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Volume 9, Number 50
December 28, 2011
 
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AVflash! Meet Embraer's Latest Legacyback to top 
 
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EMBRAER LEGACY 500 ROLLS OUT
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Embraer's latest business jet, the Legacy 500, saw daylight on Dec. 23 and the Brazilian planemaker is pinning a lot of its future in the business jet market on the clean-sheet Legacy 500 and its follow-on, the Legacy 450. As we reported from EBACE 2008, the new aircraft fill the gap between its light and lighter Phenom 300 and 100 models and big-cabin 600 and 650 platforms. The rollout occurred at Embraer's headquarters in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, where the mid and super-midsize 450 and 500 will be built. First flight of this aircraft, the first of three test articles, is expected by the third quarter of 2012. More...

 
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... And Bid Farewell to the G200back to top 
 

GULFSTREAM ENDS G200 PRODUCTION RUN
The last G200 has rolled off the production line in Savannah, Ga., Gulfstream said last week. The business jet was among the first in the super-midsize category when it was certified in 1998, originally flying as the "Galaxy" before Galaxy Aerospace was acquired by Gulfstream in 2001. The last jet is the 250th in the line. The G200 will be replaced in the Gulfstream line by the all-new G280, which is scheduled to enter service next year. More...

 
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Data-driven technology is changing the way pilots navigate safely to their destinations and leading to new opportunities for operational efficiency. Learn about the evolution of aeronautical charts, the challenges of paper charts, and the features and benefits of Mobile FliteDeck, the industry’s first interactive mobile enroute flight application in "Aviation Transformed," a white paper from Jeppesen. Download the white paper.
 
Light Attack Contract: Hawker Beech Wants Answersback to top 
 

HAWKER BEECHCRAFT SUES OVER USAF CONTRACT
Hawker Beechcraft says the U.S. Air Force hasn't given a fair shake to its bid to provide up to 55 airplanes for light air support, and on Tuesday, Hawker said it's taking the argument to federal court. The company said it has asked the Air Force -- twice -- to explain its choice, with no response, and late last week the Government Accountability Office declined Hawker's request to review the decision. The elimination of Hawker's AT-6 single-engine turboprop leaves only Embraer's Super Tocano in contention for the contract, which is worth nearly $1 billion. More...

 
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Living, Working, and Flying in the 21st Centuryback to top 
 

PILOT HIRING MADE EASY?
An Austin, Texas, software firm says it has taken a lot of the work out of hiring pilots with an algorithm that sorts through the resumes of thousands of pilots to find those suited to specific jobs being offered. Pilot Credentials is now handling FedEx's and Southwest's candidate screening through a database of potential pilots that allows hiring managers get the information they need quickly. "It has saved our recruiters countless hours on the phone," Rocky Calkins, Southwest's hiring manager, told the Austin American-Statesman. "Being able to streamline the process has shaved a lot of time off a very time-consuming process." The company says it will now start marketing the system to other airlines. More...

 
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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 
 

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: AIRLINE TRAVEL -- YOU JUST EXPECT TOO MUCH
Sure you do, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog. He comments on a minor little incident in Kansas City last week that shows how people will screw themselves just to keep from helping the airline with an on-time departure. All because the airlines unbundle everything now, making customers feel like bait-and-switch victims. Read more and join the conversation. More...

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: CAN GLAMORIZING A CRIMINAL HELP AVIATION?
Colton Harris-Moore is an airplane thief and con artist. Is he the inspiration for a new generation of pilots? In his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog, Russ Niles explains how a big-budget Hollywood treatment of Harris-Moore's story could (sadly) overshadow AOPA's initiatives, the EAA's Eagles programs, the Sport Pilot Rule, and third-class medical reform when it comes to boosting pilot outreach. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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

VIDEO: GOT AN OILY HANGAR FLOOR? THIS STUFF CAN SPRUCE IT UP
Many of us dream of a gleaming gray expoxy-coated hangar floor illuminated by the glare of bright lights. But most of us actually have oil-stained concrete, dingy from years of abuse. If your floor is stained badly, a product called ReKrete can help improve it. Aviation Consumer's Paul Bertorelli demonstrates the product in this brief video. More...


VIDEO: F-106 CORN FIELD BOMBER, CONVAIR DELTA DART
This is an unusual story. The jet you're looking at is an F-106 Delta Dart. A storied interceptor in its day, it was built to exceed an Air Force requirement for 1.9 mach and continuous flight at 57,000 feet. It did both. And in December 1959, it set a speed record, of 1,525 mph, or about 2.3 mach, while flying at 40,000 feet. Its pilot at the time, Major Joseph Rogers, claimed the record might not be accurate. He was still accelerating, he said, at the time. But this particular jet is famous for a different reason. More...

 
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Who's Whereback to top 
 

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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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 255,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. What have you heard? More...

 
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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 world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

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Scott Simmons

Contributors
Kevin Lane-Cummings
Jeff Van West

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Tom Bliss

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