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There's Nothing Light About
Meet the latest and greatest member of the world's most successful
family of light jets, the Citation CJ4
. It delivers more
speed and greater range while retaining the pilot-friendly and
single-pilot-certified operations of the CJ family. The CJ4's
cabin is larger, more comfortable, and outfitted with new entertainment
and communication systems. All this equals an aircraft that is flexible
enough to meet the requirements of many mid-sized aircraft at light jet
costs, plus the service reputation of Cessna to back up your decision.
It's what every light jet aspires to be.
BIZJET MARKET BOOMS
Despite the general economic malaise,
it's good to be Gulfstream these days. Speaking to reporters at the NBAA
convention in Las Vegas on Sunday, the company's new President Larry
Flynn said that the good times continue to roll in the big-cabin bizjet
market and the future looks strong." Businesses that were once regional
are now global," Flynn said. "And their leaders need long-range
transportation. They recognize Gulfstream as the leader in technology,
performance and product support; and that has translated into strong
sales." He said the order book is at $18 billion, including $400 million
added in the second quarter of this year and production backlog is in
the "sweet spot" of 18-24 months for most models. The flagship G650 is
nearing certification and will have a market niche virtually to itself
for several years until Bombardier's new Global 7000 and 8000 models
become available. Meanwhile, Honeywell has issued its 20th annual bizjet
forecast and it's showing a little more optimism from its 2010 crystal
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BIZJET LANDS LAUNCH CUSTOMER, COMLUX
announced Sunday at the NBAA convention in Las Vegas that Comlux will be
the launch customer for the $50 million Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ), a
version of the 100-seat Sukhoi Superjet 100. Comlux has ordered two of
the fly-by-wire jets to be delivered in 2014, with options for two more.
The SBJ can be built as an eight-passenger VIP transport with a 4,250 nm
range. It is powered two SaM146 engines produced by Powerjet, a joint
venture between Snecma and Russia's NPO Saturn. Comlux believes the jet
will fill a niche between the Boeing Business Jet and Embraer Lineage
1000, a variant of the Embraer 190 regional jet. Comlux is also
projecting a bullish sales outlook for the jet. More...
Lightspeed Aviation Announces
the Availability of Zulu.2
is pleased to announce the availability of the
. Stop by the Lightspeed booth (#N2029
) at NBAA and
give it a try. Improving in the areas of quiet, comfort, and clarity,
Zulu.2 once again sets the standard in the premium headset market.
Zulu.2 is currently the only aviation headset offering full-function
Bluetooth technology for both phone and music applications.
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QUEST KODIAK EXECUTIVE INTERIOR
Executive style and comfort come to the rugged Quest
Kodiak. The tuboprop Kodiak can carry more than 3,500 pounds of useful
load into and out of 1,200-foot unimproved airfields. (No paved runway
or airport required.) The airplane can cruise at 170 knots over 1,000
nautical miles. And it can now do all that with air conditioning,
weather radar, synthetic vision GPS, TKS flight into known icing
protection, and leather-clad executive seating for six.
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SETTLES TOXIC CABIN AIR CASE
Former flight attendant Terry
Williams has won a settlement of an undisclosed amount after suing
Boeing, alleging that the manufacturer employs faulty engineering, which
allows toxic fumes into the cabin that harm people inside. Williams'
lawsuit claimed that fumes in engine bleed air pumped into aircraft
cabins can cause tremors, severe headaches and memory loss. The
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA believes that the bleed air can
contain carbon monoxide, tricresyl phosphates and other contaminants.
Settlement aside, Boeing contends that cabin air is safe and that
independent research shows that it meets applicable health and safety
standards. The FAA has also chimed in on the subject. More...
COMPUTERS HIT BY VIRUS
Wired is reporting that the computer systems used to
control military drones have been infected by a key logging virus that
has so far defied attempts to eliminate it. The tech website says it has
heard from three independent but unidentified sources that the virus was
first detected about two weeks ago in the computers at Creech Air Force
Base in Nevada and the military has continued to operate drones in
Afghanistan and other trouble spots even though it would appear that
every keyboard operation involved in the missions is being logged. The
military has not confirmed Wired's story. According to the Wired story,
the people it talked to couldn't say whether the virus was deliberately
targeted at their hardware or whether it is just part of the normal
stream of malware that computers try to fend off every day. What is
known, however, is this bug is persistent. "We keep wiping it off, and
it keeps coming back," one of Wired's sources said. "We think it's
benign. But we just don't know." More...
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ROCKET TO 121,000 FEET (PLUS VIDEO)
self-identified as Qu8k (spoken "quake") claims to, on Sept.
30, have launched an unmanned 26-foot rocket at 2,185 mph to more
than 100,000 feet over Black Rock Desert, Nev., and possibly earned a
monetary prize for the effort. The team's effort addressed the Carmack
Challenge, which, among other things, required the rocket to record a
GPS altitude of over 100,000 feet to win a prize of $5,000. Qu8k says
that none of four independent GPS systems onboard its vehicle maintained
positional lock through the trip and suspects some simple reasons for
that. According to Qu8k, that launch included a roughly 15G acceleration
and pushed the rocket through 17,000 feet in less than 11 seconds. GPS
notwithstanding, the team's rocket returned intact and Qu8k believes it
has data that confirms they bested the goal. They also have video.
WARNS TURKEY DROP PILOTS
Thanks to the FAA, there might be a
little less hooting and hollering at Yellville, Arkansas's annual Turkey
Trot celebrations on the long weekend. The FAA confirmed to The
Associated Press that it was sending agents to the Ozark community of
1,300 to sanction any pilots who take part in the annual Turkey Drop.
The event involves live wild turkeys being dropped from aircraft onto
the town square and, contrary to the horror expressed by animal-rights
groups, local officials insist the birds are perfectly capable of
gliding to a safe landing on the square. The FAA is staying out of that
aspect of the controversy and focusing on the FAR that prohibits
dropping anything, winged or not, from an airplane that might harm
something or someone below. Turkeys, gliding or not, apparently don't
make the grade for that approval so the guys in the sunglasses and polo
shirts on the town square are there to try to make sure no one is hurt.
"Our concern is always with public safety," FAA spokesman Lynn Lunford
told the AP. "We could be talking about turkeys or boxes of paper. It
doesn't matter. If you throw something out of an aircraft it can cause
damage to people or property on the ground." As for the turkeys, the
greatest peril unquestionably awaits them after the drop.
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OF THE WEEK: HENRIKSEN JET CENTER (KEDC, PFLUGERVILLE,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Henriksen Jet Center at Austin Executive
Airport (KEDC) in Pflugerville, Texas.
William Mills visited KEDC on a trip with his his daughter this
summer and had a great experience:
Austin Executive Airport ... was nearly as conveniently located
to where we needed to go as any other airport, and the brand-new
facilities looked very nice and offered the services we would need. When
we arrived (on a day that was already quite warm and promised to get
much hotter), we were met on the taxiway by a "follow me" cart and led
to parking underneath their large covered awning, just like the big
boys. We were marshalled in by several linemen, and when we shut down
and got out, our rental car was beside the airplane, running and air
conditioning fired up. [Their] facilities are amazing, with a genuine
Rolls Royce Olympus turbojet engine (from a Concorde) in the lobby. When
we arrived back for departure, they took an air-conditioning cart out to
the airplane and had it cooling down the inside -- definitely much
appreciated. [The] entire staff was extremely friendly and couldn't do
enough to make our stay as pleasant and comfortable as they could.
Definitely will revisit [when] going back to Austin.
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Last fall, while I was in the circuit to land at
Toronto Buttonville (CYKZ) airport, I was listening to the tower
controller who was giving a running commentary and warning to pilots on
final to watch for Canada geese that were flying back and forth over the
threshold of the active runway, creating a very nasty bird strike
hazard. After the controller had made the warning for the fourth time in
a very short period of time, she again repeated it to me as I was short
final -- in a very frustrated tone. I decided to try and lighten the
frustration to her day.
"Can't you just give those geese a transponder
"They won't comply!"
Paul Armstrong More...
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