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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 quicker. "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."
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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, of Gibsonville, N.C., 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. More...
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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." More...
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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, much of the law
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, riff raff need not apply. More...
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,
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
is the largest fleet of business jets in the
More information about Cessna Aircraft
Company is available online
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 Region 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-PMAs and 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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NOISE CANCELATION FOR THE CABIN
Elliott Aviation last month
announced partnership with Rosen Aviation to provide
a combination Sound Management System (SMS) cabin-noise-canceling system
and in-flight entertainment system for King Air 200, 300 and 350-series
aircraft. Elliott's SMS is a cabin-space noise cancelation system that
dampens noise levels throughout the cabin using strategically placed
speakers to counter the undesirable noise generated by propeller blade
shockwaves 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 passenger
VIDEO: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THAT AMAZING THUNDERBIRD EJECTION/CRASH
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 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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