INITIAL ECLIPSE AVAILABILITY IS PROMISING
Iacobucci, president and CEO of DayJet, told AVweb in this
extended podcast that the initial maintenance availability and
reliability of the company's first 12 Eclipse 500 twin jets has been
better than he expected and that operating economics have thus far
panned out to within 5% of expectations as DayJet flies its first
revenue passengers. So far, so good but Iacobucci says DayJet's
marriage to Eclipse isn't necessarily monogamous; he's talking to other
jet makers, too. Bottom line: It's too soon to tell what the long-term
potential of either the VLJ market or the air taxi segment will be.
here to listen. (19 MB, 20:46)
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LOW-WING CESSNA SINGLE?
CESSNA'S ROGER WHYTE EXPLAINS WHY IT MAKES
NBAA may be all about jets and turboprops, but the big
buzz so far has been Cessna's pending purchase of Columbia Aircraft, a
development that caught everyone by surprise. But is this acquisition
really a good fit? Cessna's VP for Sales, Roger Whyte, says it is.
here to listen. (7.7 MB, 8:25)
PIPER AND GARMIN HAVE UP THEIR SLEEVE?
All we know for sure
is that the PiperJet will have a new avionics package maybe based on the
G1000 or maybe not. Garmin is being closed-lipped about what
capabilities it will provide to Piper, according to Bob Kromer, Piper's
VP of sales. In this podcast, Kromer offers an update on Piper's
progress on its single-engine jet. Testing, he says, will happen in Vero
Beach, but no decisions have been made on a production site.
here to listen. (6.6 MB, 7:11)
JEPPESEN'S NEW RNP PROGRAM
The advent of
WAAS GPS means that virtually any airport on the planet -- at least in
the U.S -- can have an instrument approach. But the FAA can't even begin
to keep up with demand, so it's about to approve Jeppesen's request to
develop so-called public RNP approaches on a contract basis. Jeppesen's
Andy McDowell explains how it will work.
here to listen. (8.2 MB, 8:58)
COMPETITION FOR GARMIN?
Five years ago, a
new EFIS called SmartDeck appeared at Oshkosh, to be offered by BF
Goodrich's aerospace unit. It promptly vanished, L-3 Communications
bought the Goodrich line, and now SmartDeck is back. L-3's Larry Riddle
explains why the new version advances the state of the EFIS art.
here to listen. (8.6 MB, 9:22)