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Volume 8, Number 40c
October 21, 2010
Are You Ready to Go Mach 1? || Lightspeed 
Weighing In at Less than an Ounce, Lightspeed Aviation's Mach 1 Headset Is Definitely a Lightweight but it's a heavyweight when it comes to durability and performance. With in-the-ear technology, advanced earplug attenuation and comfort, and the ability to patch in a cell phone, music player, or iPod, it frees you to enjoy your passion for flying.

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AVflash! Eclipse Courts a Surprise Investorback to top 

In perhaps the most surprising announcement of NBAA 2010, Sikorsky confirmed it intends to invest in Eclipse Aerospace, prompting speculation that the sometimes bizarre story of the original very light jet might have a happier than expected outcome. "This agreement in principle affords us an opportunity to invest in a great product and to further leverage our strong aftermarket and product support capabilities for fixed-wing application," Sikorsky VP Mark Cherry said in a statement. Sikorsky President Jeff Pino, incidentally, has an Eclipse and thinks highly of it. Eclipse owner Mason Holland is understandably thrilled about the recent events. More...

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XM WX Satellite Weather || As Vital as 
XM WX: As Vital as Vision
With XM WX Satellite Weather in the cockpit with you, it's possible to see immediate weather threats to you, your passengers and your cargo. Keep everyone safe and comfortable by planning to avoid any weather that could impact your flight. Viewable on multiple displays, including the Garmin G1000, XM WX Satellite Weather helps keep your wings in the air. Click for more info.
NBAA Recognizes Wright Brothers Master Pilotsback to top 

A blue-chip lineup of aviation icons were on hand at the National Business Aviation Association's convention in Atlanta on Wednesday to be named Wright Brothers Master Pilots. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan, former Cessna CEO Russ Meyer, former airline pilot and aviation entrepreneur Clay Lacy and legendary golf pro and business aviation advocate Arnold Palmer received the honors from FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. Test pilot and airshow legend Bob Hoover was unable to attend. Palmer was also given NBAA's Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, the association's highest honor. Meanwhile, business aviation in general got a collective pat on the back for its huge contribution to the Haiti earthquake relief effort. More...

Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset
Introducing: Our Best Pilot Headset Ever
NEW Bose A20™ Aviation Headset
Bose was the first to introduce active noise reducing headsets to aviation more than 20 years ago, forever changing the way pilots fly. Now the Bose A20™ Aviation Headset sets an entirely new standard, providing significantly greater noise reduction than currently available. It also features an improved level of comfort, clear audio, Bluetooth® connectivity, auxiliary audio input and priority switching. Learn more.
Embraer Legacy 650 Racks Up More Certificationsback to top 

Embraer celebrated the European and Brazilian certification of its Legacy 650 business jet at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Atlanta on Wednesday and the company says the FAA nod is imminent. The company is showing a 13-seat version of the aircraft at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport and Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer's Executive Vice President for business jets, told AVweb the certification came right on time. "We announced the Legacy 650 at last year's NBAA and we said that deliveries would begin in the second half of 2010," he noted. First deliveries will occur within weeks. More...

Phillips 66 Aviation || Why Do Over 725 
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Meanwhile, Outside of NBAA ...back to top 

The FAA's plan to implement ADS-B in the National Airspace System faces "significant risks and challenges," according to a report released last week by the Office of Inspector General for the Transportation Department. The number-one issue is the reluctance of those who use the airspace to purchase and install new avionics for their aircraft. "Users have raised justifiable concerns about evolving requirements and uncertain equipage costs and benefits," the report says. The FAA plans to mandate the use of "ADS-B out" by 2020, the report says, but that equipment essentially provides the same radar services currently available, "resulting in few new benefits to airspace users." Other challenges cited in the report include system integration and contract management issues, which the FAA must resolve to avoid further delays in the program. More...

Vertical Power VP-X System from Aircraft 
Vertical Power VP-X System Now at Aircraft Spruce
The VP-X integrates with many popular EFIS products, enabling you to monitor and control your entire electrical system on the EFIS display. In addition to using the EFIS for attitude, navigation, and engine information, you now can use the EFIS display to monitor the health of your electrical system, view and control the status of individual circuits, and respond to circuit faults. Vertical Power offers these capabilities through the use of a patented electronic circuit breaker (ECB) technology that is at the core of all of the VP products. Call 1 (877) 4‑SPRUCE or visit
AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 

The market is down everywhere, but people still need to fly. FlexJet president Fred Reid told AVweb's Russ Niles that while the recovery remains up to 18 months away, the fractional market will continue to provide the best value for many.

This podcast is brought to you by Bose Corporation and WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather. More...

The common wisdom is that there will be a shortage of skilled labor for the aviation business in the future. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Sherry Utash of the National Center for Aviation Training about ensuring there will be skilled workers for the industry when they're needed.

This podcast is brought to you by Phillips 66 Aviation and Lightspeed Aviation. More...

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

At NBAA 2010 in Atlanta, Hawker Beechcraft announced a new variant on its Premier line, the Hawker 200. Shawn Vick gave AVweb a tour of the new aircraft.

This video is brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation and Phillips 66® Aviation. More...

For biz aircraft operators, side-facing divan seating — common in these airplanes — represents a problem. These seats can't be certified with full occupancy because of safety considerations. AmSafe's new airbags address this shortcoming.

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Telex Aviation Ascend Headset || Now 
Ascend to New Heights
Engineered from the ground up, the all-new Ascend headset by Telex is finely tuned to provide superior performance in a bold new design.

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb reader Charlie Tipton attended Edwards Air Force Base's recent GA fly-in on the Rosamond Lakebed — and while he didn't get us the proverbial "lousy t-shirt," he dropped a fantastic gift on us when he mentioned his trip blog in this week's FBO nominations. (In fact, we'd better stop reading and get back to work!)

Having visited 37 airports in 29 states on his cross-country flight to Edwards, you could say Charlie conducted his own version of our "FBO of the Week" contest. "There were other FBOs who are also did a super job," he writes, but "my personal, hands-down winner is" — drumroll, please — American Airports at Gen. William J. Fox Air Field (KWJF) in Lancaster, California.

Charlie writes:

Within minutes of our first meeting, manager Steve Irving gave me unsolicited complimentary hangar space to ensure that my [L-16A] warbird didn't get rained on with the unexpected storms that were brewing in the area the night before the big event. At the time, I didn't even know there was a potential threat, but it sure came to pass that night. He also provided personal transportation to a Lancaster hotel when I unexpectedly arrived the second time after weather forced me to return there following the fly-in — and he again offered the hangar space. His staff, including Mark, Rick, Ken and others, went out of their way to ensure that all my needs were met. ... They were available 24/7, and, no matter what shift was on duty, their service was uniformly consistent. Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect was sharing in the aviation camaraderie that was pervasive throughout the operation and particularly evident at lunch or breaks taken in the wonderful Foxy's airport restaurant, where waitress Brandy and others quickly made me feel like one of the long-time regulars.

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!


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

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 200,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to What have you heard? More...

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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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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