AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 6, Number 1

January 2, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Hyderabad the Hottest New Aviation Destination? back to top 

Farnborough South?

India’s aviation ministry is teaming with Farnborough International, the company that organizes the famous air show in England every two years, to organize a show on a similar scale and scope in Hyderabad, India in October. India Aviation 2008 will be modeled after the English show and will run from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18. “The booming aviation sector offers tremendous business opportunities and this show will have the most powerful event,” an unnamed ministry official told The Times of India.

India doesn’t have that many airports and hasn’t been able to host a major show because it couldn’t afford to close any facility that was large enough to accommodate one. That will change in March when Hyderabad’s new international airport is opened and the existing field, Begumpet Airport, becomes a reliever. We wanted a dedicated functional airport for this kind of show as India is witnessing the highest growth rate of passenger traffic and all global players are evincing keen interest,” the official said. “Begumpet … will be the prefect site for the airshow."

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Eclipse 500s Rolling Off the Line back to top 

'Audacious' Eclipse Claims Production Record

Although a lot of news about Eclipse in recent months has focused on various delays in the production and delivery of its aircraft, the company says it has produced its "first 100 airplanes faster than any GA jet aircraft manufacturer in history." In a news release, in which CEO Vern Raburn describes the effort as "audacious," the company notes that it "has produced and certified 104 Eclipse 500s since December 31, 2006." Cessna held the previous record, building 100 Citation 550s in about 18 months, it says. Eclipse's claims have to come with some caveats, however.

For instance, as far as we know, the aircraft has not been certified for flight into known icing. Also, only one of the first 104 aircraft is equipped with the Avio NG package that was certified on Dec. 20. The other early aircraft will be retrofitted with the system. Raburn touched on the well-publicized setbacks in the release. "We're transforming how jets are built, and how people travel," he said. "It's an audacious goal, and one that stretches us every day to go beyond what seems possible. Day-to-day setbacks are inevitable, but the reality is that we have created a new aircraft category and are bringing a new breed of jet to market at a rate never before seen in general aviation."

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Quotes reprinted with permission. Aviation Consumer, August 2007.
The Latest on NATCA-FAA Negotiations back to top 

FAA Offers Controllers More Money, Says Carr

Former National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) President John Carr says on his web site that the FAA recently made an offer to the union to resolve issues resulting from the contract it imposed in 2006. The jargon used in the memo (PDF) Carr says he obtained from someone in senior management is difficult to decipher but it appears to offer increased pay and incentives for some controllers. NATCA says it will issue a statement today and the FAA would say only that discussions have been ongoing since last spring.

Carr, who's now retired from the FAA but maintains a consulting office and stays close to the issues, wonders why the FAA is doling out offers when its public posture would suggest none is needed. NATCA claims that experienced controllers are retiring at the first opportunity to escape the "imposed work rules" that were part of the enforced settlement on controllers in 2006.

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Can't Wait to Fly Your Eclipse 500? back to top 

PC-Based Avio NG Simulator Unveiled

If you're one of the hundreds waiting to get your hands on the real thing, an Illinois firm has come up with an Eclipse 500 Avio NG flight simulator to help you pass the time and tune up your skills for the mandatory type rating course. Commercial Level Simulations delivered its first PC-based simulator to a customer on Dec. 22, just two days after the FAA certified the electronic brains behind the very light jet. "The CLS_VLJ is designed to give pilots and owners the opportunity to practice for their initial and recurrent training safely and cost-effectively," said a company news release. At an introductory price of $15,000, it's not cheap but it's also not your average joystick-and-plastic-rudder-pedal toy and you'll need to clear some space in the rec room.

The package includes a 42-inch touch screen display and seat that mimics the pilot's perch in an Eclipse. There are also rudder pedals and a throttle quadrant as well as an Eclipse-style control stick. A dedicated PC loaded with the software drives the system, which the company says provides a realistic rendition of the sophisticated gear that will come with the plane.

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Shhh Sonic Boom Tech Takes Next Step back to top 

Gulfstream Booming, Still Looking at Supersonics

Gulfstream says it's getting ready to move on to the next phase of testing for its sonic boom-suppressing technology. As AVweb reported last year, the company successfully tested a 24-foot retractable nose boom that all but eliminates the shockwaves that create the big (and illegal over the U.S.) noise. The boom was originally tested on an F-15, but Gulfstream VP Pres Henne told the Savannah Morning News the next step is to test the boom on something more business jet-like but no timeline was suggested.

As the company experiments with the sonic boomless technology, it's also coping with a massive growth in business in its most expensive line of subsonic aircraft. Sales for the G550 have far outstripped manufacturing capacity and there's a four-year backlog. A new 300,000 sq. ft. plant will open next April to tackle the backlog. Gulfstream has also opened a new sales center and a service center capable of handling 18 large-cabin aircraft at a time in the past year.

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BizJets High-Speed in More Ways than One back to top 

Bizjet Broadband Launched

Rockwell Collins has teamed up with ARINC to provide business jet owners with what it says is true high-speed internet connectivity. The eXchange system, which will use ARINC's Skylink satellite system, will provide "truly high-speed connections to the Internet, company Intranets, fax over IP (FoIP), voice over IP (VoIP) telephone, and data services for Wi-Fi enabled smartphones in the cabin," an ARINC news release said.

Under the arrangement, Rockwell Collins will sell the hardware, ARINC will supply the satellite signals and ViaSat will supply the gear that makes the two systems work together. Rockwell Collins spokesman Tommy Dodson said customers can look forward to "similar connectivity in the sky to what they experience on the ground."

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Names Behind the News back to top 

Meet the AVwebBiz Team

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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