AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 6, Number 5

January 30, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Mitsubishi Freight Planes: Training & Safety back to top 

FAA Adopts MU-2B Standards

The FAA has adopted a final rule that imposes standardized training requirements and operational procedures aimed at curbing an increase in the number of accidents by Mitsubishi MU-2B aircraft. The aircraft, which use spoilers for roll control rather than ailerons, were involved in a spate of accidents in 2004 and 2005, prompting calls by some to ground the fleet. Defenders of the ubiquitous freight hauler argued there was nothing inherently wrong with the airplane, but agreed pilots needed to understand its quirks. The FAA’s response is a Special Federal Air Regulation that creates a common training regimen for pilots new to the high-wing twin turboprop. There’s also a new standardized cockpit checklist and the requirement that all aircraft have the revised Airplane Flight Manual. Finally, the autopilot has to be working on all flights except in certain (rare) special conditions. “The FAA studies enormous amounts of data looking for trends,” FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Nick Sabatini said in a news release. “When we saw the rising accident rate for the MU-2B, we decided to take appropriate actions to bring the plane up to an acceptable level of safety.”

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Be Type-Rated When Your Eclipse 500 Arrives back to top 

Eclipse Type Rating Options

Eclipse 500 customers can learn how to fly their shiny new jets without even leaving the ground. Eclipse announced Tuesday that its training provider Higher Power Aviation has received FAA approval to grant type ratings under its Part 142 training certificate and that the entire curriculum will be carried out on the full-motion simulator that was approved a couple of weeks ago. "Using a simulator for a customer's entire type rating means we no longer have to schedule training around aircraft availability or weather conditions," said CEO Vern Raburn. For those who would prefer to actually fly an airplane to get their type ratings, Sabena Airline Training Academy, of Mesa, Ariz., will start taking students in March. Sabena will offer three-week courses with two to four future Eclipse pilots taking the course at a time. In June, the company will get a second Eclipse and double the intake rate. Sabena is the first third-party training provider approved by the FAA to issue type ratings. Its regular business is ab initio-to-first officer training for European and Indian airlines. Sabena’s Eclipses will be doing double duty. They’ll also be used for jet familiarization in the airline curriculum.

JA Air Center Offers Huge Incentives For G1000 King Air C90 Retrofit!
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Quest Kodiak Update back to top 

Quest Delivers First Kodiak

It’s not every day a new aircraft design is delivered to a paying customer and the folks at Quest Aircraft in Sandpoint, Idaho, were celebrating that milestone last week. The company handed over the first revenue-generating aircraft to Spirit Air in a ceremony that involved the whole plant. Spirit Air was the first to lay down a deposit for the Kodiak in 2005, and taking delivery within three years is remarkable for anyone, let alone a somewhat idealistic start-up. There’s no question Quest is in business to make money off the Kodiak but it’s where that profit ends up that’s different. Quest will use the money it makes to subsidize the provision of Kodiaks to missionary organizations working in developing countries. So, it’s not surprising that the aircraft is built for unimproved strips with STOL capabilities that allow it to haul bulky cargo in a useful load of 3,325 pounds off the runway in about 700 feet. Spirit will use the PT-6-powered, glass-paneled Kodiak in backcountry operations in Alaska and Idaho and to carry commuters and freight.

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The Turboprop with Jet Avionics back to top 

Latest King Air C90 Certified

Hawker Beechcraft says it’s already delivered 10 copies of its King Air C90GTi, which was introduced at last year’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in May. Fuel prices are driving a surge in turboprop sales and the latest in the line of the smallest King Air model puts a jet-style cockpit up front. The C90GTi is equipped with the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite, the same used in bigger King Airs and some of the company’s jets. Hawker Beechcraft touts the C90GTi as an alternative to very light jets in the same price range, noting its seven-passenger cabin and private rear lavatory. The new electronics are built around three eight inch by 10 inch liquid crystal displays that handle all navigation, communication and data functions imaginable. In addition to the Collins suite, the aircraft has updated Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-135A engines.

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.
Networking on the Go — For the Internet Age back to top 

Making The Most Of Business Travel?

Private aircraft may be the ultimate business timesaver but now there’s a Web site dedicated to ratcheting up that efficiency a little more. SkyLounge is like Facebook for business travelers. Frequent fliers register their trips before they go and can find out who on their contact list might be in the same city when they arrive so they can pick up where they left off on the last trip. "It’s a network for ambitious hard working people that want to get more out of their trips," said founder Marcel van Gemerden. "Knowing when business contacts, friends and/or family are in town can be the difference between a mediocre trip and an absolute winner." Registration is free for business travelers (must be 21) and members fill out a profile and can add company and personal Web sites as they wish. "Networking is more than just meeting a person once. It’s keeping in touch and re-connecting on a continuous basis," van Gemerden said. "SkyLounge gives its members that opportunity in a non-imposing and friendly way."

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Future Cessna Jets to Offer Owners More Room back to top 

Cessna Large Cabin Jet No Longer A "Concept"

Cessna Aircraft Co. said on Thursday it will move ahead with its Large Cabin Concept jet aircraft. The aircraft will have intercontinental range and will be the largest ever in Cessna's fleet. "I'm ecstatic to announce we are extending the Citation line upward and grateful for the patience of the customers who have urged Cessna to add a large cabin Citation," said Cessna CEO Jack Pelton. The company has been showing a mock-up of the concept since late 2006 and customer feedback will be incorporated into the final design, Pelton said. "We have invested a great deal of time in evaluating this concept to determine a solid business case and involved customers very early in this program. We're confident our efforts will result in an aircraft that is right for the marketplace," he said.

The company promised to release more details of the program at a news conference on Feb. 6 in Washington, D.C.

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Who's Where back to top 

Rick Adam
Adam Aircraft founder Rick Adam has co-founded a new composites design and fabrication company called AdamWorks. The company will design and build composite products for the aerospace, automotive, commercial and even home décor sectors. Joining Adam are Joe Wilding and Kim Burquest, who will be the company president. More...

Former Eclipse Aviation Communications Director Andrew Broom has taken a similar position at Hawker Beechcraft. Broom ran the PR department at Eclipse for five years and took the new job days after it was announced that European investor Roel Pieper was injecting $100 million into Eclipse in exchange for the right to build aircraft in Russia. Broom said the timing was coincidental. More...

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen and Learn back to top 

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On November 2, 2007, an F-15C with the 110th Fighter Squadron (of the 131st Fighter Wing) broke up while conducting an air-to-air training mission. This video, produced by Glenn Pew for AVweb, covers the military investigative board's findings.

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

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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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