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Volume 5, Number 46
November 28, 2007
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Quotes reprinted with permission. Aviation Consumer, August 2007.
Columbia Cessna 350 & 400 Will Continueback to top 

As expected, Cessna was the top bidder for Columbia Aircraft, paying $26.4 million for "select assets" of the bankrupt Bend, Ore. planemaker. The bankruptcy auction was held Tuesday afternoon. CEO Jack Pelton said the company will invest money in the Bend plant, make sure existing owners are looked after and will keep making the two aircraft models under the name Cessna 350 and Cessna 400. "The Columbia models are a good fit with our existing product line," Pelton said in a news release. "We look forward to providing existing Columbia owners with improved levels of service and support and introducing new customers to these outstanding aircraft." More...

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China Says "Ni Hao" to Skycatcher Plantback to top 

Cessna has chosen the Chinese-government owned Shenyang Aircraft Corp. to build the Model 162 Skycatcher. Earlier this week, Cessna announced it would be building the Light Sport Aircraft offshore. In a news release, Cessna CEO Jack Pelton said the company needed top quality at a competitive price and SAC put it all together. "Our solution is to partner with SAC, a company with excellent facilities, state-of-the-art technologies and a workforce highly experienced in aircraft manufacturing. SkyCatcher customers will get an advanced design, high-quality workmanship and world-class product support, all at an affordable price from Cessna, a brand known and trusted worldwide." The move, coupled with Cessna's acquisition of Columbia Aircraft has dominated Cessna's profile in recent months as it continues to pile up record sales for its business jets. More...

IFR Pilots: Take Your Flight-Planning Skills to the Next Level
Introducing IFR Weather, Planning & Tactics — a new computer training program from PilotWorkshops.com. Join their experts as they plan and fly real IFR trips, using the latest online tools to interpret the weather and develop the safest flight plans. This program provides a structured approach that will have you better prepared to manage the complex and challenging environment of instrument flight. Click here to learn more.
S-Tec Autopilots Under New Ownershipback to top 

British-owned Cobham PLC, which owns Chelton, Comant, Artex Aircraft Supplies and Wulfsberg Electronics, among other things, has purchased autopilot maker S-Tec from Meggitt PLC, also from Britain, for $38 million. The deal was concluded last week and the capacity that S-Tec adds to Cobham's aviation portfolio were front and center in the announcement. "The close association with these established leaders, combined with the support of Cobham, will enable S-TEC to explore new opportunities to further expand our markets for new-generation digital autopilot and flight control systems," said S-Tec President Mel Hilderbrand. More...

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Very Lights Jets Take Hold in the Middle Eastback to top 

As the air taxi business based on very light jets (VLJs) gets plenty of hype all over the aviation world, even places that don't normally figure prominently in the business are taking notice. Iran, for example, seems to think there's a place for VLJ air taxis to fill in the transportation gaps over its vast expanses. "Considering the fact that the length of landing line for these ultra light aircrafts is less than 1500 meters, most of the Iran's present airports are technically suitable to accept these taxis," the Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHNA) wrote recently. More...

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PMI Media's Latest Online Offeringback to top 

Those interested in who is selling what to whom in the aerospace industry can subscribe to a new database created by PMI Media. The Aerospace Supply Chain Database is described as a "new market intelligence service for the global aerospace industry." The database appears to quite literally get to the nuts and bolts of the industry, tracing the source of all materials going into aircraft and engine products, sometimes down to the raw materials. "Information has been compiled on key contracts, suppliers, value (where publicly available), location of work, contract dates and technology/industry analysis which can be easily interrogated by customers," the company said in a news release. Free examples of the depth and breadth of the database are now available. More...

XM WX Satellite Weather Uses a Continuous Satellite Broadcast to Deliver Graphical Weather Data to the Cockpit
Pilots view and interact with the data — including radar, winds, METARs, lightning, and more — on compatible MFDs, EFBs, and PDAs from a wide range of industry partners, as well as on laptop PCs. The situational awareness afforded by XM WX Satellite Weather allows pilots to enjoy their journeys with more confidence and comfort than ever before. For more information, please visit XMWXweather.com.
Jet Aviation's Russian Home Away from Homeback to top 

Swiss-based Jet Aviation will open a branch at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport to provide maintenance, repair and AOG support for the rapidly increasing number of business aircraft using the modern airport. Jet Aviation is the first international company to set up at the airport and CEO Peter Edwards said its customers demanded it. "Given the extraordinary growth of business aviation in Russia, we felt the need to enter the region as soon as possible. Our clients and the OEMs have communicated clearly that they expect us to be here," he said in a news release. More...

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Bombardier Looks to New Opportunitiesback to top 

Bombardier says a major portion of its business in coming years will come from Russia, China and India as well as South Africa and Brazil. In a ceremony to launch the Challenger 605 business jet in Mumbai, company spokesman Murray Sutherland said that market opportunities move with the changing fortunes of various parts of the world and global enterprises like Bombardier move with them. "The business is so international it makes us fairly immune to problems that are specific to some countries," he told Reuters. "But it would be foolish of us to disregard high oil prices or a possible downturn in the U.S. economy." At the same time, the Indian media was revelling in the attention from the world's third largest aircraft maker. More...

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San Francisco's Most Admired CEOback to top 

When the San Francisco Business Times was looking for the most admired CEO in the emerging growth category for its annual business awards, it skipped the plethora of technology and information companies within its circulation reach and tapped the aviation business. Paul Touw, CEO of XOJET was given the pivotal award at the publication's annual awards ceremony in San Francisco last week. XOJET describes itself as the "world's fastest growing aviation company" and it has the jet orders to prove it. By 2012, the company will have a fleet of 127 business jets and it's not quite two years old. More...

Collier Trophy Collectible Medallion Series 3 Now Available
NAA's Collier Trophy Centennial Medallion Series 3 is now available for gift-giving or for your own collection, along with Series 1 and 2. A commemorative card encases a heavy metal medallion showing the Collier Trophy on one side and an image of the F-22 Raptor on the reverse. Series 1 reverse shows SpaceShipOne, and Series 2 reverse shows the Eclipse 500. Visit NAA's merchandise section to view and order.
Aviation Consumer Wants Your Inputback to top 

Our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, will soon publish an in-depth report on aircraft batteries. As part of that report, the magazine would like to hear about your experiences with aircraft batteries -- good, bad or otherwise. To take part in our online survey, click here. More...

New Gift Ideas Have Been Added to AVweb's Holiday Marketplace
When purchasing gifts for family, friends, and flying buddies, go to AVweb's Holiday Marketplace. AVweb is the perfect place to find perfect gifts for pilots and aviation enthusiasts. And for yourself — forward the link to your family and friends as a hint as to what you want! It's easy online, with AVweb!
Heard Anything Interesting? Tell Us!back to top 

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something that 130,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. What have you heard? More...

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

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