AVweb has spent the week in Geneva, Switzerland, talking to
the movers and shakers in the business of aviation at the European
Business Aviation Conference and Expo (EBACE). Today in
AVwebAudio, we're pleased to bring you a collection of exclusive
interviews from the show.
BEECHCRAFT AND ONEX CORPORATION AT EBACE
As one of the
world's proudest and most innovative aircraft companies, Beechcraft
suffered an identity crisis as an orphaned sibling of Raytheon's empire
of mostly defense-related enterprises. The company was cut loose from
the corporate backwater more than a year ago, and Hawker Beechcraft is
thriving under new owners Onex Corporation. AVweb's Russ Niles
spoke with Hawker Beechcraft CEO Jim Schuster and Onex Chairman
Gerry Schwartz about the dramatic renaissance and the bright
future of the storied company.
here to listen. (3.9 MB, 4:16)
ANNOUNCES ENVIRONMENTAL VISION
Although business aviation is,
by all standards, a bit player in environmental impact, the high profile
of private aviation and public perception demands perhaps more action to
mitigate its carbon footprint than in other types of transportation.
Embraer has embraced a factory-to-finished-product approach to
environmental responsibility, and AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with
Embraer's Graciliano Campos about how business aviation can
lessen its impact.
here to listen. (5.9 MB, 6:24)
BOLEN ON THIS YEAR'S EBACE
The huge diversity of attendees,
the sheer numbers of participants, and the ramp full of expensive
hardware are testament to the importance of EBACE in the business
aviation world, according to NBAA President Ed Bolen.
AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with him in Geneva on Tuesday.
here to listen. (8.4 MB, 4:36)
RUSSIAN AIR TAXI MODEL LEADS THE WAY
Although most air taxi
operations in North America are still feeling their way in the new
business, Moscow-based Dexter believes it's hit on a winning business
model. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with CEO Eugene
Andrachnikov about how to sell private aviation to people who really
here to listen. (5.3 MB, 5:47)
DON SPRUSTON ASKS HOW THE PILOT SHORTAGE COULD AFFECT
Business aviation has an enviable safety record, but
there are still issues to be addressed, and a looming pilot shortage
raises the potential of less-experienced pilots entering a field that
has traditionally been open only to high-time aviators. Don
Spruston, director general of the International Business Aviation
Council (IBAC) spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles at EBACE 2008 about
the challenges ahead.
here to listen. (5.3 MB, 5:47)
THE INSIDE IS WHAT REALLY COUNTS
JUST ASK JET COMPLETION PRO
When it comes to private jets, the airplane is
only part of the package. The interior furnishings and systems are what
most customers are interested in, and Gore Design Completions of San
Antonio, Texas is one of the world leaders in outfitting the most
opulent aircraft on the planet. Owner Jerry Gore discussed the
completion business with AVweb's Russ Niles at EBACE 2008 in
here to listen. (4.9 MB, 5:21)
JET? CAN'T WAIT FOR IT NEW?
MEET PROJECT PHOENIX
the biggest issues facing business aircraft manufacturers is the fact
that their products are in such demand they're losing orders to people
and companies who don't want to wait three, four, five and even six
years to get their jet. The aftermarket is also tight, with used
aircraft selling for more than new in some cases, but there is an
alternative and even an interim solution. Project Phoenix buys good used
CRJ200 regional jets from airlines that are shedding them and turns them
into the equivalent of a Bombardier Global Express at half the price.
AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Hugh Wilson, Project
Phoenix's European sales agent.
here to listen. (6.7 MB, 7:16)
AVIATION CONSUMER DEMOS THE EVOLUTION EFIS FROM ASPEN
For those of us not in the
market for a $600,000 new airplane, Aspen Avionics is now shipping the
Evolution EFIS for the aftermarket. Our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, sent Larry Anglisano to
investigate. Larry and the AC team few the system in a Cirrus
SR22 and found that the company has done its engineering homework,
calling the Evolution EFIS "very impressive technology that's practical
to install and affordable to buy." In this enhanced podcast, hear (and
see) how the Evolution works.
here to listen. (8.7 MB, 9:29)