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ON SMALLER BIZJETS CONTINUE SLIDE
Some aircraft brokers say
the price of used light and midsized jets has hit an all-time low and
despite whispers of a recovery are staying stubbornly in the basement.
"Basically, there are no buyers," Anne-Bart Tieleman, managing director
of GA Finance in Amsterdam, told the Financial Times. "You can buy an almost brand new
aircraft for 25-35 percent less than what you had to pay two or three
years ago." More...
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SHOWS FIRST-QUARTER LOSS
Despite an increase in revenues at
Cessna, the company showed an operating loss for the first quarter of
this year, parent company Textron said last week. Revenues were up about 26 percent
compared to the first quarter of last year, but low production and
delivery levels led to an overall loss of $38 million, compared to $24
million last year. Part of the loss, paradoxically, registered because
fewer customers canceled orders, resulting in fewer forfeited deposits
to boost the bottom line. Higher engineering and development costs also
contributed to the losses, as well as inflation, the company said.
Textron CEO Scott Donnelly called the performance "disappointing." He
said improvement is expected "as volumes recover and the impacts of our
continuing cost reduction and productivity programs take effect."
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SUMMIT IN WICHITA
Kansas state officials, including Gov. Sam
Brownback, heard from about 160 aviation industry officials that
governments must play an active role in fostering aerospace. The forum,
held in Wichita on Monday, brought together most of the power players in
the Wichita-based businesses and the message was relatively consistent.
"We are not looking for a handout, but tax policies are important to our
business," David Coleal, the general manager of Bombardier Learjet in
Wichita, is quoted by The Associated Press as saying. Cessna CEO Jack
Pelton went a step further and suggested eliminating the corporate
income tax on money aircraft companies spend buying supplies and
services from other Kansas companies. More...
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PUSHES FOR CONTROLLER NAPS
The controllers' union and the FAA
for the most part have presented a united front in responding to recent
incidents of controllers caught sleeping, but on Friday, NATCA suggested
that controllers on overnight shifts should be allowed nap breaks, which
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has opposed. "I don't expect to walk
into a break room and see controllers napping, period," he said in an
interview last week. NATCA President Paul Rinaldi said the FAA needs to
implement all the recommendations of a NATCA-FAA fatigue work group that
spent 18 months researching the problem. Those recommendations include
allowing "recuperative breaks" on the overnight shift of up to two and a
half hours. On Monday, NTSB member Mark Rosekind, an expert in fatigue
issues, said research has shown short naps of 20 to 30 minutes are
effective in keeping workers alert. "[Nap breaks] should be on the table
for consideration," Rosekind told reporters at a briefing, the
Associated Press reported. More...
REPORTS FLAWS IN 737 RIVETS
NTSB inspectors examining parts
of the Southwest 737 fuselage that ruptured in flight on April 1
reported Monday that they found some rivets didn't fit properly into
their holes, and some of the holes were slightly offset or irregular in
shape. While the NTSB update was purely factual, with no analysis, The New York Times said that according to experts,
the findings may reveal manufacturing defects. "It means the assembly
was wrong, it means the wrong tools were used, it means they were
careless in drilling the holes, and maybe the drill was dull," John J.
Goglia, a former NTSB member, told the Times. Rivet holes that are
irregular in shape would not disperse the stress of
pressurization/depressurization cycles as evenly as a perfectly round
hole would, Goglia told the Times. Boeing had no comment on the report.
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MONICA SIEGE CONTINUES
The Santa Monica Airport Commission
says the controversial facility was the quietest it has ever been in
2010. In response to escalating neighborhood protests and a political
assault from the Los Angeles City Council, the commission released
figures Monday showing the that number of aircraft breaking the
95-decibel limit in 2010 was 20 percent of the total 10 years ago and
the total traffic also decreased significantly. According to the
commission report, there were 116 instances where departing aircraft
broke the limit in 2010 compared to 538 in 2001 and in that time total
operations have dipped from 148,000 to 105,000, The commission released
the report a day after an Earth Day protest drew a couple of dozen
placard-waving people calling for an end to the lead emissions from
piston aircraft and a few days after the L.A. City Council called on the
FAA to ban flight schools from the field. More...
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FROM SNF TO MUSEUM
John Burton, who has presided over Sun 'n
Fun in Lakeland, Florida for more than 10 years, will become the new
leader of the Florida Air Museum, which is also at Lakeland Linder
Airport. The search is on for a successor to Burton at SNF. More...
NEW PIPER ASIA HEAD
Dana Cox is the new Director of Sales for
the Asia/Pacific region for Piper Aircraft. He was previously general
manager of International Sales and Operations Management at ITOCHU
Aviation Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of ITOCHU Corp., the Tokyo-based
trading company. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: NO GOOD DEED CIRRUS DODGES A LEGAL
A Minnesota appeals court recently sided with Cirrus
in rejecting the claim of survivors of a pilot and passenger who said
the company was negligent in not training the pilot to recover from
inadvertent IMC encounters. But a dissenting judge disagreed, saying
that the plaintiffs had made the case. On the AVweb Insider blog,
Paul Bertorelli analyzes the case, which clearly shows how manufacturers
face liability exposure even when they try to do the right thing. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
INSIDER BLOG: SUN 'N FUN TIEDOWN TESTS
When the tornado blew
through Sun 'n Fun on April 7, it left a trail of overturned airplanes.
Product tester that he is, Aviation Consumer editor-in-chief Paul
Bertorelli immediately set about interviewing aircraft owners to find
out which tie-downs were used where. After a couple weeks' of analysis
of the data, he's concluded there are no definitive conclusions about
which tie-down is best but there are a lot of lessons to
be learned. Paul shares a bit of that hard-won wisdom from Sun 'n Fun
attendees in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
If you are a prospective aircraft owner, here is information about
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