AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 6, Number 3

January 16, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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ETIRC to Accelerate Eclipse 500 Production back to top 

Eclipses To Be Built In Russia?

Eclipse Aviation announced on Monday that Luxembourg-based European Technology and Investment Research Center, headed by former computer magnate Roel Pieper, is looking at building its very light jets in Ulyanovsk, Russia after buying a stake in Eclipse worth "substantially in excess of $100 million." The cash injection buys Pieper the title of non-executive chairman of Eclipse and gives his company rights to sell the mini-jet in 60 countries, including Western Europe and Britain. Vern Raburn, who remains president and CEO, said the deal expands Eclipse's horizons more quickly. "Entrusting the expanded region of Europe to ETIRC in this manner represents a significant acceleration of our business plan," said Raburn. "Expanding our relationship with ETIRC will rapidly increase the impact of the Eclipse 500 in this region and position us to meet the needs of our growing number of customers outside of North America."

The announcement came as a variety of blog sites and forums were predicting the demise of the company, which last month secured more than $30 million in financing from existing customers by guaranteeing them lower prices for their aircraft in exchange for increased deposits. There was no announcement in the news release on the progress of certification items like flight into known icing, the lack of which is restricting operations of the approximately 100 Eclipses now in service.

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Antilles' New Offering Has a Familiar Face back to top 

Company Revives the Goose

One of the most iconic amphibs ever produced may be back in production by the end of the year. According to The Greensboro/Winston-Salem Business Journal, a Gibsonville, N.C., company, Antilles Seaplanes, is hoping to have FAA approval to begin production of the twin-engine flying boat by the end of June. Company co-founder V.I. Manuel told the Business Journal there's major interest in the revival of the Goose, with inquiries (but no firm orders) coming from Malaysia to Alaska. Manuel said vintage Gooses are much sought after and in short supply. The new Goose will look like the old one but will benefit from 60 years of technological advancement.

Purists can order their Goose with 450-hp Pratt and Whitney R-95 radials, but if they really want it on the step in a hurry, a pair of PT-6s with 680 shp can also be mounted. The new aircraft makes use of carbon fiber for enhanced corrosion resistance and, of course, there's a full array of electronics on board (no glass panels, though). The Web site does not include pricing information.

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Speeding Up Deliveries in Europe back to top 

NetJets Europe Jumpstarts Expansion

NetJets Europe has talked Cessna, Dassault, Hawker-Beechcraft and Gulfstream into speeding up the delivery of a total of 39 aircraft so it can meet demand for its services. The 39 aircraft are worth more than $715 million and will be delivered starting this year as NetJets copes with unprecedented growth. "NetJets Europe's rapid growth shows that more and more companies and private individuals are choosing the benefits of flying when they want, from where they want, without the delays and hassle of commercial aviation," said CEO Mark Booth. "In response to this growing demand, we have decided to bring forward the delivery of new aircraft, and look forward to another big year in 2008."

NetJets Europe averaged more than 200 flights a day in 2007 with a total of 73,622 flights. That's a 55-percent increase over 2005 figures and the company reported it flew to 917 airports in 136 countries in 2007. The company says it more than doubled its profit in 2007 over 2006.

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Welcome "M" Numbers — From the Isle of Man back to top 

Isle Of Man Targets Private Aircraft Registrations

The Isle of Man, which is a Crown dependency of Britain but is also self-governing and constitutionally separate, recently launched its own aircraft registry and is hoping to attract private aircraft owners to the "M" designation. Because it's so closely tied to Britain, many of its laws and practices are comfortably familiar to international clients, but the Manx registration offers some advantages not available in some countries. For instance, corporate tax on the Isle of Man is zero and the Manx government doesn't care where an aircraft is based or used.

However, riffraff need not apply. The government points out that it is not a register of convenience and it expects only those operating under generally accepted standards to gain Manx registration. Also, only aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds are accepted for Manx registration by non-residents, even though the island says it's hoping to attract very light jet owners. The aircraft registry grew out of the island's popular yacht registry and allows "one-stop shopping" for the majority of mega-yacht owners who also operate private aircraft.

Cessna Aircraft Company, the World's Largest General Aviation Manufacturer
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2006, Cessna delivered 1,239 aircraft, including 307 Citation business jets and reported revenues of about $4.2 billion. Cessna has a current backlog of $11.9 billion. The global fleet of more than 5,000 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available online.
Texas' RAM Aircraft DAS-Authorized back to top 

RAM Earns DAS Status

RAM Aircraft LP of Waco, Texas, has earned authorization as a designated alteration station (DAS) under DAS-700100-SW, placing RAM "amongst the elite group of American aviation companies who are known for aviation engineering and excellence," according to RAM's news release. The engine overhaul and general aviation support center located at Waco Regional Airport has 31 years experience working with and installing Continental engines in both Cessna and Beech aircraft. Since 1976, RAM has earned approval for more than 113 supplemental type certificates (STCs) and 800 FAA parts manufacturer approvals (PMAs); the new certification, according to the company, allows it to make use of an efficient system of certifying the STCs the company generates.

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Quieting King Cabins back to top 

Active Noise Cancellation For The Cabin

Elliott Aviation last month announced a partnership with Rosen Aviation to provide a combination Sound Management System (SMS) cabin-noise-cancelling system and in-flight entertainment system for King Air 200-, 300- and 350-series aircraft. Elliott's SMS is a cabin-space noise-cancellation system that dampens noise levels throughout the cabin using strategically placed speakers to counter the undesirable noise generated by propeller blade shock waves directed at the fuselage. The system adds just under 80 pounds to an aircraft and it takes two weeks to install the various sensors, speakers, microphones and other hardware. Rosen Aviation's RosenView VX cabin DVD entertainment system adds only 3.5 pounds, plus the versatility of independent entertainment flexibility for passengers. For more information, contact Mark Wilken at (800)447-6711.

Full cabin active noise cancellation is not entirely new. Once upon a time, a UK group called Ultra Electronics, Noise and Vibration Systems developed a successful active noise-control system for the aircraft cabin environment of Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft (see the research here). The key to the equation is targeting model-specific propeller-generated pressure waves that transmit vibration into the aircraft structure and into the cabin. To do that, Ultra Electronics developed a system for Bombardier Q400 aircraft that introduces an array of sensors, actuators and amplifiers that ultimately generates a secondary acoustic vibration field into the cabin to counteract the effect of the prop pulses. The fully active system incorporates acoustical measurements and data analysis, and reduces noise to levels competitive with regional jets.

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AVweb Media — Look, Listen, Laugh & Learn back to top 

Exclusive Video: Behind the Scenes of That Amazing Thunderbird Ejection/Crash Photo

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

When we first saw the photo of Capt. Chris Stricklin's ejection from a doomed U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 a few years ago, most of us here at AVweb thought it was a fake. But the more we looked at it, the more it seemed possible that someone had actually snapped Stricklin's moment of truth in what must be one of the greatest aviation photos ever shot. Well, it wasn't long before we learned that Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III had actually captured the drama at an air show at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho.

In this week's AVweb original video, Video Editor Glenn Pew looks at the circumstances surrounding the dramatic accident — combining still photos, in-cockpit and outside-of-cockpit video, and narration including the investigation's findings and changes in procedure for the T-birds.

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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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