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Volume 9, Number 39c
October 12, 2011
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AVflash! Everything Old Is New Againback to top 

Nextant Aerospace says it's found the sweet spot between a good used airplane and a new one with its "remanufactured" version of the Beechjet, or Beech 400A or 400XP. The company says the original airframe, stripped of anything with a life limit (the airframe doesn't have a life limit) and rebuilt with all-new modern components represents one of the best bargains on the light jet market. At $4-5 million, depending on options, West Coast Director of Sales John Frevola said there is nothing on the new aircraft market that can touch it in terms of performance and range. During a demo flight at NBAA in Las Vegas he said the aircraft is faster, has more range and lower operating costs than new airplanes that cost twice as much. "This airplane is 88 percent new. The only thing that isn't is basically the airframe. More...

Nextant Aerospace is modernizing the Hawker/Beechjet 400A/XP business jet with new engines and avionics, and they say the result is more efficient than similar aircraft and very cost-competitive.

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Engine Test Slows Down Honda's Jet Offeringback to top 

Honda will delay until mid-2013 delivery of its HondaJet after a current test version of its GE Honda Aero HF120 engine suffered minor damage and a slight loss of thrust during an on-ground ice ingestion test, according to the company. The redesign work will push certification of the engine to late 2012 at the earliest, with full aircraft certification to follow. Honda says it expects a minimal impact on sales for the eight-person, $4.5 million business jet due to slow market conditions. In the U.S. there may be other unwelcome fallout as Honda Aircraft announced that expansion at its Greensboro, N.C., facility, which already employs roughly 600 employees, will take place more slowly now. More...

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Fractionals Fight Back in Tough Economyback to top 

The fractional market is a mirror of the bizjet market, but things may be looking up a little for fractionals. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Bombardier Flexjet's Bruce Duddle.

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A Guided Tour of Embraer Executive's Flagshipback to top 

Embraer's Lineage 1000 business jet at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas -- this is not your average executive transport and compares with offerings from Airbus and Boeing.

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Drone Insurance? You Bet!back to top 

Insurance is a given in aviation, and insurance giant Swissre is tapping the emerging UAV market. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Swissre's UAV expert Paul O'Ryan.

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Meanwhile, Outside of the NBAA Convention ...back to top 

It's not often that a video camera is handy at the exact moment a pilot has to ditch, but that was the case when a pilot ferrying a Cessna 310 to Hawaii from California ran out of fuel on Friday. Charles Mellor, 65, told controllers he was running low on fuel when he was about 500 miles from Hilo, about 11 hours after his departure from Monterey. The Coast Guard sent an HC-130 Hercules from Air Station Barbers Point in Honolulu to escort the airplane. Coast Guard pilots maintained communications with Mellor for more than an hour until his engines quit, about 13 miles from land. After splashing down, Mellor climbed from the cockpit onto the wing. A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew assisted in the rescue, sending a rescue swimmer to fetch Mellor and help hoist him into the helicopter. Mellor was taken to a hospital in Hilo and later released. He suffered no significant injuries, the Coast Guard said. More...

When the Transportation Security Administration proposed its Large Aircraft Security Program in 2008, the response from the aviation community was fast and furious, and now a revised version is expected to be proposed soon. The new LASP should be out in the next few months, EAA said on Monday, and a new public comment period will be designated. The original proposal attracted more than 8,000 comments, most of them "overwhelmingly negative," according to EAA. The new version is expected to have a higher minimum weight than the original 12,500 pounds, and will provide more flexibility to aircraft operators. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

When the FAA said it's going after pilots for dropping live turkeys in Yellville, Arkansas, we couldn't resist a blog on the topic. After all, how often do you get to use "Les Nessman" in a keyword search string? Paul Bertorelli has the hijinks in his latest post to the AVweb Insider. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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

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 


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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