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Volume 8, Number 37
September 29, 2010
 
Lightspeed Aviation || Change Your Mind
Are You Ready to Move Up to a Zulu?
Then your wait is over. Thanks to Lightspeed's greatly expanded trade-up program, you may be able to move up to the quietest, most comfortable headset in the world. No matter what brand you're currently flying with. To learn more about the Zulu and check the "tradeworthiness" of your current headset, just go to LightspeedAviation.com.
 
AVflash! Tax Relief for Aircraft-Owning Businessesback to top 
 
Sponsor Announcement
Middle East Corporate Aviation Summit 
(MECAS) || February 7-8, 2011 || Doha, Qatar || Register Now

AIRCRAFT TAX BREAK SIGNED INTO LAW
The "bonus depreciation" extension that aircraft manufacturers had lobbied for is now law. President Barack Obama signed the Small Business Jobs Act, which contains the provision, on Monday. "As the one tax provision we asked Congress to pass to help offset the decline in sales due to the recession, we are optimistic that the small-business law will help to re-energize America's general-aviation production lines and bring back lost jobs," said Pete Bunce, president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. The law is effective as of Monday and applies to businesses' tax returns for 2010, according to the White House. The bonus depreciation item enables businesses to accelerate the rate at which they deduct capital expenditures. More...

 
Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset
Introducing: Our Best Pilot Headset Ever
NEW Bose A20™ Aviation Headset
Bose was the first to introduce active noise reducing headsets to aviation more than 20 years ago, forever changing the way pilots fly. Now the Bose A20™ Aviation Headset sets an entirely new standard, providing significantly greater noise reduction than currently available. It also features an improved level of comfort, clear audio, Bluetooth® connectivity, auxiliary audio input and priority switching. Learn more.
 
Economic Recovery Slow in Comingback to top 
 

MORE JOBS LOST, AT PIPER AND HAWKER BEECHCRAFT
Piper Aircraft this week announced it will cut 60 manufacturing jobs, and Hawker Beechcraft has cut 350 positions, as the hoped-for turnaround in orders proves elusive. Workers at Piper's plant in Vero Beach, Fla., were told on Monday their jobs are disappearing and they would get one to two weeks of severance pay, TCPalm reported. Geoffrey Berger, who has been serving as Piper's interim CEO since July, told the workers in a letter on Monday that "Piper remains challenged by overall market weakness." Early this year the company forecast about 200 aircraft sales for 2010, but by this summer "it had become apparent that we needed to temper our expectations considerably," Berger said. The forecast now is down to 158 units. No jobs were cut on the PiperJet program, where 140 workers have been hired over the last year. More...

 
Aviation Asset Management in the Middle 
East Conference (AAMME) || December 6, 2010 || Dubai, UAE || Register 
Now
2nd Annual Aviation Asset Management in the Middle East to Be Chaired by Dr. Donald H. Bunker of Donald H. Bunker & Associates
The Second Annual Aviation Asset Management in the Middle East Summit in Dubai will explore the latest developments in aviation asset management in the region, as well as the future of asset management services in this marketplace. 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 Middle East and the rest of the world. Click here to learn for more information.
 
Caught Up in California Cash Flowback to top 
 

SCHWARZENEGGER VETOES FLIGHT SCHOOL REPRIEVE
The battle over the future of flight schools in California took a predictable twist last week and groups fighting new fees and regulations are regrouping for another round. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed Bill 1889, which includes provisions that would have put a moratorium on implementation of the fees and rules. The governor didn't veto the bill because of the flight school issue. It included money for new staff and cash-strapped California isn't hiring much these days. Pilots associations in California continue to work the issue. More...

 
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Big South Fork Airpark Is More than Just a Neighborhood —
It's a Community

Each home has convenient runway access and is in the immediate vicinity of the 125,000-acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area with its forests, gorges, and sandstone bluffs. All Big South Fork Residents can enjoy: Safety — Big South Fork Airpark is one of the safest Airparks in the country. Convenience — the 5,500-ft. runway has four approaches, pilot-controlled lighting, an on-site maintenance facility, and FBO; fly in 24 hours a day. Value — home sites starting at $89K; there is no income tax and low property tax in Tennessee; no tax on your airplane! Click here for more information.
 
LockMart Locks AFSS for Next Three Yearsback to top 
 

FLIGHT SERVICES CONTRACT EXTENDED
Lockheed Martin's contract to run the automated flight service station system has been extended for three years at a price of $356 million. The company announced the agreement Tuesday. The three-year extension begins Oct. 1. Lockheed Martin took over the AFSS function in 2005 and substantially trimmed the number of flight service stations and staff. "Lockheed Martin is proud of the service its flight service specialists provide to the general aviation industry," said Jim Derr, Lockheed Martin Flight Service Program Director. "We are excited to have the opportunity to continue providing the most accurate and reliable flight service briefings available. More...

 
Rediscover Jet City!
Make King County International Airport/Boeing Field your flight destination! Conveniently located just 5 miles from downtown Seattle, KBFI is positioned in the center of the growing economy of the Puget Sound region, serving as a hub for business travel, private jets, and general aviation travel. Partner with aviation experts when you fly to Seattle. Make your destination King County International Airport/Boeing Field! For more information, visit online.
 
Southwest Absorbs AirTranback to top 
 

AIRTRAN DEAL FUELS SOUTHWEST GROWTH
The analysts are poring over the announcement Monday that Southwest Airlines is buying its smaller budget competitor AirTran and the consensus is that it's part of the voracious growth model that sustains Southwest Airlines. However, stability in Southwest's bottom line might be reflected by a reduction of rock-bottom fare wars that have also been a hallmark of the industry. The deal is worth more than $3 billion. Southwest gets some route expansion and perhaps some breathing space but also fills some important holes. More...

 
Authorized Mooney Service Centers
Mooney Factory Service Center
If you own a Mooney, you've got the fastest and most sophisticated aircraft in the sky. Shouldn't your service center hold those same standards? Mooney's Factory Service Center is located right where your airplane was made, and we use nothing but 100% Mooney-approved parts. From major modifications to performance to paint to systems to service, there is no better place to care for your airplane. Visit Mooney.com for more info.
 
Who's Whereback to top 
 

PRODUCTION VPS AT GULFSTREAM
Greg CollettAustin Shontz
Gulfstream Aerospace has named Greg Collett as vice president of initial phase operations and Austin Shontz as vice president of final phase operations. Both are long-term Gulfstream executives.
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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...

 
JA Air Center || When It Comes to 
Avionics, Go with a Name You Can Trust
JA Air Center — When It Comes to Garmin Avionics,
Go with a Name You Can Trust!

Since 1965, pilots have trusted the avionics experts at JA Air Center. Whether you're looking for ship-in repair, custom installation, or a mail order purchase, no one knows avionics better than JA Air Center.

Call (800) 323-5966 or click here.

BUY, SELL, or TRADE your avionics
and GPS equipment at JA Air Center
 
New on AVweb.comback to top 
 

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: IN THE AGE OF GLASS COCKPITS, A GLASS CEILING?
Fewer than seven percent of pilots are women. Why is that? In this guest post to the AVweb Insider blog, flight instructor (and ATP) Mireille Goyer argues the aviation culture discourages young women from becoming pilots even if it embraces them after their trial by fire. More...

15 YEARS AND NOW 15 GRAND GIVEAWAYS ... IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A LIGHTSPEED ZULU HEADSET
CLICK HERE to Register for All 15 
Drawings

Win a Lightspeed Zulu aviation headset 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 October 15, 2010.

Click here to read the contest rules and enter.

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'Handbook of Aeronautical Inspection & 
Pre-Purchase' by Denny Pollard || Available at AVwebBooks.com
Aeronautical Inspection & Pre-Purchase
If you are a prospective aircraft owner or broker, here is information about airworthiness, maintenance, inspections, and rules. Denny Pollard, an FAA Safety Inspector and A&P instructor, will walk you through a pre-purchase inspection step by step without worrying if you are buying a hangar queen. Know where to find the tools to research the aircraft history, specifications, and changes made through the years, including Type-Certificate Date Sheets, ADs, STCs, and Maintenance Alerts for any make and model aircraft.

Book or eBook / $24.95

Call (800) 780-4115 or click here for more information.
 
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 
 

VIDEO: "FIRST EVER" HUMAN-POWERED ORNITHOPTER FLIGHT
A group of University of Toronto students has just announced that a flight of their human-powered flapping-wing aircraft, The Snowbird, on August 2 may have set an FAI record with a "first ever" flight for its kind. The group believes that after being towed aloft, the aircraft maintained speed and altitude for 19.3 seconds and covered approximately 145 meters while flying at 25.6 km/h. During that time, it was powered solely by its pilot and designer, U of T engineering Ph.D. candidate Todd Reichert, who estimates he's capable of about 0.3 horsepower. Reichert believes his team's effort represents the first ever sustained flight of a human-powered ornithopter. The FAI ruling committee (the record keepers) is expected to offer its opinion in October. More...

VIDEO: KANSAS CITY'S AIRLINE HISTORY MUSEUM
AVweb visits the Airline History Museum in Kansas City. More...

 
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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...

 
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.

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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

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Scott Simmons

Contributors
Jeff van West

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