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Volume 8, Number 40a
October 19, 2010
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Another Trade Show, Another Score for Embraerback to top 

Any doubts that Embraer will be a major player in the business aircraft market likely evaporated Monday as NetJets announced it intends to buy 125 Phenom 300 light business jets from the Brazilian planemaker. The sale may also signal some welcome stirring in the market that will lead to the first steps to recovery of the bizjet market. NetJets placed a firm order for 50 Phenoms and optioned 75. "We expect to buy all the aircraft," NetJets CEO David Sokol told a jammed news conference at Monday's NBAA press day. Sokol said the choice of the Phenom 300 was based on input from customers and the features and performance they want. More...

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It's Not the Citation X, and It's Not the Citation XIback to top 

In keeping with the large-cabin, high speed theme of this year's National Business Aviation Association convention, Cessna's major announcement of the show is an extensive upgrade of its flagship bizjet. In fact, Cessna says the makeover of the Citation X is so complete that it considers the new model, called the Citation Ten to be a new airplane. "The launch of the Citation Ten is an example of our commitment, repeated throughout the recent downturn, to new product development, and it's a signal that we intend to do what we need to do to maintain a general aviation industry leadership position," CEO Jack Pelton said. The Ten is about 15 inches longer than the existing model, has a new cockpit, cabin and engines and is projected to be about 19 knots faster than the X, which may allow Cessna to hang on to its claim to have the "fastest certified business jet" with a maximum cruise of just under .92 Mach.

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Aerion Still Breaking the Sound Barrierback to top 

Aerion Corp. is continuing to work on the design of its supersonic business jet, the company said at NBAA's Annual Convention this week. A series of flight tests this summer using a NASA F-15B at speeds up to Mach 2.0 provided data that is now being incorporated into the design of a test article for the next flight series. "Future tests will evaluate supersonic boundary layer transition properties as they relate to manufacturing standards for surface quality and assembly tolerances," said Richard Tracy, the company's chief technology officer. "Both [are] crucial to future production of Aerion's supersonic business jet." Aerion worked with NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in July and August, completing five flights to collect data on static pressure for comparison with computer models. More...

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Checking In on the HondaJetback to top 

HondaJet has updated and finalized the production design for the cockpit and cabin of its light jet, the company said at NBAA's Annual Convention this week. The new design incorporates the results of Honda's human-factors engineering efforts and flight-test evaluations and reflects the quality of materials, colors and finishes that will be available in delivery aircraft, the company said. HondaJet now has two conforming aircraft in its flight-test program and has started to assemble a third at its facility in Greensboro, N.C. The first conforming aircraft has been used to ground-test electrical and hydraulic systems in preparation for its first flight. The second airplane will be used for static structural stress testing. More...

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2012: ABACE, Biz Boom (If the World Doesn't End)back to top 

Business aviation should begin its next period of expansion in 2012, according to the 19th annual business aviation outlook issued by Honeywell Aerospace at NBAA's Annual Convention this week. About 11,000 new business jets, valued at over $225 billion, will be delivered from this year through 2020, according to the company's analysis. "Despite a torpid recovery, there have been relatively few program cancellations and delays," said Rob Wilson, president of business and general aviation for Honeywell. "The pipeline of new high-value models supporting long-term growth remains strong.  Our survey indicates that international demand will still remain significant and contribute to longer-term growth." But in the short term, 2011 will likely be no better than this year, with an estimated 675 to 700 new business jet deliveries, Honeywell said. More...

The Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition will return in 2012 after a three-year hiatus forced by the economic downturn. At a news conference at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Atlanta on Monday, NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) jointly announced the resurrection of the event. The first one was held in 2004 and the 2009 meeting was cancelled because of the economic turmoil that ensued in 2008. ABACE 2012 has been scheduled for Feb. 28-March 1 at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Center at Hongqiao Airport. Although business aviation in general has suffered in the last couple of years, Asia has been one of the bright spots. More...

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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 

Even as he was announcing the new Citation Ten, Cessna CEO Jack Pelton told AVweb Monday that "staggeringly low" prices on late model aircraft across the size and type spectrum continue to make for a dismal market for new aircraft. In a podcast recorded at the National Business Aircraft Association meeting in Atlanta, Pelton said Cessna had expected a stronger market recovery in 2010 but now accepts the recovery won't be the V-shaped snapback it had hoped for.

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As traditional markets have flattened, one of the regions generating the most interest in business aviation has been Latin America. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Piaggio Aero's John Bingham about the prospects to the south and the market in general as NBAA gets underway in Atlanta.

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

At NBAA 2010 in Atlanta, Cessna announced a new model, the Citation Ten — not to be confused with the Citation X. In this video, Cessna CEO Jack Pelton gives us the details.

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Garmin unveiled its new G5000 EFIS for Part 25 users at the NBAA convention in Atlanta. Carl Wolf gave AVweb's Paul Bertorelli the lowdown.

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Meanwhile, Outside of NBAA ...back to top 

In two decisions handed down last week, Canada's Supreme Court confirmed that airports fall under federal jurisdiction exclusively, a decision heralded by aviation supporters. "This is a great day for Canadian aviation," said Kevin Psutka, president of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association. "This issue has been debated for decades." The two court decisions cited attempts by municipal and provincial governments to restrict aviation activities. Such conflicts have become "unrelenting" in recent years, Psutka said. In one case, Quebec land owners were operating a landing strip and hangar on protected agricultural land, and provincial authorities told them to remove the hangar and the runway. The other case involved a seaplane operation based at a floating dock, which municipal authorities said conflicted with regulations protecting the lake. More...

A hot-air balloon and a paraglider collided as they flew above an airport open house in Cottonwood, Ariz., on Saturday morning. The balloon envelope tore but did not completely collapse, and photos from the scene appear to show the paraglider's canopy entangled in the envelope structure. The two aircraft fell about 500 feet to the ground. The three people in the balloon and the paraglider pilot were hurt, but reportedly with non-life-threatening injuries. The landing may have been softened somewhat by a broken chain link fence in an empty parking lot, according to the Associated Press. More...

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

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