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DELIVERIES BY YEAR'S END
Gulfstream says it is maintaining
its test schedule for the flagship G650 despite the crash of a test
airplane that killed four people in April and the resulting two-month
suspension of flight testing. The company says it is on track for
certification "later this year" and will deliver 10 to 12 of the $65
million planes by the end of the year. "We're on track and moving
steadily toward certification later this year," Pres Henne, Gulfstream
senior vice president for programs, engineering and test, told the Savannah Morning News. "We've accomplished a great
deal in the past two months. The aircraft continue to perform extremely
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GREW IN 2011
By all accounts the Latin American Business
Aviation Convention and Exhibition (LABACE) was a major success with
more exhibitors, more static aircraft and more delegates than the 2010
edition. Officials said up to 160 exhibitors and more than 60 aircraft
were on view to a crowd that may have reached 16,000. Certainly, all the
major players were in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from Aug. 10-13 in force,
selling their wares in the backyard of Embraer, the emerging giant in
the bizjet industry. Gulfstream took its G150, G450 and G550 to the show
while Cessna focused on its new CJ4 and announced the delivery of its
32nd Caravan to the Brazilian air force. Perhaps signaling a return to
production of the Eclipse 500, Eclipse Aerospace announced it was
pursuing type certification in Brazil for its Total Eclipse, the fully
developed version of the very light jet that dominated the business
aviation news for much of the last decade before the predecessor
company, Eclipse Aviation, went into bankruptcy. More...
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ADVOCATES CITE SAFETY IN GPS DISPUTE
LightSquared said last
week the GPS industry's demands that it should not interfere with
their signals are "irrational," but AOPA and GAMA responded on Monday
that LightSquared has failed to address safety of flight concerns. In a
statement filed on Monday to the Federal
Communications Commission, the advocacy groups ask the agency to
terminate LightSquared's authorization to broadcast. "With not only
millions of lives but billions of dollars in cargo transport riding on
the safety of air flights annually, LightSquared's and its allies'
silence in the face of this substantial evidence of aviation harm is
baffling and unacceptable," the associations said. LightSquared made
clear in its filing last week that it is not interested in the problems
of GPS users. More...
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URGE "SWEEPING" CHANGES IN PILOT TRAINING
airline pilots should utilize more-realistic simulators and focus more
on manual flying skills, according to a new report by a panel of
experts, The Wall Street Journal reported this week. The
54-page report, which was requested by Congress, has been presented to
the FAA but has not yet been publicly released. It includes 24
recommendations that would create "sweeping changes in initial and
recurring training for airline pilots," according to the Journal. Among
the report's conclusions: New hires should spend time in the jumpseat to
learn cockpit procedures before they take the controls, special
leadership courses for captains should be developed, training for
instructors should be standardized, and training for coping with stalls
should be improved. More...
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WEATHERING LATEST FINANCIAL STORM
The current economic
turmoil likely won't be felt much by the general aviation industry but
that's because things couldn't really get much worse for GA
manufacturers. Most analysts believe the roller coaster stock market
will stabilize without affecting the bottom lines of most companies.
Still, it's another reason for those thinking of buying an airplane to
pause in the process and that could have some impact on the
manufacturers. Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia was interviewed by
several publications over the past few days and he's sticking to his
basic prediction that meaningful recovery won't be felt by GA companies
until next year and even then it's not clear what it will look like.
Meanwhile, bizjet specialist Brian Foley says the recovery, once it does
take hold, will be the very best kind of uptick. More...
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Bob Stangarone, Cessna's VP of
Corporate Communications, left the company abruptly last week. He said
in an e-mail to colleagues that it was "time to move on" and said his
immediate plans were to relocate to be nearer his family on the east
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Insider blog, Lycoming GM Michael Kraft explains the company's views
on how automobile fuels can be integrated into aviation. The blogs will
run on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Read
the first here, then share your own comments. More...
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