPPORT
Vickie Elgin
Vickie Elgin has been appointed sales manager for Signature Flight Support. She was formerly at Western Petroleum Company as sales manager for contract fuel.
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WHO'S WHERE? YOU TELL US
Get a promotion or a new job? Your colleagues want to know about it, and AVwebBiz can get the word out. Drop us a line about the staff appointment, with a nice recent photo, and we'll do our best to include it in our new section, "Who's Where." The items will be permanently archived on AVweb for future reference, too. More...

 
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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 
 

AVIATION CONSUMER REVIEWS THE IPAD — WARTS AND ALL
Could it really be? Is the iPad the ultimate cockpit EFB (electronic flight bag) that we've all been waiting for? Find out in this review by AVweb and Aviation Consumer's Paul Bertorelli. It has potential — so much potential ... . More...

KIM PROUT GIVES KITPLANES A TOUR OF HIS EUROPA MONOWHEEL
Kim Prout's homebuilt Europa Monowheel is one of the highest-time examples in the U.S. and amply shows off the superb combination of agility and utility in this exclusive video from the editors of Kitplanes magazine. More...

 
Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversaryback to top 
 

15 YEARS AND NOW 15 GRAND GIVEAWAYS ... IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN AN AV8OR HANDHELD GPS
CLICK HERE to Register for All 15 
Drawings

Win an AV8OR handheld GPS (from Bendix/King by Honeywell) as we celebrate our 15th Anniversary! All you have to do is click here to enter your name and e-mail address. (You only have to enter once, and you'll be entered in our prize drawings for the entire year — so if you've already entered, you're all set.)

And no, we're not going to rent or sell your name, ever. Tell your friends, and invite them to sign up for AVweb so they can qualify for our 15 Grand Giveaways prize drawings, too. (We won't spam them, either — but we hope they will sign up for our newsletters.)

Deadline for entries is 11:59pm Zulu time June 18, 2010.

Click here to read the contest rules and enter.


Congratulations to William R. Smith of Madison, Connecticut, who won a King Schools Get-It-All Pilot Training Kit in our last drawing! (click here to get your own from King Schools)

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 
 

AVWEB'S NEWSTIPS ADDRESS ...
Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 200,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. What have you heard? More...

GOT A TURBONORMALIZED CIRRUS? AVIATION CONSUMER WANTS YOU
Actually, Aviation Consumer wants a little bit of your engine data for a research product we're doing. If you don't mind sending us a sample data file, contact Paul Bertorelli at avconsumer@comcast.net.

Contact us before sending anything. Thanks. More...

 
Names Behind the Newsback to top 
 

MEET THE AVWEBBIZ TEAM

AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributors
Jeff van West

Click here to send a letter to the editor. (Please let us know if your letter is not intended for publication.)

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