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Volume 9, Number 39b
October 11, 2011
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AVflash! (Re-)Making the Eclipse Jetback to top 

Eclipse Aerospace says it's now taking orders for a new aircraft that will be based on the Eclipse 500 but offer some modern improvements. In a podcast interview at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas, Eclipse President Mason Holland said the company hopes for first deliveries of the new Eclipse 550 in 2013 and the aircraft that's planned will set the standard for the tiny jet market. The 550 will boast an improved avionics package that will include auto throttles, synthetic vision, enhanced vision and a host of standard and optional improvements that will make it the most advanced light jet available. The new aircraft will sell for $2.695 million. The return to production has been made possible in large part through the partnership with Sikorsky Aircraft announced at last year's NBAA convention which will have a key role in the resumption of production. More...

Production is expected to resume for new Eclipse very light jets in 2013. The new aircraft will be updated versions of the original, and AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Eclipse Aerospace's Mason Holland at NBAA 2011.

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Cessna's Second Day in the Spotlightback to top 

Cessna announced a second new design at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas on Monday with a midsize bizjet that's between the XLS and Sovereign in size but different from both in terms of features. The Latitude was designed from the cabin out. It's large for its sector, offering a flat-floor standup (six foot) arrangement with seating for up to eight. It's 77 inches wide, the widest Cessna has ever built. It also has a full stand-up lav with sink and closet. "It's big enough to get changed in," said Cindy Halsey, who designed the cabin features. The aricraft has a 2,000 nm range and full fuel payload of 1,000 lbs. First flight will be in 2014 and certification is planned for 2015. Price is $14.9 million. More...

Cessna's latest business jet, the Citation Latitude offering has an emphasis on cabin comfort and electronic connectivity. Announced at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention 2011 in Las Vegasm, the Latitude's cabin is integrated with its new Clarity electronic interface system.

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Cessna Aircraft || Makers of the Cessna 
There's Nothing Light About This Jet
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. Visit
Inside China's Supernova Marketplaceback to top 

Demand for business aircraft is growing by 100% annually in China, a country that will soon offer the world's largest economy, Jason Liao (founder, chairman and CEO of China Business Aviation Group) told an audience at the NBAA convention this week. AVweb's Glenn Pew spoke with Liao to learn more.

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Brasilia to Beijing, by Way of Las Vegasback to top 

Embraer announced an order for 13 Dynasty business jets at NBAA 2011 to China's Minsheng Financial Leasing. The company had earlier this year signed a deal for up to 20 Embraer jets and the Legacy 650 order is the first stage of what both companies say will be a lasting relationship. "We hold full confidence in the prospects for Embraer's Legacy 650 in the Chinese executive aviation market, which will surely attain increasing recognition from our customers here in China," said Kong Linshan, Chairman of Minsheng Financial Leasing. The first airplane will be delivered by the end of the year. More...

U.S. Sport Aviation Expo || Sebring, FL || 
January 19-22, 2012
Sebring Regional Airport Hosts U.S. Sport Aviation Expo!
The LSA show is January 19-22, 2012 and features conventional aircraft, kitplanes, powered parachutes, trikes, gyros, amphibians, and innovative designs such as electrically powered aircraft — over 150 aircraft on display. If it exists in the recreational aviation market, it will be at Expo! Over 10,000 aviation enthusiasts attend to see demonstration flights, attend EAA forums, and see what is new in the LSA market. Visit for details.
A Different Breed of Caravanback to top 

Blackhawk Worldwide Aircraft Performance Enhancements has improved the performance of the Cessna Caravan by mating it to a more powerful Pratt & Whitney PT6 turbine engine. Displayed at the National Business Aviation Association Convention 2011 in Las Vegas.

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Jeppesen Mobile Flite Deck
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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

As of Press Day, the NBAA Convention had adapted well to its 2011 setting -- Las Vegas, the showy capital of excess. But what happens at NBAA may not stay in Vegas, as celebrity and politics share the spotlight in a show of such theatricality that editor-in-chief Russ Niles had to post to the AVweb Insider blog about it. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Recent Blogs You May Have Missedback to top 

Garmin's new mega GPS, the aera 796, is a tour de force. But an iPad killer? Not quite. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli analyzes why there's likely to be a market for both of these devices (or ones like them) for a long time. Read more and join the conversation. More...

Do electric airplanes have a future, or are they just an intriguing curiosity? In her latest post to the AVweb Insider blog, Mary Grady argues the huge strides in performance prove they're ready for prime time. Read more and join the conversation. 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.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West

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